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10-15 lbs
Bichon Frise
English Toy Spaniel

The Engachon is an alert and well behaved dog, bred from the combination of the English Toy Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. Two adorable dogs make up the parentage of this hybrid; he is described as jolly and affectionate and is a great companion for someone who likes to have a dog in their lap. Always eager to be with you, this small dog is active but not a handful at all.

Date of Origin
English Toy Spaniel and Bichon Frise

Engachon Health

Average Size
Male Engachon size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Engachon size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination
  • Blood Tests
  • Allergy Testing

Engachon Breed History

The English Toy Spaniel’s presence was first noted in England though it is thought that the breed originated in Asia, where most experts believe that they were given as gifts to royalty from Japan. Before 1903, each of the four color combinations of English Toy Spaniels were listed as separate breeds (King Charles, Prince Charles, Blenheim and Ruby) for showing, though mixed for breeding. In 1904 the American Kennel Club ruled that all four colors should be combined into one breed, called the English Toy Spaniel. Their short muzzle and small size are thought to have resulted from being bred with pugs in the early 1900’s. While the dogs were initially bred for hunting, they were not particularly successful at it due to their size. While they have hunting instincts, they prefer lounging as a lap dog. There are several beliefs about the history of the Bichon Frise. Some claim the breed has existed since before the time of Christ, while others believe that the breed comes from Maltese bloodlines. Many accounts point to the Bichon Frise originating from the Barbet or Water Spaniel and possibly the Poodle. This is where some believe the name “barbichon” is from and that it was later shortened to “bichon”. The Bichons were said to be separated into four categories: the bichon Bolognais, the bichon Havanais, the bichon Maltais and the bichon Teneriffe, all said to have come from the Mediterranean region. History points to the breed often being bartered with by sailors. The dogs were very popular in Spain and it is thought that Spanish sailors introduced the breed to Teneriffe, which is an island in the Canaries. In the 1300’s the dogs were rediscovered by Italian sailors and became popular among Italian nobility. During the Renaissance, the breed was popular in France, gaining even more popularity under Henry III. The Bichon Frise became less popular in the late 1800’s, a time where it was found to participate in fairs and circuses. The president of the International Canine Federation recommended that the breed be named the Bichon Frise in 1933. The first domestic litter of the Bichon Frise was born in the United States in 1956.

Engachon Breed Appearance

The engaging Engachon will be a compact, sturdy little dog with muscular legs and small, furry feet. His dense coat will be medium to long and is most often quite wavy, taking after the Bichon Frise side of the mix. The Engachon has a nice posture that shows off his confidence and perkiness. His eyes will be brown, round and bright. His nose is black and his muzzle is not overly long. His ears are long and can be quite furry and his tail may be plumed.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Engachon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Engachon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Engachon coat
white Engachon coat
red Engachon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Engachon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Engachon Breed Maintenance

The Engachon will need to be brushed every other day at a minimum, with a pin brush. Should mats be present, a metal comb can be helpful. Bathing is only needed every few months or on occasions when your dog is particularly dirty; however, for ease of grooming after the bath, ensure your Engachon is tangle free before getting wet. Neglecting to do this may mean your hybrid will be very difficult to brush out. Keeping his long ears clean and dry will be important. At times, you will need to pluck stray hairs that are further down his ear canal; if this is not something you are comfortable with, a groomer can help. You will also want to keep your dog’s face clean due to the long hair around his mouth and eyes; his eyes may tear and the liquid that is discharged from his eyes can cause problems if not addressed and can also stain the fur.

Brushes for Engachon
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Engachon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Engachon Temperament

The Engachon is a happy dog with a gentle heart. Owners of this hybrid say he can be stubborn when in training but is otherwise easygoing and pleasant to be around. He will play well with children as well as with other dogs, although due to his small size he should be monitored around younger children who may not understand his delicacy. Not a big barker, he may vocalize when excited but should settle down fairly quickly. He doesn’t usually have an aversion to strangers but should be given plenty of opportunity to mingle with people and other dogs so that he does not become the nervous and snappy type.

Engachon Activity Requirements

This proud and plucky hybrid will want to accompany you wherever you go. Though small is size, he is always up for an adventure. He is happy to cuddle for the afternoon, but still needs to stretch his legs for a short while twice a day. Not the type of dog who likes to be left alone for long, he’ll need a nice variety of safe toys to keep him busy when you go out. Lack of things to do when alone may lead him to cook up some mischief of his own. Adequate exercise on a daily basis will keep him content, though and then he will be happy to nap when you have to step out.

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

Engachon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

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