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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2007, 10:22:06 PM »

.   Not that a 0.2 inch difference is gonna matter wink1, especially for many of our Bichons whose destiny in life is to lay on the couch, hog the bed, chase the rabbit, empty the laundry etc etc Laughing.

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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2007, 07:08:22 PM »

At 13 months, Ozzie measures 10-3/8" "at the withers"!!  Stick Out Tongue
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2007, 08:01:57 AM »

My dogs are not all breed standard it has to be said Laughing...... but a temperament that cannot be faulted.
Thanks for joining in the discussion meeting Pam! original  I like that you mentioned temperament.....  Doesn't matter if a Bichon is shorter/taller/heavier than the standard says he/she should be.... having the right temperament is oh-so-very important too! nodding


At 13 months, Ozzie measures 10-3/8" "at the withers"!!  Stick Out Tongue
Perfecto clapping Carol!!  I Love word how you got it right down to three-eighths of an inch thumbup.


More points of the breed standard see have been added in the 3rd post (click here).  If anyone should have questions thinking about these new points... topline, body length, forequarters, hindquarters, etc..... feel free to ask original,


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« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2007, 08:49:06 AM »

Thanks, Del! Actually I had help from my hubby.  Bag Head
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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2007, 04:06:19 PM »

Just want to add in case anyone doesn't understand - 3 of my 4 are rescue dogs and I wouldn't change them one iota.  But they are all neutered because I recognise the need for maintaining or indeed improving the standard due to careful eye testing etc.  My personal opinion is that certainly in the UK there has been so much unethical breeding that the standard is in trouble - but we want these little dogs because of the standard.
Hope that makes sense - not tryig to be difficult - just my point of view.
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2007, 10:43:26 AM »

bump ..... I've added swing the last few points of the breed standard see (click here to jump to 4th post of this thread).


In trying to understand / 'visualize' what GAIT Kicking means.... I blush highly recommend thumbsup you all watch TV1 a video!  Click here to read a thread about WESTMINSTER 2007 BICHON FRISE Judging thumbup and to watch said video thumbsup.


I hope our many new members read book and participate in this discussion meeting thread.  Feel free to ask/post your questions/comments original.


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« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2007, 05:27:36 PM »

Ah bless - what a shame the standard doesn't include the stopping at every tree gait!
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« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2007, 06:13:59 PM »

Lacey comes pretty close to breed standard,  She was being grown out along with her sister to be shown, but alas, she fell short of perfect!   Lucky for me!!!   While I was waiting for one of the sisters, I had no idea which one, I was praying for a crooked tooth or anything that would get me my baby!!!  I guess her chest is a little to broad---(never thought that could be a fault). wink1   But that is why we didn't get her until she was 5 months old. 
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2007, 12:30:33 PM »

Ah bless - what a shame the standard doesn't include the stopping at every tree gait!
:rofl:  I'm sure several of our members would agree with you on that one Pam! Stick Out Tongue



Lacey comes pretty close to breed standard,  She was being grown out along with her sister to be shown, but alas, she fell short of perfect!   Lucky for me!!!
YES nodding lucky Clap for you, and lucky Clap for us too, Cheryl!  I hope you had voted in the YES nodding or NO poll.  I have no doubts that Lacey fluff ~ coming from a breeder who shows ~ is a lovely & close thumbsup representation of the breed Wub.

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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2007, 02:38:47 AM »

I haven't measured little Charlie, but he looks pretty perfect considering he came from a Mill. Certainly another good reason to have him neutered when he's 6 months-- although I'd already decided that from the start.   

 I hate to think about these wee little babies being turned out like factory stuffed animals to pad someones pocket--torn away from their Mums before their ready and God only knows what horrible sort of conditions they are kept in and the suffering--it all just makes me so sick.
This was a very informative article on the breed though--thank you.
 I was just thinking about a lot of the "designer dogs" popping up and wondering if it continues at this steady rate if many breeds will become obsolete?  Sorry if I seem to get off topic sometimes...heh...I'm sleep deprived with my new baby...what can I say Wink?  
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« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2008, 06:10:54 PM »

