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The Bichon Frise Puppy: A Dog For Everyone

Apr 15, 2008
The Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog descended from the poodle that is popular in many homes around the world. The name literally means curly lap dog, and these dogs sure are. While they do not shed, they need regular grooming, but they will be happy for the attention. Bichon Frise dogs are intelligent and have positive dispositions. They are bold, independent and lively, but they are also very gentle, making for the perfect combination of loyalty and fun.

The spunky, lively attitude of the Bichon Frise is perfect for families with children. A Bichon Frise puppy will want to play and socialize with both people and other dogs. They are good watchdogs, and will watch over the children regardless of their small stature. They are friendly toward people even outside of the immediately family, and while they have a tendency to nip, it is only during play. And when the puppy grows up, he will only want to play even more; the Bichon Frise never lose their love for life, a characteristic often reflected in Bichon Frise puppy names.

Many potential pet owners suffer from allergies, and fear they will never be able to have a dog. However, the Bichon Frise puppy is the perfect purchase for one of these individuals. Its non-shedding coat has a high probability of not triggering allergies. The dog itself, however, suffers from allergies and skin conditions, so it is important for the owner to care well for the dog. The Bichon Frise should visit a professional groomer at least four times a year, and in-between visits, the owner should treat the dog to bi-weekly brushings and baths.

A Bichon Frise puppy should be groomed from the beginning; this ensures a healthy coat as well as a comfortable relationship with the brush. Brushing the dog twice a week prevents tangles in the fur and can also prevent the coat from feeling coarse and matted. When a Bichon Frise puppy is bathed, it should always be dried with a dog-specific blow dryer. Human blow dryers can burn the fur. The fur around the eyes, mouth and other orifices should be cleaned with a wet cloth to remove any stains, and nails should be clipped frequently.

A pet owner should always be prepared for responsibilities. They come with the territory. But beyond grooming, a Bichon Frise puppy really needs nothing else special making it a good pet for someone with a lot of other concerns. It is the perfect lap dog, with soft fur and shining eyes, and the owner will take pride in his or her well-groomed pet. However, the Bichon Frise is so much more than a lap dog. Even with its small size, it is a guard dog, protecting the people it loves.

With a price of about five hundred dollars, a Bichon Frise puppy is worth every penny. It is a show-quality dog with an innocent face and tender mannerisms. Even the added costs of grooming do not shatter the deal. Potential owners and families should always look first to respected, individual breeders for their dogs, and they should always visit the establishment first to ensure the dogs are treated fairly. Puppy brokers and puppy mills can physically and emotionally injure puppies, and the good temperament and disposition of a Bichon Frise puppy is not something that should be lost.
About the Author
With an unwavering love for small dogs, Mary Stevenson has bred numerous puppies for placement in good homes. While their barks are bigger than their bites, Bichon Frise puppies can add a little warmth to any home. Bichon Frise puppy names are hard to pick, but the facts in this article can point any owner in the right direction.
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