By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 18th October 2022



Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 18th October 2022

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.

Shichon Pictures

Quick Information

Other Names
Tzu Frise, Zuchon
CoatSilky, dense, curly
ColorWhite, black, brown (combinations)
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group (of Breed)Toy, non-sporting, designer
Lifespan10 to 12 years
Weight7 – 15 pounds
Height (size)Small; 9 – 12 inches
TemperamentFriendly, cheerful, playful
Good with ChildrenYes
Originated in USA
Health ConcernsCommon/general dog health issues
Competitive RegistrationACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR

Shichon Video

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.

Health Problems

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

  1. The Shichon Poo is a much sought-after mixed breed (cross) between the shichon and the toy poodle.
  2. The Teacup Shichon is a smaller version, which is even smaller in size than the general size of this little dog.

Interesting Facts

  • For its wonderful cute looks, the shichon is also called the ‘Teddy Bear’ or the ‘Shichon-Teddy Bear’.

44 responses to “Shichon”

  1. Darlene Powell says:

    I would like to know what the approximate cost of one of these puppies would be. I am very interested in buying one. Thank you.


    Just had to put mine down due to kidney failure. he was my best friend for more than 3 years. miss him and need to fill this emptiness in my heart again

  3. Cathy Rosales says:

    I just had to put down my shih tzu of 16 years.and would love one of theses can you tell me where i can find a female in Michigan and price?

  4. Judy Turner says:

    Just wondering how much the shichons go for? Where do you buy them?

  5. Donna Carole Boody says:

    I have always had Shitzuh’s and just lost a beloved 16 year old one.
    I was not familiar with the shichon.
    I called a breeder whom.we had purchased our last shotgun from , and she was now breeding the chicken breed and we purchased him.for $,700.00.
    Love him. Adorable,very intelligent and personality to match.

  6. Carrie says:

    I have had my Shichon for a year and a half, he has been the greatest blessing to our family. He is playful, energetic and lovable. I would only recommend this breed to a family who has time to spend with their fur-baby. I do a great deal of travel (fortunately, my husband doesn’t) and our Teddy Bear gets sad when I’m gone. Shichon’s are a needy breed.

  7. Nancy says:

    I have a 4 yr old male shichon and got him from a breeder in PA.
    $550.He is a wonderful dog..and smart!

  8. Dolores says:

    I wouldn’t pay that kind of money for a dog. I paid $650 for my little guy. He’s so cute and playful. He looks like an Ewok. I just love him

  9. Maureen Tomberlin says:

    I have shichons from time to time yearly. You can find me on facebook. I live in Forest City NC. My pups have first shots and worming.

  10. Maureen Tomberlin says:

    I normally have a litter or so every year if anyone is interested. I am located in Forest City NC. My pups are vet checked and have first worming and shots. I can be found on facebook.

  11. Drema K Nutter says:

    I am eager to get a puppy from you. Our son lives in Ruther Glen and will pick up my puppy to bring him or her to West Virginia. He has Shichon he purchased from you years ago. Please let me know hoe soon I can pick my puppy out. May I pay by credit card? Please let me know soon.

  12. Cindy Miller says:

    Shichon’s are great dogs if they are bred correctly. I have been a breeder since 1996, our website offer tons of information about the shichon breed, and things to look for when adopting a puppy. We offer hand delivery, as in order to ship a puppy you have to be USDA licensed and we are not since our dogs live in our home. Our puppies come upto date with all their shots, spayed or nurtured, microchiped, with their life time health warranty and more.

  13. Laura says:

    Hi This is Laura….Is any Shichon puppy (male) available if so, how much cost is it? Thanks!

  14. Shawna says:

    I am looking for a teddy bear shih tzu bichon. Female, mixed beautiful colors….black white brown tan. I would like her already potty trained.

    • Karen says:

      There is a very good breeder in Morrill, Nebraska that only breeds shichon’s, she takes really good care of them. Her website is BB ‘s Canine Social Club. She will ship the puppies but not sure how much she charges for that. I am buying one of her shichon puppies in October.

    • Samantha says:

      I can give you information where we got ours. He was $800. In Ohio.

  15. Shellycarlson86@ Carlson says:

    I’m having a very hard time with my teddy bear dog,he’s a year old and chases his tail n it’s getting worse !! What can I do!??

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      This behavior might be backed by different reasons like boredom, for seeking attention, if trapped indoors for too long, for compulsive disorder, or even being bothered by fleas or worms or any other medical conditions.

      First, try to understand the reason yourself (as mentioned above), and fix it (if it is possible for you). It’s quite possible that your dog is perfectly fine. But if you still can’t understand the reason, the best thing you can do is to have your pet checked out by a medical professional to diagnose the problem.

      Best of luck!

    • Mora says:

      He has pin worms and his rectum itches.. take him to the Vet

  16. Lynda Maze says:

    Hello where do I find a breeder that has pups available. I’m looking for a lirrle boy in a perfect world I would love black grey white.

  17. Lynda Maze says:

    Hello, where do I find a breeder that has pups available. I’m looking for a little boy in a perfect world, I would love black grey white.

  18. Duane says:

    Saw a 2 month old Zuchon/sichon in the pet store for $2500. Why is it so expensive?

  19. Diane davis says:

    I have a 3 month old I can tell you where I got mine.

    • Trevir says:

      Yes please these dogs are adorable and I’m interested in getting one. I would love your info!

      • Samantha says:

        Had a shichon for about 6 years now. She’s sweet and loves to cuddle. She’s very motherly as well, we got a black lab mix about a year and a half ago and she’s always looking out for the lab, licking her face, etc

  20. Diane davis says:

    I can give you information where I got mine

    • Teresa Baker says:

      I wud luv it to get ur info. I want to purchase a brown male Shichon. If u or anyone can tell me who/where sells them, please. Thanks so much!!

  21. Tonya wright says:

    Looking for brown and white or black and white female

  22. Linda Meadows says:

    I’m interested in the brown schichon. Could you email me information, price, etc.

  23. Anita Connelly says:

    I live in Winston-Salem NC do you sale your puppies to my area. I am most definitely interested. I do currently have a 2 year old 4lb female chorkie Bella she is my baby and we would like to add an additional member to our family

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