The Bichomo is a small dog that was created as a hybrid breed with the Bichon Frise and the American Eskimo as parents. They will stay small, usually maturing to about under a foot in height. They are fairly active but due to their small size, they do well living in an apartment or other small houses, as long as they get enough exercise. For this breed, between 30 and 45 minutes of activity per day will be enough. They are hypoallergenic dogs that do not shed much, and also have low drooling and smell levels. Although they are too small and cute to be guard dogs, this loyal hybrid breed is alert and will make a good watch dog.
Date of Origin
American Eskimo, Bichon Frise
Bichomo Breed History
The history of the Bichomo is undocumented, as it is a recent hybrid breed. However, the Bichon Frise has been around since the 13th century and is thought to be descended from the Poodle and the Barbet Water Spaniel. This breed was brought all around the world when it was traded by Spanish Sailors. By the 16th century, this breed had made its way to France, where it became a popular choice among the French royal courts. They became circus dogs and popular organ grinder’s pets in the 19th century. This breed was losing numbers after the World War I, but, with some effort, were eventually re stabilized. The American Eskimo has a different story. They are one of the Spitz families of Nordic breeds. These dogs were first known as the German Spitz, until they made their way to America. During World War I, there were anti-German feelings spreading widely around and the name of this dog was changed to the American Eskimo Dog. This name was chosen because the breed was registered in the United Kennel Club by Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Hall in 1913, and the name of their kennel was the American Eskimo. They are now known as a separate breed than the German Spitz but are still very closely related. Both of these breeds are highly talented and intelligent dogs that were recently bred together to create the Bichomo.
Bichomo Breed Appearance
Bichimos are dogs that will have physical characteristics from both of the parent breeds. They will have compact bodies with a sturdy appearance and rounds heads that have a noticeable stop leading to a medium sized muzzle. Their tails will either have a sickle-curve, or may be coiled more tightly. These cute little dogs will have long bodies and short legs. They have open nostrils on their black noses, and their friendly eyes are round and alert. These dogs have silky soft ears that will be either hanging on the sides of their face or folded over at the top. Their teeth will meet in a scissors bite and they will have thick but soft coats of medium length. The fur will be slightly wavy or curly and can be found in the color of white or cream. For more of an indication of what this breed will look like, we can take into consideration the appearance of the Bichon Frise and the American Eskimo.
Bichomo Breed Maintenance
Since this breed has ears that hang or flop down, it will be important to clean them out weekly. While cleaning them, be sure to search for any strange smells or discharge. Their coats will still need regular grooming, even though they do not shed much. Groom them thoroughly two times a week to keep their coats clean and free of tangles and debris. Only bathe the Bichomo when necessary, as excessive bathing can remove the natural protective oils from the coat. Like all other breeds, these dogs will need regular teeth brushing. Once or twice per week will be enough as a minimum, but every day is best. Clip your pet’s nails when it becomes necessary, which will most likely be once or twice a month. Your dog may require this less often if they wear down on their own, but if you can hear them clicking on the floor when your dog is walking, they are definitely overdue.
Bichomo Activity Requirements
As for personality, this breed will also be a mix between the Bichon Frise and the American Eskimo. They will be smart and easy to train. In order to ensure that your dog’s intelligence does not get the best of you, they should be properly socialized and training should start from an early age. It is important that you discover how to properly communicate with your pet and develop trust and a bond with them. Keep training consistent and clearly state your position as pack leader, but remain positive and loving. Like some other small dog breeds, they may have trouble getting the hang of potty training, but with patience, they will catch on. They are alert with their surroundings and will let you know of anything strange happening outside their home. Therefore, they make good watchdogs, but with their small size and non aggressive nature, they will not be very intimidating guard dogs. The Bichomo is a friendly breed that gets along with people of all ages and enjoys playing with children.
Bichomo Owner Experiences
House & Yard
She is still a baby, so we play with toys
This is our first. We were attracted to her cuteness, of course! But love that she's small, smart, and good natured.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
House & Yard
I got her as a small puppy. She is my first dog. Potty training was a little hard but we both were learning. She uses puppy pads and goes outdoors. She is very friendly and happy. She loves her toys and dancing/walking on her hind legs - which she taught herself. She minds well and is a great watchdog with a very sweet loving personality. She does require some grooming and loves to run when she goes outside to play. She is an awesome breed and a perfect fit for me!
1 year, 4 months ago
House & Yard
I had a Bichomo about two years ago for maybe two months. He was very aggressive towards other people and towards any male. He warmed up to me after a couple of hours of trying to get him out of hi cage. He kept lunging at us he was that afraid. It took him a good two weeks before warming to my father and brother. When he was outside and any one was walking by he would run full speed towards that person with his teeth bared and growling. He never showed any aggression towards me. He absolutely loved taking off leash walks although I only took them early in the morning and when it was dark because I was afraid he would bite someone. He did bite several people including my sister. The reason I think is behind his behaviour was because he came from a puppy mill and I think he never fully forgot his experience. He was a bag of bones and dirt when we got him and trusted no one. In the end his behavioural issues where too much so we had to sell him but he nipped the potential buyer and they decided he wasn't for them. We had to let him go in the end because he was too far gone. We at least gave him a few months of what it is like to know a loving touch and living like a dog should live.