Essex Live has joined forces with our brand new sister site, TeamDogs, and the fabulous Pooch & Mutt food for dogs company, to find out which dog breed really is the nation’s favourite.
Here, Carol Carter champions the Bichon Frise and explains exactly why they are the best breed.
If you agree – or disagree – we’ll give you the chance to vote in the search to find the UK’s favourite dog breed.
Head over to teamdogs.co.uk to find out who is at the top of the league table. Remember the rankings will keep changing so do cast your vote.
The breeds with the lowest number of votes will end up in the Dog House. The 10 lowest ranking will be eliminated each week until we end up with our worthy winner!
Well. I was not prepared for that! Having been the proud owner of a large breed of dog for many years I was completely unprepared for how my new Bichon puppy would steal a piece of my heart I didn’t even know existed until then. This tiny, beautiful, vocal(!) ball of fluffiness, immediately became the centre of attention and the centre of our lives.
We couldn’t agree on her name. I had my list of baby girl names I was aching to use only to be told that the others would call her something different. It soon became apparent that giving her a name (any name) meant nothing. She would do what she wanted, when she wanted and only deign to come to us when she was well and truly ready to. To be honest that made me love her more! I didn’t want a lap dog that performed at the click of my fingers – I wanted character. Boy. Did we get bags of that.
Night after night she got us up with her crying and whining. She was sleeping in a crate in our bedroom. Eventually my husband exclaimed “That’s it. I have had enough. Either she goes or I go.” I swear to God she knew what he had said. From that moment on we never had a peep out of her overnight. If only we had known those were the magic words from the beginning.
And so she slowly began to train us. And I mean that. We catered to her every whim. She ruled the roost and we loved her all the more for it.
Encouraged by the trainer at her puppy classes, we moved to a different group specialising in “Ringcraft”. I now realise that the original trainer had given up any hope of training us or her and was only too happy to see us go! Well. We found her forte. That highly strung personality proved perfect for the show ring. She was a beautiful puppy but I swear that the way she would move her head to look at the judge daring him/her not to give her first was so “endearing” that they usually gave in. She would stalk out of the ring throwing dirty looks at any other dog that even glanced at her.
So. This little girl who is now a very very old lady – and still ruling the roost I might add – was our introduction to this incredible breed of dog. Bichon Frise. A member of the Toy Group. And boy did she know how to play us!
Take a look at the TeamDogs leaderboard and cast your vote. If your favourite isn’t there, just email us at [email protected] with 200 words telling us how brilliant the breed is and why it deserves to win and we’ll add it to the competition
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