Why a Scottish Terrier?
The Scottish terrier nicknamed “Diehard” is a tough, smart, determined character, ready for action dog. Scotties are fearless and fiesty and may be aggressive toward other dogs. However, our Scotties play with our border collies and German Shepherd. They are reserved but friendly with strangers. They are very devoted to our family. They can be stubborn and independent, but also very sensitive. President Franklin Roosevelt had a Scotty named Fala who was his constant companion.
Scottish terriers love adventure and they need exercise. A walk on a leash, romp in the back yard, or a good game will do. Scotties hair coat should be brushed two to three times per week. We have a wheaten Scottish terrier stud and two black females so we can have wheaten or black color puppies.
The Brister family knows you will love Scottish terriers as much as we do.
Scottie Color & Size
The Scottish Terrier should have a thick body and heavy bone. The principal objective must be symmetry and balance without exaggeration. Equal consideration shall be given to height, weight, length of back and length of head. Height at withers for either sex should be about 10 inches. The length of back from withers to set-on of tail should be approximately 11 inches. Generally, a well-balanced Scottish Terrier dog should weigh from 19-22 punds and a bitch from 18- 21 pounds.
Black, wheaten or brindle of any color. Many black and brindle dogs have sprinklings of white or silver hairs in their coats which are normal and not to be penalized. White can be allowed only on the chest and chin and that to a slight extent only.
Scottish Terrier History
The Scottish Terrier as we find it today has been bred in purity for many years. The first show to have a class of Scottish Terriers was at Birmingham, England, in 1860. Later, a number of other shows carried this classification, but the dogs shown in these classes were not Scottish Terriers, but Skyes, Dandie Dinmonts, and Yourkshires.
All the while, however,Scotsmen who saw these dogs winning as Scottish Terriers were indignant, and about 1877 they broke into print in the Live Stock Journal with a series of letters protesting the situation and discussing the points and character of the true Scottish Terrier. The discussiono wasex so furious that the editors finally called a halt with the statement, “We see no use in prolonging this discussion unless each correspondent described the dog which he holds to be the true type.” This challenge was taken up by Captain Gordon Murray, who in a letter to the Stock Keeper under the nom de plume of “Strathbogie,” described in detail his concetion of a proper Scottish Terrier. This quieted the warring factions and about 1880 J.B. Morrison was persuaded to draw up a standard. This was accepted by all parties.
The essentials of this standard have been retained in all the later standards, only minor changes having been introduced. In 1882 the Scottish Terrier Club was organized with joint officers for England and Scotland. Later, as interst in the breed grew, the two countries organized separate clubs, although they have always worked harmoniously together.
Why a Bichon Frise?
The Bichon Frise is an adorable little white dog that loves the company of humans. This breed is known to be very charming and also very independent. A Bichon is affectionate and self assured. They are calm loving, and do not bark alot. These little dogs are very sociable and happy-go-lucky.
Bichons make excellent pets and do well around children. They do well when around other dogs or house pets and have a sweet natured personality. They are known to be obedient and also love to perform tricks.
The Bichon plays the role of the perfect family pet. They enjoy children, adults, as well as the elderly. A Bichon will have no problem being a part of a large family or a companion to an individual looking for a friend. The Bichon is non shedding and sweet as sugar. The sweet and charming Bichon will be there for you no matter what your needs are.
For this reason we started having Bichon Frise Puppies For Sale. Being a breeder in Southwest Texas, we wanted dogs that are family oriented and enjoy just being around people.
Bichon Frise Color & Size
The preferred size range is 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches for dogs and bitches. However, according to the AKC Bichon Frise Standard, males and females, 9 – 12 inches, are still considered in the standard. The AKC does not specify how much the dog should weigh. However, the normal Bichon weight is approximately 10 – 18 pounds, depending on the size of the dog.
The Bichon Frise is a white dog. The contrast between the white coat and the black nose, halos, and eye rims is what the ideal specimen is known for and should be adhered to. There is some allowance made in the AKC Standard for shadings in small amounts. Puppies are often born with shadings of buff, apricot, or cream. However, these shadings usually disappear by the time the dog is 12 months old.
Halos are the black or dark brown skin that surrounds the eyes. Proper skin coloring around the eyes, accentuate the eyes and enhances the expression. A lack of skin pigment gives the impression of a blank look instead of an expressive look.
Staining to the face (under the eyes and around the muzzle) are of particular concern to many Bichon owners because it detracts from an otherwise white coat. This is primarily a cosmetic problem, however, tear stains may be due to eye problems, blocked tear ducts, ingrown eyelashes or other physical problems.
A vet should see the dog to eliminate these as a cause. Staining can be difficult to control and in most cases cannot be entirely cleaned up. Some success has been seen with a change of diet or drinking bottled water. Commercial eye washes and “tear stain remover” are on the market for those who are particularly concerned. You must remember all animals tear stain to a degree. It is not harmful, just more noticeable in a white coated dog.
