|BICHON FRISE (Bichon à
TRANSLATION : Mrs. Peggy Davis.
ORIGIN : France and Belgium.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD : 10.01.1972.
UTILIZATION : Companion.
CLASSIFICATION FCI : Group 9 Companions and toys Section 1 Bichons
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Lively and playful little dog, with a lively
gait, medium length muzzle, long corkskrew-curled very soft hair, very
fur of the Mongolian goat. Head carriage is proud and high, the eyes
dark, lively and expressive.
HEAD : The skull longer than the muzzle, the head in harmony
with the body.
Nose : The nose is rounded, black, finely grained and glossy.
Lips : The lips are fine, rather lean, less however than in
the Schipperke, falling only enough so as to cover the lower lip, but never
heavy nor pendulous; they are normally black up to the corner of the lips;
the lower lip must not be heavy nor visible, nor soft and does not allow
the mucous membranes to be seen when the mouth is closed.
Teeth : Bite normal, i.e. the incisors of the lower jaw are
placed immediately against and behind the point of the teeth in the upper
Muzzle : The muzzle must not be thick nor heavy, without however
being pinched; the cheeks are flat and not very muscular. The stop not
marked, the furrow between the superciliary arches slightly visible.
Eyes : Dark eyes, as much as possible with dark eyelids, of
a rather round shape and not almond shaped; not placed obliquely; lively,
not too big, not
showing any white. Neither large nor prominent as in the Griffon Bruxellois
and the Pekingese; the socket must not bulge. The eyeball must not stand
out too much.
Skull : The skull is rather flat to the touch although the coat
makes it appear round.
Ears : Drooping, well furnished with fine curly long hairs,
carried rather forward when the dog is attentive, but in such a way that
the front edge touches
the skull and does not stand away obliquely; the length of the cartilage
must not, like in the Poodle, extend to the nose, but stops halfway of
the length of the muzzle. They are anyway not as wide and finer than the
NECK : Reach of neck is fairly long, carried high and proudly.
Round and fine near the skull, broadening gradually to merge smoothly into
the shoulders. Its length is very approximately a third of the length of
the body (proportion of 11 cm to 33 cm for a dog of 27 cm high); the points
of the shoulder against the withers taken as basis.
SHOULDER : The shoulder is fairly slanted, not prominent, giving
the appearance of being the same length as the upper arm, about 10 cm;
stand away from the body and the elbow in particular does not turn
LEGS : Seen from the front, really straight and perpendicular;
fine bone; the pastern is short and straight seen from the front, very
slightly oblique seen
in profile. The nails are preferably black; it is however an ideal
difficult to obtain.
CHEST : Well developed; the sternum is pronounced; the false
ribs rounded and do not end abruptly, the chest having horizontally a rather
FLANKS : The flanks are well tucked up at the belly; the skin
is fine and not loose, giving quite a whippety appearance.
LOIN : Loin broad and well muscled, slightly arched. The pelvis
is wide, the rump is slightly rounded and the tail is set a little more
below the back line than in the Poodle.
THIGHS : The thighs are broad and muscular; lower thighs slanting.
The hock is also more angulated than in the Poodle; feet sinewy.
TAIL : Normally the tail is carried high and gracefully curved
in line with the spine, without being rolled up; it is not docked and must
not be in contact
with the back; however the tail furnishings may fall onto the back.
PIGMENTATION : The pigmentation beneath the white coat is preferably
dark; the genitals are then pigmented either black, bluish or beige.
COLOUR : Pure white.
COAT (HAIR) : Fine, silky, very loose corkscrew curls looking
like the coat (fur) of the Mongolian goat, neither flat nor corded and
7 to 10 cm long.
GROOMING : The dog may be shown with the feet and muzzle slightly
SIZE : The height at the withers should not exceed 30 cm, the
small size being an element of success.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered
a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should
be in exact proportion to its degree.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
Pigmentation extending into the coat and forming rusty (red) patches.
Coat flat, wavy, corded or too short.
Slightly overshot or undershot mouth.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
Prognathism (undershot-overshot) so developed to the extent that the incisors
do not touch.
Flesh coloured lips.
Rolled up tail or twisted in a spiral.
Black spots in the coat.