WELCOME TO MY HOUSE Which Gender is Better - Male or Female? Characteristics of the Bichon Before you buy a pet Bichon Frise History BASIL - Loves the Ladies PUPPIES and -BICHONS AVAILABLE PUPPY PATCH-Puppy Pictures Contact Me Nutrition Standard 1 Year Guarantee Puppy Scoops Favorite Links ABOUT PUPPY MILLS My Photos


Why do I want this puppy? A puppy is not a status symbol, it is not an educational tool to teach children the facts of life, it is not a stuffed animal that can be tossed aside on those days the family is too busy.

How much time do I have for this puppy? Puppies need lots of training to make them responsible household members. Compare them to the two year old child who does not know good manners, needs potty training, cannot prepare his own food and water and may not always sleep through the night. Puppies should not be left alone for long hours and then be expected to learn all these things in a timely fashion.

How old are my children? Little kids adore stuffed animals and the puppy looks the same to them. So if they poke his eyes and pull his tail, they cannot perceive his pain. However, he WILL feel pain and may retaliate by biting. This is not aggressive behavior, it is his defense mechanism to say "I did not like what you did".

Is my yard fenced? A Bichon can be incredibly fast when he sees a ball in the street, another animal to play with or when he is being chased by a child. It is heartbreaking for a family to lose a pet to a speeding car. An electric fence is not the answer for small breeds. The electric fence cannot keep larger animals out because it only works for the dog wearing the collar. Larger dogs that roam free often attack smaller dogs. There are also "dognappers" that capture cute dogs for resale and other purposes. A yard does not have to be completely fenced. A small area nearest the exit that will serve to take the puppy outside to do his business works well. If you have a secure deck (meaning with a gate and no large escape holes), this may work well for you. This is essential to successful housetraining. It must be close and the puppy must be promptly carried to the area as soon as he awakens and/or as soon as you return home from running errands. Having an area nearby is definitely a human need on those rainy days when you prefer to put the pup outside while you remain inside and dry! Tying a dog out with a stake is inhumane, unsafe and may create an aggressive dog!

Am I committed to lifelong care? Having a pet is a commitment to his care for his entire life. For a Bichon, this can mean as long as 16-18 years! This means through sickness, old age and any infirmities that may come with age. A living creature cannot just be tossed aside when it is inconvenient to provide the care. Veterinary treatment can be quite expensive and the annual exam, shots and teeth cleaning has cost to it. If you are looking for a pet for your child, who will provide pet care when your child grows up and leaves for college? Who will maintain the coat and feed him? Who will soothe aches and take him to the vet on a regular schedule? These have to be considered.

A good breeder has a lifelong commitment to the welfare of pups being sold. This means they will always be available to answer questions, to give advice on diet and training and to help place a dog that you can no longer keep (because of a move, change in your health or whatever).

It is worth noting that you should NEVER buy a pup from someone who "will meet you at the mall" or some location other than their home! And be alert to "brokers" who buy pups from other breeders to sell. Puppies sold in pet shops are from puppy mills. NEVER BUY FROM A PET STORE.

If you have concluded that this is not the right time for your family to have a puppy. Remember that you may be making a contribution to the future of the breed when you opt not to take a puppy home with you! You can always make a purchase when circumstances have changed and your lifestyle is more suited to pet ownership. And if you do buy a puppy, regardless of the breed, please be a responsible owner! Be sure to make arrangements for the care of your Bichon in case something happens to you....






Buying your first puppy can be a daunting task. I’ve added some common questions to ask when choosing the right puppy... and the right breeder. Internet fraud is on the rise, so I’ll also included some tips to help protect yourself when buying online. Arm yourself with information and buy with confidence!

Questions to ask when choosing a breed require?
Are there any common health problems associated with this breed?
Can I meet the puppy's mother and father?
If one of the parents is not available, does the Breeder have pictures available of the parent?
May I see / visit where the puppies are raised?
What happens to your retired breeding dogs?
How many different breeds do you breed?
What is the average life-span of the dogs?
What type of food do you feed your dogs?
At what age can the puppy go to it's new home?
What immunization protocol do you follow for your breeding dogs and your puppies?
Do the puppies have any type of socialization prior to being sent to their new home?
Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home?
Are you affiliated with any breeder associations? Why or why not?
Do you have references?
What guarantees do you offer with your puppies?
Do you require spay/neuter contracts on your pet quality puppies?
If, for any reason, I am unable to keep the puppy, what is your policy? 
What kind of lifestyle does this breed require?
What personality traits should I be informed about?
What grooming requirements are there with this breed?
What type of exercise does this breed require.

Most breeders are more than happy to answer questions related to the purchase of one of their puppies and will be just as concerned about the type of person/household they are releasing one of their puppies to. Remember: It is up to both the Buyer and the Breeder to be comfortable with one another and to ensure that the puppy has been and will be treated properly.

How to protect yourself when buying online:

  1. Email may be the initial form of contact when locating a Breeder through the site. This should not be the only form of contact. Once you have your initial questions answered and feel you want to move forward with the purchase of the puppy, ask for a phone number to talk to the Breeder. If they refuse to give a phone number or they state that their phone is out of service, walk away from the sale.
  2. Never send money through Western Union. There is no way to protect the funds in case a problem of fraud arises.
  3. Ask the Breeder to send additional pictures of the puppy you are interested in. Require a specific item to be in the photo, like a soda can or your name on a piece of paper. If they refuse to send additional pictures or state their camera is broken and are unable to send additional pictures, discontinue the sale.
  4. Once you have determined that the Breeder you have chosen has the puppy you want, ensure that you have a clearly defined contract prior to the purchase of the dog. The contract should specifically state what dog you are going to receive, what registration, if any, you will receive and the time frame to receive the registration papers, what type of health guarantee comes with the dog and what is the process of reimbursement and/or return if the dog is sick, etc. Most contracts will state that you need to have the pup seen by a vet within a specific time frame. A clearly defined, signed, contract will protect both the Buyer and the Breeder and will avoid any problems that could arise from miscommunication. If you or the Breeder make an agreement that is not included within the contract, get it in writing.

Am I committed to lifelong care? Having a pet is a commitment to their care for their entire life. For a Bichon, this can mean as long as 16-18 years!