Shichon

10-15 lbs
9-12"
Unknown
Bichon Frise
Shih Tzu
Zuchon, Tzu Frise
The Shichon is a hybrid dog. The 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. This alert pup is loyal and loving. They never meet a stranger, and this quality appeals to singles as well as families with small children. They are happy in an apartment or in a home with or without a fenced-in yard. They are a small dog, weighing no more than fifteen pounds at maturity. The antics of this comic are sure to keep the family amused.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
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 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 the 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. They are thought to be a descendant of the now-extinct Barbet and 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 they were brought to France by pirates or sailors. Others believe this companion pup was simply brought by traders. Regardless, the Bichon Frise became immensely popular with French nobility. Although their popularity would wane around the 1800s, they were still widely owned by many Europeans. In 1956, the first Bichon Frise was brought to the United States. They were 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 called by their nickname, the "teddy bear dog." Their coloring may vary, but their coat is invariably soft and fluffy. The coat is generally long and silky; it may also be wavy. This attractive cuddler 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 the Shih Tzu parent; at maturity, they will weigh no more than fifteen pounds. Often, they are less than twelve inches in height. Their fluffy coat will make them appear much bigger than they actually are. This inquisitive canine will have round, dark brown eyes. Often, their ears will be floppy. They may have excess hair around the eyes that will require extra grooming. Their medium-length tail will curl over the back and will exhibit feathering.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shichon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shichon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shichon coat
Black
cream Shichon coat
Cream
red Shichon coat
Red
brown Shichon coat
Brown
silver Shichon coat
Silver
gray Shichon coat
Gray
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 they have a great deal of hair, they are considered a hypoallergenic dog. You will need to brush your little dynamo daily to prevent matting; however, if you choose, you can have your pup clipped for easier maintenance. Should you choose to have them clipped, brushing should be weekly. Bathe them only when necessary. You may need to trim the long hair around the eyes every two or three weeks. Brush their teeth two or three times a week to prevent the buildup of tartar and bad breath. To prevent tooth decay, brush their teeth daily. Trim their nails every two weeks unless they wear them down on their own. Tears and breaks can be painful, so must be avoided.
Brushes for Shichon
Pin Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shichon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shichon Temperament

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

Shichon Activity Requirements

The Shichon is an energetic and lively little dog. They will thrive on hours of playtime with you. Give them opportunities for physical activity such as short, brisk walks around the neighborhood. If there is a dog park nearby, your furry buddy will enjoy the interaction with other dogs. Supply your little pal with toys that not only allow them to get the need for chewing out of the way, but also stimulate mental activity. They like time outside in the yard with you. If you put them in a fenced-in area to exercise, they will need some supervision. Besides, your affectionate pal would much rather play with you outside than be alone. While they do not need a great amount of daily exercise, giving them several opportunities to play will make them a healthy, happy dog. They can adapt to apartment living as long as they get 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
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Shichon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shichon size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
Female Shichon size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Shichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Shichon size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Shichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Shichon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs

