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Title: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 07, 2012, 12:34:20 AM
Hello everyone!  :original:  Bichons are great, there's no disputing that. However, it isn't the most common of breeds, and was curious as to how everyone discovered the bichon. For me, I first heard of the bichon a little over 10 years ago when one won at the Westminster dog show. I then began finding as much information on them as possible, and completely fell in love with the little fluff.


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Briana on September 07, 2012, 12:56:26 AM
aren't they great? i had no idea the breed existed until i got one. i just loved the cute fluffy fur. after i got my first one, i knew they were a very special breed. i rarely see any other bichons other than my two


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Freedom (Sandie) on September 07, 2012, 09:45:12 AM
I had cats, and I was on a forum (still on there) called Pet Talk.  When my lifestyle changed so I could FINALLY have dogs again, I went to the dog side of that forum and asked what breed folks thought would suit.  Several suggested the bichon, and one person knew of Small Paws Rescue.  The rest is history, lol.


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Katrinka (Catherine) on September 07, 2012, 11:25:12 AM
We are a very allergic family, and my youngest wanted a dog. I thought he would get over it, like his older brothers did - so I told him that if he still wanted a dog when he was 10 years old, I would get him one. (I think he was 6 years old at the time)

Well, he held me to that promise - so I had to start researching "non-allergic" dogs.

I knew of poodles, but I didn't like the breed, and I wanted something small that I could handle. After lots of research, bichons kept coming up, and their adorable little faces won me over! And it's true - I react (weepy eyes, runny nose) to everyone else's dogs - but never bichons!

Oh, and I see lots of bichons around, we were just commenting on how common a breed it had become!


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Alison on September 07, 2012, 02:29:47 PM
I'd previously had a Westie that had many autoimmune problems.The breed is well known for it so I'd pretty much decided on a Cairn.I'd even joined a Cairn forum.Then we rescued a feral cat and decided against a dog.

A year later I thought again as the boys missed having a dog so much.I did a questionaire that recommended what breeds would suit.

I knew a groomer with 3 bichons and she was kind enough to allow me to meet them and I was sold.I wanted to meet adults as pups are always cute.

We went on holiday and Wyn met one,a week later when we were home,we looked for pups and we met Abby.Alison


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Luana on September 07, 2012, 03:03:47 PM
I had to check "other" as the breed came to me quite by accident.  Back in January 1994 a little "gray" dog was on top of the wood pile on our back porch to get out of the snowstorm when I came home from work.  I put my hand up to him and he sniffed it very cautiously.  

I went in the house and mentioned him to my hubby and he said he had seen him earlier but he wouldn't come to him.  I coaxed him into the house and hubby went out in the snowstorm to get a can of dog food, and we called the dog officer to see if he had been reported missing.  He said that he had seen him earlier in the day on another street and he and his son had tried to catch him but couldn't. 

When I patted him, I could feel every bone in his body - he was extremely thin and not gray at all but VERY dirty and not fully grown.  It took the dog officer about 2 hours to get to our house.  In that time, the dog was very restless, but would occasionally come and get into my lap for a minute or two, then off to another spot. 

The dog officer said that the dog hadn't been reported missing.  I asked what would happen to him.  He said if he wasn't claimed he would go to the humane society and probably be adopted out fairly quickly, being a small dog.  I then suggested that we might like to adopt him but he said he could be a problem dog if he was abandoned.  The dog went to the local rescue for a week.  He wasn't claimed so we decided to adopt him.  We named him Scruffy.  It was when we went to have him groomed that we found out he was a Bichon.  He was the greatest little guy you could ever ask for.

And yes, the rest is history.  Our second was a Bichon-Westie mix we named Charlie, and Pepper is our third Bichon.


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: liz on September 07, 2012, 06:56:06 PM
30 years ago I was at a dog show helping my Aunt show the Chow Chow's.  Saw this new breed to the UK and fell in  :loveword:  At that time I wasn't quite ready for another dog in my life as I had just lost one of my Chow Chow's.  :sad: 
A few years later I took my friend Tina to her first visit to Crufts ( bad move).  A couple of months later she got her first bichon. Kizzie was an adorable little girl.  Tina and the kids all clubbed together and got me a bichon named Barney.  I hit the roof and said he could stay until tea and then he goes home.  Well ....... he never did.  He was my first bichon and a complete gentleman with the nickname Care Bear.  You all know the rest is history.  :hysterical:
I have had bichons for 20 years and would not be without them.  They are such friendly outgoing little dogs.  Yes they do have a  :devil: side but this is why we love them so much.


