Bich-poo

9-18 lbs
9-15"
Australia
Bichon Frise
Poodle
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 Miniature Poodle. This breed will take on qualities from both parents, including their curly and hypoallergenic coats. Although they shed very little, this canine, like all dogs, 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
1990s
Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Miniature Poodle

Bich-poo Health

Average Size
Male Bich-poo size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 9-18 lbs
Female Bich-poo size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 9-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Addison's Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Bich-poo Breed History

The history of many hybrid breeds, including the Bich-poo, is 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 combining 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 developed to be a working water retriever and was also skilled at sniffing out a type of mushroom called truffles,  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. The Bich-poo is a wonderful combination of the two parent breeds.

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's traits the dog will get. However, we do know that the dog 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 a black nose 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. The Bich-poo is most commonly seen as white or apricot with an adorable fluffy coat.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bich-poo eyes
Brown
amber Bich-poo eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bich-poo nose
Black
brown Bich-poo nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Bich-poo coat
Fawn
white Bich-poo coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense

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 Bich-poo needs their nails clipped if you 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.

Brushes for Bich-poo
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bich-poo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

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. Amicable and fun-loving, they 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 hybrid 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. Include a dog park visit, a playdate session or a short forest trek to their week for added physical and mental stimulation.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Bich-poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Bich-poo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Bich-poo size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Bich-poo size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Bich-poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Bich-poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Bich-poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Bich-poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 12 lbs

Bich-poo Owner Experiences

Coco
12 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddling
sleep
Eating Snacks
Off-leash
Chase
Nap
Tug-of-war
Swim
Go Camping
Walk
Play keep away
Go to Beach
I was given my Bich-Poo when he was over a year old, we aren’t quite sure his exact birth date. He was given to me as a late 12th birthday present. He was very nervous and afraid because he had been previously abused in his first home for being destructive. He was full of fleas and had many mats in his hair. He hid behind our recliner for several days, even peed on the carpet. It took a lot of patience to get him to trust us, we were a family of six at the time, five of us being kids under 18. We bathed him, took him to the vet for vaccinations, and took him to the groomers to get a new look. We gave him a new name, Coco. We got rid of his kennel. We had learned that his previous owners kept him in the kennel at night and he would get anxious and pee. His previous owners left him out on the porch all day because they didn’t want him to be destructive inside. We tried to socialize him and he was okay with some dogs but not all. We potty trained him. He did struggle with extreme separation anxiety at first but throughout the years it had mild down. He was very active and loved to play tug of war and would love to run around the neighborhood whenever the front door opened. He is older now, we think he is around 12 years old. I got married, moved out, and couldn’t leave him behind. I was told that while I was on my honeymoon, he slept in my bed and wouldn’t come out of the room at all. His separation anxiety came back when he first came to live with my husband and I but it has since calmed down thanks to calming music and essential oils. My dog has always been loyal and protective of me. He loves to cuddle. Now that he is older, he spends most of his day sleeping on his bed with his favorite blanket. He loves being around people who will give him attention. He’s been by my side for 11 years, he’s seen it all and been through it all with me. He taught me about responsibility and what it meant to love.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Puffy
6 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddling, Playing, Taking on walks
I absolutely love my little Puffy Muffin. He loves absolutely everyone and everything, he's a very smart dog that can understand most things going on around him. I seriously recommend this dog if you are looking for a lapdog that loves to play with lots of energy.
1 year, 5 months ago
Cookie
12 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
petting
Walking
I've had mine since I was 2 years old. He was such a great dog. Very good at listening and many compliments about him being a good dog by others. Sadly, on November 23,2017 (Thanksgiving) at 11pm he got ran over. I will always miss him.
1 year, 6 months ago
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