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.
- With their short and compact body, the owner can even carry the dog in his handbag (pun intended).
- Passionate lovers of this breed lovingly call them “Shichon-Teddy Bear.”
Facts About Shichon
|Breed Group||Non-sporting dog, Designer dog, Toy dog|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Other Names||Zuchon, Tzu frise|
|Size & Height||Small, 9-12 inches|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||DRA, IDCR, ACHC, DBR|
|Colour||Black, white, brown (or a combination of all of these three colors)|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Coat||Dense and silky|
- Shichon Poo (high in demand nowadays).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Shichon’s inclination towards pleasing their masters makes the overall training process much easier and hassle-free for the trainer.
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.