20 Most Expensive Breeds to Own
5. Bichon Frise
Dating back to the 13th Century, the Bichon Frise is descended from the Water Spaniel, according to the AKC. Considered a small companion dog, this breed is known for its furry coat and plumed tail that arches up over its back.
Bichons are tiny, toy dogs that originally came from Spain. They traveled among the continents with Spanish sailors and were adopted by the French, who featured them in paintings and artwork of the era. This breed arrived in the United States in 1955 and gained recognition with the AKC in 1973.
It has since become a popular choice as a pet and show dog. Because of their history aboard the Spanish sailing vessels, Bichons like water retrieving and swimming to this day.
Once a circus performer, today’s Bichons are classified as companion dogs. They’re friendly, cute and tiny dogs who reach a weight of about 18 pounds. Their coats are mostly white, but can sometimes boast areas of cream, buff or apricot near their ears.
The Bichon’s poofy do is characteristic of the breed and part of its inherent charm. Similar in appearance to the Maltese, the Bichon’s curly mop tends to stand atop its head in an afro position, instead of flopping down into its eyes.
According to Health website, Bichons are good pets for people who suffer from allergies as they barely shed and are specially bred to exhibit this attribute. His thick fur picks up debris just like the fuzzy wool of sheep, but it needs frequent grooming to keep him in a show dog shape.
Many owners of this breed keep him clipped close about the body with puffs of fur at each foot and a carefully sculpted hairdo on his head.
If you fall in love with this breed of dog, expect to spend about $1,500 for a pup.