The Bichon Frise is a happy, upbeat dog with a willingness to learn. They can be quite vocal, but with good training and socialising they make great household dogs.
Bichons are known for their white wooly coats, but puppies can have slight colours to their coat including apricot and grey. As they have a curly coat with a shorter undercoat, they don’t shed as frequently as others making them suitable for people with some allergies.
Head: The Bichon has a soft, dark-eyed, inquisitive look. The eyes are well round, black or dark brown and are set in the skull to look directly forward, with black eye rims. The ears drop and are covered with long flowing hair.They are set on slightly higher than eye level and rather forward on the skull, so that when the dog is alert they serve to frame the face. The skull is slightly rounded. There is a slight degree of chiseling under the eyes and the lower jaw is strong. The nose is prominent and always black and the lips are black and fine with a scissor bite.
Neck and Body: The arched neck is long and blends smoothly into the shoulders. The topline is level except for a slight, muscular arch over the loin. The chest is developed and wide, with the lowest point extending to the elbow. Tail is well plumed, set on level with the topline and curved over the back so that the hair of the tail rests on the back. When the tail is extended toward the head it reaches at least halfway to the withers. The shoulder blade, upper arm and forearm are approximately equal in length. Front legs are straight, with no bow or curve in the forearm or wrist and the elbows are held close to the body. The pasterns slope slightly from the vertical. The dewclaws may be removed. The feet are tight and round, resembling those of a cat and point directly forward, turning neither in nor out. Pads are black with short nails. The hindquarters are well angulated with muscular thighs.
Coat: The undercoat is soft and dense, the outer coat of a coarser and curlier texture. The combination of the two gives a soft but substantial feel to the touch and when patted springs back. The coat is trimmed to reveal the natural, rounded outline of the body. The furnishings of the head, beard, moustache, ears and tail are left longer. The longer head hair is trimmed to leave a rounded look. Color is white, may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot around the ears or on the body.