Historical accounts of the Bichon FrisÚ dates back to 230 BC proving
the longevity of this breed.
Word has it that Bichons date all the way back to the famous
Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.
The story goes that Cleopatra owned several of these small charming
creatures, who are also pictured in several Egyptian sarcophagus.
For years the Bichon FrisÚ was known as Bichon Tenerife. This
suggests that they originated in Canary Islands, particular the
group of islands know as Tenerife.
However, it seems more likely that the Bichon FrisÚ originated on
the spanish mainland, where
sea merchants sold them and used them
During the renaissance the Bichon showed up in Italy and was quickly
adopted as a pet for the italian aristocracy. It is interesting to
note, that during that time the Bichons were groomed in a "lion-like"