Some individuals have questionably compared the search for the right Bichon Frise puppy as akin to that infamous “Pepsi Cola vs Coca Cola” taste test challenge that took place more than a decade ago.
However, there is a lot more involved in choosing that right Bichon Frise puppy. Because it will become a part of your family, you need to get all the information that is available to make sure that you have made the right choice. In the case of Bichon Frises, the main reason why people want these dogs for pets is because they are cute and adorable, resembling stuffed toys. A plus for the breed is their cheerful temperament. Dog lovers who suffer from allergies have found the perfect pet for them in the light-shedding Bichon.
Once you have you heart set on getting a Bichon Frise, the next step is to choose the right puppy for you.
How to Make the Right Choice
If you are at the breeder’s and you find yourself confronted by many adorable, eager, happy faces, how can you possibly choose just one when you want to take the entire litter home with you? Is there a way to determine which pup is the one for you? There are several books and articles in magazines and websites that could guide you in making an informed decision.
Many newbie pet owners make the big mistake of letting the Bichon Frise puppies choose them. While it may be taken as a sign of exuberance and being sociable if the puppy approaches you directly, it may also be indicative of aggressive behavior in the future. Give every puppy – including the shy ones – a shot. Play with them a bit and see how they react to you.
It is also important to observe how the whole litter acts. Litters acting shyly or aggressively may be indicative of inexperience in a breeder especially with regards to Bichon Frise temperament. For a Bichon pup to be a happy furball, its parents should also possess an exuberant nature. In some cases, the Bichon breeder has not allotted times for socializing the pups with humans and other dogs, so that the puppies are aloof and aggressive. The worst case scenario is that the breeder is abusive of the dogs and puppies in his or her care.
One of the best ways to choose a Bichon puppy is by spending quality time with each pup in the litter. This will enable you to determine the personality that a puppy has. Wave your keys or a toy at it. Foes the puppy sniff it and reach out for it or does it shy away? Does it wag its tail or is it tucked between its legs? An inquisitive pup with a wagging tail is a sign of a good disposition.