The Bichon Frise came down from the Barbetor Water Spanieland the Criterion Poodle. The word bichoncomes from Middle Frenchbichon(“little shaggy puppy”), a diminutive of Old Frenchbiche(“bitch, women pet”), from Old Englishbicce(“bitch, female pet dog”), related to Old Norsebikkja(“women canine”) and GermanBetze(“female dog”).  Some suppose the beginning of bichonto be the outcome of the apheresis, or shortening, of the word barbichon(“little poodle”), a by-product of barbiche(“shaggy pet dog”); nevertheless, this is unlikely, otherwise difficult, given that the word bichon(confirmed 1588) is older than barbichon(attested 1694).  
The Bichons were broken down in to four classifications: the Bichon Maltese, the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Havaneseand the Bichon Tenerife. All come from the Mediterranean area. Because of their merry disposition, they took a trip a lot and were frequently utilized as barterby sailors as they moved from continent to continent. The pets located very early success in Spainand it is usually believed that Spanish seafarers presented the type to the Canary Isleof Tenerife. In the 14th century, Italianseafarers uncovered the little canines on their trips and are accepted with returning them to the continent, where they became excellent faves of Italian the aristocracy. Commonly, as was the style of the day with pets in the courts, they were cut “cougar design,” like a modern-day Portuguese Water Dog.
Though not considered a retrieveror water canine, the Bichon, because of its ancestry as a sailor’s dog, has an affinity for and appreciates water and retrieving. On the watercrafts however,.the dog’s job was that of acompanion dog.
The “Tenerife”, or “Bichon”, had success in France during the Renaissance under Francis I (1515–1547), but its popularity skyrocketed in the court of Henry III (1574–1589). The breed also enjoyed considerable success in Spain as a favorite of the Infantas, and painters of the Spanish school often included them in their works. For example, the famous artist, Francisco de Goya, included a Bichon in several of his works.
Interest in the breed was renewed during the rule of Napoleon III, but then waned until the late 19th century when it became the “common dog”, running the streets, accompanying the organ grindersof Barbary, leading the blind and doing tricks in circuses and fairs.
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