Meet Minnie

For about 2 years we've thinking of brining a 4 legged friend into our home but we wanted to be sure it's what we wanted.

Having a dog is a lot of responsibility and we wanted to feel confident that we could offer a dog the best life possible. We didn't want to rush into it as we'd probably face problems later on.

We both work but I'm lucky enough to work from home, we rarely go away for any length of time and I have family and friends close by to dog sit if we ever need them so we decided now was the perfect time to find a fury friend.

I had my heart set on the Bichon Frise breed but my partner wasn't really a fan, he wanted something more masculine! But we had to think logical and choose a breed we knew we could manager and give a good home to.

After months of research we finally agreed a Bichon Frise would be best for us. Then it was time to find a reputable breeder.

I began searching and came across some very untrustworthy adverts! Then a friend recommended searching the Kennel Club website. I seen a breeder in our local area and gave her a call. She had one puppy left, we made arrangements to go and see her and fell in love instantly.

On 13th April at 7 weeks and 4 days old Minnie came to her forever home. She's settled in really well and is already a big part of the family. We adore her and her cheeky little personality. She fills our home with love and laughter and we can't imagine our lives without her, even after such a short time!

                                                                                                                                                                  
I'm sure you'll see lots more of Minnie, especially if you follow me on social media. She has taken over my Instagram!

I'm so glad we made the big decision! And definitely the right one. If you're thinking of getting a puppy then please do your research and choose a breed which suits you best. I found this website really helpful when we were first decision which breed would suit us best and which breed we could offer a good life to.

Here's why we chose a Bichon Frise:

Good for novice owners. We've both had dogs growing up but never had the sole responsibility for one so choosing a breed which didn't require extensive training and wasn't high maintenance was definitely a good step for us.

Happy living in small spaces. Although we have a very large flat, it's still a flat and doesn't have a big garden. Luckily we have lots of beautiful walks, fields and parks close by but it's nice to know our puppy will be comfortable is smaller spaces. It would be really silly and unfair of us to get a great dane!

Extremely friends. Bichons love to be socialised and get on great with adults, kids and other animals. They're very playful but also very gentle. They love attention and often just want a cuddle. We always have people in and out of our home especially small children so this was very important to us.

General Health. Bichons don't have a history of any major health issues. They are prone to a few things but nothing that we need to worry about, they're quite cheap to get insured too which was a big bonus!

Easy to train. Bichons can be very stubborn and independent but if they know who's boss from a young age then training is a walk in the park. They love to please people and are very obedient.

Quiet... this was a biggie for me! As I work from home I need a quiet and calm space to work from. We didn't want a big that would yap and bark all day at the slightest noise. Bichons are not very mouthy at all.

No mess. We've recently redecorated and bought everything new for our home, we just need to renovate the bathroom and then add a few finishing touches but we didn't want our home to be full of hair. Especially white hair! Luckily Bichons don't cast so there is minimal mess! They need to be brushed everyday and groomed every 6-8 weeks so they're pretty easy to maintain.

There's so much more we love about Bichons but these are the main points we considered when deciding who we would suit most. We made the best decision ever and I'd recommend a Bichon to anyone!







77 comments

  1. Minnie looks so cute. Your post is accurate to the dot. Most people take on pets to look good or feel good about themselves, not wondering for a moment there if they are the right match for each other. Just as we take our time finding life partners, so we should do when we take pets...kisses to Minnie

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    1. Couldn't agree more. I couldn't live with myself if I knew I couldn't give the best possible life to a pet and I'm so glad we waited until the time was right. It's definitely payed off in the long run.

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  2. Aw it is good that you did your research and chose a dog that suited your needs and lifestyle. Minnie is gorgeous, I look forward to hearing more about her x

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    1. Definitely, we wanted to be sure we could give our little pet a perfect life and also not have to sacrifice too much. It's working out so well!

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    2. That is so cute! What is Minnie like at the moment, hope to hear blog updates!

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  3. Awww .. Minnie! What an absolute sweetheart. We're dog lovers at our house .. although ours are a bit bigger (golden retrievers). I'm sure little Minnie would run circles around them. Good for you for doing your homework ahead of time .. it will pay off in spades down the road. ps: How's potty training going?

