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5-11 lbs
United States
Rat Terrier
Bichon Frise

The Rashon is a designer dog and is a mix between a purebred Rat Terrier and a purebred Bichon Frise. They are small dogs weighing up to 12 pounds with a height of up to 12 inches. They are affectionate, playful dogs who make excellent family pets and get on well with children. They are alert and lively dogs who will need a lot of exercise to burn off their energy. They are bright and intelligent and will be easy to train so are suitable for first time dog owners. These dogs shed minimally and are not too much of a challenge when it comes to grooming.

Companion, Sporting
Date of Origin
Bichon Frise, Rat Terrier

Rashon Health

Average Size
Male Rashon size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 6-12 lbs
Female Rashon size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 5-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Urolithiasis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Dental Examinations
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Rashon Breed History

The Rashon is a hybrid breed comprised of a mix between a purebred Rat Terrier and a purebred Bichon Frise. The athletic little Rat Terrier is an American breed who were excellent ratters and most farms had one. Their ancestry includes other terrier breeds like the Old English White Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, and the Fox Terrier. They were also bred with Italian Greyhounds, Whippets and Beagles which made them faster hunters. Some of these dogs are born with incredibly short tails while others have a complete tail. It is said that the Rat Terrier was given its name by President Theodore Roosevelt whose own dog eradicated the White House rat problem. By the mid-1950s numbers of Rat Terriers started declining when farmers replaced them with poison to control rodent populations. The breed only re-emerged in the 1970s with slightly larger dogs who were used for hunting wild pig, deer, and bear. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013. The Bichon Frise is thought to have descended from the Barbet, a woolly water dog, and that their name came from “barbichon”, the diminutive of “barbet”. They are related to the Bolognese, the Coton de Tulear, the Havanese, and the Maltese, all of which originated in the Mediterranean. The Bichon breed is originally Spanish and Spanish sailors brought the breed to Tenerife, according to some historians. In the 14th century, Italian sailors brought them back to Europe and then when the French invaded Italy in the 1500s, they brought many Bichon Frises back to France. They were extremely popular with royals and England's King Henry III was said to carry his dogs in a special basket round his neck. The dogs were later used as circus performers. They appeared in the United States in 1956 and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972.

Rashon Breed Appearance

Rashons are small but sturdy little dogs weighing between 6 and 12 pounds with a height of between 8 and 12 inches. They have characteristics from both the Rat Terrier and Bichon Frise parent breeds with common colors including black, brown, white and cream. The Bichon Frise has a white double-coat with a soft, dense undercoat and coarse outer coat while the Rat Terrier's coat is short and smooth with dense, shiny fur so your pet could have a combination of these. Your pet is likely to have expressive eyes that can be light hazel to dark brown or black. Their noses are usually black.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Rashon eyes
brown Rashon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rashon nose
brown Rashon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Rashon coat
cream Rashon coat
brown Rashon coat
black Rashon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rashon straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rashon Breed Maintenance

This breed doesn’t shed much and the Bichon Frise parent breed is hypoallergenic so your pet may also be. They are good for people with allergies. Depending on whether your pet has the double coat of the Bichon Frise or the short, smooth coat of the Rat Terrier will determine how much brushing is needed to keep your pet looking good and healthy.  But brushing once or twice a week should be sufficient to get rid of any loose hair. Bathing your pet is only necessary occasionally unless they roll in something undesirable. This breed can get tear stains just below their eyes so try to keep that area clean and dry. The ears should also be checked regularly for any dirt and try to brush the teeth daily if possible. The nails can be clipped when needed.

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

Rashon Temperament

The Rashon is a small, friendly breed that thrives on human companionship and makes a good playmate for children. They are very energetic and won’t do well left alone for long periods of time. These dogs will suit a family where there is someone home for most of the day or an active senior who is prepared to spend a lot of time with him. They can be a little wary of strangers but will be friendly once they get to know the person. Rashons will get on with other dogs provided they are taken to socialization classes and have training from an early age. They will thrive on lots of praise and learn quickly as they are very intelligent dogs.  But they are very sensitive so don’t use harsh words or a raised voice to scold them. They make good watchdogs and will always bark an alert if an intruder approaches. If given enough exercise they will be happy to relax and cuddle with the family.

Rashon Activity Requirements

The Rashon is an active, playful dog that will need plenty of exercise. They will love going for a daily walk to the dog park or the beach and will also love to play at home. You can throw a ball endlessly for this breed and they won’t tire of bringing it back to you. They will also thrive on dog sports like agility and can be taught to do tricks. These dogs can adapt well to living in an apartment but would prefer to also have access to a fenced-in garden. Rashons are not overly sensitive to extreme weather but those with shorter coats will feel the cold so don’t leave them outside.

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

Rashon Food Consumption

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

Rashon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rashon size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Rashon size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Rashon size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Rashon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Rashon size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Rashon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs

Rashon Owner Experiences

15 Years
2 People
House & Yard
He has been my best friend, travelled the world with me, and given me more than i could have imagined.
4 months, 1 week ago
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