Poochon A Cross Between A Poodle & A Bichon Frise

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What is a poochon?

Poochon which came into existent in the 1990’s by crossing a Poodle with a bichon frise. They are a mix of the adorable, white Bichon Frise and the intelligent Poodle; toy or miniature. ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) calls it Poochon although they are also called as Bichon Poodle, Bichpoo, Bichon Poo or Bichopoo. These puppies inherit traits of smartness, small size and amiability from their respective parents.  

Poochon Lifespan

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How long do Poochons live for?

Poochons/Bichon Poodle/Bichpoo/Bichon poo have a long life expectancy of 12-16 years of age. In addition, they attain this age range in good. The adsence of ailments results from the crossing of the Bichon frise and the Poodle. Regardless of the poochons state of good health, we can’t say thesame thing for his parents. Buying a Poochon from an experienced breeder who health tests their dogs is the first and best step in ensuring the health and longevity of your Poochon. Bichon frise poodle mix

Poochon Health

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Are Poochons a healthy breed?

The Poochon is generally known to be a healthy breed of dog, especially first generation Poochon. This is because crossbreeding purebreds tends to alleviate some of the most common health concerns that are common in the parent breeds. However, the Bichon poo is still susceptible to issues like patella luxation, progressive reitinal atrophy (PRA), diabetes, skin issues, and cataracts. Amongst these health concerns, Diabetes is a cause for concern. Hence, watching your poochon dog diet will go a long way to avoid them  from becoming obese. This is the key to a bichpoo living a long and healthy life. Bichon frise poodle mix

Bichon Poo Grooming

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How much grooming do Poochons need?

Groming depends on the owner’s preference. This is base on the coat length, the style and even the time of the year. Secondly, the poochon dog doesn’t require a set of rules when groming. Nor conform to the old rules of the show ring.  Many owners will change the style of the coat depending on what they like. So, they may need to be brushed daily or every 2 to 3 days if the Bichon poo has a longer coat. In addition the the brushing, the coat can be trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks if a very short coat is preferred. Also, the Poochon dog will also need to be bath as necessary (although not too often). And have their nails clipped if they are not naturally wearing down during walks on the footpath. Depending on the softness of the coat, choose wisely between a coarse or soft brush. After a month, bathe you little buddy poo with a pet shampoo. Rub the feet and scrub the ears properly. As dogs don’t generally like being touched at ears and tail, so you have to be smart. Bichon frise poodle mix

Poochon Appearance


What does a Poochon look like?

According to some people the Poochon resembles another designer breed called the Groodle but on a much smaller scale. Some bichon poo may be bred with a Miniature Poodle rather than a Toy Poodle, in which case they tend to be slightly larger in size. A Poochon bred with a Toy Poodle parent will be in the range of 4 to 6kg (8-13 pounds) and most will stand in the ballpark of 25 to 28cm tall at the shoulder, give or take a small amount. Clearly the Poochon dog, like its parents, will be a small companion dog. Despite their small size they are generally fairly sturdy. They are hardy and overall well-proportioned. Many describe the expression of the Poochon as being sweet and intelligent. Like the Bichon Frise parent the head of the Poochon will likely be rounded, much more so than the Poodle, giving the dog a teddy bear face. They have almond-shaped eyes and moderately-long ears which hang around the head. The muzzle is short-moderate in length. Overall their facial features on average are closer to the Bichon Frise than the Poodle. They also generally have wider faces than their Toy Poodle parent. Of course, because the bichon poodle is a designer breed there is some degree of variability in how the puppies will turn out; whether they look more like the Bichon Frise or the Toy Poodle. Because the two parents of the Poochon are already so similar in appearance however, many Poochons will look similar to each other. The coat of the bichon poo can vary slightly and be either wavy and soft or curly and harder. Some say that the most prominent characteristic of the bichon poodle is their wool coat that is as non-shedding as one can get. Because the Bichon Frise is white, this is one of the most common colors found on the bichon poolde. They may also be blue, apricot, black, red, cream, and essentially any color that a Toy Poodle comes in including parti-colours and solid colours. bichon frise poodle mix

Poochon Temperament

What is a Poochon’s personality like?

The Poochon has a likable personality that is feisty but also affectionate and loyal. They are active and friendly. Especially because one parent is the Toy Poodle, the Poochon also tends to be quite intelligent. They are alert and wary of their surroundings and they have a tendency to be vocal if startled, which makes them very suitable as watchdogs. They are usually responsive and obedient and it is fairly easy to teach them tricks and train them. The Poochon is one of the fastest learners of any breed, both designer and purebred. Poochon make great family members as well as companions for singles. If they are in a family setting they do better with older children or at least children that are mature and respectful of animals due to their small size. They have a nature that is both accommodating and sweet so they typically get along well in a variety of different environments. Most will do well with other pets and animals in the house too. Both the Bichon Frise and the Toy Poodle may be susceptible to temperamental problems, but this characteristic is diminished in the poochon dog. Poochon puppies for sale. The Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle share some similar issues like shyness, separation anxiety, sensitivity to loud sounds and stress. These behaviors can be avoided in the Poochon through early training and socialization with other people and dogs. The bichon poo is generally not difficult to housebreak. bichon  frise poodle mix poochon puppies LEARN MORE poochon