Originally favored and housed by French royalty, the Bichon Frise became AKC recognized in 1971 and is closely related to the Maltese, Havanese, and Coton de Tulear. The Bichon has a soft and dense double-coat, always white. Our Bichons are generally going to weigh around 12lbs and stand at a shoulder height of 9-12 inches. Known as a therapy dog for their affectionate and gentle demeanor, the Bichon also seems to be always happy and loves to play. Daily exercise is required. Generally highly trainable and intelligent; also because they are hypoallergenic and friendly to people and pets: Bichons are well suited for apartment life.