A cheerful, happy dog, the Bichon Frise is small and sturdy with a dark-eyed inquisitive expression and a plumed tail it carries merrily over the back. The coat must be white, but may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot around the ears or on the body. The Bichon is a naturally gentle, playful dog. He loves activity and requires regular exercise. His hair grows continually and does not shed, so extensive grooming is a must to prevent mats. Bichons also tend to be a good breed for allergy sufferers. Gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate. A cheerful attitude is the of the breed and one should settle for nothing less.