One common quality of Bichon Frises is usually their hyper activity. However, on the other hand, Bichons are quite sociable and intelligent, and therefore make for delightful pets. But due to these very characteristics, certain Bichons are good for certain households. And this choice, as difficult as it may seem, needs to be made right at the start even as you are bringing home a puppy.
Therefore, to get a pup that has the desirable qualities and fits in with the individual conditions of your home well, you need to be very careful when picking one. And for that here are the various checkpoints to consider.
1. Choose your breeder first
The first checkpoint is to ensure that you get a good breeder. This is because a good breeder ensures that he or she keeps relatively healthy dogs, and cares for them properly, so that you get the best possible pups from the litters bred.
The breeder should be able to produce health check reports for both parents of the litter that you are adopting from.In case the breeder does not own both sire and dam, you should still insist on seeing the reports for both parents. In case the sire belonged to another breeder, your breeder should have got hold of the reports for the sire prior to breeding.In general, look for breeders who work with healthy dogs because it is believed that the illnesses in Bichon genes should be bred out of the race.
Pick breeders who are actively involved in Bichon breed clubs.
A breeder who regularly participates in dog shows and is a club-member is another good choice.Your breeder must be quite knowledgeable about the breed and ready to discuss all issues with you. This shows that a breeder is serious about his dogs and not just in it for the money.
If you heard of your breeder in the local newspapers, he probably isn’t a very reputed breeder. This is because the really good breeders needn’t advertise – they have a waiting list of people wanting to adopt!Reputable breeders will always enforce through their contract that you spay/neuter the puppy soon after adopting, when adopting as a pet and not as a show dog.Reputable and good breeders usually take care of the pups till the age of 9-12 weeks of age. Do not adopt from a breeder who gives away younger pups.Another way to ensure that the breeder is good is if he has all authentic registration documents and AKC papers ready for you when you adopt.And finally the facility of a good breeder will be a clean, hygienic and hospitable place where all the dogs are equally cared for.
Remember a good breeder will mean that the pups are better behaved and the breeder will himself help you to pick the right pup.
2. Pedigree of your PupIn other words, you need to ensure that the dam and sire of the Bichon you adopted show certain characteristics. This is because heredity plays a great role in the quality of pup you get. Look out for these factors:
Both the parents should have undergone eye examinations, the certificates of which you should have access to. Such a certificate is called a CERF certificate.
OFA certificates – hip x-rays and tests – for both parents are another must.
Rear knee caps or patella exam is another requisite.
Also you should check the registration papers and any championship certificates for both sire and dam.
And once you’ve considered the breeder, and the parents, it is time to look at the pup you want to adopt!
3. Study your Pup
A lot can be told from the physical appearance and temperament of your Bichon Frise. Here are the things you should look out for:
Height: 9-12 inches at the shoulders.
Weight: anywhere between 7 and 12 pounds.
Structure: strong chest and long neck.
Coat: soft undercoat and coarse and curly outer coat that appears to be puffed up.
Coat examination: When patted, the coat should appear to bounce back.
Facial structure: short muzzle, drop/floppy ears, eyes surrounded by dark haloes, lips and nose dark black in color.
Personality: sociable, with both humans as well as other dogs.
Traits: Energetic and playful pups.
Keeping these factors in mind, you should be able to pick out the best-suited pup for your household.In addition of course, most people who have Bichon as pets will tell you that the best way to match your dog with your home environment is to discuss all the aspects with the breeder and let him or her make the choice. After all, having nurtured each and every puppy from birth, the breeder knows their individual temperaments best