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Please note that there is a large difference between temperament and personality. The personality of a dog will be determined by the experiences, and socialization of the dog as he/she grows. The temperament is a set breed standard that the breed should have due to good breeders working to have their dogs continually show those traits. The American Kennel Club refers to the Bichon Frise as "merry" and "cheerful", and the breed standard calls for a dog that is "gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate." The dogs are generally very sociable and do well with an owner who takes them along on outings. They are affectionate and intelligent. Bichons do well with children because they are playful and have lots of energy. If affiliated with a particular territory and encouraged by owners, they can become very territorial. Developed as a companion-dog breed, the Bichon Frise tends to get along well with both children and other animals. Bichon Frises are very obedient if training is started early and continued constantly.
I am so sorry to hear about your girl, it is terrible to lose a pet. Even worse when you've barely had any time with him/her. Sadly, Leptospirosis is an illness that any animal or human can get. It is a bacterial infection that can be spread very easily. There is a vaccine that a dog and people can get to combat the virus. Most vets that have Leptospirosis in the area recommend it, but sometimes they are not aware that it is in the area until a pet passes away from it. Again, I am very sorry for your loss. But sadly, it is not uncommon. Hopefully you can find peace knowing she has gone over rainbow bridge now and will be there waiting for you.
Our family is still mourning our beloved Riley, age 3. We live in a quiet residential Neighborhood, but Riley was so joyful to be going out for a walk that he yanked the leash out of my sons hand and buzzed into the street where a speeding car killed him. So many sudden tragedies. Accidental death is the leading cause of death for people up to the age of 24. Cherish those around you now..
I'm very sorry to hear about your Bichon, he sounded like he was very sick. The poor little guy. The only way for you to know what was really wrong with him is to have him examined by a vet and have a necropsy done on him. That is a postmortem examination that is done on animals to determine the cause of death.
I lost my Bichon suddenly at 4 1/2. Some similar symptoms - they told she had Mesenteric lymphadenitis. I didn't realize she was ill. Dr noticed the fluid starting at her regular checkup. So hard
An adult Bichon Frise should weigh in anywhere from 6 - 11 lbs. Depending on the genetics of the dog and if the dog is under-weight, at a healthy weight or over-weight; as well as how much exercise the dog gets will determine the amount of food your dog will need per meal. Also, the quality of food. It is best to feed a high quality, grain-free dog food that is specified for small-breed dogs. Then, look at the back of the bag to consult the guide as to how much you should feed your dog. The best way to do this is to weigh your dog and then feed the food for 1 week; then weigh your dog again. This will help you see if your dog has lost weight, gained weight or stayed the same. Then adjust the amount of food to your dogs needs. Dogs should be fed at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This gives your dog the right amount of nutrition throughout the day and you'll know how many and when your dog will need to use the bathroom.