Nina The Bichon Frise Visited Our Manteca Clinic

If you want hair, our clinic at Manteca was the place to find it!  Nina is a Bichon Frise which translates literally to ‘small dog with frizzy hair.   Possibly the result of crossing the Pudlehund (original Standard Poodle) with a Water Spaniel, the Bichon Frise is one of 4 types of Bichon.  The other three Bichons are the Bichon Bolognese (Italy), the Bichon Tenerife (a now extinct variety from the Spanish island of Tenerife) and the Bichon Havanese which is the National Dog of Cuba and descended from the now extinct Bichon Tenerife and the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana.  The Bichons have always been sailor’s pet dogs dating back to the 14th century and on land, they have served as companions and entertainers.  It was Italian sailors who, in the 14th century, rediscovered this merry little breed on Tenerife Island and returned them to the European mainland where they became and still are popular pets.  Bichons don’t shed much, are considered hypoallergenic and make terrific pets for families and children. – Geoffrey Antipa



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