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COAT arrow The texture of the coat is of utmost importance. The undercoat is soft and dense, the outercoat of a coarser and curlier texture. The combination of the two gives a soft but substantial feel to the touch which is similar to plush or velvet and when patted springs back. When bathed and brushed, it stands off the body, creating an overall powder puff appearance. A wiry coat is not desirable. A limp, silky coat, a coat that lies down, or a lack of undercoat are very serious faults.
TRIMMING:- The coat is trimmed to reveal the natural outline of the body. It is rounded off from any direction and never cut so short as to create an overly trimmed or squared off appearance. The furnishings of the head, beard, moustache, ears and tail are left longer. The longer head hair is trimmed to create an overall rounded impression. The topline is trimmed to appear level. The coat is long enough to maintain the powder puff look which is characteristic of the breed.


COAT arrow Fine, silky with soft corkscrew curls. Neither flat nor corded, and measuring 7-10 cms (3-4 ins) in length. The dog may be presented untrimmed or have muzzle and feet slightly tidied up.



COLOR arrow Color is white, may have shadings of buff, cream or apricot around the ears or on the body. Any color in excess of 10% of the entire coat of a mature specimen is a fault and should be penalized, but color of the accepted shadings should not be faulted in puppies.


COLOUR arrow White, but cream or apricot markings acceptable up to 18 months. Under white coat, dark pigment desirable. Black, blue or beige markings often found on skin.



GAIT arrow Movement at a trot is free, precise and effortless.  In profile the forelegs and hind legs extend equally with an easy reach and drive that maintain a steady topline.  When moving, the head and neck remain somewhat erect and as speed increases there is a very slight convergence of legs toward the center line.  Moving away, the hindquarters travel with moderate width between them and the foot pads can be seen.  Coming and going, his movement is precise and true.

GAIT arrow Balanced and effortless with an easy reach and drive maintaining a steady and level topline.  Legs moving straight along line of travel, with hind pads showing.





arrow Any deviation from the ideal described in the standard should be penalized to the extent of the deviation. Structural faults common to all breeds are as undesirable in the Bichon Frise as in any other breed, even though such faults may not be specifically mentioned in the standard.

FAULTS arrow Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog. 

Note:- Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.



my bichons one ear does not hanging,is always up..is this normal it will change in future?
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« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2008, 06:25:31 PM »

I just saw this thread, and added my vote!

I read the breed standard frequently, as it is part of the Bichon Information Station.

Sugar is closest to breed standard.

Lacey is too long in the body.

Marlin is a "BOB," Big Ole Bichon, and doesn't qualify te hee

And Ozzy is . . . Ozzy.  We just let him be and get on with living at this point!

Stefania, sorry I can't answer your question.  My dogs are all rescues and arrived here full grown.  Don't worry, someone will be along and post with their thoughts. 

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« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2008, 02:48:23 PM »

my bichons one ear does not hanging,is always up..is this normal it will change in future?

Hi there wave Stephania, and Welcome To Bichon.ca.  I hope you will introduce hat yourself in our [Meet & Greet] board (click here to start a new thread).  Maybe show us a picture of your Bichon fluff too.  So we can see what you mean about his/her ear "not hanging".

We have a member (Meranda) whose Bichon (Cubby fluff) has a ear that's "pointed up" blush..... and that's because he was bitten by his littermate when he was young Pacifier.  His distinctive ear makes him extra special Wub.... you can see his pictures by clicking here.

Please remember to do an introduction thread.   Don't be shy flowers.  A while ago, we had someone from Greece sign-up too original.



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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2008, 05:20:30 PM »

Buster and Rebel are only 12 weeks old, so it is hard to tell if how well they meet the standard, but I do know that Buster has pink pads.  Rebel's are black.  They are littermates.  Is this unusual that one has pink and one has black?  Also, Buster has a lot more spots on her underbelly than Rebel.  I can really see them when I bathe her. 
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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2008, 09:23:32 PM »

I'm no expert but I think that it probably means that both of them have good pigmentation.  I know that's usually what the spots indicate.  The pink pads will probably turn black as she gets a little older.  The fact that Rebel's are black already doesn't really mean much I don't think.

I don't think it's meaningful that one has pink pads and one has black.  It just means the pigmentation is filling out at slightly different rates.

By the way, I Love word the pink pads and the spots...cow spots is what I call them.
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