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Everything You Need to Know About the Bichpoo

Everything You Need to Know About the Bichpoo (2023)
Published Friday, October 7, 2022 by Premier Pups Team

One of the most adorable designer puppies around, the Bichpoo mixes the best qualities of the Bichon Frise and the Poodle. This wonderful little lapdog is intelligent, friendly, and perfectly everything. Anyone would have a hard time resisting these cuties. Here’s why: 

Designer Breed Bichpoo Aka Poochon 

cream bichpoo dog sitting in the arms of a woman

The designer breed Bichpoo that is also known as Poochon was created with perfection in mind, and it shows. By combining Poodles with Bichons Frise, the original breeders from Australia envisioned a new breed with excellent hypoallergenic qualities, big brains, and a very agreeable personality for all types of families to enjoy.  

The Bichpoo dog breed has been around for close to four decades and has seen nothing but popularity ever since its first days. It is currently one of the most popular breeds of designer dogs around the world.  

Although the Bichpoo is yet to be recognized by major kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club, which doesn’t yet recognize hybrids, the Bichpoo doesn’t remain unrecognized. It is recognized by several designer dog kennel clubs. Among these are the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), Designer Dog Kennel Club (DDKC), and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC).  

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Hypoallergenic Bichpoo 

brown bichpoo dog with curly hair

One of the biggest qualities the Bichpoos have is their excellent coat qualities. Like their parents, Bichpoos have hair instead of fur. Their hair grows continuously and doesn’t shed. Dander production is minimal and because the hair doesn’t shed, it has excellent hypoallergenic qualities.  

Bichpoos are one of the best breeds for allergy sufferers, given their coat qualities. They do take some time to groom and require regular trims, but they won’t make you sneeze or turn red from allergies. 

Although no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic, the Bichpoo is up there with the best of them. Being a hybrid of two hypoallergenic dog breeds, this dog is unlikely to cause allergic reactions in humans who suffer from pet-related allergies.  

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Excellent Health 

white bichpoo adult dog looking happy

Like most designer dogs, the Bichpoo benefits from superior health that results from crossbreeding two purebred dogs. Neither Poodles nor Bichons are known to have serious health issues, and the few they do have, are most often canceled out through crossbreeding.  

Bichpoos are very healthy dogs, and they enjoy a long lifespan of 12 to 15 years. In some cases, they even live to be 18 or more. The very few health issues they can encounter throughout their life include patellar luxation, vision-related problems (most common in old age), teeth issues, and ear infections, all of which are common in all small dog breeds.  

Crossbreeding a Poodle and a Bichon Frise that have been regularly tested and have clean health records, results in a healthy and happy Bichpoo hybrid dog with excellent health.  

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Colors and Size of the Bichpoo 

toy bichpoo dog with white curly coat

Bichpoos are a beautiful blend of their parents, inheriting the cutest and most breathtaking features of both the Poodle and the Bichon Frise.  

Poodles and Bichons are very similar in appearance, both sporting curly hair and an athletic build. The slight differences between them include their color pallet and body shape. Bichons have a rounded, compact figure, while Poodles are leaner and have sharper muzzles. 

Bichpoos are a blend of their parents’ features. Their build is compact, their hair long and curly, and their gaze expressive. The Bichpoo colors are like the Poodle’s, given that their Bichon Frise parent only comes in white. These colors can include black, white, blue, tan, cream, chocolate, apricot, gray, merle, and sable, with bicolor and tricolor combinations of any of these.  

The size of a full-grown Bichpoo is small or very small, depending on the size of the parents used in the mix. Most Bichpoos are a mix between a Miniature Poodle and a Bichon Frise, but some breeders also use Toy Poodles to create a smaller Bichpoo. So, more often than not, the Bichpoo size is dictated by the size of the Poodle used in the mix.  

That being said, the average size of these adorable lapdogs ranges from 9 to 15 inches in height and 6 to 17 pounds in weight.  

