We had TWO very heartbreaking experiences with Texas Family Bichons. Now, the former husband of Debbie is breeding both King Cavaliers and Havanese to Bichons, calling them " designer puppies" and selling them at high prices with NO type of even limited registration possible ( because they are NOT purebred dogs of any type).
We cannot find out where Debbie is, so WATCH OUT if you are looking for a Bichon puppy and a dazzling website offers multiple or frequent litters. She may be out of the business, but her former husband, Ted, is weakening 3 purebred dog breeds.
We bought " sibling" Bichons from Texas Family Bichons about 7 years ago. The male had a Bichon coat and a Bichon " look"- after you've raised a few, you know what the puppies should look like by 10-12 weeks. The girl NEVER looked like a Bichon, had shorter legs and very very straight fur which was like cotton.
It never had a bit of curl. I had seen their Havanese and told my husband that I believed the girl puppy we paid a LOT for as an AKC registered litter puppy with full registration rights, . ( New owner always fills out his or her own dog's registration- at the time of purchase only the dam, sire, and litter number are registered with the AKC).
When our two puppies were around 6-8 months old, we received not one, but two heartbreaking letters from the AKC stating that not only did DNA testing from another puppy from this same litter show that neither of the dogs listed as the parents were the parents, but that the DNA from the puppy showed he or she was NOT a Bichon Frise.
Our girl was definitely half Havanese, and we do not think the boy was her litter mate at all. We would have sued these scammers if we had the heart to do so, but we loved the dogs. They are no longer alive due to early onset terminal diseases which involve bone marrow health and which we and our vet, and the Oncology vet in Dallas believed was due to extremely unsound breeding- bad things in the genes and DNA, in simpler terms.
Next, I can tell you ANYTHING you want to know about Debbie's Bichon breed line with the skeletal deformities. She handed us a 6-7 week old puppy just starting to be weaned to see if we, as long-time Bichon owners and lovers of the breed, could save this puppy's life and help him WALK. He was taken by us to two separate vets, and the response was the same from each" Put him to sleep as he has no long bones in his legs". Agenesis of long bones is a genetic defect. He had the most severe case, the dogs which were sold had milder cases, obviously.
The beautiful, sweet loving little baby Bichon never could walk, and I gave him 24/7 care, hand fed him, stimulated him to eliminate, as this is a function the mother provides until the puppy is fully weaned, and also because he could NOT walk one single step. Could not crawl, as he didn't have anything but soft flipper legs out at his sides. We tried very hard to save him, and spent a lot more money and time with him than Debbie ever did.
He was put down after all other possible resources had been exhausted. Multiple vets were aghast and almost as horrified as we were that he was born in this condition.
I bet there were a LOT of puppies sold who had close to the same problem from Texas Family Bichons. Do not trust either Ted or Debbie ( I do not remember their last names but it should not be difficult to find IF you are considering a purebred Bichon. RUN from this kennel. They have serious ethical problems, they have extremely genetically unsound Bichon Frises, and they are attempting to " shore up" the sales by cross-breeding with Havanese and King Cavaliers in the HOPES that no one finds out their Bichon Frise bloodline history.
My sheer contempt for people who had the MONEY to buy healthy Bichons and breed ethically but did not do so after problems showed up knows no bounds. We were hurt very badly by the loss of our two dogs and also the sweet little puppy we were given to try to save. Note- IF he had been rehabbed in some way through surgery or a cart, or both, he obviously would never have been bred and he also would not have been AKC registered or any other organization- registered.
If you are looking for a Bichon Frise puppy, Blessings and great Luck to you. We've never bred a dog, nor will we, and having lost 3 marvelous elderly Bichons in the past 5 years, we know how they capture your hearts. Please use care, time, caution and REFERENCE CHECKS including a VET notarized letter and also proof of DNA testing of BOTH of the puppy's parents before you consider paying $1000 plus for a half-breed, or a Bichon with extreme hidden illness and skeletal defects. IF you choose to get a puppy without a high price, you can still get a lovely Bichon. It may not have " papers", but he or she is already in the world and will need a good, loving home.
Ask the people at Small Paws Rescue, the largest Bichon breed rescue non-profit in existence what breeders do for greed, and how a pedigree does not confer love, only the legitimacy of a purebred ( except from thieves and unscrupulous breeders).