Finding That Perfect Puppy from a Bichon Breeder
Even as early as the 15th Century, a Bichon breeder is held in high esteem by French and Spanish nobility. Through their love and admiration for this hardy little dog, breeders have strictly followed strict breeding rules and regulations to ensure the purity of the line, even up to the present time.
If you have your heart set on finding a perfect Bichon Frise puppy, you will definitely have better luck with a Bichon breeder.
Bichon Frise Dog Breeders – Where To Find Them?
Finding a reputable breeder is actually very easy. In the U.S., the American Kennel Club has a list of certified Bichon breeders. You can also do research on the Web for breeders in your local area. Another option is to make inquiries with animal welfare groups. Some members of these animal rights groups are breeders themselves, or they can recommend a legitimate breeding service. As you do your research, make a list of potential breeders from whom you will buy your Bichon puppy.
Once you have completed your list, the next step is to call up these breeders and to set up an appointment to check out their kennels and other facilities. A clean and well-maintained breeding facility is very important as this would help in promoting the health of the studs, mother dogs, and puppies.
Take note though that you might not see puppies on your first visit. This is what makes legitimate breeders different from illegal puppy mills. Reputable breeders only allow their studs and female dogs to mate only a few times in a year, unlike in a puppy mill wherein females are forced to mate with studs so that they are always pregnant. These frequent pregnancies also lead to the births of weak, deformed or even stillborn pups.
Don’t be afraid to ask the breeder questions. By doing so, this will allow you to determine his or her level of expertise and experience. Legitimate breeders not only know the dog’s rich history, they should also be knowledgeable on breeding schedules, puppy feeding and care.
Good breeders will also ask you questions. No breeder will sell a puppy to someone who is not committed to taking care of a pet. He or she will definitely be asking what living accommodations you will have for your dog. They would also want to know what care arrangements you will have if you are at work for most of the day. To put it simply, a breeder wants the reassurance that they will be selling their puppy to a responsible pet owner.
Once you have found a breeder, and he or she has Bichon puppies for sale, the next step is to find that perfect puppy. Because breeders often keep the puppies until they are 10 to 13 weeks old (so that they will first learn what it’s like to be with other dogs), they would know the temperament of each puppy and help you in choosing which one will match your personality. For example, if you have children, an ideal puppy would be one with a happy, playful nature but, at the same time, sturdy physically for possible roughhousing.
If there are no puppies yet available for sale, have the Bichon breeder place your name in the waiting list. This will give you sufficient time to make the necessary adjustments at home for your Bichon Frise puppy.
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