Here are some of the most common
questions asked about Bichons and about BichonBoutique.com.
is a Bichon Frise?
Bichon Frise, from the French meaning "Curly Lap Dog",
is a sweet little white dog with a soft, fluffy coat and lively
personality. This affectionate and sociable dog ...
boys and girls different?
Boys and girls are both wonderful
additions to any family. They’re both cuddly, personable and
intelligent. When deciding on a boy or a girl consider this - girls
most often become attached to one or two people in the family, usually
the adults. Little boys, on the other hand, love everybody equally -
they have never seen a stranger. Little boys are the perfect little
pet for a family with children.
much does the average Bichon weigh?
The average Bichon usually
grows to between 9 and 14 pounds. The most common weight for a healthy
full sized Bichon is about 11 pounds. Some Bichons are bred to be
smaller. These typically reach between 7 and 10 pounds.
One way to estimate how
much your puppy will grow is to find out about it's parents. Large
parents tend to produce large dogs, while smaller parents produce
smaller dogs. If your puppy comes from a large litter, then you should
expect your puppy to become a large dog. As a general rule, only large
Bichons will have litters of 6 to 10 puppies. The average sized Bichon will
usually have 3 to 5 puppies in a litter.
color is a Bichon?
Bichon puppies are always
white. Some may have a slight apricot shading on their ears or
tails but in most cases, this hair will grow out and their lush coat
will be lily white.
long does a Bichon typically live?
Like most dogs, the
lifestyle of a Bichon determines how long they live. A healthy, happy
Bichon will live to be 12 to 15 years old. Some have been known to
live as long as 20 years.
are little girls so hard to find?
The high demand for little girls is
due to the fact that breeders need more girls than boys and families
who think they may want to have a litter of puppies buy girls, too.
Combine that with the fact that there are more boys than girls in the
average litter, and it is understandable that there are more boys
available than girls.
boys tend to mark their territory by spraying?
If you are concerned about a little
boy marking or hiking his leg, our suggestion is to have him neutered
at, or before, six months. If you are not planning to breed your
Bichon, this is best for you and for him, too.
is a "puppy mill" different from a legitimate breeder?
A puppy mill is a place
where adult dogs are allowed to breed on a constant basis with very
little care for the dogs and little or no medical care. It is a
misconception that most puppies come from puppy mills. There are very few
puppy mills on the east coast and throughout the US today due to state
laws and social action groups that keep a close eye on breeders.
To ensure that your puppy
is purchased from a breeder or seller with a good reputation, ask lots
of questions; ask for a health guarantee in writing and make sure it
is a legal document signed by all parties; and insist on a written
vaccination and worming history. Most important - trust your breeder.
If you don't trust your breeder don't buy the puppy. First impressions
are most often correct.