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Adoption of a Bichon Frise: What you’ll need and what to do

Adoption of a Bichon Frise_ What you'll need and what to do

You can find Bichon Rescue Organizations in Many Cities. These agencies focus on providing and finding homes for Bichons that have been abandoned, You can Check your local Papers to find one close to you. Our experience with them is that they take in Bichons and find homes for them. Ours here do the following:

  • They require to Have Them Spayed or Neutered
  • They Do an Inspection of Future Home
  • You Have to provide a license
  • Gives You the Opportunity to secure one of these popular Breeds
  • Checks to see If Dogs Are Micro-chipped

Bichon Frise might find themselves homeless for a multitude of reasons, not their own faults but circumstances that have unfolded. Some of the reason can be

  • People move into living Homes that do not allow pets
  • Death – Owners have passed away and the Dog is left
  • The dog is lost and picked up by Dog Catchers
  • People got Dog and did not correctly evaluate the responsibilities of being a dog owner
  • The dog is Ill, and Vet Bills would be too high, so the pet is left or given to a pound
  • Puppy Mill and Dogs were Unsold

If you are considering Bichon Frise for adoption, take note they’re cheerful, feisty, and dashingly gentle, Bichon Frise is members of the small breed dog family and is great family dogs.  As a result, they absolutely love their people and will create lots of exciting playtime with older children.

Adopting a Dog From a Shelter

Bichon Frise requires daily exercise and mental stimulation. So, consider starting your pup with a daily walk.  Intersperse exercise with games of Frisbee in the back yard, a run through the park, or a hike in the outdoors. In addition, expect to spend lots of time training your growing dog.  Always be kind, firm, and consistent in your training. 

Also keep training fun by utilizing lots of positive praise, favorite doggy toys, and delicious puppy treats. A beautiful, mature Bichon Frise doesn’t happen overnight.  Hence you can expect to spend lots of doggy time guiding your Bichon Frise into full adulthood. 

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When your Bichon Frise is still young, socialize your little popper often to new sights, sounds, and smells.  Browse outdoor shopping malls together, invite guests into your home and enjoy window shopping downtown to prepare your Bichon Frise for the ropes of life.

Bichon Frise sport a long, curly coat and shed little.  As a result, you can look forward to exciting grooming sessions when your little popper arrives home.  Plan to regularly comb your growing furball to remove unwanted mats and tangles. 

Bichons that needed a home

Plus, clean your puppy’s ears often, and don’t forget to brush your little puppy’s teeth to promote good dog health and pleasant doggy breath. Bichons, once a favorite in 16th-century French royal courts, enjoyed an illustrious career as an early American circus performer.

Today, this all-around family dog has secured a top spot in the hearts of dog-lovers looking for an affectionate friend as apt to take backyard romp as enjoy a quiet cuddle. Now that’s versatility.

Things you need for Bichon Frise Adoption

If at all possible, ask the previous owner or breeder about the dog’s preferred play items, treats, bedding, and other daily routines so that you can prepare your house or dog area to be welcoming and familiar to the adult dog. The basic supplies that your adult Bichon Frise will need when arriving at your house include:

A separate non-skid, non-tip water and food bowl that is not too high to make getting at the contents difficult for the dog; Since the Bichon Frise will only need small portions, a smaller sized stainless or heavy plastic bowl will suffice. Since these dogs are very well mannered and not rambunctious, even designer dog food bowls are usually safe with this breed.

A quiet, comfortable bed area that may be a crate, doggy bed, or even a fabric cube or enclosed sleeping area; The Bichon Frise may also want to sleep up on the bed with you. This will be a decision you will have to make if you know the dog has a history of being on the bed with the previous owner. It is easier to set the rules the first day rather than allow a behavior and then try to change it.

Bichon Frise Adopting

Tags and collar/harness; A collar or harness with identification tags that are correctly labeled and easy to read as well as a good quality leash or lead. Many people prefer a retractable leash, and this can be ideal if the dog is already leash trained and heels.

Grooming supplies; Grooming supplies such as a good quality stiff bristle brush or pin brush, comb, nail clippers for dogs as well as a pair of blunt-ended scissors for trimming.

First aid; A pair of tweezers and an emergency pet first aid kit in case of an accident.


