Bichon Frise adult in black and white

Bichon Frise

Intelligent, vivacious and rather energetic, the Bichon Frise is a fantastic addition to any family.

About the Bichon Frise

Bichon Frises have all the physical and behavioural qualities of the ideal companion dog, not least a great willingness to share their affections.

They have become a very popular companion dog throughout the globe. Bichon Frises are lively little dogs with expressive eyes and a happy-go-lucky, playful character.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 9, AKC Non-Sporting Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Lively / Confident / Quiet / Sociable / Adaptable / Loving / Loyal

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Garden not essential
  • Needs moderate training
Bichon Frise adult sitting in black and white

Origins of the breed

The history of the breed goes all the way back to the Romans, and, indeed, most of its ancestors were Italian. Through the centuries it was initially highly prized by the aristocracy, before moving in with the hoi polloi. They have become a very popular companion dog throughout the globe, especially over the past 60 years or so.

Bichon Frises became very fashionable in the 17th century, remaining in vogue almost continually until just before World War I. The madness of two global conflicts cost the breed dearly, but demand started to rise in the 1950’s.