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Adopting a Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise is a playful white powder puff of a dog -- and so much more. While most lap-sized dogs are content to lounge, the Bichon represents a merry marriage of athleticism and intelligence, with plenty of cheer thrown in for good measure.

Bichons -- once a favorite in 16th century French royal courts -- enjoyed an illustrious career as early American circus performers. Today, this all-around family dog has secured a top spot in the hearts of dog-lovers looking for an affectionate friend as apt to take backyard romp as enjoy a quiet cuddle. Now that's versatility.

If you're welcoming a Bichon into your home, get ready. These adorable dogs need moderate exercise, consistent training and frequent grooming. The pay-off, however, is a great one: They make for astoundingly loyal best friends.  

Before you adopt your own little fluffball, take a look at our list of things to know.

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