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Bichon Frise Breeder Information

Jun 6, 2008
The Bichon Frise is a small dog breed that originated in the Mediterranean region as early as 600-300 B.C. Spanish sailors first utilized the breed, then known as the Barbichon, to accompany them on trade expeditions. The Barbichon was so naturally sociable that it made an excellent companion on long trips. The popularity of the breed spread as it was introduced to various countries.

Its name was shortened to Bichon over time and later was changed to Bichon Frise by the French. The name in French loosely means curly lap dog. In the Middle Ages, the Bichon Frise was the favorite dog of French royalty. It fell out of favor when it became commonplace but gained popularity when it was discovered that the dogs could be trained as circus performers.

From the 1930s-1970s, the Bichon Frise's popularity rose and spread throughout Europe, to Australia, and then to the United States. The American Kennel Club registered the breed in the non-sporting group in 1973. Today, each Bichon Frise breeder must meet the specific AKC breed standard to register dogs in competition.

A Bichon Frise breeder will retain the defining characteristic of the Bichon Frise, its white, curly coat. The American Kennel Club breed standard states that at least ninety percent of the coat must be pure white. The ears, areas around the eyes, and the muzzle may have cream or even apricot shadings, which is acceptable. Though Bichon Frise fur does not shed and is hypoallergenic to most people, Bichon Frise themselves are prone to skin allergies. It is important that these dogs be groomed often to keep allergies under control and to maintain the fur's overall volume and texture.

Another desirable and standard trait of the Bichon Frise is its outgoing personality. The American Kennel Club even lists its friendly disposition as a breed standard trait. Besides being sociable, the Bichon Frise are also intelligent and extremely active. There is even a phrase to describe their random bursts of hyperactivity- the Bichon Frise blitz.

Some telltale signs of a Bichon Frise breeder who may be selling fake or unhealthy Bichon Frise includes not having a kennel, not being able to supply any documentation of puppies' ancestry, not offering any medical records, immunizations, or veterinary references and they cannot provide Bichon Frise information and history.

Other questionable practices include a breeder that will not allow buyer to meet puppies or their parents prior to purchase, sells to pet stores, the prices seem either too low or too high, has too many puppies available at one time, and offers overnight or next day puppies while shipping puppies all over the country. In puppy mills the puppies have never been socialized and are not comfortable around people or other animals.

Buyers must ask many questions to make sure they are getting a real purebred Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise breeder, if legitimate, will also have questions for the buyer to make sure the Bichon Frise will be going to a loving, appropriate home.
About the Author
About the author: Mary Stevenson is an avid 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 there, you can also learn all about Bichon Frise Breeders plus a whole lot more.
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