This is one of those things I am asked about a lot, and I think that’s great. Does it seem odd that I tell you I think it’s a great question? Here’s the reason I do. Far too many times, I’ve seen way out of line responses to a polite question asking about Bichon Frise cost. Intended or not, some popular answers come off as frankly a bit snooty or rude.
No Need to Be Rude About it…
It goes something like this. A person interested in the breed asks, How much does a Bichon Frise puppy cost ? That “snooty” answer I’m talking about is usually along the lines of, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford the care and keeping of the breed.” Another sassy group of Bichon moms and dads answers with a lecture about how cost shouldn’t be your concern. “You should be focused on being sure a Bichon is the right breed of new puppy or dog for your household.”
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Now, let’s be real here folks. The cost of a dog or puppy is an important aspect in making an educated decision when selecting a pet. Be it limited budget or personal preference, the price of a new Bichon Frise is part of the picture.
Puppy Love Doesn’t Come Cheap…
Now with that said, onto the pricing. If you intend to purchase a Bichon Frise puppy from a breeder, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $3000 and even more. Quite a range isn’t it?
Hundreds or Thousands for that doggy in the window?
What’s the difference between that $300 Bichon fluff and the $3000 pup? Breeders whose puppies are the offspring of champion line dogs going back several generations rightly command top dollar. Unless you are looking to a future in the show ring for your new Bichon Frise, I would not recommend paying over $1,000 for a puppy as a general rule. Within the $300 to $1,000 price range is where the majority of Bichon Frise puppies are. The top factors influencing price at these prices are breeder reputation and experience, region of the country, and sex of the Bichon. (Females usually cost more than males due to higher demand and less females in most litters.) Price is certainly important, and should always be considered during your search for the perfect puppy. However, I do caution you not to mistake the quality of the dog as dependent purely upon it’s price tag. As with any large purchase, buyer beware. Know your breeder, and do your research. The vast majority of breeders are fair and up front with their pricing. If they’re not, walk away. I’ve posted links to several Bichon Frise breeders. You can start here to kick start your search if you’d like. I do not recommend one over another. I simply provide their links as a resource for the Bichon Frise Owner community.
Please Keep Adoption in Mind…
As the popularity of the Bichon Frise has increased, so has the number of beautiful Bichons who are patiently waiting to be adopted into a new loving home. Not only is it typically less costly to adopt, it’s simply a lovely and kind act of humanity. Check out my Adopt a Bichon page to see a few of the adorable Bichon’s waiting for a forever home right now. I also have links to several Bichon Frise Rescue Groups posted.
Why are they up for adoption?
There are puppy mill retirees who would be forever grateful to finally have a family to shower them with love, and introduce them to a better life. Other fluffs are left behind as a beloved owner has passed away or moved to a retirement or nursing home which doesn’t allow pets. Finally, there are also unfortunate and heartbreaking cases of abuse that remind us of the cruelty that humans are capable of inflicting on these beautiful, sweet babies. It is these Bichons who carry physical and emotional scars, that are often left waiting the longest to be chosen for adoption.
Adoption Does Not Equal Free…
You can expect to pay (donate really) between $100 to $500 to adopt a Bichon Frise. Younger dogs are usually at the top of that scale, and seniors and special needs Bichons often are available at a discounted rate. When bonded pairs are adopted together, a discount is sometimes given as well.
Return on Investment…
Even though this post is all about the “Benjamins”, there’s a lot to be gained from a beautiful Bichon. Like … Watching as your new best friend run in crazy circles doing the famous Bichon Blitz …Priceless
What do you think?
Am I being too hard on those in our Bichon loving community who reply to the cost question from newcomers with the, “If you have to ask…” line? Want to share your own experiences regarding price as a breeder or purchaser of a Bichon Frise? I always like to hear what’s on your mind. Leave a comment or message me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org