The Bichon Frise is a natural performer who enjoys taking centre stage.
They are a small, sturdy dog with a (usually) white, soft, curly coat and a tail that curls up and over the back. Overall, they give the impression of a ball of fluff.
The breed dates back to the 13th Century but was popular in the courts of 16th Century France where they provided entertainment by performing tricks.
They are intelligent, charming, affectionate, lively, quick to learn and surprisingly quiet. They love human company and are good natured with other animals. They enjoy a good walk but are an active little dog indoors too.
They should be groomed and bathed regularly and professionally trimmed too but they shed very little. They can be prone to eye, skin and ear problems, epilepsy and dislocated kneecaps. They can also be very sensitive to flea bites.