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 07, 2012, 10:19:23 PM
Wow, it really seems as though everyone has come to know their little fluff in a special way.
Briana, I'm like you-I never see a bichon where I live now.
Sandie, that's great that you got your pup from Small Paws. I saw a dogs 101 segment with a family adopting a puppy from Small Paws. It was a touching story.
Catherine, I also come from a family where allergies were an issue. I was the only one who had a dog allergy, and luckily I outgrew that one.
Alison, I never knew that about the Westie. I'm glad to hear that your groomer let you spend time with her bichons. That was very kind of her.


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 07, 2012, 10:27:23 PM
Luana, your story broke my heart.  :sad:The poor guy. Your story reminds me of how a friend of mine got her cat. It was all "black" and nothing to it when it appeared at her front door. When the family got it clean, the cat was light grey.
Liz, that's cute how you said that he'd stay only until tea, and now you've only 20 fluffs. Fate definitely has a way of working itself out.
By the way, I just LOVE everyone's siggy on this forum. They are all TOO CUTE. :daisy:


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Luana on September 07, 2012, 10:36:57 PM
Jessica, we have some siggy masters on here that are wonderful about making them for us.  I'm sure someone will come along and make one for you. 


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 08, 2012, 12:01:04 AM
Thanks Luana!  :original: I'll definitely keep that in mind.  :nodding:


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Alison on September 08, 2012, 04:35:29 AM
Jessica,I caught the bichon 101 episode recently,not knowing it featured some of our members.

Here's a thread about it

http://bichon.ca/forum/index.php/topic,22079.0.html

If you'd like a siggy I can can make you one if you want.You just need to send me some pics.Alison


Title: Re: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 08, 2012, 10:23:58 PM
Thank you Allison! That's very kind of you. I'll be sure to do that as soon as I get my little one.  :nodding:


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: EDDEL on September 08, 2012, 11:21:06 PM
Good question/poll :question: Jessica!

I chose "through TV/internet/research" as I first 'heard' of the breed in a book :book: that my hubby bought for me when I told him I wanted a dog/pet.  Little did I know that I would be mothering a baby in a fluffy body :fluff:.  After that first "basic doggy care" book :book:, we bought a breed-specific book :book:, and fell in :loveword: with the BICHON FRISE :fluff:!

PS: I know exactly who you're referring to.... twas J.R. :fluff: that won Best In Show at Westminster in 2001.  I have a commemorative card :loveletter: of that event, as 2001 was the year (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/BiancaLeann/smilies/princess1.gif)Bianca was born :pacifier:, and came to me. :wub:




Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: darwinsmom (Chris) on September 09, 2012, 12:23:21 AM
Our story is that we promised the kids a dog after we moved from Pennsylvania to California and got settled in our new house, as a way of brightening the mood of the move (and leaving Grandparents, cousins, etc). We sort of hoped they'd forget about it once we got there and settled, but they held us to the promise! Neither my husband or I had any dog experience, so we wanted a breed that was small, friendly, good with kids, and didn't shed much. We were at a local beach and a man was there walking his bichon. My husband fell in love with the bichon and asked about the breed, how they were with kids, etc. The rest is history. Darwin isn't exactly typical of the breed as far as friendliness and love of people is concerned, but he is great with family and friends that he knows well, so I'd say it turned out OK. Dogs are like people- they're all different, even within a breed.


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Susan J on September 09, 2012, 03:01:06 PM
I've always considered myself a  :cat:  person and never cared much for dogs, thinking them smelly, ill-mannered, etc.  I am still afraid of most big dogs and small small nippy ones.   :scared:

In 2000, I saw a news story about a bichon named Leo, who was the victim of a horrendous road rage incident in California.  The case went to trial and there was a lot of publicity including pictures of Leo and his mom over the years.  I thought he was the cutest dog that I ever saw. 

