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Owning a Bichon Frise : Breeder Recommendations

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A Bichon Frise is a wonderful little dog, perfect for families with or without children and pets. Looking more like a round, white cotton ball than a dog, the Bichon is friendly, loving, devoted, intelligent, energetic, and very affectionate.

For this reason, we see a growing number of people brining this particular breed into the home, being delighted with the purchase. With the Bichon Frise, you typically see two specific types of buyers – people who want a family pet and people who want a show dog.

Owning an Bichon Frise

 

Owning an Bichon Frise : Breeder Recommendations

One question and an important one at that is are you ready for a lifetime commitment of owning a pet. Getting a dog means being responsible for anywhere from 10 to 20 years, caring for the animal day after day, feeding, watering, exercising, playing, walking, grooming, taking to the veterinarian, and so. Keep in mind that along with the vast responsibility, you get something back – the unconditional love of a pet, as well.

Now, if you have decided to purchase a new Bichon Frise puppy, then you need to work with a reputable breeder. One way to tell up front if the person is in fact responsible is by the questions he or she asks you. In addition to the list of questions you will have for the breeder, the breeder should have just as much interest in knowing where the puppies will go to live. Typically, the breeder would want to know about your household.

For instance, you would be asked about yard space, number of children, other pets, people home during the day, and so on. If you are not asked any questions or just basic questions, you should be alarmed.

You might also be asked why you want a Bichon Frise specifically over other breeds. If the breeder feels the breed is not right for your particular needs, he or she has the responsibility to tell you so, perhaps offering suggestions on more appropriate breeds. The breeder would also want to know about your past pet owning experience.

Then, be prepared to provide the breeder with the name and contact information for your veterinarian so research can be done to ensure you keep your pets current on vaccinations and healthy.

Now, just as you would be asked questions, you need to turn the table and ask questions as well. For instance, determine the age of the puppies. Even if the puppy is six weeks old and weaned, you should never buy a puppy younger than eight weeks, preferably one that is closer to 10. You want to see both male and female parent if possible.

While seeing the male parent is not always a possibility, you should ask. Then, talk about the puppy’s heritage, its bloodline, pedigree history, etc. Health would also be an important factor. In this case, you want to know the health of the puppy, as well as the lineage.

 

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