Due to the fact that the Jackie-Bichon is a newer hybrid breed, he hasn't had the chance to build up a well-detailed origin story for himself just yet. Thankfully, we do know a lot about his parent breeds, the Jack Russell Terrier and the Bichon Frise, that allow us to capture a glimpse into the Jackie-Bichon's past. Let's start with the Jack Russell Terrier. This breed of dog was dreamed up by an Oxford student who absolutely loved fox hunting. His name was Jack Russell and when he purchased his first Terrier, by the name of Trump, he new that he was hooked. Using Trump, Russell created a new line of Fox Terrier that was created with the sole purpose of diving down fox holes with lots of flexibility and agility. That is why the Jack Russell Terrier has an extremely flexible chest and an excellent nose. His long body is decorated with short and weather resistant fur in a patchwork color pattern of white and tan. Initially, this was a very popular breed who was adopted by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America. They had high standards for their beloved breed, and when the American Kennel Club wanted to recognize the breed in 1997, it wasn't well received. Despite the opposition against it, the AKC recognized the Jack Russell Terrier and called it the "Parson Russell Terrier" as Jack Russell Terrier was already trademarked. This breed is now used today as a hunting companion and family dog all over the United States. The Bichon Frise is one of those dogs who has always been around. It is thought that the first Bichon Frise were created some 2,000 years ago in the Mediterranean and were able to travel throughout the world by being used as trade goods. Although the Bichon was extremely popular due to his appearance and lovable personality, by the 19th century he had slowly gone down the list of top loved dogs. No longer did they occupy the courts of France, and instead were found most commonly accompanying street performers and and organ grinders. Although this may seem sad, due to the Bichon's happy and clown-like personality, he was probably just as happy being a performer as he once was a court animal. Finally, in the 20th century, the Bichon Frise once again became a popular family dog and made their way to America in the arms of a French family who moved to Michigan in the year 1965. The Bichon Frise Club of America was founded not long after and the breed was then recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1973. The dogs are now used as show animals and companions all over the world. When these two interesting breeds are combined, we end up with the Jackie-Bichon; a lovable little dog who has a very big personality. He is extremely intelligent, high energy, and upbeat, yet he also makes a wonderful cuddle companion and does well with children and other animals. There is no doubt that the Jackie-Bichon is out to steal the show wherever he goes!