Shichon Owner Experiences

Olivia
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is very affectionate, playful, loyal and does not like to be alone
1 month ago
Mochi
9 Months
5 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Sleeping
Playing fetch
Walking
Going to the mall
Mochi is very affectionate and clingy to ALL FIVE members of the household. She hates being 'ignored' and thrives in attention. She barks when someone calls us on the phone as if to say it's Mochi time! She is also such a scaredy cat but we think she will outgrow it. She is shy when socializing with other dogs! We are working on exposing her to more fur friends. She hates when someone leaves the house to work or run errands. So clingy! All in all, she has brought immense joy to our lives with her cuddles and funny antics.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Luna
5 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
This puppy has been a real challenge for us as first time dog owners. She has tons of energy and gets zoomies and will lunge and bite. She is affectionate when she is tired. Potty training has been a nightmare due to UTIs and bladder stones. I'm taking her out 2-3X a night and almost every hour during the day due to her prescription food making her drink a ton of water. It's good that I can be home with her or IDK what we would have done. She does not like to be left alone but any puppy sitter will do. I can't leave to long anyway until the bladder issue gets better. I hope so. I am reading both parent breeds have a tendency towards the stones in the urine
2 months, 1 week ago
nutmeg
5 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Eating Snacks
Look out the window
Explore the woods
High Five
Walk
nutmeg is the best little girl, i love her sense the day she’s come in. she makes our family brighter and happier. she loves my mom and is always up to watch court shows with her, she sleeps with my dad every night and she loves to listen to music with me. she’s the best pup i could ever lay my paws on :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Maddy
7 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Hugging
Fetch
The best friend anyone could have. Got her when she was 6 months old. Unfortunately, she has no ability to be house-trained but we love her for it. She knows some playful tricks, and loves when we play with her. Sometimes, though, she just likes to lay alone for a while. White fur with some beige spots, and the tips of her ears are grey. Major separation anxiety, has a habit of pooping. We all love her in our family. Just got her a massive new bed. She loves it!
3 months ago
Diego
8 Months
4 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hard to house train Very affectionate Suffers with separation anxiety Brilliant personality
3 months, 1 week ago
Logan
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Best dog and breed. Super loving and friendly. Obedient like no other breed I have seen. Rings a captain bell when he wants go outside to relieve himself.
3 months, 1 week ago
Teddy
5 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
snacking
Watching movies
Taking strolls
playing tag
Teddy has been such a sweet chill pup since we brought him home. He is actually our family's first dog ever. He gets hyper for like 5 minutes like 2-3x per day max and only when we're not busy, then he's exhausted afterwards. It's like he knows it's the perfect time when he comes to play. Then when the kids are online schooling he just chills and naps by their side and waits for them to be on break. He's pretty good about going on the wee wee pads and can go outside, but we're trying to get him out more now that he has most of his shots. Getting Teddy to join our family was the best decision we ever made and he is just perfect for us.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Lilly
18 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Lilly is super smart. You can teach her just about anything. She is friendly and loves anyone she is around. She is definitely a lap dog and loves to lay directly on my lap or chest. Lilly is house broken. She is really great at letting your know when she needs to be taken outside. She will jump on you and start licking your face and sometimes will start talking to your with a funny bark if you ignore her. They only problem we have encountered is when she turned a year old she had a series of UTIs which caused bladder stones . She now has to eat special wet dog food which is formulated to keep her urine PH balanced in order to prevent UTIs and the stones from forming. It’s expensive but Lilly is worth it. I love this breed and would get another one without thinking twice.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Nova
7 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Play keep away
Playdate
Nova is so friendly and people immediately fall in love with her. She was fully house trained by 5 months old and is so smart. At 7 months old she’s already 13 lbs!
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Chase
3 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing
Walking
Replacement for 12 yr old Bichon/Tibetan X, very different coat silky and fine mats easily. Lovely, bit possessive, needs more socialising and training. good watchdog, alert to noises, barks but not too much. Listens for reaction, if I tell him its OK he stops barking.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Rocco
6 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Walking, teaching new tricks. My dog is very inte
My Shichon is an intelligent,loving little fellow with a great personality. He loves to cuddle, play with his toys and go for walks. He was easy to housetrain and learned many commands and tricks quickly. Love this dog breed!
11 months ago
Biscuit
6 Months
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Lot of nipping and scratching. Having trouble with housebreaking. Fun to watch. Into everything
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Dunkin
5 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Dunkin is our first shichon
1 year, 1 month ago
Addy
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I would highly recommend this breed as they are very smart and affectionate. They get along with all other dog breeds. Addy's best friend is a large Pit-boxer mix (my daughter's)
1 year, 3 months ago
stephen hawking ( stephen for short )
10 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
playing fetch going on car rides and biking
we had a shichon before but he had gotten multipule fatty tumors and we had to put him down. he was an overall great companion . but then we got another shichon and he is not even a year yet and he is very inteligent
1 year, 8 months ago
lucky
2 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
when he runs around
He always grabs stuff he shouldn't grab like socks, paper, my dad's glasses, and squeakers when he tears his toys apart. when he has these in his mouth then we catch him, he starts snarling at us wanting to eat it or destroy it. He likes walks and wants to go without the leash, but we never trust him because he will run away. When the doorbell rings he starts to bark and cry and jump on the gate. After the door is open he continuously jumps wagging his tail waiting for the person or when we open the gate. I like my dog but he can be stupid sometimes
1 year, 10 months ago
Grace
10 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is so sweet and smart. She loves being with me. She did, however, take time to potty train, but with perseverance she trained.
2 years, 8 months ago
Teddy Bear
9 Months
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Walk
Tug-of-war
Play
From the moment we brought Teddy Bear home from the breeders he has been a constant source of joy in our home! He loves to play and just loves everyone being around. Although, we have nicknamed him the toddler because he is always into something. I can't imagine life without our Teddy Bear! I highly recommend the Shichon Breed for anyone who wants a lively full of energy dog who loves people!!
2 years, 8 months ago
Bobby
10 Weeks
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bobby is the sweetest pet ever he si si caring, loving, he only cried the first night he loves his crate he is good with commands he attend when my husband and I call his name, he is full of energy and always wait for us to play when we got home every day he loves people, kids and we are working on get him to play with another dogs perfect dog! And he looks and feels like a teddy bear 🐶🐕
2 years, 9 months ago
Baby and princess
4 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I have a male and female the most loving dogs and friendly to everyone,
2 years, 9 months ago
Toby-Wan Kenobi
14 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
Cuddling
Toby is sooooo cute. He follows me around everywhere and learned the command "come" in 5 minutes of training time. His fur is pretty long and wavy and I get stopped very often on the street because people want to pet him.
2 years, 9 months ago
Harley
11 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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.
3 years ago
Bella
18 Months
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very smart dog, her head shakes badly, and she has been bleeding since she had her first period
3 years, 1 month ago
Archimedes
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
commands
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.
3 years, 3 months ago
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Milo is 16 weeks old he is pulling when we walk him and tries to run after cars. Also we are getting a new puppy so he has a companion. How do I walk them both at the same time?

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Book me a walkiee?
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