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Country of Origin, History of Shichons
There is no known date or person who started the Shichon breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1980s that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Shih Tzus and Bichon Frise to develop Shichons to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Shichons became more and more popular.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Shichon or Zuchon is a cross between the Shih-Tzu and the Bichon Frisé, two small, adorable breeds that give the Shichon a cute, fluffy look and a loving personality. To learn more about your Shichon’s traits, research both breeds involved.
This little teddy bear dog has hanging ears, a dense and fluffy coat, black nose, and button eyes. It is a friendly, loyal, and loving dog who thrives in an apartment or a home with or without a fenced yard. He enjoys entertaining or playing with his family, including children. He is a playful, happy dog.
The Shichon or Zuchon coat is usually fairly long, dense, and silky, but it may be wavy or even curly. They can be white, black, brown, gray, silver, cream, tan, apricot, reddish black, chocolate, or any combination. They are considered hypoallergenic, but be sure to spend several hours with the dog before you take it home and assume you are not allergic to it.
10 – 15 pounds
9 – 12 inches
Temperament of the Dog
The Shichon is an intelligent dog. He is friendly, cheerful, and quite playful. He enjoys all family members, including children of all ages, and always wants to go along wherever you are going. They are considered hypoallergenic.
Shichons often suffer from separation anxiety if you are gone very much because they are so social and desirous of being with people. They do well in doggie daycare. They are great therapy dogs.
Housebreaking may be difficult with the Shichon, so should be done with a routine, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Patience and persistence will be virtues for the owner when training a Shichon.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
The Shichon loves being a member of the family and living indoors where he can sit on laps and sleep with someone when he isn't playing with a family member. When he goes outdoors, he should be in a fenced yard or on a leash.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
The Shichon loves children and sees them as playmates just for him. Supervise children with the puppy so they are not too rough and don’t hug too hard.
Housebreaking may be difficult with the Shichon, so should be done with a routine, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Because they are so social, they do not want to take time to go outside to potty, so watch them vigilantly or keep them on a leash with you during potty training.
Start training this smart puppy as soon as you get him and be firm and consistent. If family members are working on training, make sure everyone is doing the same thing in the same way for the same command. Patience and persistence will be virtues for the owner when training a Shichon.
How active is the breed?
The Shichon is an energetic, lively dog who doesn't know when to stop playing. They enjoy short, brisk walks in their neighbourhood and will want to visit with anyone you meet. They love the interactions with other dogs at a dog park or doggie daycare. Toys should include a few for mental stimulation. While they play quite a bit, a couple of short walks will round out their daily exercise.
The Shichon or Zuchon should be brushed a couple of times a week. Bathe only as necessary. You can have them professionally clipped if desired. Trim hair around the eyes every 2 – 3 weeks. Brush their teeth at least 3 times a week. Clip their nails every 3 – 4 weeks.
The Shichon or Zuchon is a fairly healthy, but they may have allergies. As they age, they are prone to cataracts or gum disease. Other health issues they may have are patellar luxation (knee issues), hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Portosystemic shunt, Cushing's Disease, and respiratory problems.
Life Span: 12 – 18 years
National Breed Clubs: none known
ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Zuchon)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Zuchon)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Shichon or Zuchon)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Tzu Frisé or Zuchon)
Group: Mixed Breed Dog.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.
Also Known As: Tzu Frisé, Zuchon, Teddy Bear, Shichon Teddy Bear Dog, BichonTzu, Rag Doll, Shih-Chon, Shihchon
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