The cross between the purebred dogs Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu, the Shichon, with its soft-toy looks, is a ‘cute’, densely-haired, fluffy, portable-size breed, having hanging ears, black nose, round button-eyes and mostly curly hair, has an adorable temperament, inheriting characteristics and hair colors from both or either of its parents.
||Tzu Frise, Zuchon|
|Coat||Silky, dense, curly|
|Color||White, black, brown (combinations)|
|Group (of Breed)||Toy, non-sporting, designer|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years|
|Weight||7 – 15 pounds|
|Height (size)||Small; 9 – 12 inches|
|Temperament||Friendly, cheerful, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Health Concerns||Common/general dog health issues|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
Temperament and Behavior
The shichon, with their unique, affectionate and devoted personality, love living with their family members as a companion dog, and do not go for a kennel nor do well, if left alone for longer periods of time, craving to spend time with humans. Although, they are not unnecessary barkers, this alert breed makes good guard dogs, barking to alert its owner’s family coming across strangers or intruders, and are good with other pets and children.
This dog need to be taken out regularly for walks/jogging, but boisterous playful breed can meet with their exercise needs themselves, either playing around in an open (but enclosed) yard or inside the owner’s apartment.
The easy-to-groom shichon need regular care including hair-combing with soft-bristle brushes, as also trimming the coat once bimonthly for cleanliness and to avoid hair from getting entangled. Bath them very rarely, when actually necessary. Also brush their teeth and check for ear redness and infections.
Other than being prone to minor issues like deafness and epilepsy, this is generally one healthy breed. But get them checked by reputed vets from time to time.
Although, it is easy to train the shichon for their inclination to please their master, but train them constantly with their growing age to be bold, to get used to other pets/dogs and children, as also the ways to avoid hurting themselves for their little size.
Serve them dry kibble meant for active and small dogs. 1 ½ to 2 cups of healthy dog food, enriched with high nutrients, divided into two meals, is enough for this little one. But remember that, canned and wet foods are dangerous for these dogs. You can also bake them a turkey meatloaf mixed with with oats, apples, parsley and eggs.
Mixes and Variants
- The Shichon Poo is a much sought-after mixed breed (cross) between the shichon and the toy poodle.
- The Teacup Shichon is a smaller version, which is even smaller in size than the general size of this little dog.
- For its wonderful cute looks, the shichon is also called the ‘Teddy Bear’ or the ‘Shichon-Teddy Bear’.