The first step in finding the right Bichon Frise breeder is to compile a list of potential breeders in your local area from whom you will purchase a puppy. Your list may consist of names and addresses that you have compiled while doing a search on the Internet.
Some may have been recommended by your veterinarian, pet store, or close associates. You may have done additional research on the breed to help you in determining a good breeder.
Once you have your list, you can start scheduling appointments with each breeder. Take the time to jot down questions that you would like to ask the breeder. Make sure that you schedule at the most two breeders in a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. You need a lot of time not only for the interviews, but also to tour their kennels and other facilities. It may take two or three visits, before you are sure that a breeder is the right one for you.
Here is a checklist of things to take note of during your visit to a Bichon Frise breeder…
1) Where the puppies are being kept = Is it a special building or just inside the house? Are the cages clean? Do the facilities allow for socializing between the puppies and humans, as well as with other dogs?
2) Temperaments of the puppies = Are they happy and cheerful? Do they yap and wag their tails, or even stand up against a wall of the cage in greeting? Or are they shy, aloof, or even wary? Puppies that withdraw from human contact or cower in their cages may be a sign that the breeder has not been applying the right socialization techniques or may be even committing animal abuse.
3) Ask to see the mother = Reputable breeders should be very happy for you to meet the mother. It should be healthy and have a good temperament.
4) Take note of the facilities = There should be adequate space for play. Some breeding facilities even have space where the puppies can relieve themselves. The kennels should also be very clean. Be wary if the breeder hesitates to give you the full tour.
5) Inquire about veterinarian services that they are affiliated with = Inspect the records of check-ups and vaccinations of the puppies.
6) Test the breeder’s knowledge = A good breeder specifically should know the breeding schedules of their female dogs and other information pertaining to the breeding process.
7) Take note if the breeder invites you back = Most reputable breeders would like potential pet owners to get acquainted with their puppies first. This will enable you to find the puppy that is right for you. This will also help the breeder to determine if you will be a responsible pet owner.
Once you have made the decision to buy a puppy, make sure that all the papers – contracts and pedigree documents – are in order before you sign on the dotted line.
Remember, however, that your journey toward being a full-fledged Bichon Frise owner does not end with finding the right breeder. Once you have acquired the puppy of your dreams from a breeder, all the responsibilities for its care and well-being now fall upon your shoulders.