Bichon Frise, or French lapdog
The history of the French lapdogs is rooted in the ancient past. Say that common breed Bichon brought the Romans from the dogs "the Barbet". Its homeland is the island of Melita (now Malta). On the mainland the dog was presented as precious gift to the senators and rulers of Rome. Later Maltese Bichon began to grow as a decorative breed in the courts of the nobility. Thus, a new subspecies: French, Bolognese, Havanese and teneriffe. Why in Russia these little dogs are called lapdogs? Yes, because they came from Bologna. During the Renaissance the Bichon Bolognese is very highly valued at the court of Catherine de ' Medici, and was presented to Russian tsars.
But here we talk all about the Bichon Frise is a French variety. This small decorative dog with a funny face and snow-white wavy coat. By the way, other colors, spots, and even vanilla shade of white according to the standard are not allowed. Eyes and nose should also be black or dark brown. Typical French lapdog, a photo of which you see here, produces the impression of soft toys.
What appreciated the Bichon? First, this is a godsend for people with allergies: dogs have no undercoat, they do not smell of dog and do not shed. Second, they can make people who are not always able to provide their Pets a long walk. The Bichon is easy to learn to walk in the tray. In addition, the French lapdog a good match in a two-malometrazhka. She is great with children, other Pets. She has a cheerful disposition, even in old age she retains the playfulness and liveliness. Highly trainable, but the owner it is necessary to show severity and softness, the Bichon is very touchy.
Now a few words about the breed standard, which was officially approved in 1988. Height 20-30 cm, and weight – 3-4 kg. Of white fur, without the slightest flaw, black little eyes, buttons and nose we have already mentioned. In addition, the French lapdog must have thick hair with slight curls up to a length of 20 cm and a tail must be curled over the back. The transition from the nose to the forehead is pronounced. Ears set high on flat round the head, but hanging down. Legs short, straight. Preferably, the pads, and claws were black. The presence of the undercoat may disqualify the dog.
Provided that you have no exhibition copy, French lapdog does not require special care. Of course, the owner of this fluffy coat must be combed daily with a special brush, but since the coat of the Bichon is not prone to pilling and matting, it should not take you much time. To bathe the dog every month. Shear Pets professional grooming is required at least once a quarter and more often on their own to cut out the fur on the muzzle and between the toes. The fact that the dogs eyes begin to tear because of contact with their own hair, which is very noticeable on the white fleece.
French lapdog is included in the happy list of species is long-lived. Fifteen years is the average duration of their lives, but with proper care, the dog remains healthy and happy and up to 18-20 years. The only thing you should pay attention to is the tendency to allergies. However, it affects all dogs are white. Treat with responsibility to feed: food coloring then "manifest" on the fur of your pet.