Bichon Poo A.K.A(Bichpoo), A.K.A(Bichon Poodle)
A Bichon Poo (also known as Poochon, Bichpoo, Bichon Poodle) is a mix between a Bichon Frise, and most often the toy or miniature sized Poodle. Owing to their cute, pleasant and robust nature, they are immensely suitable for families desiring a small, cuddly dog.
Different Varieties( Size) of Poodle Bichon Mix
Toy Bichon Poo = 6 – 12 pounds, Miniature or Mini Bichon Poo = 13 – 18 pounds. Their height ranges from 9 – 14 inches.
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The Appearance of Bichon Poo Dogs
They have a small, but sturdy appearance, weigh anywhere from 6 – 18 pounds, and stand approximately 9 – 14 inches tall. Most often their coat is white, but other colors can be black, apricot or blue.
These cute looking dogs are characterized with almond-shaped eyes, moderately long ears hanging around its head and round and short muzzle similar to the Bichon Frise.
They have a non-shedding (hypoallergenic) wooly coat which makes them highly desirable to people with allergies. Their coat is coarse, medium long with loose curls, and requires frequent brushing and grooming in order to prevent mats and tangles.
Bichon Poo (Bichon Frise Poodle Mix) Pictures & Images
Quick information on Bichon Poo/Bichon Poodle Dog Breed
|Other Names||Bichpoo, Bichon Poodle, Poochon, Bich-poo, Bichoodle|
|Color||White, black, cream,blue, apricot, black and white
|Coat||Medium long, curly, coarse|
|Weight||Avg 15-25 pounds
|Life Span/Life Expentancy||12-16 Years|
|Temperament||Energetic,Xheerful, Intelligent, responsive, loyal, affectionate.
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Other Dogs||Yes|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR
Temperament and Nature of Bichon Poodles
They are a highly intelligent, affectionate and loyal dog. Though small in size, they make good watchdogs as they will alert their owners to unusual or suspicious sounds with a hearty bark.
They are active, cheerful, cuddly, and have a loving personality with playful, intelligent and charismatic characteristics of the Bichon Frise and the Poodle have been inherited by this Poodle-Bichon mix.
Their sweet, and friendly temperament allows them to get on well with children, however, they are best with the older child who knows the pet-handling rules.
Care ~ Exercise, Grooming & Health Issues
Exercise: Bichpoos have high energy levels and are an active dog breed that needs a minimum of 30-60 minutes of activity/walk each day. If you notice them being destructive, for example barking, chewing or whining, you may want to consider increasing the amount of time that you are spending exercising them.
Grooming: The amount of grooming required for a Bichpoo will depend on the length of its coat. They require frequent grooming of their coat with clipping required every six to eight weeks to prevent matting. This keeps the coat short and easier to care for. If Poochons have a clipped coat, they require brushing every second or third day while a longer coat needs to be brushed every day.
Regular and timely dental care and nail clipping, like every other dog breed, is also required. All dogs should get their teeth brushed at least one or two times per week.
Their nails should be clipped regularly, probably once or twice every month. If they get worn down naturally, less often will be sufficient
. You should also check and clean their ears once a week. This will help reduce the chances of ear infections.
Health Problems: The average life expectancy of a Poochon is between 12 and 15 years. As a crossbreed, Bichpoos do not have much health issues, except genetic disorders and common dog diseases like ear problems and infections. Common Health concerns are
- Addison’s Disease
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Patellar Luxation
- Allergies, and other skin disorders.
You should try and find a popular breeder that provides the health history of the dog’s parents.
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Training of Bichpoos
Bichon Frise and Poodles are both highly intelligent breeds which make the Poochon is a very quick learner. They are easy to train, as they are very focused on, and attuned to, their owners.
Bichpoo puppies are capable of picking up simple commands within just a few repetitions, and basics such as “sit” and “stay” are rapidly learned, especially if practiced around feeding time. Imparting socialization and obedience training to your pets without being harsh and intolerant.
Making such efforts in puppyhood will ensure the Bichpoo grows up to be a confident, sociable adult.
Feeding & Diet of Bich-Poo
Bichpoo puppies need to be fed a highly nutritious food and good quality diet including carbohydrates, vegetables, and fats for them to develop and grow as they should.
As a rough guide, a Poochon puppy can be fed the following amounts every day making sure their meals are evenly spread out throughout the day and it’s best to feed them 3 or 4 times a day. Once a puppy is 11 months old they can be fed adult dog food.
Homemade cooked food for dogs can contain brown rice, chicken or other types of red meats and a variety of green and yellow vegetables. You can also include raw foods, give your bichon poo skinless chicken or other lean meats, bones as a part of their meals.
Dry dog food available in the market, but that has to be high-quality, meant for small-size, moderately active dogs.
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Caring for a Bichon Puppy
Poochon puppies are boisterous and full of life which means it’s essential for homes and gardens to be puppy-proofed well in advance of their arrival.
A responsible breeder would have well socialized their puppies which always leads to more outgoing, confident and friendly dogs right from the word go.
The longer a puppy can remain with their mother, the better although it should never be for too long either. Any puppy will feel vulnerable when they leave their mother and litter mates which must be taken into account.
Interesting Facts about Bichpoo Dogs
- They make a good companion dog and love to be around its owner and his family.
- Bichon Poos are tolerant of other animals and can adjust quickly with them.