25-35 lbs
United States
Bichon Frise
Miniature Schnauzer

The Chonzer is a hybrid which results from breeding a Bichon Frise with a Miniature Schnauzer. As such, it can inherit appearance, personality and temperament traits of either or both breed parents. The Bichon parent breed originates from France, Spain and Belgium, believed to be related to the Water Spaniel, being found prior to the 1300’s in Spain, by the 1300’s loved by the Italians and by the French by the 1500’s. The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany as a ratter, a task at which he excelled. This parent breed is believed to emanate from the Affenpinscher, Poodle, Miniature Pinscher, Wire Fox Terriers and Zwergspitz, dating back to before the 1400’s. Your Chonzer pet will likely be an affectionate, loving, kind, energetic, protective lap dog who will be like your shadow. This hybrid is a low maintenance canine with low shedding and is hypoallergenic.

Companionship, agility and obedience competition
Date of Origin
Bichon Frise, Miniature Schnauzer

Chonzer Health

Average Size
Male Chonzer size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Female Chonzer size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Allergies
  • Bladder Stones
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hemophilia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Myotonia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays

Chonzer Breed History

The Chonzer hybrid, the result of breeding between the Bichon Frise and the Miniature Schnauzer, can take on the physical and temperament characteristics of either or both of the parent breeds. Your Chonzer is considered a medium-sized dog, weighing 25 to 35 pounds and standing at a height of 10 to 16 inches. Most Chonzers have a snout that resembles the Schnauzer parent with a head that is more round like the Bichon parent, but ultimately, these as well as other traits will be dependent upon the parent breed who contributed the most to the bio gene pool of your puppy. The coat can be thick on top, wavy to curly, with a soft undercoat. As a puppy, your Chonzer may be salt and pepper colored but may turn white to grey as it ages. The other colors which are available for your Chonzer pet can also be brown, black or chocolate. Your Chonzer hybrid originated in the United States but the date of origination is unknown. However, the parent breeds have existed for several centuries. The Bichon Frise parent breed originated in France, Spain and Belgium where they were bred for companionship purposes. Later, they had a time in the limelight, working as circus show dogs. Once the third most popular dog in the United States, the Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany where they were bred to perform as ratters. The Chonzer hybrid is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc. and the International Canine Registry. This hybrid canine has become very popular, with its size making it perfect for virtually any aged person, living in any size apartment, condo or family home whether in an urban or a rural setting.

Chonzer Breed Appearance

Your Chonzer hybrid pet is a medium-sized canine whose body is well-muscled but not heavy or husky. The adult height is between 10 and 16 inches tall and the weight between 25 and 35 pounds. This hybrid will have a thick outer coat which can range from wavy to curly, with a soft undercoat. The snout will likely resemble the Schnauzer side of the family while the shape of the head will more closely resemble the Bichon side. The ears will be longer and fold over, hanging close to the head. Both parent breeds have feet which are compact and round, resembling cat feet. They will have a scissor bite and dark eyes. Your Chonzer will likely have a salt and pepper colored coat as a pup which may change to white with gray as your pet ages. Your Chonzer could also be brown, black or chocolate.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chonzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chonzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chonzer coat
white Chonzer coat
gray Chonzer coat
brown Chonzer coat
pied Chonzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chonzer curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chonzer Breed Maintenance

The Chonzer hybrid is considered a low maintenance canine. Being a low level shedder, your Chonzer family member will require brushing two or three times a week to keep him clean and free from debris. Avoid bathing your pet unless he really needs it as frequent bathing will remove valuable oils needed to keep the skin and coat healthy. Frequent wiping of his face and around his eyes, and checking his ears at least once weekly will help to prevent eye infections and matting of hair around the eyes. Ear cleaning will reduce the opportunity for infections to develop. Of course, as with most canines, it is also important to check the teeth and gums for possible infection or inflammation and cleaning the teeth will avoid the tooth loss which results from untreated periodontal disease.

Brushes for Chonzer
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chonzer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chonzer Temperament

Your Chonzer family pet, being a mix of the Bichon Frise and the Miniature Schnauzer, can inherit the personality traits of either or both parent breeds. That being said, it is highly likely that you will have a gentle, affectionate, loving and loyal pet who is cheerful, playful, responsive, alert, friendly and intelligent. Your Chonzer will be good with your kids as well as the family cat but care will have to be taken when your pet is around small children who may tend to poke and prod, hurting him. Both parent breeds provide a heritage of high hunting drive so be careful to watch those rabbits and squirrels in the neighborhood because he will be doing so! He loves to chase small animals. Because he is intelligent and eager to please, he will be relatively easy to train and is really a great family dog as well as a great choice for the new dog owner. He is quite an active canine who will need ample exercising regardless of his living environment.

Chonzer Activity Requirements

Your Chonzer family pet will require one to two hours of daily exercise to expend all of that energy that he possesses. This can be accomplished with daily walks, playing fetch and frisbee in the backyard, as well as agility and obedience practices. This hybrid doesn’t require a special exercise area because sufficient exercise can be provided with playtime activities that he loves. He can live in an apartment, condo or family home with or without a fenced yard. He adapts well to urban as well as rural settings and can tolerate most climates except those in the extreme. Because he will bond closely with his human family, he will not want to be alone for long periods of time and will not want to live away from them.

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

Chonzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Chonzer Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Dog Parks
Buddy became part of the family at just 2 months old, 2 days before Christmas. He loves to out for walks to the point where he will whimper if he doesn't go. He also likes to go to the dog park to meet and play with new dogs. He loves to bring us his favourite toys to play fetch with. He loves to stick his head out of the car window when driving to the dog park. He is very loveable and has brought so much joy to our family.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
11 Years
3 People
Stafford became family at 6 months old. He is very smart and thinks he’s a human being! He loves to wear clothes, go for walks and loves to play with other dogs. He’s a great guy with extreme loyalty and love for me... he follows me everywhere! I love him!
2 months, 3 weeks ago
10 Years
3 People
Snuggle time
I got Buddy when he was 8 wks old. He has been by my side ever since and he has stolen the hearts of many. He is very intuitive to his people's emotions and will love on those who need a little extra love. He is easily spoiled, as he should be. Separation anxiety is his main concern. However, he is rarely alone. He loves to go for car rides but hates any kind of water. Will play in the sand at the beach, but not too close to the ocean. He is the love if my life and brings joy to so many.
6 months ago
6 Months
4 People
Meeting other dogs
meeting people
Tug of war with toys
Chasing balls
Barkley is a lovely dog. He follows me around the house. Loves meeting people and dogs. Loves to sleep on my lap but does like his own space. He’s a very independent and chooses when to come when he’s called! He’s very clever and knows how to gwt what he wants!
11 months ago
1 Year
6 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
My Chonzer is super sweet and affectionate. She loves to play. She's friendly, but may bark at strangers (when at home only). She is always following me around and is always excited whenever I come home.
1 year ago
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