It doesn’t take much to woo a new dog owner with the possibility of getting a classy Bichon Frise puppy. They are popular choices for dog shows although you should heed caution: they pups require a substantial amount of training and grooming. After all, it takes a lot of work to keep your dog tidy, healthy, and potty-trained.
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The average Bichon Frise price comes out to about $500, but you can expect to pay much more for a show dog with a great pedigree. You should always factor in the required regular maintenance that can be costly. However, a trip to the groomer at least one time every three months will be enough for a healthy, happy pet. Don’t forget the premium dog food, potty pads, scheduled trips to the grooming salon, vet check ups, vaccinations, deworming sessions, great dressing tools, and house training – and that initial investment quickly goes up to the $1000+ range!
Bichon Frise Puppies for Adoption
Bichon Frise puppies at rescue shelters almost always cost less than $500 and you can usually get a nice one for only $100. However, don’t let the initial low cost fool you into thinking that is all you will have to pay. You will have to schedule vaccination, deworming sessions and house training soon after sending in your donation, which should be factored into your budget.
Choosing the Right Breeder
Breeders should ideally be certified by the AKC (American Kennel Club) to avoid running into a Bichon Frise puppy that comes from a puppy mill. The puppies that come from the latter almost always end up with personality and behavioral issues. Regrettably not all breeders are made equal and you should never be scared of asking a breeder for his full qualifications.
Here are a few questions you should always ask:
- Ask to have a look at the actual breeding grounds.
- Ask about their breeding experience.
- How long have they already been breeding?
- Try to get details about the mating procedure.
- Ask for credentials. Accredited breeders will probably have the appropriate American Kennel Club certifications.