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A Companion Pet for Families 

tan bichpoo dog sitting on a couch

The Bichpoo temperament is as sweet as their looks. These dogs have one of the friendliest personalities, often lacking any trace of aggression. They are kind, sweet-hearted dogs that love everyone. They are great with kids, dogs, cats, strangers, and anyone in between. 

Although both their parents are known to be energetic dogs, Bichpoos tailor their energy to that of their humans. They can be both active or more relaxed, depending on their surroundings. Because of this, they make excellent companion pets for any type of family. They fit wonderfully with families that have children, seniors, singles, and with couples. 

New dog owners will also find an amazing friend in the Bichpoo, as this dog loves to please and will make the job easy for even the most inexperienced owner. 

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Training Bichpoos

full grown white and tan bichpoo dog wearing a harness while in a grass field

Bichpoo puppies are very intelligent, much like their parents. Both Poodles and Bichons have a reputation for being very versatile in their learning capabilities.  

Poodles are renowned for their smarts, having landed second place in Top Most Intelligent Dog Breeds, second only to border collies. They can learn hundreds of command words, be trained for any job, and be good at any dog sport. And so can Bichons, although not as widely recognized as Poodles.  

Bichons have had a colorful history, dating back centuries ago. They started out as the favorite lapdogs of royalty and fell into almost extinction when kingdoms fell apart. Having been left to fend for themselves on the streets, Bichons were found to be quite resilient. Their knack for tricks was noticed by circus performers, and their extinction days fell far behind. Since then, Bichons have been known as popular circus dogs. Their ability for quick learning and their performing talents are legendary. And this is a trait that their Bichpoo hybrid puppies inherit in abundance.  

Bichpoos take after their parent breeds in equal measure, and this means they are beautifully equipped to handle anything a trainer throws at them. They learn quickly and are quite eager to please those training them.  

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Adopt a Bichpoo Puppy 

cute cream bichpoo puppy

If you’re looking to adopt a Bichpoo, Premier Pups has the cutest variety. See our listings of Bichpoo puppies for adoption and bring home a sweet bundle of joy that will love you unconditionally for many years to come.  

Our puppies are healthy, happy, and ready to charm you with their wagging tails and love for cuddles. They come accompanied by a 10-year health guarantee and the promise of a forever friend. Adopt your fur baby today at Premier Pups

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Bichpoo puppies? Bich-poo is a crossbreed or hybrid breed of dog that is obtained by breeding a Bichon Frise and a Poodle. The result is a small to medium-sized, hypoallergenic, and low-shedding dog that is known for its intelligence, playful and affectionate nature.

Are Bichpoo hypoallergenic? Yes, Bich-poo dogs are considered hypoallergenic. They have a low-shedding coat, which makes them a good choice for people with allergies to pet hair or dander. However, it is important to note that some individuals may still be allergic to Bich-poo dogs, as everyone's allergies are unique.

How big do Bichpoos get? Bich-poo dogs are a small to medium-sized breed, with adults typically weighing between 10 and 20 pounds and standing 9 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. The exact size of a Bich-poo can vary depending on the size of the Poodle parent, as Poodles come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. A Bich-poo from a Toy Poodle parent will be smaller than one from a Standard Poodle parent.

Can Bichon Poodles swim? Yes, Bich-poo dogs can swim. Both the Bichon Frise and Poodle breeds are water-loving dogs, and the Bich-poo is likely to inherit this trait. However, not all dogs are natural swimmers, and some may need to be introduced to the water gradually and with proper training and supervision. If you are considering allowing your Bich-poo to swim, it is important to always provide appropriate safety precautions, such as a life jacket or close supervision, to ensure their safety while in the water.

Can Bichon Poo be left alone? Bich-poo dogs are sociable animals that typically enjoy the company of their owners and do not like being left alone for long periods of time. Like all dogs, they can experience separation anxiety when left alone, which can lead to destructive behavior, excessive barking, and other problems. If you need to leave your Bich-poo alone for extended periods, it is important to provide them with plenty of mental and physical stimulation through toys, exercise, and training before leaving, and to make sure they have access to food, water, and a comfortable place to rest.