Bich-poo

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6-18 lbs
9-15"
United States
Poochon, Bichdoodle, Bichoodle, Bichonpooo, Bichpoo, Bichondoodle

The Bich-Poo is a designer breed made from the crossbreeding of two wonderful dog breeds: the Bichon Frise and the Poodle. This breed will take on qualities from both parents, including their curly and hypoallergenic coats. Although they shed very little, this breed, like all breeds, will still need coat maintenance and other basic care. The Bich-Poo will be friendly and energetic companion pets that will do great around children and other animals. They can adapt to any environment as they are small and can do well in an apartment and a large home alike. These dogs are small and shouldn’t be fed too much food, since they can be prone to obesity.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Poodle

Bich-poo Health

Average Size
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 6-18 lbs
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 6-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Addison's Disease
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Physical Examination

Bich-poo Breed History

The history of many hybrid breeds, including the Bich-Poo, are widely unknown. This is because they are usually very modern breeds. However, we do know the histories of the two breeds used to make the designer dog. In this case, the Bich-Poo was created by the Poodle and the Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise is a dog that was created centuries ago in the Mediterranean. They easily made their way around the world as they were often used as trading objects. The Italian nobility fell in love with the breed and they became very popular among them in the 1300s. Later on in the 1500s, they were discovered in France and treasured there as well. They found their way to the Canary islands and became popular there during the 15th and 16th centuries. The breed lost popularity in the 1800s, and efforts to restabilize the breed began after World War I. The Poodle was created to be a working water retriever and were also skilled at sniffing out a type of mushroom called truffles, that are a culinary delicacy. Germany, France and Spain, along with other places in Europe, were the main locations of popularity for this breed. Although they are often thought of as fancy and regal companion pets, this breed is actually very skilled at many canine sports and enjoys spending time outdoors. There exist three types of poodle: the standard, the miniature, and the toy.

Bich-poo Breed Appearance

It is hard to determine exactly what a hybrid breed will look like, since you cannot determine how much of each parent the dog will get. However, we do know that it will take on some characteristics from each breed. The Bichon Frise is a puffy dog that has a thick coat of loose curls. They are usually all white with black noses and dark eyes. Their tails hang over their back and are plumed. Their coats will usually be clipped, with either a round appearance for the show ring or a lower maintenance shorter cut for companion pets that stay at home. Poodles are built squarely and also have thick and curly coats.They have round heads and long muzzles with slight stops. Their eyes will be dark or amber and oval in shape. These dogs will have level toplines and can be found in a variety of solid colors.

Bich-poo Breed Maintenance

Although this breed does not shed a lot and can be considered hypoallergenic, their coat of coarse, loose curls will need frequent brushing in order to avoid any knots or tangles. Bathe and shampoo them when necessary. They will most likely need to be groomed by a professional once every two to four months. Aside from coat care, this hybrid breed will need dental care and nail clipping, like every other dog breed. All dogs should get their teeth brushed at least one or two times per week, or preferably every day if possible. Their nails should be clipped regularly, probably once or twice every month. If they get worn down naturally, less often will be sufficient. You will know when your dog needs their nails clipped if you have hear them clicking on the floor when they walk. You should also check and clean their ears once a week. This will help reduce the chances of ear infections.

Bich-poo Temperament

This designer breed is very smart and active. With both of the parents being extremely intelligent breeds, especially the Poodle, the Bich-Poo will no doubt be very smart. Therefore, they should be quick to learn and potty training will be a breeze, but they will also need mental stimulation, otherwise they may become destructive. They also have quite a lot of physical energy that will need to be dealt with. These dogs can fit into almost any household, including those with children, which they will love to play with. However, make sure that your children know how to handle a dog, since they are small and can get hurt if accidentally dropped or stepped on. The Bich-Poo should not have any problems getting along with other pets. Be sure to properly socialize your pet, as some Poodles do tend to be somewhat high strung. This breed may not like being left alone and can develop separation anxiety. They are loyal and, although they may be small, they can still be good watch dogs that will alert you of any suspicious noises.

Bich-poo Activity Requirements

The Bich-Poo is an active dog breed that will need a minimum of 30 minutes of activity each day. However, if they do not have access to a backyard, these dogs may need a bit more time for exercise. If you notice your pet being destructive, for example barking, chewing or whining, you may want to cosider increasing the amount of time that you are spending exercising them.

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