Choosing A Bichon Frise Dog Breeder
Welcome to Bichon Frise Dog Breeder of Ontario AllThat Bichons.
If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times "please" trust your gut
instincts, look beyond the obvious and be patient!
Most people put more thought and time and effort into purchasing a new piece of furniture than they do into choosing a Bichon Frise dog breeder and buying a dog. If more people took the time to make the right decision on choosing a breeder. What kind of breed they choose. If it's good timing in their life. Then, there would be few dogs in shelters and puppy mills wouldn't exist. Do you realize in the United States 70,000 puppies are born every day. Only 30% of people purchase their puppy from a breeder. The other 70% get their dogs from pet stores, backyard breeders and puppy mills. A dog can be a 15 year commitment.
First of all determine if you, your life and your family is ready for a dog. Secondly "research" what breed is right for you. Ask a veternarian, ask breeders. Find out the breeds inherent traits, their size, possible genetic health concerns. Then, when you have decided what breed you prefer research the breeders. Choosing a Breeder is very important. Search online. Go to the bookstore. Buy a "Dogs In Canada" book or a "USA Dogs" book. Call and/or email the breeders. Meet more than one breeder. Even if you really liked the first breeder it is always good to have someone else to compare them to.
Things that are important to observe and ask when choosing a breeder.
1. Cleanliness, safety and believability of the home. For example if the home seems cluttered or has many objects within easier reach of puppies can you really believe they raise puppies there? Do they really let puppies run around. No, I think not. Then those puppies must be out in a kennel.
2. Friendliness, of the breeder (and the dogs)
3. Honesty and openness of the breeders.
4. Do the breeders or have they shown, trialed or proven their dogs? Even if you just want a pet. Shouldn't your pet, your new family member, come from someone who is dedicated to the quality of the breed. I know of people who say 'they don't show or test their dogs they prefer to be home with their dogs'. That's ridiculous. I want people to be proud to get a puppy from me that is born and raised in my home with me and my children. My puppies and adults are very well loved and socialized. I want families to be so proud of the parents of their puppies. First and foremost I want my puppies to go to families to be beloved pets and companions.
5. Breeders commitment to breed standard. Do all of their
dogs meet breed standard requirements. For
example, height, weight, markings) If not do not buy a dog from them. Even if you just want a dog to be a great family member. Why buy a puppy from someone that doesn't care what quality of dogs they are breeding. Following breed standand will help ensure healthy puppies that will grow into healthy adults that will live long quality lives.
6. Do the breeders give you any written guarantee on the health of the puppy. How long is the guarantee and what are they guaranteeing. Can the breeder help you train your puppy? Or, will they just pass you off to some trainer they know.
7. "Most Important" The emotional well being of the breeders adult dogs!
Do the breeder's dogs only live in the kennel? Do those dogs ever get any exercise? Or, human interaction? Do those dogs know their name? Do they know any commands? Have they ever been on a leash? Are they taken for runs? Have these dogs been shown, tested or trialed? Do the dogs stink and are they stained? Now asking these questions and seeing for yourself are two completely different things. Ask to see the parent dogs and or other dogs on a leash and out of the kennel. Judge for yourself. Don't be so anxious to get that cute little puppy that you overlook the obvious! I'll leave the names out because it's not important to my point. But, I know someone very well that purchased an older dog that was suppose to be able to run with the new owners other dogs, and they were told "oh the dog is totally trained, walks great on a leash, gets along great with others" blah blah blah. This dog did backflips and cartwheels as soon as it was put on a leash. This dog had never been on a leash before. Never taught any commands. Never had any freedom. Never seen the inside of a house. And was an emotional wreck. It was very trying and upsetting to the new owners. But, because of their commitment they still have that dog. You need to have physically and emotionally happy and healthy dogs to have good quality puppies. I "do not mean" that dogs can not live in an outside kennel. One has nothing to do with the other. I am talking about human interaction, compassion, logic and love! Why would you give your money to a breeder, for a puppy, if they are not all a breeder can and should be. I don't care if a breeder has 2 or 20 dogs they can be a good ethical breeder. It is the quality of life those dogs have that is important. Ask, do the adult dogs receive all of their vaccinations for: Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Corona, Heartworm, Bordetella, Tick & Lime Disease, De-Worming? Are they feeding their dogs a high quality food?
I've tried to cover all the points. I care dearly about my Bichons and the future of all Bichons. I'm sure you can tell that I will happily chat at great extent about the wonderful Bichon Frise. Please know we welcome all questions, comments and feedback. Whether you decide on a Bichon Frise or another breed we will always endevour to do our best to assist you and your family make a good and informed decision.
Thank you kindly for taking the time to come to our site and reading our
choosing a breeder page.