For families who want an active, robust, small dog, the Bichon Poo originated in Australia in the late 1990s. It is a temperamental dog with a non-shedding coat that works well for children. The Bichon Poo is a hybrid breed created by crossing a Bichon Frise with a Miniature or Toy Poodle. This designer breed is currently not recognized by any major kennel club.
Bichon Frise: A small and fluffy breed originating from the Mediterranean region, originally used as a circus performer and lapdog.
Miniature or Toy Poodle: Another small breed, originally developed in Germany as a water retriever.
The Bichon Poo is a relatively new breed, and the exact date of its creation is unknown. However, the breed has gained popularity in recent years due to its small size, hypoallergenic coat, and affectionate personality. The breed is known for being playful and energetic, making it well-suited for apartment living. It generally gets along well with children and other pets, requiring regular grooming to maintain its long, curly coat.
The Miniature Bichon Poo
The Toy Bichon Poo
When fully grown, the difference between these variants lies in size. The weight of the latter is 13 to 18 pounds, while the former weighs about 6 to 12 pounds. They stand between 9 to 14 inches in height.
Temperament and Personality
Similar to its Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle parents, the Bichpoo typically exhibits many of the same characteristics. The breed is brilliant, lively, and affectionate. It is very accommodating in nature, often getting along well with dogs of other breeds.
As good family dogs, they are gentle, patient, and good with children. They are also generally good with other pets, but proper socialization and training are important to ensure they get along well with other animals. They have a low-shedding coat that requires regular grooming to maintain its appearance, and they need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy.
Overall, the temperament of a Bichon Poo can vary depending on the individual dog's genetics and environment, but they are generally friendly, affectionate, and energetic dogs that make great companions for families and individuals.
Bichon Poos love to play with their owners for extended periods and have loads of energy. They need a daily walk of at least half an hour due to their tendency for energy bursts. Physical activity keeps them mentally and physically active and stimulated. Keeping them busy is necessary; otherwise, they may become bored and start barking, chewing, and whining. Due to their intelligent and energetic nature, they enjoy playing and participating in physical activities. Some ways to provide exercise for your Bichon Poo include:
Going for walks or runs: This breed enjoys walks or runs and exploring new places.
Playing fetch: Bichon Poos love to play fetch and chase toys. Throwing a ball or toy for them to retrieve provides both physical exercise and mental stimulation.
Engaging in agility training: This smart breed enjoys learning new things and engaging in physical activities. Agility training, which involves completing a series of obstacles, provides both physical and mental exercise.
Providing interactive toys: Many interactive toys on the market can provide mental and physical stimulation. Puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys can keep them entertained and exercised when you are away.
It's important to provide your Bichon Poo with daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy. The amount of exercise they need may vary depending on their age, size, and individual needs, but as a general rule, they should get at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise per day.
There is very little hair loss, and therefore not much maintenance is essential. To maintain a smooth coat, regular brushing is required; otherwise, the curly and long hair will become easily tangled. Trimming the hair, like a haircut, is necessary approximately every 6 to 8 weeks. Bathe them when necessary. To prevent tooth decay, brush their teeth weekly and watch for ear infections. The Bichon Poo is a small breed with a low-shedding coat that requires regular grooming to maintain its appearance. The breed has a soft, fluffy, and curly coat that can be white, cream, or apricot in color. To groom them, you should:
Brush their coat regularly: They have a long, curly coat that can become tangled and matted if not brushed regularly. To prevent tangles and mats, brush their coat at least once a week using a slicker brush or a comb specifically designed for curly-coated breeds.
Bathe them as needed: Bichon Poos do not need frequent baths, as their coat is naturally hypoallergenic and does not hold onto dirt and odors. However, you may bathe them at least once every 2 months using a mild shampoo recommended for dogs.
Trim their nails: Regularly trimming their nails prevents them from becoming too long, which can be uncomfortable and even painful for the dog if ignored for too long.
Clean their ears: Regularly checking and cleaning their ears helps prevent ear infections. Use a cotton ball or pad moistened with a cleaning solution specifically designed for dogs.
Brush their teeth: Brush their teeth at least once every 7 days to prevent dental problems. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste recommended for dogs. Overall, the Bichon Poo is a low-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming, but they do require regular brushing, bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing to maintain their appearance and health.
There is a saying that for the first-generation hybrid, many health issues often bypass the offspring. However, this cannot be assumed, and new pet owners need to be aware of potential health issues. Health problems such as patella luxation, retinal atrophy, and allergies can occur. They are also prone to fractures if dropped from a height.
Training the Bichon Poo is easy, as they are intelligent due to the Poodle DNA running through their veins. Early training combined with socialization and behavioral training is key. If the small dog feels threatened, it may resort to nipping, so a professional trainer can be very helpful in training the little ones.
High-quality protein, vegetables, carbohydrates, and fats are essential for the breed in the correct proportions. Their diet should also include vitamins, calcium, and minerals. Homemade food like chicken or other types of red meat, brown rice, and a variety of yellow, green, and orange vegetables are suitable for the dog. High-quality dry food is also appropriate for the breed.