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Shichon

History

The Shichon is the cross between the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu breed (both the parents are purebreds). With their toy dog style of looks, they have a dense and a fluffy coat. They have two hanging ears and a black nose which adds to their cute and “Pawwsome” looks, they are also known as teddy bear dogs. The round and buttle like eyes give an adorable disposition.

Brown Shichon

Interesting Facts

  1. With their short and compact body, the owner can even carry the dog in his handbag (pun intended).
  2. Passionate lovers of this breed lovingly call them “Shichon-Teddy Bear.”

Facts About Shichon

Breed Group Non-sporting dog, Designer dog, Toy dog
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin USA
Other Names Zuchon, Tzu frise
Size & Height Small, 9-12 inches
Weight 7-15 pounds
Competitive Registration / Qualification Information DRA, IDCR, ACHC, DBR
Shedding Minimal
Hypoallergenic Yes
Litter Size NA
Colour Black, white, brown (or a combination of all of these three colors)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years
Coat Dense and silky
Price NA

Varieties

  1. Shichon Poo (high in demand nowadays).
  2. Teacup Shichon is a much smaller variety of the common Shichon.

Temperament & Personality

The Shichon puppies are kind and affectionate nature easily becomes a favorite of its owner and the entire house. This humble companion dog will show its destructive side if the owner leaves it alone for a prolonged period. Though not considered an occasional barker, these dogs do become conscious and bark upon seeing an unfamiliar face in the house or the surrounding. These cuties are good with small children and other animals.

Care

Exercise

Bichon shih tzu mix  has a medium sized body does not need a proper exercise routine. Instead, they fulfill their exercise requirements by constantly maneuvering themselves in the house. But they do need a small walk or a jog on a daily basis. The owner can leave them unleashed in the garden area or the yard where they can run their heart out.

Grooming

Professional groomers call this breed easy to groom and maintain. The Shichons need a weekly hair combing with a mild bristle brush as well as trimming of the hair once every two months. Bathing is only recommended when they need one. Teeth should be cleaned once in a month. Special attention should be given to areas like the ears and the eyes where issues like Redness can occur.

Health Problems

Problems like deafness and epilepsy can affect the dog. Shichons can also suffer from some minor issues like Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, Respiratory issues, and Portosystemic Shunt.

Training

Shichon’s inclination towards pleasing their masters makes the overall training process much easier and hassle-free for the trainer.

 

Feeding

Adequate measurement as per the recommended quantity of the smaller dogs is strongly advised. The diet should be rich in useful nutrients and be divided into two meals. The owner should also remember the fact that canned and wet foods are dangerous for this breed.

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