Bichon Frise Group IX. - Companion and Toy Dogs, Section 1 - Bichons and related breeds
It is intelligent, lively, cheerful, optimistic and downright playful dog totally non-aggressive and friendly, it depends on the owners and members of his family. The best way for Bichon is feeling close to its family.
Breed is suitable for beginners, but kind education is important. It necessary starts in early age with wide socialization. Bichon must used to be staying in variety of environments, strangers, dogs and other animals. It does not like loneliness and it can “its” people go to society.
Its behaviour is according to the circumstances, quite naturally smooth, even selected. It has no problem with other dogs, but also cats and small domestic pets (from mice and hamsters, rats and guinea pigs to parrots and other exotic birds) it can well tolerate. It loves playing with children but we must keep our eye on it during game, sometime children can play with it like a toy.
Temperament & Behaviour:
Training is based on the kind attitude and we can use game is quite simple, because Bichon is studious and industrious dog. If anyone would have expected to find it in the evening where owner had left in the morning, it is mistake. Bichon loves the movement and activities. For example, training agility and other dog sports complying with its size, it is very suitable for it.
It is a small, long-haired dog with a typically twisted, corkscrewcurls of the outer coat, which resemble domestic longhair Mongolian goat. Its height at withers should not exceed 30 cm, smaller size is not acceptable.
The head should be carried high and proudly. Its size must match the size of the body. The skull should be longer than the muzzle, above upon by touching rather flat. The frontal slope (stop) should be gradual. Muzzle should be medium length, must be neither thick nor heavy, but even at the end pointed. The nose must be well rounded, black, finely grained surface, shiny.
Lips are thin, fairly dry, with the edge to the corners of the mouth with black pigmentation. The upper is just so deep that it overlaps the bottom, but must never be heavy or baggy. Lower shall be neither fat nor overhanging or flabby. If it closes a mouth it cannot be seen a mucosa. The acceptable bite is upper incisors anneal edge to edge incisors down teeth or scissors, upper incisors closely overlapping teeth down (both must be placed in jaws).
Eyes must be dark, expressive, rather round and not almond-shaped. Not too big or oblique, and their gaze is alive. May be neither protruding nor sunken, orbit should not be neither too shallow nor excessively deep. If you look the dog straight ahead, white cannot be seen. The eyelid rims must be dark.
The tail is set a little lower, below the upper line of the body. It is usually carried high and gracefully over the back of the spine, without being rolled into the ring. It can be cropped and not touching the back of its abundant hair on the back, however, it may fall.
The hair must be soft, silky, long 7-10 cm, with Corkscrew curls, greatly fluffy. It must not be like flatted area, nor shall it form fuzzy matters. For dog show purposes must be adapted effortlessly the desired style, which clearly distinguishes the breed from other Bichon, especially sfrom Bolognese. The coat should be pure white.
Faults from the requirements of the standard shall be considered as defects and evaluate accurately the degree of seriousness with regard to health and well-being. Defects include light overshot or undershot jaw, hair flat, wavy, forming fuzzy matters, too short, with reddish spots. To negative defects belong aggression or fearfulness, mass (pink) coloured nose, lips, flesh coloured, light-coloured eyes, tail curled or twisted in a spiral, black spots in the coat.