Fo-Chon

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5-12 lbs
8-11"
United States
Bichon Frise
Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Fo-Chon

Your Fo-Chon is a mix of the Bichon Frise and the Toy Fox Terrier. Since they are both small dogs, the Fo-Chon will also be a small dog, weighing about 9 pounds and standing 10 inches tall on average. Their coat is thick and of medium length and is usually curly or frizzy because of the curly coat of the Bichon Frise. The Fo-Chon is a fun and active dog who loves family and gets along well with everyone. However, they tend to be protective of their owners and will make a good watch dog. They do need patience with training because they can be a bit headstrong.

Purpose
Family pet
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Bichon Frise and Toy Fox Terrier

Fo-Chon Health

Average Size
Male Fo-Chon size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Female Fo-Chon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Atopic Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemophilia
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Tests

Fo-Chon Breed History

The Bichon Frise is thought to have originated in ancient times but was introduced to France in the 14th century as a Barbichon, which is French for curly coat. Their earliest relative is the Water Spaniel or Barbet and others include the Maltese, Poodle, and the Caniche. There were four types of Bichons, which include the Bichon Tenerife, the Bichon Havanese, the Bichon Bolognese, and the Bichon Maltais. The Bichon Frise came from the Bichon Tenerife, which were named after the Island of Tenerife, where they were found. The breed was popular with Spanish sailors and were used to barter for other items. In the 1300s, the Italian sailors brought the little dogs to Italy where they attracted the attention of royalty and when the French invaded Italy, the Bichon Frise became a popular pet of Henry III. In fact, he carried his favorites in a basket around his neck. In the 1800s, it was discovered that this breed was very intelligent and could be taught to do tricks and were used in the circus or as street performers. The Bichon Frise was not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 1972 but now they are the 45th most popular breed in America. The Toy Fox Terrier was originally developed in the United States sometime during the 1930s where they were mainly used for hunting rats, mice, and squirrels. It was bred from the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, and other small toy breeds like the Chihuahua. They were registered with the AKC in 2003 and are the 116th most popular dog breed in the United States.

Fo-Chon Breed Appearance

Your Fo-Chon will be a very small dog, only growing to about 8 to 12 inches high and weighing between 5 and 14 pounds. They have a thick, medium to long coat that can be frizzy, curly, wavy, or even straight in some places. They may be black, brown, tan, white, and any combination of these. This dog has a small head with a long muzzle and huge pointed ears. They are small in stature with slender legs and a long tail that may or may not be docked. They are athletic looking and have a long neck that makes them look elegant and graceful with a keen expression.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Fo-Chon eyes
Blue
brown Fo-Chon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Fo-Chon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Fo-Chon coat
Black
brown Fo-Chon coat
Brown
white Fo-Chon coat
White
pied Fo-Chon coat
Pied
fawn Fo-Chon coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Fo-Chon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Fo-Chon Breed Maintenance

You should brush your Fo-Chon at least three or four times per week with a stiff bristle brush and slicker brush. Be sure to get under the legs and neck area to prevent matting and tangles. They tend to have skin allergies so you should only use veterinarian recommended shampoo and other hair and skin products. Do not bathe them often because it causes them to lose oils and makes their skin dry out. Clean their ears once a week with a wet cotton ball and watch for redness, mites, and wax buildup. Trim their toenails to prevent cracks and painful overgrowth when needed, and brush their teeth a few times a week.

Brushes for Fo-Chon
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Fo-Chon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Fo-Chon Temperament

This breed will make an excellent family pet and a good watch dog but may need extra training to behave indoors. They tend to be strong willed and may take some patience to housetrain even though they are extremely intelligent. The Fo-Chon loves children but should be supervised because they can be snappy if teased too much. While they get along well with other dogs, you may need to socialize them as puppies to get them to be nice to other pets such as cats. They have hunting blood in them so they should not be left unsupervised with smaller animals like ferrets, rabbits, or small kittens.

Fo-Chon Activity Requirements

The Fo-Chon is a moderately active breed that needs between 30 and 45 minutes of strenuous activity a day. They have a lot of nervous energy that can build up and cause stress and anxiety if not used. In fact, if your dog does not get enough exercise they can become bored and anxious enough to develop behavior issues like excessive chewing and barking. This breed likes to run and jump and will do good with agility training, Frisbee, Flyball, hiking, swimming, and even trips to the dog park. However, you have to be sure that your dog is socialized enough to get along with other dogs first.

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

Fo-Chon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$30 - $60

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