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 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!