Bichon-A-Ranian

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
France / Belgium <> Germany -> Afghanistan
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Bichon-A-Ranian

The Bichon-A-Ranian's parent breeds are the adorable Spitz Toy / Pomeranian and the charming Bichon à poil frisé. Since both these dogs are small and intelligent, the Bichon-A-Ranian will be the same. They can adapt well to apartment life as long as they get at least 40 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. This breed can become overweight if not sufficiently trained or overfed, so be strict about feeding them ½ to 1 cup of dry kibble a day. Although the Bichon à poil frisé is hypoallergenic, the Spitz Toy / Pomeranian is not, so the Bichon-A-Ranian may not be either. These adorable little dogs are sure to charm and make great companion dogs.

History of the Bichon-A-Ranian

Not much is known about the origins of the Bichon-A-Ranian, but it has been determined that they originated in Afghanistan. These two related breeds were recently combined to give us the Bichon-A-Ranian.
        

A little of the Bichon frise

        
The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean and was brought around the world when it was used for trade by sailors. The breed originated from the Water Spaniel and quickly made its way across Europe, becoming particularly popular in Spain. Italian nobility discovered the breed in the 1300s, where they became favorites. They continued to claim the hearts of the people in France during the 1500s, and meanwhile were still making their way across Europe. They were commonly found in the Canary Islands during the 15th and 16th centuries, but by the late 1800s, the breed had begun to lose popularity. During this time, they were mainly used as circus dogs and with organ players. Some enthusiasts in France and Belgium were responsible for stabilizing the breed after the First World War.
Standard of the Bichon frise

A little of the German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian

The German Spitz Toy / Pomeranian has a different history, as the breed was unknown until 1870. In 1888, Queen Victoria discovered the breed during a visit to France and was responsible for introducing these dogs to England when she brought one back with her. In fact, the Queen loved these dogs so much that she ordered her favorite German Spitz Toy / Pomeranian to be at her side when she passed away.
Standard of the German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian

Appearance of the Bichon-A-Ranian

This adorable dog will take on some of the physical characteristics of the Spitz Toy / Pomeranian and the Bichon à poil frisé. They are small and short-legged, with a short, hairy tail. The Bichon Frise is a puffy dog with a thick layer of loose curls. Some Bichon Frises are cut to be round, especially if they make their appearance in the ring. Pets that stay at home as pets can be cut shorter to make their coats lower-maintenance. Their noses are black and the eyes will be dark and expressive. They have pure white fur and a feathered tail that falls over their back. The Spitz Toy / Pomeranian is also small and fluffy, with small erect ears on top of wedge-shaped heads. They have slightly rounded skulls and brilliant almond-shaped eyes that will be dark in color. These dogs will have noses and eyes that are the same color as the coat, or black. Their thick, coarse coat will have ruffles on the chest and around the head. The feathered tail spreads over the dog's back.

Temperament of the Bichon-A-Ranian

These dogs are generally not good with children, but should be fine if raised with them. They will get along best with calm children, but as these dogs can have the temperament of a Spitz Toy / Pomeranian, they could lash out at a child who catches them. They can get lonely if left alone for long periods, as they are so affectionate and family-oriented.

Needs and activities of the Bichon-A-Ranian

The Bichon-A-Ranian is a hybrid breed that will take on the personalities of the Bichon à poil frisé and the Spitz Toy / Pomeranian. They are intelligent and respond to training when it is consistent and gentle. They are loyal and loving, making them great pets that will be affectionate and protective. All dogs, whatever their breed, will benefit from socialization and obedience training early in life. This will ensure that they are confident, respectful dogs who will listen to the owner's commands and get on well with other pets and people.

Maintenance of the Bichon-A-Ranian

The Bichon-A-Ranian's long, fluffy coat will look its best if brushed daily. Bathe these dogs if necessary. Maintenance can be different, depending on the parent from which it adopts its coat. If their coat is curly, like the Bichon à poil frisé, it will need to be groomed more often than the straight-coated Spitz Toy / Pomeranian. Bichon Frises are prone to skin allergies and other problems. Therefore, it's important to stay on top of coat care. They have fur that could tangle in water, so always brush them before bathing. These more Spitz Toy / Pomeranian-like hybrids will need brushing at least twice a week to remove tangles and debris from their fur. To keep their coats clean, trim the fur around the ears, back, face and feet. Small breeds like these are prone to dental disease, so brushing their teeth at least two or three times a week is a must, although every day is preferable. Also clean your dog's ears weekly and trim his nails monthly.

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