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Bichon Frise Breeders-Good And Bad

May 26, 2008
The Mediterranean region is the point of origin for the dog breed now known as the Bichon Frise. In 600-300 B.C., Spanish sailors used this breed, then known as the Barbichon, to create diplomacy with other countries during trade missions. The Barbichon was naturally friendly and outgoing and had an attractive appearance. The popularity of the breed spread as it was introduced to various countries.

During the Renaissance, the Barbichon, whose name had by then been shortened to Bichon, was renamed the Bichon Frise by the French. Frise refers to the breed's soft, curly fur. A Bichon Frise breeder must retain all the traits fitting the breed standard to register Bichon Frise for AKC competition. The soft, curly, white fur is just one of many desired traits of the Bichon Frise.

The Bichon Frise is recognizable by its white, curly fur coat. The breed, rather comically, resembles a cotton ball. The fur consists of two coats: a dense undercoat and a springy topcoat. The topcoat, when touched, feels like plush and springs back into shape when the hand is removed. The fur is white and the AKC only allows less than ten percent of the fur to be off-white.

The American Kennel Club's breed standard for Bichon Frise to participate in AKC competition is as follows: a double coat of fur consisting of a dense undercoat and curly topcoat, between seven and twelve pounds in weight, between nine and twelve inches in height, a friendly, alert, and charming disposition, all white fur with less than ten percent being less than pure white, a black mouth and brown or black eyes and groomed according to AKC standard.

Bichon Frise has brown or black eyes, a black mouth and nose, and pendulous, furry ears. The breed is prone to allergies even though the fur is hypoallergenic to humans. The ears are prone to ear mites. A Bichon Frise breeder must make sure dogs for use in AKC competition meet all the breed standard characteristics. Purebred Bichon Frise dogs have two coats of fur consisting of a dense undercoat and curly topcoat. They are seven to twelve pounds in weight, are nine to twelve inches in height and have a friendly, confident, intelligent and bold personality.

Before the buyer interviews a Bichon Frise breeder he or she should ask a few questions of himself. The first question is why the buyer wants a Bichon Frise. The second is whether he or she can meet the needs of a Bichon Frise. If a buyer finds that they truly want this breed and is prepared to care for it, questions can then be asked of the Bichon Frise breeder.

Buyers should ask the following questions of breeders: Do you have your own kennel? (A good breeder will maintain his/her own clean kennel.) Can I visit the kennel/meet the parents of the puppy? (This should be encouraged.) Have puppies and parents been screened for genetic defects? Will I receive registration papers, pedigree, and medical records? (Yes to all.) Can you tell me the history of the breed? (Breeders should be experts.) Are you affiliated with rescue centers? Can you tell me how to care for my Bichon Frise? Is there a warranty? (A good breeder will want the dog returned to them rather than sold.)

There are many other questions that can be asked but these are a good start to finding a good Bichon Frise breeder.
About the Author
About the author: Mary Stevenson is a passionate lover of the Bichon Frise and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Bichon Frise Breeders plus a whole lot more.
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