What do I need to know about my bichon Shih Tzu?
The Shichon is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise dog breeds. Affectionate, intelligent, and outgoing, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents. Shichons go by a few other names including the Shih Tzu-Bichon mix, Zuchon, and Teddy Bear dog.
Are Shichons easy to potty train?
The Shichon is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise. Potty training a Shichon can be very time consuming and extremely frustrating.
How do you take care of a Shichon puppy?
While Shichons are not particularly hyper dogs, they are energetic, and they have active little minds. To prevent boredom and burn up that energy, they should be walked daily and have plenty of engaging toys scattered around the house. If the day is too gloomy for a walk, a rousing game of fetch inside should suffice.
Can a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise get along?
Cross a cuddle-crazed Shih Tzu with a brainy Bichon Frise and you may just have discovered the perfect dog: not too large and not too small with a heady mixture of good looks and loyalty. Its name? The Shichon (AKA the Zuchon or Teddy Bear): a recent addition to the designer dog breeds!
What kind of dog is a Shichon Frise Shih Tzu mix?
Many breeders hope to combine the best traits of these two parent dogs in the Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix, creating a small, loving, family-oriented dog. The Shichon is a Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix, also sometimes called a Zuchon. One of their other names, the “Shichon Teddy Bear” refers to their round faces which resemble a toy teddy!
Do Bichon Frise dogs bark a lot?
In fact, barking is quite a common trait in the Bichon parent, although less so in the Shih Tzu. To avoid barking when left alone, make sure that you introduce them to being alone gradually, with positive reinforcement. Or, avoid leaving them alone altogether.
Is a Bichon Shih Tzu a small dog?
The Bichon Frise is in the slightly larger non-sporting group, with a height of 9.5–11.5 inches and a weight of 12–18 pounds. With both of these breeds being small, you can be fairly confident that your Bichon Shih Tzu puppy will also mature to be a small dog.