The Chi Chon is a breed of dog produced as a result of a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Chihuahua purebred dogs. Its compact body with a fluffy coat and round, black eyes give it an adorable toy-like appearance. It is an appealing breed not just for its looks but also its good-natured disposition. The playful and cheerful Chi Chon dog can become an enthusiastic companion in no time. Despite its small size, it is less fragile than its Chihuahua parent.
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|Other names||Chi-Chon, Bichon Frise-Chihuahua Mix|
|Coat||Long, curly, and fluffy coat is common though short hair is also possible|
|Color||White, light brown, brown, golden, black, brown and white, black and white, black and brown|
|Group of Breed||Non-sporting, Toy|
|Weight||4-10 lbs (1.8-4.5 kg)|
|Size and Height||Small; 8-10 inches|
|Temperament||Loving, energetic, friendly, intelligent, sociable|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||The USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DBR, DRA, DDKC, IDCR|
Video: Chi Chon Playing
Temperament and Behavior
With a noticeably pleasant and winning personality, the Chi-Chon is thoroughly proficient at fascinating its family and neighbors. It craves for affection and can sometimes bark to attract attention. It is capable of adjusting to various lifestyles, provided it is not left alone for too long.
If the owner is away for many hours, the dog may exhibit destructive behaviors, tearing and chewing everything in sight. Therefore, it is prudent for an owner to leave his/her dog in a crate even when leaving for a short time.
It is a good family pet, which can cope well with children and are often seen playing with them. Even though it is friendly by nature, its interactions between young kids or other animals should always be supervised to prevent accidental bites or pulling of the tail or ears.
Like most energetic dogs, the Chi-Chons love to run and play. They are the happiest when they play with their owners. Therefore, taking your Chihuahua Bichon Frise mix outdoors for long walks as well as playing fetch games will help develop trust and build a strong relationship with your pet. You can also keep it occupied with soft chew toys.
Allot a significant amount of time to brush and bathe your Chi-Chon. Loose, worn out hairs should be removed by brushing frequently; otherwise, it can result in tangles, mats, or other serious skin problems. Periodic bathing is advisable, as it will keep your dog clean and free from bad odors. Mucus or eye discharge can accumulate and may cause eye problems, thus cleaning the Chi Chon’s face and trimming its hair is necessary. If you are not comfortable with the grooming job, seek help from a professional groomer for brushing, bathing, and trimming your pet’s hair and nails, as also for cleaning its ear.
The Chi Chon puppies are prone to cataracts, which is a hereditary condition in its Bichon parent. Problems of the joints and bones such as patellar luxation and hip dysplasia; bladder problems like infections and formation of stones; food and contact allergies; as well as heart diseases may affect the Chihuahua Bichon mix.
Sign up your Chi Chon puppy for obedience classes to teach proper canine etiquettes. This will make management of your dog with basic commands (sit, stay, drop, etc.) much easier. Early socialization is also important in your pet’s life since it helps your dog learn to get along with other household animals. While training your smart little dog for agility, rally competition, and competitive obedience, you should avoid harsh treatments and scolding. Also, make sure that it feels satisfied in a safe and cozy crate.
Provide your Bichon Chihuahua mix an optimal diet containing enough nutrients that promote healthy body and skin. As a dog owner, you have some choices for your pet’s diet including raw foods, processed dry kibble, and rehydratable dried foods. When it comes to dry kibble, choose the one that is free from grains, corns, and wheat as these are likely to cause allergic reactions as well as digestive problems. The daily amount of dry food should be an approximately 1/2-1 cup. Sweeteners should be avoided since they might cause diabetes.