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Bichons are wonderful, engaging and entertaining dogs who love and thrive on companionship. They range in size from 6-30 pounds however the average size is 15-17 pounds. We occasionally rescue bichons that are smaller than 15 pounds and some that are larger than 17 pounds. More male bichons come into rescue as more males are born than females; however only a small percentage of males are ‘markers’ and males are generally easier to housebreak. Female bichons sometimes lift their legs – it’s part of the breed.
Tear staining is usually a result of poor nutrition and may also be the result of drinking tap water, rather than water that contains fewer minerals, like distilled, reverse osmosis, alkaline or purified water.
Bichons live, on average, to be 15+ years; so a commitment to a bichon is for many happy, healthy years together. Young bichons require a lot of exercise and socialization. Older bichons still need exercise. We factor in age and lifestyle of the dog and prospective adopter for each and every placement. We are the FurKid’s advocate always — as we are seeking one forever home and family for any bichon that comes into our care. The adoption challenge we have is that many bichons need another bichon or other dog, as well as human companions. Most of our FurKids cannot be ‘only children.’ When you read the bios on the Available Dogs page you will learn which dogs can live happily with only human companions.
Because we want all of our FurKids to become the best representatives of bichons that they can be, we have high standards for them. That includes working with trainers (while in foster care and after being adopted) and experiencing lots of socialization. Many FurKids go on to become service dogs, both emotional support and therapy dogs.
It is important for our puppies to be able to emulate and learn from other dogs. As a result, we do not adopt puppies to homes where there is no other dog. We do, however, adopt two siblings from a litter together. All puppy adopters are asked to do training and socialization with their FurKids with the goal of helping them to be amazing little canine companions.
Bichon FurKids was founded to save lives. Over the years, we have saved more than 3300 bichons and bichon mixes. We work diligently to rescue as many of these little innocents as we can. If you agree with our philosophy and process – and want to help us save lives- we will be delighted to work with you to find a new member of your family.
September 2020 Update
We appreciate the outpouring of interest in our FurKids within the community!! Thank you.
At this time we have many approved adopters who have been patiently waiting. Currently we have no pups available for adoption. We expect that to change — and are definitely looking to assist owners who need to surrender pups to us, as well as shelters that reach out to us.
Until such time as we have FurKids available to be adopted, we are not able to accept any additional applications.
We are sensitive to not wanting you to be waiting to hear from us for an indeterminate amount of time. Once this situation has changed and we have pups available to be adopted, we will open up adoption applications once again.