"The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.|
"Temperament: Gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate. A cheerful attitude is the hallmark of the breed..." (AKC Standard).
"The Bichon Frise breed requires daily combing to prevent matting of fur. Also, regular grooming, either by yourself or a professional must be done. This breed can also be difficult to house train.
"Do not buy this breed from a pet store--it's best to purchase from a reputable breeder. Always make sure that you can see at least one parent and that you like the disposition of that parent. This will be a good indicator of what the pups may be like" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=142).
"Origin - Canary Islands - companion to Spanish sailors and aristocrats...
"Potential problems: housebreaking, barking, digging, pushy, nippy, timid, touch-shy, ear infections, skin ailments, epilepsy.
"Notes from the trainer: This popular breed is nearly impossible to housebreak. Can be snappy. Not a backyard dog" (Digital Dog).
Bichon Frise Club of America
Colby Glass, MLIS