The cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise, Yorkie Bichon, is a designer dog known for their cute looks and low maintenance costs. This toy dog, with a blunt muzzle, black nose, round skull and eyes, and a long tail, has been recognized by different names. With the parent breeds’ completely different temperaments, when the two are made to breed, it is difficult to predict the temperament and the appearance of the resultant cross-breed Yorkie Bichon.
|Other Names||Yo-Chon, Yorkie-Bichon, Yorkshire Frise, Borkie|
|Color||Black, Blonde, Brown, Cream, Dark, Brown, Golden, Gray, White|
|Breed Type||Cross breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Non-Sporting, Toy|
|Lifespan||10 to 12 years|
|Weight||6 – 8 pounds|
|Height||9 – 12 inches|
|Temperament||Energetic, loving, alert, playful|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
Initially, the owner might expect the little dog would share fifty-fifty characteristics of both its parents, though this is not always true about how genetics works. The puppy would inherit combinations of different characteristics of its parents that depend upon which traits are more dominant. The independent-natured Yorkie Bichon makes a great companion dog that would cherish the company of its owner. Having a compromising nature, the little dog wouldn’t be too anxious if its master goes out for a while. Though a high-pitch barker, the Yo-chon would make a great watch dog. They are fond of people and love to get attention, but are destructive by nature. They are stubborn at times and being a very curious breed, will try to investigate everything.
With both the parents being intelligent, the puppies are born smart and good at learning tricks. Giving them crate training is important, for which, puppy pens (wire crates) are better than plastic crates because, in that case, the pups can see what is going on around them. Also, help them understand what training and grooming processes are. It would also be a good idea to take them to kindergarten and obedience classes at times, since it is common for them to pick up multiple vicious traits like yapping, fearfulness or territorial aggression. Socialization training should include getting used to people, other pets and animals, ‘uncanny’ noises and situations.
It is best to feed them raw to help them get the best nutrition. But if you feed them with kibble foods, kibbles like Ziwi Peak, Merrick, Canine Caviar, Nature’s Variety, Nature’s Logic, etc. are good. Maintaining the hydration of its system is important for its health. For this, supply them with enough water. For a puppy, the recommended number of meals is four. The gap of four to five hours between meals is a healthy practice. Also, be sure to remove its food bowl after 10 minutes if you feel that the puppy is not interested in eating. Feed it thrice when it is more than three months old, and twice when it is more than six months.