What's In A Name: Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise means small, curly-haired lap dog in French. One of the oldest dog breeds around, they date back to the 14th century when a water spaniel and a poodle were crossed in the Mediterranean region, according to Animal Planet. By the 16th century, they became the dog of choice for French royals, and some were performers in traveling circuses, according to the AKC. And they’re still loyal companions and lively entertainers.

Their non-shedding coat makes the Bichon more tolerable for people with dog allergies, but grooming costs add up: They need haircuts every six to eight weeks. Despite their high-maintenance needs, these gentle dogs make excellent family companions. They learn tricks fast and are friendly with all people and dogs.


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