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    1. Thank you so much! Potty training is getting better. She uses her puppy training pads 70% of the time and has mastered the command of SIT. She's coming on so well!

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  4. Minnie is SO cute! It sounds like you really did your research prior, which is so important in picking a breed. I'll have to be on the look out for her on Instagram!

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    1. Thank you very much Angie, she certainly is a little cutie and takes over my IG feed!

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  5. Minnie is super cute.You have a good choice for selecting an amazing friend and companion.

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    1. Thank you so much. We have definitely made the right decision, we're so in love and are really enjoying being Bichon owners!

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  6. The dog looks to cute and lovely. I've never thought of having a dog seriously because it comes with a lot of responsibility and wanted to feel confident of accepting a dog.
    May be someday I'll have one

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    1. I agree, it's a lot of responsibility and very much like having a child. I'm glad we waited a while and thought it through properly. They're such good companions.

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  7. Oh it's so lovely. While I lived with my family we had a dog cause we lived in a house and there was a lot of space. But now while I live in an small apartment with my boyfriend I don't want any four legged animal in my house (dog or a cat) although my boyfriend insists.

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    1. We live in a 2 bed flat but it's fairly large and we spent so long researching the perfect breed. We've recently decorated too so decided on a breed what didn't shed hair everywhere and didn't need acres to run around in. Maybe one day you'll get a 4 legged baby, they're so worth it.

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  8. It's been a long time since we last took care of a dog. I used to work long hours so I can't take a dog in, instead I got my kids a cat since cats are easier to maintain. Minnie is adorable and I'm sure she'll bring in lots of love in your home.

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    1. They do require lots of time! Thank you, we love her so much and I'm sure we'll make lots of lovely memories.

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  9. This is amazing! I love that you finally decided on a dog that fits your lifestyle. She's so cute! Dogs are very affectionate and you're going to feel so much loved by this fur baby for sure.

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    1. Thank you Carol. She's such a sensitive little soul and very playful. She brings so much love and laughter into our home.

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  10. I could not imagine my life without my dogs, they really do become part of the family. I do love these breeds our old neighbours had one and she was such a funny thing x

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    1. Totally agree, they're like children! They are a very funny breed. So cheeky and mischievous, she has such a good personality.

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  11. oh my god cuteness overload! I've been wanting to get a dog for ages, definitely going to a shelter

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    1. Yayyyyy! Do it! There's so many little babies needing a loving home! Good luck on your search for the perfect friend.

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  12. Minnie is just adorable! Congratulations on your new family member. It seems as though you made an excellent choice with this breed. Good on you for doing your research, it's so important to find the best possible match for your circumstances.

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah, she is just so cute! Even when she's naughty and drives me round the bend. I just look at that cute face and fall in love again and again!

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  13. OH MY GOD your dog is so unbelievably cute!!!

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    1. Thank you Luke. She's such a little diva, don't be fooled by the cuteness

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  14. How flipping cute is that four legged family member of yours! SOOOO CUTE! I'm glad that before you went through with it you really gave it some thought... having a dog is a huge responsibility, they are dependent of their owners... great post!

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    1. Thank you! She certainly completes our home and we've made the best decision

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  15. Omg shes so freaking cute!!! You will definitely have years of love and affection with that fuzzball 😁😁

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    1. Thank you very much! She's such a little sweetie

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  16. It's great that you did thorough research on the breed you wanted. We've learnt a thing or two reading this post! And Minnie is a right sweetie x

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    1. Thank you! The long wait has definitely been worth it. She's our baby

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  17. Your dog is absolutely adorable and I am looking forward to seeing more of Minnie x

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    1. Thanks Rhian, she's such a little sweetie. We're so in love with her

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  18. What a cutie! If I didn't work away as much I'd definitely have a dog x

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    1. They're such good company, so loyal and loving

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  19. I love your Dog and So cute I wish I have a pet like this amazing friend at home too.

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    1. They're such good pets to have and make the best company!

