Bichon Frise- Lhasa Apso mix – choosing the right dog for you

In this post I am going to cover a few topics which will hopefully help you on your new journey with your gorgeous new addition to your family should you decide the bichon frise-Lhasa apso mix is for you.

 

Why is a Bichon frise-Lhasa apso mix so popular

As an owner of 2 gorgeous bichon frise-Lhasa apso mix dogs I can say they make absolutely wonderful pets and I have had the pleasure of my 2 girls for 12 years and 9 years thus far. Liberty and Madeline are Mother and daughter and bring me so much joy every day.

They are loyal, funny, playful and they are my best friends.

Liberty’s mother was a bichon frise and Liberty’s father was a Lhasa apso. Madeline’s mother is liberty and her father, Tosca, the same mix. Madeline however is the living image of her grandfather and has a very similar personality. She is a very funny, loving, determined girl and people often refer to her as a living cartoon 🙂 

Liberty is also delightful and is in Mother mode 80% of the time while the other 20% she is playful. Loves her toys and loves fetching her stuffed ( well not now) rabbit. This is her favourite toy.

Both the girls absolutely love people of all ages and have a very soft nature around children, that is not to say if children get rough, Madeline will do her deep growl to let them know to back off.

They are both great protectors and will always let me know if someone is arriving at my home and I can tell by their voice tones whether it is a friend or someone they don’t’ know which makes me feel very safe.

I have not really ever liked the smell of dogs especially in the home, however because this breed is hypoallergenic they don’t shed hair or smell and if they play outside, which they love and they get dirty, the dirt dries and it just seems to come off their coats which is great

They are my best friends and should you choose this mix I’m sure you will feel the same

 

Behaviour traits

As with all dog breeds behaviour traits are something you need to consider before purchasing a doggy and the bichon frise-Lhasa apso mix is no exception, Below are a few of the behaviour traits for this mix so you can get an idea on what you might choose.

  • Loyal, fun, playful, loving
  • Independent, intelligent
  • Free-spirited, determined, protective
  • Social with everyone especially children
  • lack listening skills sometimes
  • will run off and not come to a call if not trained properly

and so much more

 

Grooming bathing and bedding

Grooming is so important to the health and well-being of your doggy and should be done as a daily ritual .

Bichon frise-Lhasa apso mix love being pampered and look forward to this time. Make sure you buy the right grooming equipment for example combs, brushes, nail clippers and anything you feel you may need. Having great grooming equipment is important and there is a lot to choose from, for all breeds of dogs and specialized equipment for this breed.

A good idea is to have equipment for home use and when your doggy needs clipping it is often better to go to a groomer as they have been trained and do a wonderful job. It is not only an outing for your dog, it is good to know your dog has been clipped properly with the right equipment by a qualified groomer. My 2 girls love it and they behave perfectly for their groomer.

I guess it is very similar to us when we go to the hairdressers or beauty salon. Pampering by a professional- YES please.

Bathing should be done once per month as this is all that is needed and more frequent bathing is not good for this breeds coat or skin and you will find, if your doggy gets dirty while playing outside, your doggy will dry off quickly and the dirt seems to drop off leaving their coat looking almost normal. Nothing that a good brush or comb won’t fix. 

When you collect your new addition to your family, make sure you have a bed ready for sleep time. The bed you buy should be snuggly and in a permanent place in your home. It should have a soft blanket in it, one that can be washed regularly. If, you bring a puppy home you may want to place a clock in the bed under the mattress as this can be comforting for your wee friend who has just been separated from his/.her siblings and Mother.

Some people let their doggies sleep on the bed with them however I believe it is better for you and your doggy to have separate sleeping areas and beds. Your decision however think carefully before you let them on your bed. Imagine if your darling friend has an upset stomach or something equally yuk. Yes there goes your linen, perhaps worse it goes through to your mattress. Hope that helped you in your decision making.

 

Training your Bichon frise-Lhasa apso mix doggy

Whether you are re-homing a dog or bringing home a pup, training is vital for you and you new friend. If you re-home a dog they may have behaviour traits that need a positive approach and training will help positive changes to take place which will make like easier for you and your new friend. If you are bringing home a puppy, you will also need to train your wee friend.

I suggest you enroll your new friend into puppy school or a dog training facility and learn with your new friend. The trainers are experts in this field and you will have a much easier journey with your new family member if you do this.

