It is called Bichon a group of dog breeds that have common features be of small size, having long hair and a sweet and affectionate character. It is believed that the Bichon term comes from Barbichón, as they were called the poodle puppies or Barbet and by similarity, the term was applied to these races.
The Federation Cynologique Internationale qualify the Bichon breeds within the Group IX, in a single section; section 1 Bichones and similar breeds.
In this section are included also 2 races which did not bear the name of Bichon but if share appearance and character:
- The different varieties of Bichon