The bichon frise is considered full-grown at a year old, but she may stop growing in as little as 6 months. Ideally, an adult bichon will stand between 8 and 11 inches and weigh between 10 and 18 pounds. Although quite small, the bichon has a larger-than-life, loveable personality. Her happy temperament makes her easy to train, affectionate, and naturally social.
Bichon Frise AKC Breed Standard
The AKC gives preference to male and female bichons who stand between 9 ½-inches and 11 ½-inches. In very special circumstances, the AKC will consider other sizes, but never a bichon that’s smaller than 9-inches or taller than 12-inches. The AKC does not list an official weight for the bichon, but they do list a variety of proportions that determine whether an adult bichon meets their breed standard. In general, bichons should have medium bones throughout, and their bodies should measure ¼-inch longer than her height.