Bichons are special. Okay, I’m totally bias. But when they’re not chewing wicker baskets, weeing on carpets or projectile vomiting at 3am, they’re pretty darn cute. Leni is now one year’s old. I can’t believe we’re celebrating her first birthday! It got me thinking about bichons in general (her bff’s Teddy and Simba are both bichons and they’re pretty darn special too), and what makes them so unique. We could have chosen a different breed, but it wouldn’t have been Leni (see, I told you i’m bias). So, whether you’re considering getting a bichon, know one or have one, I’ve rounded up what I think are the best things about bichons…
The best things about bichons
1. They provide endless entertainment
Mad 5 minutes are common place in bichon land. Like a kid that’s had way too many sweets, bichons can go absolutely crazy every now and then. Leni likes to tear around our flat so fast she turns into a blur of white fluff. This happens without any provocation and has us in stitches. It’s happened a lot less as she’s got older, but occasionally she’ll get this little twinkle in her eye and POOF – she’s gone.
2. They’re good with children
Leni loves children, she lets them pull at her ears, stroke her head and generally scruff her about without so much as a wince. I think it’s partly down to our breeder who had two young children that constantly handled the puppies. I love this about her (and it’s one of the best things about bichons in general), because I know I can walk her off the lead and not worry when a little person approaches hands outstretched, ready to grab. She’s totally unfazed and just wags her tail enjoying all the attention. Bichons are a great breed if you have children, although Leni went through a little nipping faze (purely playful) but those little teeth can be sharp. It passed quickly but it’s worth being persistent with the training to stamp that naughty nipping out!
3. Bichons are loving
If puppy daddy heads out for an evening, when it’s time for bed I’ll put Leni in her crate and say goodnight. No sooner have I kissed her head, she’s out again waiting dutifully in the hallway for dad’s return. She’s so sweet she’s always up for cuddles (unless there’s another bichon in the room, then you don’t exist). And it’s not a ‘Leni thing’; bichons tend to be cuddly and love attention, which is perfect if you love putting your feet up of an evening and enjoying a little snuggle.
Leni sits on a cushion between puppy daddy and I, where she’ll spend most nights dozing while we watch Netflix. In the mornings she’ll always jump on the bed and give us a little cuddle before the dreaded alarm sounds…it does make Monday mornings easier when there’s a cute fur-baby about.
4. They’re small
When we first got Leni I took a week off work. She was yet to have all her jabs so we were housebound for the whole week. Finally, I decided I needed to see another human, so I took Leni to her first coffee shop – I spoil her, I know. I went to Baked in Hove, and put Leni in my oversized bag (to keep her off the floor) as I ordered. She just chilled in there, popping her little head out and nearly frightening a waitress half to death. It was hilarious. The best things about bichons size? They don’t leave dents in sofas, they don’t push you over if they jump up and they don’t need loads of strenuous exercise (one to two walks a day). They can’t reach the top of your dining table to steal dinner or grab ingredients off your kitchen surfaces and they definitely can’t push over the bin to eat its contents. Perfectly petite!
5. Bichons don’t shed
My mum has a collie X spaniel and whenever we visit we come away covered in white and black hairs. Leni is currently losing her puppy fur so there are tufts of curly white fur dotted around our flat but actually, Bichons don’t shed. This is a godsend if you don’t want to be forever hoovering up hair, however it does mean you have to commit to having them regularly groomed. It’s so much easier having a dog that doesn’t shed because not only does it cut down on the cleaning, it doesn’t leave you covered in hair whenever you give them a cuddle.
As you can tell I’m a complete bichon convert. Before getting one I’d think seriously about how much time you can dedicate to a bichon. They’re a breed that suffers from separation anxiety so most don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. But otherwise, a bichon settles so well into family life; they’re loving, funny, cute and completely adorable…
What are your ‘best things about bichons’?
Until next time,