|Bichon Puppies are only about 6 oz (170gms) when born|
|Bichon Frise average lifespan is about 14 years - but many live to 16 and
we know of Bichons that have made 19 Years of age|
|The dark pigment around the eyes is known as the Halos|
|The Bichon Frise breed Standard says the breed should be less than 12
inches (30cm) at the shoulder|
|According to the records in the Bichon Frise Club of Victoria Year Book
the first Bichon Frise imported into Australia was Am Ch C&D's Beau
Monde Sunflower of Leander in 1973|
|The first litter born in Victoria was on the 16 March 1978, owned by Norma
|Australia's top winning bitch of all time is Aust Ch Azara Mabelle Ami
owned by John & Wendy Hutchison (Monjoie Kennels)|
|According to the Dog Directory Guide to the Bichon Frise by Jackie Ransom,
the first Bichon Frise registered by the Kennel Club in England was in 1957
and called Espor du Kloziers owned by Mr & Mrs Hobart (this was a pet
|Bichons will sometimes stand on their back legs and "flap" their
|The Bichon Frise Club of Great Britain was formed on 17th April 1976|
|The Bichon Frise Club of Victoria was formed on 9th May 1979|
|Aust Ch & Eng Ch Leijazulip Jazz of Zudiki (Imp UK) was the fist
Bichon Frise to win a toy group at a Championship Show in Great Britain|
|Jazz was unbeaten at Breed Championship Shows - having competed at 5
shows and won Best In Show at all 5|
|The Correct pronunciation of Bichon Frise is Beeshon Freesay|
|The Bichon Frise Club of Victoria has written a breed extension for the
I once rubbed shoulders with Emporers, but that was a long time ago
I once adorned many paintings, mostly famous, by Goya, you know.
I knew many people in Royalty, for I always took pride of place.
Then along came the French Revolution, I fell from favour - Disgrace.
But I survived through my numerous talents, like dancing and doing fine tricks.
No doubt I'm a wonderful charmer, you might say I'm even quite chic.
Then back in the twenties or thirties, I was put back to my rightful place.
Included in the French Stud Book, so my ancestry you may now trace.
And then it started to happen, as I knew all along it just would.
The World discovered I'm pretty, and also pretty darn good.
So now I'm back where I should be, at the top of the tree if you please.
Did you guess who I am, well you should have, of course,
I'm the GREAT BICHON FRISE
By John Hutchison (reprinted from the Bichon Frise Club of
Victoria with permission of the author)
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