The Silkchon is a relatively new designer dog. He possesses a mix of all of the traits of his parents and there is often no way to pinpoint the exact personality of each Silkchon. For example, the Bichon Frise adores children but the Silky Terrier typically does not do well with youngsters. The Silkchon may or may not like children. Each dog is an individual and may possess the characteristics of either parent so it is helpful to look into the histories of the parent breeds for a better understanding of your hybrid. The Bichon Frise breed originated in the Mediterranean. This fluffy white dog is a descendant of the Barbet or Water Spaniel. Hundreds of years ago this dog was used as a sailing companion by the Spanish. Their history as a sailing dog might account for the breed’s love of water. The breed quickly gained popularity in France and became quite common. In 1955, they were brought to the United States. In 1890, Yorkshire Terriers were imported to Australia to cross with the native Australian Terriers. The result of that union was the Silky Terrier. After the turn of the century, the breed was officially recognized first in New South Wales and later in Victoria. During World War II, this agile dog was imported into the United States where he quickly gained popularity. In 1959, the Silky Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club and the breed was entered into the toy group. The tiny Silky Terrier is not only loyal but also brave. In 1996, a Silky Terrier named Fizo was bestowed with the Australian Purple Cross of Bravery when he leaped from a balcony to save his nine-year-old owner from a toxic brown snake.