The name Frenchie Bichon is a combination of the two names of its breed parents: the French Bulldog and the Bichon Frise. The French Bulldog has a story in both England and France. English breeders worked to breed the English Bulldog down in size to create a “toy” version of the French Bulldog, who in fact, is thought to be a descendent of the Molossers, muscular canines who had a thick neck and short muzzle. Small but strong, the French Bulldog migrated to France along with their owners during the Industrial Revolution. The French eventually standardized the breed, phasing out the English Bulldog’s under bite. On the move again, the story of the French Bulldog continued and the breed made its way to the United States. There, breeders cultivated the “bat” ear that we adore in the French Bulldog of today. The other parent breed, the Bichon Frise, is a canine of the Mediterranean, as are his cousins the Coton de Tulear, the Bolognese, the Maltese, and the Havanese. All in the family, they are thought to be directly related to the Barbet. Once in Europe, they were favored by the nobility and when the trend changed, they became performers on the street and in the circus. Today, they perform, and very well, in the competition show ring. Wonderful companions, they were registered by the American Kennel Club in 1972. The Frenchie Bichon was likely bred starting in the mid-1900s, but it has only recently been recognized as a designer hybrid. It has grown in popularity quickly and is known to have a sweet and playful disposition.