It is believed that the Bichon Frise is a descendant of the water spaniel, and this breed of Birra has been known in the Mediterranean since the Middle Ages. Some historians believe that it actually originated in the Canary Islands and was brought to Europe by seafarers. Bichons have long been recognized as good companion dogs, especially due to their joyful and balanced nature. They were very popular among the European nobility, at the court of the English king Henry II, and even ended up in Goya’s paintings.
By the 19th century, the breed had lost its former status. Bichons turned into street dogs and were used in circus troupes. But after the First World War, popularity returned to them. Bichons were first brought to the United States in 1956 by the French Pico family. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973 and classified as an unsportsmanlike class.
Recently, Bichons have become more common among dog lovers due to information about the attractive qualities of this breed.