As far as I’m concerned, you can’t beat a terrier for a companion. Their sweet faces and perky movements remind me of puppyhood no matter how old they are, and everybody knows how cute puppies are!

Lately we’ve seen an immense increase in “designer dogs”–dogs that are a mix of purebread types. Breeders and buyers hope that the best characteristics of a breed will blend in a mix that results in a really good pet.

I, myself have a Yorkie-Chon–half Yorkshire Terrier and half Bichon Frise. She is energetic, extremely friendly, smart and sassy. I’m sure some friends would say she is way too hyperactive, but that is the Terrier in her.

A new owner wants to give their puppy the very best start in life. What you feed your puppy is extremely important. A Bichon puppy can have problems digesting food, so you’ll want to have a good quality food, and that means meat. Check the label on the package. If it doesn’t list meat as the first ingredient, pass it up. Many foods will list corn as the first ingredient. Dogs need meat. Stay away from foods that list a lot of “meal”, such as “chicken meal”. “Meal” includes parts of the chicken that you definitely don’t want your dog to eat.

Yorkies are a toy breed that can be susceptible to low blood sugar. Because they are so active, particularly as puppies, they can burn up calories really fast, resulting in a rapid drop of blood sugar that could even lead to a seizure. For that reason, always have food available to your puppy, so he can eat as he needs to. After about 3 months these blood sugar drops are usually not such a problem, and you can start to take food away except for mealtime which will make housebreaking much easier. Your puppy always needs fresh water available at all times.

I once had a Yorkie who was very finicky about what she would eat. She would only eat soft foods which resulted in dental problems. This new Yorkie-Chon of ours gets only dry foods that help keep her teeth clean. When she first tried begging at the table she was ignored, so she gets no table scraps.

We love our little girl and we want her to have the best of health and a long life. Her nutrition is vitally important to us. The best thing we can do for her nutrition is to treat her like a dog, and give her only dog food. All of our puppy’s nutrition comes from dog food and hard dog treats.


by Bob Mcguire