The Bichon Tenerife was a small bichon-type dog that was once found on the Canary Island of Tenerife, located off the coast of northern Africa. Not a breed by the modern sense, but they bred pure on the island for several hundred years. Originally brought to the island by the Spanish, they have been listed by some authors as the primary ancestor of the bichon family. This seems unlikely, as the Maltese has been known to exist far before the Spanish arrived on Tenerife. Other authors state that the Bichon Tenerife was simply the predecessor to the modern Bichon Frisé and through the extinct Coton de Reunion, the Coton de Tuléar.