The Bichon Frise, French for curly white lap dog, is a descendant of the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. Historically, these charismatic and affectionate dogs were used as greeters because of their cheerful and lively temperament. In France, during the 19th century all Kings of France owned several Bichon Frises, and they were pampered and adored by the Royal family. The French word bichonner, which means to pamper or doll up, was derived from the pampering King Henry III of France gave to his beloved Bichon Frise.
The Bichon Frise has been categorized in the non-sporting dog group by the American Kennel Club because it is not considered small enough in size for the toy group. But still today, the Bichon Frise’s main occupation is companionship; their happy and charming temperament is what continues to make this breed such a loving companion.