Training can be 6 weeks, sometimes longer, it depends on which school you choose and I’m sure wherever you live in the world there will be a training/ puppy school somewhere close to where you live so when you are ready, go for it.

Food/ Diet

Choosing the right food for your doggy is not difficult. All dogs need a balanced diet including kibble, lightly cooked meat. Fish, chicken and left-overs if they are the right left-overs from your meal.

 

Never feed your dog from the table. It encourages very bad habits. If you are going to give your doggy left-overs please place them in his/her food bowl. If you do feed left-overs, you probably don’t need to give them any other types of food, as you do not want an overweight dog with health problems and this will happen if you over feed your doggy.

Hmmm- whats for tea

 

Choose food wisely and look for the nutritional value on food packets to ensure you are feeding your dog good food, not food filled with artificial product, preservatives or anything else that can be harmful and you will see a lot of “junk” food when you go into the market place.

 

Vaccinations

Your new addition to your family will need vaccinations and health checks. When your doggy is small they will need a few vaccinations to keep them safe from illnesses prevalent to puppies and if you re home a doggy he/she will also need health check and annual vaccinations to maintain great health.

 

Are you ready choose this breed?

I hope this article has been helpful and if you have any questions please contact me Vicki@delightfuldoggies.com

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Small Medium Dog Breeds – choosing the right doggy for you

If you love small-medium dogs you probably love a large percentage of different breeds however choosing the right dog for you can be challenging depending on your health, career, where you live and, of course, how much time you have for your new friend.

 

Breeds

There are a lot of small-medium dogs breeds out there and all the different breeds have qualities, features, energy, and attitude.

There are dogs that are great for people with Allergies, hunting dogs, lap dogs, water-loving dogs and also water hating dogs. Whatever doggy you choose is going to be with you hopefully for many years to come, bringing you joy, challenges and most of all unconditional love.

All small-medium dog breeds have different feelings/attitudes about what they like, who they like and of course what they don’t like and who they don’t like and they can have behavioral traits that you may or may not like.

For example, some small-medium dog breeds are known for not being mellow, or just plain snappy.  Some don’t shed their hair and are great for people with allergies.

What about the breeds that love to be king/queen of the castle. Dogs who absolutely love water and some who hide when its bath time (cute).

Of course, you also have breeds that will guard for you and protect you and your loved ones fiercely. It has been said small-medium dog breeds make the best protectors.

Small-medium dog breeds         

 

  • Bichon-Frise, Poodle, Bichon-Frise/Lhasa Apso, Chihuahua,
  • Boston Terrier, Fox Terrier, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian
  • Papillion, Airedale Terrier, Australian Terrier, West Highland Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier, Jack Russell, Miniature Schnauzer, Sots Terrier

just to name a few.

Before choosing your new dog

You may think you like a certain breed and then do some research and change your mind because as you learn more about a certain breed you realize this type of dog is not for you and that’s OK too.

Remember this new addition to your life is going to be with you for many years so it is really important when choosing your new family member to know which breed is for you.

Also, it is important to consider how much time you have to spend nurturing, training, exercising and loving your new doggies. Some small-medium dog breeds are extremely energetic and require a lot more exercise than other breeds.

Terriers are known to be live wires, great hunters and protectors and need a good amount of exercise.

If you choose a dog not a puppy you may find the dog has certain behavior issues and you are going to need lots of patience and love while working with your new friend to change the behaviours and sometimes this can be challenging however it is worth it because your relationship with your dog will grow stronger and your new friend will trust you and love you unconditionally which is well worth the effort you put in.

Owning a puppy is not unlike having a small child. They love to learn, find things to get into which are sometimes inappropriate and need lots of nurturing and love along with praise and boundaries.

Lots of new lessons to be learned to ensure your new friend grows up to be a well-behaved(most of the time ) fun pet and the best friend you always wanted.

The different needs of small to medium dogs

We all love a cozy warm bed, good food, regular check-ups to ensure our health is on track, bathing, and grooming along with fun things to do, good training and boundaries.  Going on outings is also great fun.

