8-11 lbs
Bichon Frise
Silky Terrier
The Silkchon is a designer hybrid that was created by crossing the Bichon Frise with the Silky Terrier. This small and lively dog possesses the combined temperamental and physical characteristics of his parents. He stands 9 to 12 inches tall and weighs 8 to 12 pounds. Females tend to be a bit smaller than males. This tiny dog has long, soft hair. He makes an exceptional lapdog and is well-suited for apartment life. Seniors enjoy owning a Silkchon because this sweet dog makes an exceptional companion that enjoys being held and pampered.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bichon Frise and Silky Terrier

Silkchon Health

Average Size
Male Silkchon size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-12 lbs
Female Silkchon size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 8-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Liver Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Chest X-rays
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints
  • Biochemistry Panel Tests
  • Clinical Exam
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Silkchon Breed History

The Silkchon is a relatively new designer dog. He possesses a mix of all of the traits of his parents and there is often no way to pinpoint the exact personality of each Silkchon. For example, the Bichon Frise adores children but the Silky Terrier typically does not do well with youngsters. The Silkchon may or may not like children. Each dog is an individual and may possess the characteristics of either parent so it is helpful to look into the histories of the parent breeds for a better understanding of your hybrid. The Bichon Frise breed originated in the Mediterranean. This fluffy white dog is a descendant of the Barbet or Water Spaniel. Hundreds of years ago this dog was used as a sailing companion by the Spanish. Their history as a sailing dog might account for the breed’s love of water. The breed quickly gained popularity in France and became quite common. In 1955, they were brought to the United States. In 1890, Yorkshire Terriers were imported to Australia to cross with the native Australian Terriers. The result of that union was the Silky Terrier. After the turn of the century, the breed was officially recognized first in New South Wales and later in Victoria. During World War II, this agile dog was imported into the United States where he quickly gained popularity. In 1959, the Silky Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club and the breed was entered into the toy group. The tiny Silky Terrier is not only loyal but also brave. In 1996, a Silky Terrier named Fizo was bestowed with the  Australian Purple Cross of Bravery when he leaped from a balcony to save his nine-year-old owner from a toxic brown snake.

Silkchon Breed Appearance

The tiny Silkchon is a physical mix of both of its parents. His coat features very soft, almost cotton-like fur. The fur grows in long waves or hangs straight. This little dog requires daily brushing to prevent tangling and matting of the fine textured fur which sheds moderately. Silkchons vary in color but are typically white, cream, or light tan. The body of this petite dog is fine-boned and about the length seen in the Bichon parent. Silkchons have small legs and a short tail that may be quite fluffy and have a slight curl. Its ears are floppy and his eyes are bright and always reveal his quick intellect and sassy personality.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Silkchon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Silkchon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Silkchon coat
white Silkchon coat
silver Silkchon coat
cream Silkchon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Silkchon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Silkchon Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Silkchon requires daily brushing to keep it tangle free. The fur is free-flowing and usually requires monthly professional grooming to maintain a neat appearance. Many owners opt to have their dog sheared closely to reduce the frequency of grooming appointments. Once a month, his toenails require trimming in order to avoid breaks or tears. As small dogs typically have dentition issues and can be prone to cavities, it is suggested that you brush your dog’s teeth several times a week. Once a week, his ears should be wiped clean of debris with a warm washcloth. 
Brushes for Silkchon
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Silkchon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Silkchon Temperament

The temperament of the Silkchon is difficult to predict because each dog is an individual. Sometimes this small dog adores children like the Bichon Frise parent does, but at other times he does not care for small children as is seen with the Silky Terrier parent. Typically, the Silkchon is highly intelligent and easy to train. This happy dog naturally wants to please his owner and is fiercely loyal. Silkchons make ideal apartment canines and are fantastic lapdogs. The little dog is jovial and has an engaging temperament which makes him an ideal choice for seniors.

Silkchon Activity Requirements

The Silkchon is a delightful blend of the Bichon Frise and the Silky Terrier when it comes to activity requirements. He is a  happy, bouncy little dog that adores going for a daily walk. Usually, a 30-minute or one hour walk is sufficient for this little dog.  If the weather is bad, he will happily entertain himself by playing indoors. The Silkchon usually adores visiting a dog park once a week where he can run and play. After playing for a little while, this peppy little dog usually curls up in a warm lap to nap away the day.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Silkchon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Silkchon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Silkchon size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Silkchon size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Silkchon size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Silkchon size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Silkchon size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Silkchon size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs

Silkchon Owner Experiences

9 Weeks
1 People
House & Yard
Very playful easy going
2 years, 8 months ago
10 Years
4 People
House & Yard
the best bestest ever
2 years ago
18 Years
2 People
Excellent dog, best dog ever. The only negative would be skin allergies. I would have another one in a heartbeat. She has past away, but lived for 18 years.
1 year, 4 months ago
10 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Go to Park
My silkchon is very energetic, and his fur needs to be brushed frequently. He loves meeting other dogs and also likes meeting new people, although he barks when people walk by our home.
1 year ago
15 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Mickey past away 3 days ago and I miss him immensely. He was a quick learner and wanted to please me. He was also my shadow. He was my best buddy. One of the best dogs I have ever owned. Even as he aged he had good energy and people thought he was much younger than he actually was.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
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