modification of French bichon à poil frisé curly-haired lapdog
First Known Use: 1966
Breed of small dog noted for its fluffy coat and cheerful disposition. Descended from the water spaniel, it stands about 9–12 in. (23–30.5 cm) tall and has a short, blunt muzzle; silky, drooping ears; a puffy, silky, curled coat; and an undercoat. It is mostly white, but may have shadings of cream, gray, or apricot on the head. It originated in the Mediterranean region.