  • A cozy bed makes your doggy feel safe.  Some people let their doggy sleep on a blanket on their bed and this is OK too if you don’t mind sharing your bed, however, having their own bed is more preferable and creates boundaries which are safe.
  • Grooming is very important to the health of your doggy and being bathed once a month will keep your dog’s coat and skin in good condition.  Being brushed every day also benefits the skin and coat of your doggy and they love being pampered as we do as humans.
  • A good diet is essential to maintain the health of your dog.  People are often tempted into giving their dog all sorts of what the owner calls treats, for example, sharing the toast at breakfast time- not good.
  • Giving them leftovers from the family meal as well as their own meal- not good.  If you are going to share your meal put some food in their bowl and this replaces the other food you would normally feed them.

Being overweight can cause all sorts of health issues, very similar to humans so do not “kill them with kindness”.

  • Exercise is fun and good for both you and your doggy and as I said earlier different small-medium dog breeds have different exercise needs so do your research once again.
  • If you go on an outing in a vehicle always ensure your doggy is well harnessed and buckled in to keep them safe and secure.
  • Training your puppy or your adopted dog is a must and you can most likely find a puppy school near where you live.  Here, your doggy will learn social skills, behavior skills, boundaries in fact pretty much all they need to know and it is fun to do with your new friend.
  • Playtime with your new friend will be so enjoyable.  Doggies love toys to play with and there are some really great toys in the marketplace that your doggy will love.
  • Training with treats can be good however don’t overdo it with treats and look for treats that are truly good for your dog because once again you do not want an overweight doggy.

 

Time to choose                

Before you choose your doggy do your research thoroughly to ensure you choose the right breed for you.  You are going to have this new addition to your family for approximately 13 or more years so don’t choose lightly.

Talk to different breeders, visit pet stores, animal shelters, go online, read books on small-medium dog breeds and when you are ready to visit the litter of the puppy you are going to purchase and check out the nature of the Mother and Father is possible.  See how well the breeder looks after her puppy nursery.

Ask whether the puppies have been vaccinated and also ask if there are any special things you need to know before you purchase a pup.  Are the parents healthy, well looked after doggies?  Is the litter healthy?

Once you are satisfied with everything it is now time for you to choose your new friend or in a lot of cases your doggy to choose you.  You will know which puppy is right for you and so will your puppy.

Enjoy your wonderful new journey with your new friend

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About Vicki

Hi and welcome to Delightful Doggies.  I have loved animals especially dogs since I was a wee girl and over the years have loved and cared for different breeds.

“Man’s best friend” as all dogs are known is so true.  Men, women, and children from every walk of life can have the best friend by owning a dog.

 

YOUR STORY

 

I grew up by the beach and I was lucky to have the freedom to have pets of all kinds.  A pet pig, a cat, a guinea pig, budgies, and a horse however it wasn’t till I was an adult I got my very first dog. . .

Molly.  It was so wonderful.  My 8 week old Border Collie, black and white and full of beans.

Molly lived with me until she was one and because I had to move from the country into town I rehomed her to a friend who ran a 2000 acre farm which gave Molly the perfect life.  Town was no place for her.

13 years ago I was blessed to take my gorgeous wee puppy, Liberty home and 3 years later kept a wee girl from Liberty’s litter, Madeline to join our family. Mother and daughter, they are best friends and bring me so much joy.

Breeding, raising and loving dogs can be challenging, fun and frustrating.

WHY YOU WANT TO HELP PEOPLE

Often when people get a dog, a puppy they feel excited about their new purchase and go home thinking about the fun stuff which is great however there are a lot of things to learn about when owning a dog.

Food, bedding, grooming, exercise, property security, socializing, toys and so much more.  It’s not all fun.  Every owner has a responsibility to do the right thing for their dog and in return, they will have the best friend they want.

THE GOAL OF YOUR SITE

Dog grooming is a specialized field and is different for dog breeds.  Housing your dog also depends on the type of dog you decide to take home.  Toys, diet, exercise, breeding, and so much more can be daunting to dog owners and I want to help you in any way I can.

I hope you enjoy my post.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

New Management

Vicki my very wonderful friend has given me her glorious baby to take over and nurture, I will always be in touch with her and the gratitude and respect that I have for her is more than I can express.

I just wanted to leave everyone who follows her know that I will continue this website for her and hopefully you will all stay as I have some very great ideas for articles that you all might just take interest in.

I also have many years experience with different breeds and can give you all excellent tips for helping to train and take care of your best friend.

Thank you all for being here today and please come back very soon new material is coming sorry I am just a little behind at the moment 🙂

All the best,

Vicki

Founder Delightful Doggies 4 U