  • As with a puppy, it is important to prepare your home, safeguard your treasured items, and make the house safe for your new Bichon Frise before the dog arrives.
  • Remember that this move is stressful for the dog no matter how gently and smoothly it goes, so expect some atypical behavior and anxiety until the adult Bichon Frise is able to feel comfortable and adjust to the move.
  • A great idea is to restrict the areas that the Bichon Frise has access to, at least for the first few days. This will help you determine if the dog understands that this is their house and living area and follows the housetraining rules to ask to go outside. If you provide full access to the house, the dog may be toileting in another area of the house that you may not discover until a pattern or habit has been established.
  • If you have pets in the house, they should be removed from the area that the Bichon Frise will be started off in. It may be difficult to keep a cat or other housedog out of the area, but it can frighten and even terrify the Bichon Frise to have other animals in the area during the transition. In addition, these pets are likely to be territorial and protective, not understanding that the Bichon Frise is now a member of the family. Baby gates can be very effective at allowing the new Bichon Frise and your current pets to get to know each other before allowing them to interact in the same room or area.
  • Safety checks the room for any materials that may be destroyed or damaged if the Bichon Frise engages in chewing or soiling type behaviors. You may also wish to use a pet enzyme product to remove any possible odors of other pet’s urine in the area to decrease the chances that the Bichon Frise may try to mark their new space. This is particularly important with intact male Bichon Frise dogs that may have a history of marking behaviors.
  • Remind children that the Bichon Frise, while loving their attention and playtime, will also need some time to just settle in. Consider restricting or planning downtime for the new dog to just explore and discover the new house and all the many new scents and objects in the house.

What to expect after the Adoption of Bichon Frise?

  • Plan for the worse and hope for the best is often the best way to deal with bringing home an adult Bichon Frise. These little dogs are so intelligent and so wonderfully loving and social that there are usually few problems with rehoming, although there will be a definite adjustment period.
  • During the first few weeks, it is important to keep the new Bichon Frise on a leash or in a secured, fenced yard whenever they are out of the house. They may not fully understand that this is their new home and they may tend to try to get back to their previous home. Usually, after two or three weeks, this issue is not as problematic.
  • Keep in mind that the Bichon Frise breed is often a bit challenging to housetrain, as are most small breeds. When the dogs are stressed from changing homes, you may notice that they regress in their behaviors and may need some extra attention and retraining when it comes to learning to go outside.
  • You will also have to learn about the Bichon Frise dog’s natural schedule that will help you anticipate and predict when they will need to be let outdoors or taken for a walk to relieve themselves. Crate training can be very helpful at this time and will be particularly effective if this is the method used by the previous owners.
  • Avoid any loud noises or frightening sounds and try to keep the house as chaos-free as possible. If the Bichon Frise is coming from a home with children, they will be much more tolerant of lots of noise and activity, but if they haven’t had kids in the house before, this will also be an adjustment.
  • Plan a schedule and keep to it as much as possible. The Bichon Frise will largely accommodate his or her schedule to yours as soon as they have the routine down. Play with the dog and spend lots of time just being around the dog to help him or her settles in.

Securing The Pet / Leash

We had a family that purchased one of our Puppies, they took him home and they did not have him on a leash. They were just holding him in their lap. When they got home he jumped out and ran away.

We were able to find him, but the little guy was in completely new unfamiliar surroundings, he did not know where home was. We felt so sorry for the lady. She had paid $400 for the pup and he was lost. We went to the other side of town and helped her find him. But it easily could have turned out difficult.

Introducing your Bichon Frise to Other Pets

Whether you have an adult or puppy Bichon Frise, socialization, and interactions with other pets, animals and people is an important part of the ongoing training your dog will require to be well behaved and well adjusted.

The safer and fun experiences the dog has with meeting new animals and people, the happier and friendlier he or she will be in all settings and environments. Since the Bichon Frise is known as a highly social breed that is not typically dog aggressive or aggressive towards people, socialization is often very simple and stress-free.

Bichon Frise Resource Links

Bichon Frise Club of AmericaUnited StatesLink
Bichon Frise AKCUnited StatesLink
Bichon Frise United Kennel ClubUKLink
Resources for Bichon Frise Owners and Breeders