N° 215 / 11. 05. 1998 / GB
(Bichon a poil frisé)
TRANSLATION : Mrs.
Peggy Davis, brought up to date by Dr. J.-M.
ORIGIN : France /
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID
STANDARD : 10.01.1972.
F.C.I. : Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs.
1 Bichons and related breeds.
APPEARANCE : Merry and playful little
dog, with a lively gait, medium length muzzle,
long very loose corkskrew-curled hair, very like
the coat of the Mongolian goat. Head carriage
is proud and high, the eyes dark, lively and
In harmony with the body.
Skull : Rather flat to the touch although the
furnishings makes it appear round. The skull
longer than the muzzle.
Stop : Not much marked.
Nose : The nose is rounded, black, finely grained
Muzzle : The muzzle must not be thick nor heavy,
without however being snipey. The furrow
between the superciliary arches slightly visible.
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 slack and does not
allow the mucous membranes to be seen when the
mouth is closed.
Jaws/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 jaw.
Cheeks : Flat and not very muscular.
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.
Ears : Drooping, well furnished with finely
curled 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. The
ears are anyway not as broad and finer than the
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 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 blades against the withers taken as
Loin : Broad and well muscled, slightly arched.
Croup : Slightly rounded.
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.
The tail is set a little more below the back line
than in the Poodle. Normally the tail is
carried raised 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
: Seen from the front, forelegs really
straight and perpendicular; fine bone.
Shoulder : The shoulder is fairly slanted, not
prominent, giving the appearance of being the
same length as the upper arm, about 10 cm.
Upperarm : Not standing away from the body.
Elbow : Not turned out.
Pastern : Short and straight seen from the front;
very slightly oblique seen in profile.
: The pelvis is wide.
Thighs : Broad and muscular; well slanting.
Hock : Compared with the Poodle, the hock joint
is more angulated.
Sinewy. Nails preferably black; it is however
an ideal difficult to obtain.
The pigmentation beneath the white coat is
preferably dark; the genitals are then pigmented
either black, bluish or beige.
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.
The dog may be shown with the feet and muzzle
slightly tidied up.
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.
· Slightly overshot or undershot
· Coat flat, wavy, corded or too
· Pigmentation extending into the coat
and forming rusty (red) patches.
· Pink nose.
· Flesh coloured lips.
· Prognathism (undershot-overshot) so
developed to the extent that the incisors do not
· Light eyes.
· Rolled up tail or twisted in a
· Black spots in the coat.
N.B. : Male
animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.