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United States
Bichon Frise
Coton de Tulear
The Biton is a hybrid designer dog created in the United States. Bred as a family companion from crossing a Bichon Frise with a Coton de Tulear, the Biton retains the small size and adorable fluffy or long and curly coat of its parents. This is a dog who does well with children and other pets, and can alert you to trouble from afar with its bark. Cheerful and lovable, the Biton is attached to its family, and may suffer separation anxiety if left alone too long. Daily brushing and an occasional bath will keep this sweet dog looking great, while daily walks will keep him out of trouble.
Date of Origin
Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear

Biton Breed History

The Biton is a hybrid dog that originated in the United States. It was created by crossing the Bichon Frise with a Coton de Tulear to make a wonderful family companion. Though little else is known about the origin of this hybrid, there is a lot of documentation surrounding the parent breeds. In an ironic twist, the Bichon Frise and the Coton de Tulear are actually related. They both are descended from the Barbet, or barbichon breed, a dog who has been variously placed in Europe and the Mediterranean. At some point, this woolly water dog was taken to the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands by Spanish or Portuguese sailors. In the 14th century, Italian or French sailors brought the breed over to Europe. This strain of the barbichon was to become the Bichon Frise. In Europe, the Bichon Frise enjoyed a popularity amongst the royal houses of Spain, France, and England until the late 1800s. As their status as favorite royal pets dissipated, they began to appear as circus performers and leaders of the blind. After World War I, breeders in France sought to preserve the breed, and an official standard was adopted in 1933. Then, they were called Bichon or Tenerife, and later, the French name that translated as ‘Bichon with the curly coat’ was anglicized into Bichon Frise. The breed came to the United States in 1956, and was recognized by the AKC by 1971. Back in the island of Tenerife, the barbichon breed was taken by sailors in the 16th and 17th centuries to the islands of Mauritius and Reunion in the Indian Ocean. By now, the breed had evolved a long, cottony coat and was called the Coton de Reunion. This dog became a valued possession of sailors, merchants, officials and pirates aboard their ships, and was brought to the trading port of Tulear in Madagascar sometime in the 17th century. Here, it was prized by the Marina tribal monarchy and soon became the royal dog of the country. For a long time, anyone other than royalty was forbidden from owning the dog. Over time, it interbred with the Morondava hunting dog. In the 1970s, the breed was brought to France and the United States, and acquired the name Coton de Tulear, or cotton dog from Tulear. The AKC didn’t recognize the Coton as a distinct breed until 2014.

Biton Breed Appearance

The Biton is a small dog that displays many of the characteristics of its parent breeds, the Bichon Frise and the Coton de Tulear. This is a sturdy and well-proportioned dog, with round, dark eyes set in a round head. The expression is alert, cheerful, and inquisitive. A short snout ends in a black nose. The ears hang down the sides of the head. The coat is the most distinctive feature that reveals its lineage. The hair can be fluffy and thick, like the Bichon Frise, or long, smooth, and curly, like the Coton de Tulear. Colors can range from a solid white, to white with varying areas of apricot, cream, or gray.

Biton Breed Maintenance

The Biton is a hypoallergenic dog who is not known to shed much. The thick or long coat should be brushed every day to prevent mats and tangles. An occasional bath when needed will keep the Biton’s coat looking great and smelling nice, but be sure not to bathe too often as it can cause dry skin. Pay attention to dental care, as the parent breed the Bichon Frise has been known to be prone to gum infections. Also a concern can be ear infections, so keep the ears clean and free of hair.

Biton Activity Requirements

The Biton is an energetic, cheerful, and loving breed, much like its parent breeds. This is a happy dog who warms hearts with its sweet expression and fluffy coat. This mild-mannered breed is good with children, and can be good with other pets as well, so long as proper socialization occurs. Socialization can also help curb any shy or suspicious behaviors, as well as separation anxiety. Typically, the Biton does best in a big family. This intelligent dog is easy to train, and is known to listen and obey commands from its owner. The Biton can, however, get nervous about noises outside of its territory, causing him to bark. He may need training to prevent too much barking. The Biton’s energy levels are moderate, and he does well with walks and playing indoors and out. This breed can also benefit from dog sports like agility trials and catch.

Biton Owner Experiences

13 Months
4 People
Road trip
Playing in the snow
Play keep away
Very happy with him I should have earlyer
3 months, 2 weeks ago
10 Weeks
3 People
Although still a baby, she seems very intelligent. I think she will be easy to train.
2 months, 1 week ago
Book me a walkiee?
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