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  20. Such a great article and sooo important to choose a dog that fits your lifestyle. How cute, love Minnie already...very jel :) x

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I'm sure you'll be seeing lots more of our little Minnie Moo

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  21. Congrats on getting a dog! Minnie is adorable! I have two dogs and I love them so much.

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    1. Thank you! Everyone just falls in love with her. Who wouldn't ? Hehe

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  22. Oh Minnie is just adorable! Good luck on your journey with your new family member :)

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    1. Thanks Jemma! We're having so much fun already and can't wait to spend more time with our little cutie

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  23. Oh my gosh!! How cute is Minnie?? Absolutely adorable!! I really love all your advice and tips too x

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    1. Thanks Tanya! We love her so much already, everyone falls in love with her

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  24. Gosh she is so cute and fluffy. I had maltese and Minnie reminds me a lot of my dog!!!

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    1. Thank you. I love Maltese terriers, they're very similar to Bichons!

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  25. OMG she is adorable! Congrats on the new addition to your family! xo

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    1. Thanks Jana. She's the best little thing ever, very naughty but so worth it

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  26. OMG Minnie is absolutely gorgeous. I think you've made the best choice getting a bichon because they're so friendly and really happy little dogs and they don't shed xxx

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    1. Thanks Laura, yeah we definitely made a good decision after lots of research. She's perfect for us!

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  27. Oh my goodness, how cute is Minnie?! I would like a Bichon if we are ever brave enough to make the jump to owning a dog. The time isn't right at the moment but maybe when the kids are older. Congratulation on your new family member.

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    1. You won't regret it Helen, they make the bestest of friends and companions

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  28. Well MInnie is utterly adorable! Congratulations on your nee family member I am sure you are head over heels!

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    1. We are so in love with her Donna, she's so spoilt!

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  29. Congratulations on having a new addition to the family. Minnie is absoluetly gorgeous and a real treat.

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    1. Thank you. She's just the best, we're so in love!

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  30. Awwww....look at her, so cuteeeeee ! She looks and I am sure she is really friendly and joyful. Great post, choosing what type of dog to have for the first time is not easy. My first dog was a Carpathian Shepherd Dog ♥

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    1. She's just so happy and playful, very naughty but so worth it. Lots of smiles

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  31. Minnie is adorable! I am planning on getting a dog too once I get my own house. I love dogs but I am worried I would be too emotionally attached to me. Congratulations on your new family member :)

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    1. They are so worth it. They're so comforting and sensitive, I'd be lost without her even after such a short time.

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  32. Owning a pet is big decision but is also the most fulfilling things you will do. I love Minnie and would love to see her adventures on Instagram :)

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    1. They are such great companion! I'm sure you will see lots more of her

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  33. I want a little puppy so badly!! And this post is definitely pushing me to get one haha! Cute dog 😊

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    1. Omg do it! They are so much fun. So loyal, joyful and playful. They spread happiness wherever they go

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  34. Ahhhh Bichon Frise are such an amazing breed! You're going to have the best time with her!

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    1. Thank you! We've definitely made the best decision and are loving every minute of life with a bichon

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  35. Omg your doggy is so so cute! This is an amazing dog! I want one too!

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    1. Thanks! She is certainly a littl sweetheart. So loving and playful

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  36. We're so excited to meet Minnie! There's nothing like a having a sweet furry one underfoot .. it brightens your entire day. I can't help but smile at her photos .. she's such a cute little puff of white

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    1. Aw thank you! She is a little delight and we love her so much

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  37. awwwww! She's adorable! I want a little pup too so bad! But my son is so scared!

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    1. My 2 nephews who are 7 were petrified at dogs but it's really helped them getting to know Minnie when she's so small and watching her grow. They're slowly losing their fear and love the little fluffyball

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  38. Oh my goodness, Minnie is adorable! I would love a dog, but my youngest is absolutely terrified of them. He has a screaming fit if we see on in the distance!!

    Louise x

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    1. My nephews were the same but they're okay now as they've seen how tiny she is and they've got used to her whilst she's small. I hope in years to come they'll be best friends

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