About the Shichon
The Shichon is a hybrid dog that is made up of a combination of two different purebreeds. It's a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu. We've found the best method for understanding the characteristics of the Shichon is to read both of its ancestors descriptions taking note of their temperaments, size and general look.
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The Schichon is a mixed breed dog that is the result of breeding a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. This type of dog is commonly referred to as a hybrid or a designer breed. The Shichon is sometimes called a fuzzy wuzzy. The Shichon takes its appearance from both breeds. For the most part, the Shichon will have a double coat that has an outer coat which is loosely curled and fluffy and an undercoat that is fine, soft and silky. The undercoat of this breed will usually be between three and four inches in length. For the most part, this breed is considered to be hypo-allergenic because it does not shed much, if any at all. The colors of the Shichon will vary based on the colors of the parents. Many are white like the Bichon Frise, but the dog may also take coloring from the Shih Tzu breed as well. The size of the breed will usually be somewhat small.
Also known as a Zuchon.
The Shichon is known for inheriting some of the best qualities from both parent breeds. They tend to be spunky and alert and love to play. They are also very affectionate and crave being with people. They become devoted to their families and do not do well when separated for long periods of time. This breed is typically good with other pets, especially when socialized at an early age. This dog gets along well enough with children, but it may be a good idea to socialize this breed at an early age as well as to supervise play time with children to make sure that the dog does not get hurt as a result of its small size.
Prospective owners should be aware that the Shichon tends to be intelligent and is also independent and bold. They are easy to live with and are typically easy to train. They get along with practically everyone, although they do make fairly good watch dogs. When necessary, this dog will bark to alert its family that someone is nearby, but this dog is not one that will usually bark excessively.
The average life expectancy of the Shichon tends to be about 15 years, provided that it is given good care and receives regular check-ups. Generally, the Shichon suffers from fewer health problems than either of the parent breeds, but if a prospective owner is concerned about possible health problems, it is a good idea to check the parentage of the dog to determine whether there may be serious health problems possible. Some may suffer from dry skin.
The Shichon does not have a lot of significant maintenance issues. For the most part, this dog will manage to take care of its exercise needs on its own. That said, this breed of dog will enjoy being taken out on walks and will enjoy playing out in the open, provided that it is given appropriate supervision. The coat of the Shichon will require regular brushing and the dog will need to be bathed when necessary to keep the coat healthy and clean. Generally, the Shichon is not a heavy shedder, so there are usually not any concerns in that regard, which is one reason why this dog is so popular with families with allergies.
The best environment for the Shichon will be one in which it can live indoors with its family and have playtime on occasion outside. This is not a dog that will do well on the outside. It is well suited for apartment life considering that it is small, can get sufficient exercise on its own and does not bark excessively. It gets along well with children as well as with other dogs. Training may be a good idea for this breed, not because of poor behavior, but because the dog is intelligent and loves to learn and please its owners. Due to the fact that this dog enjoys being with humans so much and craves affection, this is not a dog that will do well in an environment where it will be left alone for long periods of time.
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Hi - we have a mails schichon who is almost 2 and are considering getting a second but just wondered if anyone had any views / opinions / experience of this? We are thinking another boy probably from the same mum and dad, but as...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
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I'm wondering if someone might be bale to look at my video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZluTT4UJLH8 and let me know if my new dog is indeed a Zuchon/Shichon. I bought him from a lady who said he is a purebred shih tzu. My...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
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what can i do to help him stop from constantly scratching.I bath him every 2 weeks,I feed him science diet food 1 year olds.Rudy is 16 months old,and is 19.7 pounds but not an oz of fat on him.He plays 24-7.So far this is my only...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
- Has anyone had a shichon 4 weeks and lived?
I just bought a shichon and it was told to us it was 7 weeks but it was only 4 weeks and it died today coming home from the vet. Has anyone had a puppy so young and still lived?Asked by Anonymous - Array answers