More than a 9-12 inch powder puff, the Bichon Frise (that’s Bee shahn Free-zay) is a sturdy solid white dog with more personality and energy than many owners can channel. Sometimes the Bichon Frise is mistaken for a toy dog, though he is a tad too large for such a grouping, and a bit too buys to spend hours pining away on his adoring owner’s lap. Like the Poodle, his cousin, the Bichon requires substantial grooming and brushing on a regular basis. The white coat, sometimes dabbed with a tinge of yellow or cream, is plush, coarse and double, never silky. The popularity of the Bichon has been growing in the United States cine its AKC acceptance in 1973.