1” Scale Miniature Bichon Frise'. This tiny replica of a real life fluffy little lap dog is charming with his pert expression.
The Bichon Frisé (French, meaning "curly lap dog") is descended from the Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. The Bichon originated in the Mediterranean area. Because of their merry disposition,they traveled much and were often used as barter by sailors as they moved from continent to continent. The dogs found early success in Spain and it is generally believed that Spanish seamen introduced the breed to the Canary Island of Tenerife. In the 14th century, Italian sailors rediscovered the little dogs on their voyages and are credited with returning them to the continent, where they became great favorites of Italian nobility. Often, as was the style of the day with dogs in the courts, they were cut "lion style. The 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. Popular during the rule of Napoleon III, interest in the breed waned until the late 19th century when it became the "common dog", running the streets, accompanying the organ grinders of Barbary, leading the blind and doing tricks in circuses and fairs. The Bichon was brought to the United States in 1955.