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10-15 lbs
Bichon Frise
Shih Tzu
The Shichon is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu. The Shichon was bred as part of a movement to capture the smallness of the Shih Tzu while retaining the friendliness of the Bichon Frise. He is loyal and loving. He never meets a stranger, and this quality appeals to singles as well as families with small children. He is happy in an apartment or in a home with or without a fenced-in yard. He will be a small dog, weighing no more than fifteen pounds at maturity. His antics are sure to keep his family amused.
Date of Origin
Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu

Shichon Health

Average Size
Male Shichon size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Shichon size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Respiratory Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None – generally a healthy small dog
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints
  • Thyroid Panel

Shichon Breed History

The Shichon is a hybrid dog, and his exact origins are not known. However, we can look at the history of the parent breeds to learn more about the hybrid breed. The Bichon Frise originates in France. He is thought to be a descendant of the now-extinct Barbet and the Standard Poodle. These breeds are known to have existed as far back as the 1300s. It is also thought that the Bichon Frise is related to the Maltese and the Coton de Tulear. The Bichon Frise was brought to France from the Canary Islands. Some say he was brought to France by pirates or sailors. Others believe he was simply brought by traders. Regardless, the Bichon Frise became immensely popular with French nobility. Although his popularity would wane around the 1800s, he was still widely owned by many Europeans. In 1956, the first Bichon Frise was brought to the United States. He was finally registered with the American Kennel Club in 1975. The Shih Tzu was also a favorite of royalty. Owned by the Chinese Emperor and his wife, the Shih Tzu was referred to as a little lion dog. The royal Shih Tzus were trained to sit up and wave when the empress came to visit them in their own palace. In 1908, when the empress died, the royal family attempted to breed more Shih Tzus, and some poor-quality dogs came from this time period. Some were sold on the streets; good-quality dogs were gifted to other royal visitors. Lady Brownrigg obtained a pair of Shih Tzus and took them back to England with her. Later, a Mrs. Hutchins brought a Shih Tzu from China and bred this dog with one of Lady Brownrigg's. Philip Price, Lady Brownrigg's nephew, was the first person to bring Shih Tzus to the United States. The American Kennel Club registered the first Shih Tzu in 1969.

Shichon Breed Appearance

The Shichon is sometimes known by its nickname, the "teddy bear dog." His coloring may vary, but his coat is invariably soft and fluffy. The coat is generally long and silky; it may also be wavy. He may be gray, silver, cream, tan, apricot, reddish black, chocolate, or a combination of any of the aforementioned colors. The Shichon will be small like his Shih Tzu parent; at maturity, he will weigh no more than fifteen pounds. Often, he is less than twelve inches in height. His fluffy coat will make him appear much bigger than he actually is. He will have round, dark brown eyes. Often, his ears will be floppy. He may have excess hair around his eyes that will require extra grooming. His medium-length tail will curl over his back and will exhibit feathering.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shichon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shichon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Shichon coat
red Shichon coat
brown Shichon coat
silver Shichon coat
gray Shichon coat
black Shichon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shichon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shichon Breed Maintenance

The Shichon will need a moderate amount of maintenance. Interestingly enough, although he has a great deal of hair, he is considered a hypoallergenic dog. You will need to brush him daily to prevent matting; however, if you choose, you can have him clipped for easier maintenance. Should you choose to have him clipped, brushing should be weekly. Bathe him only when necessary. You may need to trim the long hair around his eyes every two or three weeks. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent the buildup of tartar and bad breath. To prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails every two weeks unless he wears them down on his own. Tears and breaks can be painful, so must be avoided.
Brushes for Shichon
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shichon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shichon Temperament

The Shichon is a highly intelligent dog. However, he may be a little tougher than other breeds or hybrids to housebreak. Experts recommend beginning training as soon as possible. Consistency and persistence is key as well. Be sure to reward him with treats and praise - the Shichon will respond to positive reinforcement much more readily than he will anger or punishment. Although you may have to exhibit patience while housebreaking the Shichon, in the end, you are in for a great reward. The Shichon is friendly and affectionate; he loves nothing more than spending time with his family. He is good with children and adults alike. He is alert and loves to play. If your family is active, you will enjoy the Shichon tagging along for playtime. Fortunately, he gets along with all sorts of other pets and other dogs and cats as well.

Shichon Activity Requirements

The Shichon is an energetic and lively little dog. He will enjoy hours of playtime with you. Give him opportunities for physical activity such as short, brisk walks around the neighborhood. If there is a dog park nearby, the Shichon will enjoy the interaction with other dogs. Supply the Shichon with toys that not only allow him to get his need for chewing out of the way, but also stimulate mental activity. He will enjoy time outside in the yard with you. If you put him in a fenced-in area to exercise, he will need some supervision. He would much rather play with you outside than all by himself. While he does not need a great amount of daily exercise, giving him several opportunities to play will make him a healthy, happy dog. He can adapt to apartment living as long as he gets adequate fresh air and exercise each day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Shichon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Shichon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shichon size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Shichon size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Shichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Shichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Shichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Shichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs

Shichon Owner Experiences

11 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Harley has been amazing. We have only had him for a week but he is already doing great with house training and learned to ‘sit’ on command in a 5 minute training period.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
18 Months
4 People
Very smart dog, her head shakes badly, and she has been bleeding since she had her first period
3 months ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
My shichon is an interesting girl; she is more on the dominant side and is possessive of whichever family member she is sitting with/on. She dislikes moving from a place she has gotten comfortable in, and growls and may snap when you try to dominate her in these situations. She is black and white, and I have been wondering if colouring affects temperament, since my sister used to have a black and white shichon but had to give it up because she was also too snappy with my niece who was quite young at the time.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
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