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Is a Bichon Frise Right For Me?

Once you've determined that you are ready, willing, able and committed to adding a dog to your family, you need to determine if the Bichon Frise breed will fit your family and lifestyle.

Learn the breed standard, common heath problems in the breed, and general temperament and personality by reading as much as you can about the breed you are looking for.

If you're not sure what breed is right for you or your family or where to begin, we regularly recommend the following two books for prospective puppy/dog parents:

Choosing a Dog for Dummies book coverChoosing a Dog for Dummies® by Chris Walkowicz
John Wiley & Sons, 2001; 360 pages

Adding a pet to the household is an exciting time but one where you need to coast, exploring the pros and cons, rather than zooming full speed ahead. Iincludes advice from long-time owners who care deeply about their dogs.

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Your purebred puppy: a buyer's guide book coverYour purebred puppy: a buyer's guide by Michele Welton
Owl Books, 2nd edition, 2000; 319 pages

Discover step-by-step how to select the right breed of dog for your family, how to locate and choose a good breeder, and how to choose the puppy that suits your family best.

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Books About Bichons Frises

The following is a list of published Bichon Frise books with comments. Dream Bichons has provided some direct shopping links -- proceeds directly support this web site.

Guide to Owning a Bichon Frise book coverGuide to Owning a Bichon Frise by Jamie Dylan
TFH Publications, 1997; 64 pages

For the new owner. Includes puppy care, grooming, training, breed history, general health care, and breed standard. Contains lots of excellent color pictures.

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The Proper Care of the Bichon Frise book coverThe Proper Care of Bichon Frises by Ann Hearn
TFH Publications, 2000; 256 pages

Covers all the basics of Bichon ownership. 200 full color photos.

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New Owner's Guide to Bichons FrisesA New Owner's Guide to Bichons Frises by Andrew and Mary Ellen Mills
TFH Publications, 1998, 160 pages

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The World of the Bichon Frise book coverThe World of the Bichon Frise by Anna Katherine Nicholas
TFH Publications, 1996

History of the Bichon and its arrival on American and British shores, advice on raising, training, grooming, breeding and loving this little dog.

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How to Train Your Bichon FriseHow to Train Your Bichon Frise by Liz Palika

TFH Publications, 2000; 96 pages

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The Bichon Frise Today by Jackie Ransom
Hungry Minds, Inc., 1999; 224 pages

Traces the origins of the Bichon, its development, and its spread worldwide. Detailed advice is given on choosing a puppy, assessing show potential, and early training. Originally published in England.

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The Complete Bichon Frise book coverThe Complete Bichon Frise by Barbara Stubbs
Hungry Minds, Inc., 1990; 280 pages

For a deeper understanding of the Bichon Frise breed. (Currently out-of-print.) * We recommend this book as the core title of a Bichon library.

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The Bichon Frise: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Mary & Kathie Vogel
John Wiley & Sons, 1996; 160 pages

Suitable for the new pet owner, this book covers breed characteristics as well as basic dog care. * We recommend this book as the core title of a Bichon library.

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Bichon FriseBichon Frise by Martin Weil
TFH Publications, 1997; 224 pages

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An Owner's Companion to the Bichon Frise book coverBichon Frise, An Owner's Companion by Chris Wyatt
Crowood Pr Ltd, 1st ed., 1999; 224 pages

From England, a complete breed book covering the English and American standards, history, care, management, training and showing. A comprehensive resource for the breed fancier.

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Dogs and Children

  • Childproofing your dog: a complete guide to preparing your dog for the children in your life by Brian Kilcommons


  • The Perfect Puppy : How to Raise a Well-Behaved Dog by Gwen Bailey
  • Dog Training in 10 minutes by Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Mother knows best by Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Owner's guide to better behavior in dogs by William Campbell
  • Responsible dog ownership by Kathy D. Davis
  • Good owners, great dogs (book and video) by Brian Kilcommons
  • Puppy Primer by Brenda Scidmore and Patricia McConnell
  • Beginning Family Dog Training by Patricia McConnell
  • How to be the Leader of the Pack by Patricia McConnell
  • Clicker magic (video) by Karen Pryor
  • How to Raise a Puppy you can live with by Clarice Rutherford
  • Clicking with Your Dog : Step-by-Step in Pictures by Peggy Tillman
  • The Canine Good Citizen : Every Dog Can Be One by Joachim Volhard, et al
  • What All Good Dogs Should Know: The Sensible Way to Train by Joachim Volhard
  • Dog training; the gentle modern method by David Weston
  • Click and treat training kit (video & booklet set) by Gary Wilkes

Behavior Challenges

  • Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell
  • I'll be Home Soon by Patricia McConnell
  • Dog problems: the gentle modern cure by David Weston

Veterinary & Health

  • Homeopathic care for cats and dogs: small doses for small animals by Donald Hamilton
  • UC Davis Book of Dogs : The Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies by School of Veterinary Medicine Staff, Mordecai Siegal
  • Dr. Pitcairn's complete guide to natural health for dogs & cats by Richard Pitcairn

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