BICHON FRISE (Bichon
à Poil Frisé)
STANDARD Nº 215
: France / Belgium.
OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
F.C.I. : Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs.
Section 1 Bichons and related breeds.
: 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 expressive.
: In harmony with the body.
: Rather flat to the touch although the furnishings makes it appear round.
The skull longer than the muzzle.
: Not much marked.
: The nose is rounded, black, finely grained and glossy.
: The muzzle must not be thick nor heavy, without however being snipey. The furrow between the superciliary arches slightly visible.
: 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.
: 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.
: Flat and not very muscular.
: 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.
: 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 Poodle’s.
: 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 basis.
: Broad and well muscled, slightly arched.
: Slightly rounded.
: Well developed; the sternum is pronounced; the false ribs rounded and do
not end abruptly, the chest having horizontally a rather great depth.
: 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.
: The shoulder is fairly slanted, not prominent, giving the appearance of
being the same length as the upper arm, about 10 cm.
: Not standing away from the body.
: Not turned out.
: Short and
straight seen from the front; very slightly oblique seen in profile.
: The pelvis is wide.
: Broad and muscular; well slanting.
: 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.
: 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.
: Pure white.
The height at the withers should not exceed 30 cm, the small size being an
element of success.
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 mouth.
Coat flat, wavy, corded or too short.
Pigmentation extending into the coat and forming rusty (red) patches.
Flesh coloured lips.
Prognathism (undershot-overshot) so developed to the extent that the
incisors do not touch.
Rolled up tail or twisted in a spiral.
Black spots in the coat.
: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.