When I retired a few years later, I began to seriously think about getting a cute dog like that and then took all the "match the breed to your personality/lifestyle" tests on the web and decided in early 2005 that a little  :fluffcribG:  was just what I needed.   :original:


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 10, 2012, 08:05:34 AM
Thank you Eddel!  :original: What a wonderful way to remember Bianca's birthday.
Chris, that's very kind of you to follow through like that. I hear that bichons are great dogs for first time dog owners. Like you said, though, all dogs are different. Just as long as my little one will like me, I'll be happy.  :thumbsup:
Susan, I know exactly the story you're talking about, I just didn't remember the dog's bred. That poor owner! :no2: I googled the story to see what happened to that horrible guy. I'm glad the judge gave him the maximum sentence (3yrs in prison). And speaking of dog compatibility tests, I took one as well. It said I was a 100% match for a bichon.  :wub:


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Anna25 on September 10, 2012, 04:54:56 PM
I had only known of one person that had a Bichon before getting Chance.  I had only seen pictures and heard about this wonderful dog through the grape vine.  I have not had a inside dog for about 17 years maybe more.  I have a dear friend that has been trying to get me to get another dog for years.  My husband has bad health problems and I take care of my mother also...so I thought a dog would just be way too much to take on.  She knew someone with Bichon puppies and called me about them, not being able to even pronounce the breed name.  Well to make a long story kind of short...she had her friend bring the two puppies she had to my house and that was  that.  As soon as she stepped out of her van my husband and I were sold on the same puppy.  It has been the most wonderful thing that has happened to us in years.  I know this little boy was a gift from God....no doubt about it.  I look every day to see if there is this breed for sale in the newspaper....I have even googled it in our area....no puppies anywhere for sale around here.  It was a God thing.


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 11, 2012, 07:31:14 PM
Wow, that was definitely a God thing indeed. Thank you for sharing.


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: MattiesMom (MaryEllen) on September 11, 2012, 09:12:43 PM
I voted "other".  I love to watch dog shows and had seen fluffs in all their glory.  I didn't really think much of the fancy, groomed look.  I had had shihtzus and found out that I was dog allergic.  I was preparing to research mini poodle breeders in my area as I'd had a poodle long ago and never reacted to him allergically.  Walking at the park one day, I met a couple with an adorable little bichon.  As I pet him, I realized that I was not having any reaction.  He was so sweet, friendly, and cute that I took the name and contact information of the breeder.  I then researched the breed and liked all of what I read.  I contacted the breeder in Connecticut and she invited me to visit and get a large dose of "bichon" to see if I really would be okay.  Her fluffs were adorable and I had no reaction.  So I got on her waiting list for a puppy.  The rest is, well history!


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Jessica on September 12, 2012, 09:54:05 PM
It sounds like it was meant to be.  :nodding: I never knew that shih tzus weren't friendly to those with allergies. That's good to know.


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: Mia'sMom (Dolores) on October 01, 2012, 09:15:21 AM


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: BellasMommy (Kelly) on October 04, 2012, 08:17:33 PM
I first saw and loved a Bichon photo in the book, The Complete Dog, (I think) when I was a young kid. It was until many years later that I met one.

I loved reading through the other replies to this poll. What a great thread!

This really gave me a chuckle: " Little did I know that I would be mothering a baby in a fluffy body"  LOL!


Title: Re: POLL: Discovering the bichon breed
Post by: southjerseycraig on November 04, 2015, 07:07:32 PM
I hope it's not a problem to post on this thread, although no one has commented in some years. I found out about the bichon frise breed when I first got interested in the possibility of a rescue. I noticed that on petfinder.com, there were a number of bichons listed for my area. The reason is that there is a bichon frise rescue group here. The dogs sounded interesting -- listers emphasized their sweet personalities -- so I decided to learn more. I now have a couple of books about them. It's clear there are, unfortunately, cons as well as pros to the breed -- every source warns about house-training -- but I would think (maybe I'm wrong) that that would be only a short-term problem with a rescue. (I understand that rescues sometimes forget their training in a strange house.) It's also clear that it makes no sense to get a bichon unless I or a partner can be at home virtually all day. As for maintenance, I am reassured by the sense I get that my chief responsibility would be brushing and that brushing shouldn't be difficult with a short-coated fluff.