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Here are some of the most common questions asked about Bichons and about BichonBoutique.com.

 

What is a Bichon Frise?

The 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 ... (more information)

 

Are 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.

 

How 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.  

 

What 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.

 

How 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.

 

Why 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.

 

Don’t 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.

 

How 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.