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Description
A Bichon Frisé is a small breed of dog. They are popular pets, similar to poodles. They are often devoted to their masters. They also have a common fondness of licking their owners.
Proportions
9 to 12 inches, 10 to 18 pounds.

Color - Almost completely white, sometimes with cream, apricot or buff shadings usually around the ears. At least 90% must be white in a purebred Bichon for show. At least 50% must be white in a Bichon Puppy for show. Color fades during the first year of life. During this time the coat also changes from puppy fluff to frise.

Face - Expression should be alert, soft, inquisitive. The eyes are usually very dark, either black or dark brown. The skin surrounding the eye is also very dark. The nose and lips are always black. The ears are drop and covered in long, flowing hair.

Coat - The undercoat is soft and dense while the outercoat is curly, giving it a powderpuff look. The coat feels thick and should spring back if touched.

Muscle-The muscle tone is of exceptional quality, especially the lower thighs and buttocks area.
10 to 18 pounds.
Background
Bichons originate in the Mediterranean region (possibly the Canary Islands), and were bred as lap dogs for the French royalty. They were originally called the Bichon Tenerife. The dogs ended up on the streets during the French Revolution, where they were caught and trained to be circus dogs. But their earliest orgins are traced to the African subcontinent.
Points of Interest
Care must be taken to keep the face of a Bichon Frisé clean and trimmed, as eye discharge and mucus tend to accumulate in the hair that grows in front of their eyes, which can lead to serious problems. Furthermore, Bichon owners must take care to thoroughly clean their dog's hind (anal) area with a damp cloth after each bowel movement, as the breed's curly hair will quickly tangle in an environment of dried excrement. The hair, however, can be puffed up if groomed correctly, and their tails curl over their back.
Special Talents
Watchdog, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.