Shichon

Shichon

INTRODUCTION

The Shichon is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise dog breeds. Affectionate, intelligent and outgoing, these puppies have inherited some of their parents’ best qualities. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can also find these mixed-breed dogs in shelters, so remember to adopt. These sweet puppies are quite adaptable and are suitable for flat living, family homes and single-person households. They make the perfect companion animal for seniors, and their personality and temperament make them excellent therapy dogs. If you want a companion that will follow you around the house and also protect your loved ones, the Shichon may be the dog for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

Shichons are mixed breed dogs. The most common colours of Shichons are cream, silver, black and white, white and brown and chocolate, as well as any mixture of these colours. Shichons are an excellent choice for those suffering from allergies, as they are considered to have very little shedding. Shichons often suffer from separation anxiety if left alone frequently or for long periods of time. Due to their intuitive and gentle nature, Shichons are very popular as therapy and emotional support animals. Shichons have a high energy level, so a game of fetch, a bit of chasing the kids around the yard and a daily half-hour walk will help keep your pet at a healthy body weight. Supervision is a must in all dog-child play, especially with Shichons.

HISTORY

The Shichon dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders are said to have intentionally started mixing Shih Tzu and Bichon Frize about 20 to 30 years ago, probably in the United States. Get the small size of the Shih Tzu dog and the adaptability and gentle disposition of the Bichon Frize parent. Breeders continued to produce the Shichon as demand increased for these puppies which are great for families and people with allergies. Although the Shichon started out as a designer breed, some ended up in shelters and rescues. If this mixed breed is a good fit for you, consider adopting it. Check your local shelters, look for Shichon rescue groups, or check with breed-specific Shih Tzu or Bichon Frize rescues as they sometimes accept mixed breeds to find them a home.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
5/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
3/5
Trainability:
3/5
Physical Needs:
2/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 9 to 12 inches
Weight: 9 to 15 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 18 years

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