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bichon puppy
At four months old the fur is straight and super soft

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At four months old they just want to play all the time.

Two layered coat

The characteristic curly 'cotton wool' coat starts to  develop at around six months of age.

A walk can be a hike or a short trip around the neibourhood, the Bichon is happy with either.

The Bichon is one of the happiest dog breeds around and loves being part of the family.

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Two day old Bichon Frise puppies having a cuddle.

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meet the puppiesMeet Lola

Meet Melody

Meet Otis

Meet Little Pop

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bichon frise
The Bichon will make any excuse to roll over so you can tickle their tummy.

Bichon Puppys 2 Weeks Old
Six week old puppys just starting to be weaned off their mum

Sheds No Hair

Diary a five little Bichon puppies
Birth | Week 1 | Week 2| Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

Bichon Birth - 26th October 2011

It was 62 days ago since our bitch had mated with another Bichon Frise in the village. Just before 7.00 in the evening, the only reason I mention the time is that it was reasurring that we were around, and not asleep, so we could keep a close eye on her and her puppies throughout the whelping period.

Earlier we had noticed the signs that suggested tonight was the night we had been anticipating for several weeks, the night the puppies were arriving. The first signs we noticed that she may be coming in to labour were that she wanted to go outside and she kept squatting thinking that she wanted to go to toilet.

After about ten minutes she had come back inside, with a nice muddy face and paws I might add, and entered her whelping box which we had been using as a large dog basket, for a couple of weeks now, in place of her other one so that she would get used to the box and be comfortable and feel safe. It was actually our childrens old plastic sand box that, after cleaning and disinfecting, we had filled with old newspapers and blankets. She then preceeded to be sick in one corner.

Shortly after we noticed the early signs of her starting to nest, she started to become very restless and began circling around inside the box, tearing at the newspapers that we had used to line the bottom with both her mouth and her paws while making a few quiet wining noises. Nesting is a common practice for all mothers to be and, as the name suggests, she is simply making a nest for her puppies to be born into.

She then started to pant quite rigorously and lie down, then stand up, then lie back down. Within a few minutes we could see that she was starting to have contractions and if you placed your hand gently on the lower edge of her tummy you could feel them getting more regular. We were determined to let nature take its course and only intervene if she looked stressed or was having difficulty. This was the first time that she had had a litter and we must admit we were a little aprehensive.

The first puppy arrived at about 9.00pm and this was a big relief as the first one can be the most problematic as it has less room to move around and position itself for the birthing canel.

It only took about four contractions to expell the first, quite large puppy, feet first and although she did most of the work herself we did intervene right at the end to help her with the head. Immediately, and instinctively, she tore the sack with her mouth and started licking and cleaning the pup. The first puppy was a very active little girl Lola.

before after

She quickly removed the sack and tore the cord and quite vigorously continued licking and cleaning. This prompted the puppy to expell the liquid from its lungs and start to breath. Within a matter of minutes the first puppy was suckling and we made sure we were on hand to protect it when the contractions started again. Within 10 minutes the second puppy was on the way and we moved the first out of the way while poppy attended to the second pup Melody. Again she was born very quicky after the contactions had started and we had no need to intervene from here on in. We returned both puppies to feed and again waited for it to start again.

After the third and fourth puppies had arrived, Otis and Little Pop, we had thought that would be it, and we were very happy everything had gone smoothly and safely without complications and with little stress to our beautiful bitch. It must have been about fifteen minutes later that another puppy decided to make an appearance. Wow! Poppy now had five wonderful puppies and all were happy and feeding well. We stayed up for a few hours to make sure she was coping and accepting of the new arrivals, we needn't have worried as she was naturally maternal and very protective.

There were three chunky pups and the last two were a little on the small size in comparrison so we will be sure to keep a check on these and make sure they get their fair share of milk. We also had a few minor scares due to having some puppies not responding as quickly as others but they were all fine after a couple of minutes of rigourous licking from their mum.

The second morning Poppy is a little more accepting of us being near the little ones and we lifted her feeding bowl and water in to her box so she could feed without disturbing the puppies. As time goes on she will increasingly be able to have breaks outside of the whelping box but at he moment she will not leave their side for a second.

We are also aware that it is not recommended for you to take you dog for walks for the whole duration of their suckling period as it would be easy for the teats to transfer a disease to the puppies if picked up from other dogs. The mother won't mind as she prefers to keep the puppies in sight at all times anyway. Even in the Garden you should let her out to toilet with an air of caution as you never know what has been scampering around the grass in the night. Make sure you ask everyone to keep their newspapers for the weeks ahead!

before after

Watching the birth of puppies is a very special experience for both our bitch and ourselves and it is made all the more special when it happens in your own home with a well loved and well cared for pet. We are very excited about the weeks ahead and we look forward to sharing more pictures over the coming weeks.

I hope someone reads our accounts and and finds them useful or simply informative, if you do please let us know.
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