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Bostillon History

The Bostillon is a toy-sized, hairless, hypoallergenic, non-sporting, and “toy” breed of dog. It is believed to be the “original” or “ancestral” form of the modern Bichon Frise. The first recorded reference to the “Bostillo” was in 1400 in the Court books of the Duke of Brittany, where it was described as “A small and hairy person, black in color, related to the lapdog, and which resembles a cat in its appearance.” The origin of the name is unknown, but may have been derived from the Basque people. The breed’s name was changed to “Bichon Frisé” by the AKC in 1936.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Bostillon Physical Characteristics

The Bouvier des Flandres (Bos for short) is a giant, heavy-set, compact, and powerful herding and farm breed that originated in France and Belgium. They stand between 30 and 34 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 120 and 180 pounds. They have a huge head, long legs, and a thick, coarse, straight, and shaggy double coat of either black or white and white with patches of gray. They have a kind, placid disposition.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White, Brown, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 17 lbs

Female Weight Range: 9 – 16 lbs

Bostillon Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

Bostillon Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Deafness, Cataracts

Bostillon Temperament and Behaviour

The Bostillon is a very calm, quiet, and gentle dog that makes a great companion for an older person. They are very intelligent, and can learn new tricks easily. They are happy-go-lucky and very content with minimal exercise, but are also great at playing fetch and going for walks. They are loyal to their families and have been known to become depressed when left alone for long periods of time.

Bostillon Activity Requirements

The Bostillon is a small, friendly, and adaptable dog that excels in agility and obedience. They are intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train. They also love their families, and they generally get along well with other dogs and pets. A daily walk or run will help to keep your Bostillon healthy and happy. They are a relatively low-energy, adaptable breed, and will meet most of their energy needs with short walks and playtime. The Bostillon is a good breed of dog for people who live in apartments or in a small house. They are adaptable to different living situations, and they don’t require a lot of space. Because they don’t need a lot of exercise and can adapt to apartment life, the Bostillon is a good pick for people who don’t have a lot of time or space to devote to their pet.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bostillon is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bostillon is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Bostillon is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bostillon is part of the Unclassified group.

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