A cross between a pedigree Bichon Frise and a pure bred Miniature Poodle , although sometimes a Toy Poodle, the Poochon, Bichapoo or Bichpoo first appeared on the scene back in the nineties and has become one of the most popular modern cross breeds. Throughout the years, these charming little dogs have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people throughout the world thanks to their adorable looks, high intelligence and fun loving attitude inherited from both parent breeds, as well as their loyal and affectionate natures.
Appearance and Grooming
When it comes to their coat, thanks to their Poodle ancestry, they have hypoallergenic curly, low to non-shedding soft coats. This makes them a perfect choice for anyone who suffers from allergies. Their most common colors are white, apricot, black and blue. They should be brushed daily to avoid tangles and knots and should be trimmed and groomed every 6-8 weeks if a short coat is preferred.
They are lively, energetic and highly intelligent dogs that are eager to please and always ready for their next adventure. Because of their high levels of excitement they can be a little unruly at times especially when still young, which is a trait they have picked up from both the Poodle and the Bichon Frise. They are always on alert and aware of their environment, which may lead to excessive barking. However, this can be gently curbed when dogs are still young to prevent any real problem later in a dog’s life.
Family and Companionship
These dogs make wonderful companions and family pets in households where the children are slightly older. These dogs show incredible loyalty to their owners and form strong ties with their families. They should not be left alone for long periods of time as this can lead to separation anxiety.
The Poochon does very well in both indoor and outdoor environments. Because of their energetic personalities, they require daily exercise of at least half an hour, or more, especially if they don’t have access to an area that they can leisurely run around throughout the day.
Training and Socialization
In terms of training, the earlier you begin the better results you will get. This is especially true with problem behaviors that may occur from anxiety, including excessive barking. These dogs are very eager to please, so training should be fairly easy and fun. In addition, it is very important to begin socializing your new puppy as early as possible. Their socialization should include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs. Showing consistency in both training and socialization throughout the dog’s life will reap the biggest benefits.