The Bichon Frise is classified in the "Non-SportingGroup" by the American Kennel Association. They are sturdy, compact, and of moderate bone.
The Bichon Frise stands 9" to 12" at the withers (or shoulder bone). They are about 1/4 longer in lengthof body than they are tall. They generally weigh 7to 12 pounds when fully grown.
The words, "white powder puff" have often been used to describe the look of the Bichon Frise. Although some Bichon Frise pups have beige to apricot markings on their ears, heads, or bodies, this coloring fades with maturity. By adulthood, they are usually all white, although cream, apricot, or buff hairs are permitted. The overall impression must be that of a white dog.
The Bichon Frise are a non-shedding, odorless breed. These qualities make the breed virtually hypo-allergenic.
Bichon Frises possess a coat of unique texture.It is a double-coat. The under-coat is soft and dense, while the outer-coat is coarser and curlier, but not wiry. The combination of these two coats provides a soft, velvety, substantial, feel when touched. When bathed and brushed the coat stands off the body, and when patted, it springs back.
The Bichon Frise coat is traditionally trimmed to reveal the natural outline of the body. The trimmed coat is rounded off and left long enough to maintain the "powder puff look" which characterizes the appearance of this breed.
The hair of the head, beard, moustache, ears,and tail is left a little longer than that on the body. The hair on the head is also trimmed to create a rounded look. The ears are droppedand the long hair on them is gently trimmed to further accent the rounded appearance of head.
The beauty of the Bichon Frise face is accentuated by a jet black nose and lips. The eye rims are also black. The eyes are round and either black or very dark brown. The inquisitive, alert expression of the Bichon Frise is further enhanced by the halos of black or very dark brown skin that surround the eyes.
The tail of the Bichon Frise is well-plumed. It curves gracefully upward so that the hair of the tail gently touches the back.
Being a non-shedding breed, the coat of the Bichon Frise must be combed frequently to remove dead hair.Without this kind of grooming care several times each week, hot spots, matts, and tangles will develop.
As with any white dog, the Bichon Frise requires frequent bathing to stay white. Additionally, the ears and eyes need regular care.