Thinking About Getting a Bichon Frise Dog? Ask The Breeder

2010 January 26

* Do you test for eye problems like cataract and glaucoma?  Can I see the parents’ and grandparents’ clearances see from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) to show they are clear of eye problems?
* Do you test the parents of your litters for luxuating patellas (ie. slipping kneecaps) or any other orthopedic problems?  Can I see the parents’ and grandparents’ certificates see from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to show they do not have hip dysplasia?
* Does either parent have a history of allergies?
* Has either parent experienced kidney/bladder stones?
* Do you test for heart & thyroid problems?  Are the parents registered with the Canine Health Information Center database?
* How many generations of Bichons do you have living in your home, and can I meet them?
* Do you have a pedigree showing the ancestors?  How is the general health of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents?
* What are their temperaments original like, and have they been raised around children?  What are you doing to socialize the puppies?
* Are you already starting to house-train the puppies?  What can I do to effectively to house-train my Bichon?

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