The Bichon Frise was thought to have originated in the Canary Islands, coming to Europe in the 14th century. They are thought to be a cross between the Maltese and the Poodle. They enjoyed their height of popularity in the sixteenth century French court. First officially recognized by the French Kennel Club in the 1930s, it is about 12 inches at the shoulder, with 9 1/2 - 11 1/2 inches preferred.
Grooming maintenance requirements are high, exercise requirements lower because of the small size. Eyes must be kept scrupulously clean. Bichons make great apartment dogs.
Bichons are described as "white powderpuffs". Their coats may be shaded with buff, cream, or apricot, but must not be more than 10% of any colour other than white. They are cheerful, gentle, sensitive and affectionate.
If you're interested in getting a Bichon, you might want to consider a rescue dog.