It is imperative that the Bichon undergo regular grooming otherwise the coat mats. Since the Bichon does not shed, mats are a serious concern, as they may result in skin sores, tearing and skin disease. Heavily matted animals must be shaved to solve the problem. Grooming means a thorough brushing at least once a week (and then you will find mats but they shouldn’t be too bad). Daily brushing is much better. If done on a daily basis, it will take approximately 15 minutes. “Pet cut” Bichons will have a shorter coat and should go to the groomer for a haircut every 6-8 weeks. “Show cut” Bichons, in full show coat, (they coat is kept longer) should to to the groomer at least monthly or sooner. Bichons are also hypoallerginic.
“Pet” or “show” cut, Bichons may need to be bathed in between grooming appointments. First, brush and comb them out completely and remove any mats. If mats are left in, they are impossible to get out after the coat gets wet. After the bath, you will need to blow dry while brushing the coat out. The average time it takes to bathe and brush out a Bichon is 1 1/2 to 2 hours, if the dig is in pet cut, much longer if the Bichon is in show coat. These times do not include the time it takes to trim the nails (on a weekley basis) and pluck the hair from the ear. Also, you should trim the hair covering the Bichon’s pad. Never use a clipper on their feet.
Bichon Frise History
The Bichon Frise descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel, from which came the name “Barbichon”, later shortened to “Bichon”. The Bichons were divided into four categories: the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolognais, the Bichon Havanais and the Bichon Teneriffe. All originated in the Mediterranean area.
Because of the merry disposition, they traveled much and were often used as items of barter by sailors as they moved from continent to continent. The dogs found early success in Spain and it is generally felt that Spanish seamen introduced the breed to the Canary Island of Teneriffe. In the 1300s Italian sailors rediscovered the little dogs on their voyages and are credited with returning them to the Continent, where they became great favorites of Italian nobility. Often, as was the style of the day with dogs in the courts, they were cut “lion style.”
The “Teneriffe” or “Bichon” had success in France during the Renaissance under Francis I (1515-47) but its popularity skyrocketed in the court of Henry III (1574-89). The breed also enjoyed considerable success in Spain as a favorite of the infantas, and painters of the Spanish school often included them in their works.
Interest in the breed was renewed during the rule of Napoleon III, but then waned until the late 1800s when it became the “common dog”, running the streets, accompanying the organ grinders of Barbary, leading the blind and doing tricks in circuses and fairs.
On March 5, 1933 the official standard of the breed was adopted by the Societe Centrale Canine of France. As the breed was known by two names at that time, “Teneriffe” and “Bichon”, the president of the International Canine Federation proposed a name based on the characteristics that the dogs presented – the Bichon Frise. (“Frise” refers to the dog’s soft, curly hair.) On October 18, 1934 the Bichon Frise was admitted to the stud book of the French Kennel Club.
The first Bichon Frise Puppy litter was whelped in the U.S. in 1956. In 1959 and 1960 two breeders in different parts of the U.S. acquired Bichons. This, then, provided the origins for the breed’s development in this country.
For people wanting their new puppy to have an extra measure of protection in case they are lost, I recommend microchipping your dog. I will microchip your new puppy for an additional $60.00 charge.
I use the Home Again microchips. The home Again Micro Chip is recommended by the American Kennel Club. All of our adult dogs are microchipped with Home Again. We have had outstanding experiences with this microchip and highly recommend it.
You can click on the link below and get detailed information about the Home Again Micro Chip and how microchipping works. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to call or e-mail me anytime for more detailed information.
Sorry but we no longer ship. If you want a puppy you need to be able to come to our place and visit.
We’ve been shipping our puppies all over the United States for a little over 7 years now. We’ve shipped every where from Boston, Washington D.C., San Diego, and everywhere in between. We prefer to use Continental Airlines but will also use American and Delta Airlines (weather permitting). We ship our puppies out of Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW).
If you are not within driving distance of Granbury, Texas, we can ship a puppy that is at least 8 weeks of age. We charge $350.00 to ship a puppy. For a second puppy in the same crate, add $125.00. This includes travel costs to DFW airport, a FAA approved travel kennel, required vet exam and health certificate. International shipping cost are determined on an individual basis. Please call or email us for pricing on shipping an adult. International shipping often requires fees by the destination country and the U.S.D.A.
A puppy shipped should be available for pick up within an hour of landing. For more detailed information on shipping puppies click on the link below:
We are willing to drive up to 2 hours (one way) to meet someone with their new puppy. We charge $95.00 an hour (one way) to drive. This covers our extra time and driving expenses. We do offer to meet people at the DFW airport for NO additional charge if they want to meet us when we are taking puppies to the airport to be shipped out. This is all worked out on an individual basis so please don’t hesitate to call or email and ask us about meeting you with your new puppy.
Shipping is a concern to some. I hope that I can assure you that it is very safe. We think it is easier on a new puppy to be shipped, than traveling across the country in a car.
The airlines are just as concerned about safety of the pet as the buyer and seller. They love pets and treat them with loving care. I personally have never talked with a new puppy owner that can give me one incident of death or injury to a pet. Delay of arrival can happen but most of the time the airlines pet desk will call and advise you of this delay. This causes no injury or death to the puppy. We tell our new buyers do not worry the puppy will be fine.