Shichon Breed Overview
A Shichon or Zuchon, is a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. Considered part of the "designer dog" craze and most commonly known as a "Teddy Bear" for obvious reasons. Because this dog is a mix of two purebreds, it is said the first generation mix can have a better health than the purebred. Cute and adorable, they make devoted companions. Elderly, singles and families with kids reap the benefits of owning a Shichon. Overall, they are happy and friendly and simply put, love being with their family.
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The life expectancy of the Shichon is 13-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
Shichon range in size from 12-15 pounds, making them great mobile companions. Also, being a small dog, they require minimal space. An apartment or home with a yard will suffice. Robust, lively and full of energy, this little fur ball will put a smile on any face. With that said, they enjoy walks around the neighborhood, and love lots of supervised playtime in secure areas. However, they thrive on attention and companionship, and are not meant to be left alone for long periods.
Care & Grooming
In view of the fact this pup is 1/2 Bichon and 1/2 ShihTzu, grooming is actually manageable.They are a beautiful looking teddy bear like dog. Luckily, they are non shedding and hypoallergenic. However, grooming must be maintained for good health and a neat, coiffed appearance. Coats are normally long and silky, but can be wavy. Every few days brushing will be necessary, and a hair clipping every 3 months or so. Colors range from tan, cream, apricot, chocolate, silver, grey and many mixes in between. Also interesting, is their coats can change color as they mature.
Ultimately, this cute little mix breed is an overall healthy breed. Always contact your vet or breeder for more information.