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Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« on: January 02, 2012, 12:14:32 PM »
Hi! My name is Mon, I had previous post of me looking for breeders and my previous experience did not work well.
Now, I got in contact with Terrell of Bichon of parmele and said that she has a 5 month old baby boy. I know and have read that most puppies are taken younger than 3 months. I was wondering if taking him at 5 months would be too old. How about the name, can I still change it? I know that she is lovely breeder and have talked to her myself but I ran out of questions to ask. I love the idea of getting a bichon from a reputable breeder and, I also like the idea that he is older now. I am just not sure if this would be a good idea. Please help!

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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 12:32:44 PM »
Five months is not "too old" but you may want to ask why the little fella wasn't adopted out with the rest of the litter. As far as changing his name, it would be easiest to choose something that has a similar sound to whatever they are calling him now.

Bichons of Parmele advertises in the back of Dog Fancy. I always flip to the back to look at the little Bichon photo because I like the haircut of the one they picture.

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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 12:54:33 PM »
The breeder had said something about her being sick last month and that she usually gives her puppy out at 4 months old and this lil fella just turned 5 months old. I guess I should clarify it out.

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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 01:02:20 PM »
5 months is still very young and he will be lovely.Its easy to change cats names and I'm sure dogs will be the same.He will be well on his way to toilet training and vaccinated too.

Why not go and meet him and see if you bond?

Terrell is a group member and Andrea knows her and has one of her bichons.Alison
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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012, 01:58:53 PM »
My Mattie was five months old when I got her.  She was a returned puppy and had been "trained" harshly.  Consequently it took me months to earn her trust.  But it did happen and at age 18 months she was competing in agility.  She is an awesome little girl and I wouldn't trade her for any other puppy!  Five months is certainly not too old to establish a bond and form a positive relationship.   I did not change Mattie's name (except the spelling from Maddy to Mattie).  I liked the name and she did look at me when I said it.  She had too many other issues to change her name.  I'm sure Terrell can give you advice on this.  She is a well known breeder and considered to produce quality, well adjusted pups.   I say "go for it"!

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2012, 02:02:56 PM »
Thanks. I'm starting to look at the more positive things of getting an older puppy. He'll be more mature i guess! hehe

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2012, 02:05:24 PM »
Hmm, what questions should I ask her though?

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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 02:10:40 PM »
Definitely you want a health record including tests for genetic imperfections like heart murmur and structural problems.  You want to see and interact with the puppy to see if he is the type of personality you want.  Some people like a clingy, always in your lap bichon.  Others want a more confident, laid back pup.  Explain your lifestyle to Terrell.  See if she thinks this pup will fit the bill based on his personality.  That's what good breeders do.  You want to know what the puppy has been fed and if he is crate trained.  Is he used to being in a house or has he been kept in a kennel.  Make a list of questions before you contact Terrell again.  Be ready to jot down the answers so you don't forget.

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2012, 03:08:31 PM »
Hello Mon.  Terrell is a good friend of mine and both of my furbabies came from her.  I have played with the puppy you are referring to and he is a sweet, very calm little boy.  

Kelly, the dog that is pictured in Dog Fancy, is Roxie or at least it has been for the past several months.  

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2012, 03:25:03 PM »
Andrea, is this the boy you pictured on one of your play dates at Terrell's? If so he is ADORABLE, the one I WANT!!!! Those eyes  :wub: But I can't have another.  :cry1:
Mon, I would pick up that pup in a heartbeat.  :nodding: Five months is a fine age.
I don't know why Terrell has older puppies for sale, but I would think that the  :usflag: market may be flooded with substandard breeders where people can get pups cheaper and younger?

Thank you Alison!

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2012, 04:43:03 PM »
Andrea -WOW! Roxie sure has star quality! She is a beauty.

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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2012, 05:13:42 PM »
I'm glad Andrea saw this thread, as I was going to say she knows Terrell well, and has her fluffs from Terrell; Terrell is also a member of this forum, though I don't know how often she checks in.

Don't let that sway your decision, you do still need to do your homework and ask questions, and Terrell will appreciate that you do!

Here is a link to the Bichon Information Station:
http://www.bichonfriseusa.com/

Scroll down, watching the left most column for BREEDERS.  You can read through the essays on there to get some back ground, and write down things you want to check on.  The links for the CERF and OFA testing are broken (I keep writing to tell them, and I even GIVE them the proper links, but it never gets fixed!).  Those are the tests done on the parents for eyes and hips genetics issues. 

On that same line as BREEDERS, in the right most column is RESCUE, but the first topic is about picking a puppy.  Read that bit too!

The more info you have, the better prepared you will be.  Good luck!
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Re: Planning on purchasing a 5 mnth old puppy? Help!
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2012, 07:40:01 PM »
Bichns are very adaptable - 3 of mine are rescues who were much older and they just fitted in without any problem.
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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2012, 07:49:41 PM »
Getting a 5 month old bichon should not post a problem at all.  Getting it straight from the breeder is a +++++.  Terrell is a member of this forum and Andrea (who has 2 of her bichons) has already posted - so I say - Go for it girl.  :cheer:

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2012, 08:04:02 PM »
Mon, I totally agree with Sandie in that you need to ask questions and be completely satisified with your choice.  I can only speak for my experiences with my 2 but know that her furbabies are great dogs.