Zuchon

5-14 lbs
6-11"
United States
Bichon Frise
Shih Tzu
Shichon, Teddy Bear, Shichon-Teddy Bear, Tzu Frise, BichonTzu, Rag Doll, Shih-Chon

The Zuchon is a small, teddy-bear looking dog that will fill your life with love. Their average weight ranges from 5 to 15 pounds, and they can stand up to 12 inches tall. These dogs are super affectionate, loyal, and cheerful. They create deep bonds with their families and are very gentle. Likewise, they are great for children, and get along with other pets. These hypoallergenic dogs have long fur that can be curly or silky, and it can be fawn, black, white, cream, red, and a combination of colors. They have really sweet looking faces and a tender look. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu

Zuchon Health

Average Size
Male Zuchon size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 6-15 lbs
Female Zuchon size stats
Height: 6-11 inches Weight: 5-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Liver Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Juvenile Cataracts
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • Urine Sample
  • Physical and Neurologic Exam

Zuchon Breed History

The Zuchon is a hybrid dog that was develop by crossing a Bichon Frise with a Shih Tzu. The dog was first bred in the U.S. in the 1990s, with the objective of creating a sweet, teddy-bear looking dog that would make a great companion and in addition, was sweet with kids. The Bichon Frise is believed to have originated in Italy. The breed was taken to France in the 14th century by sailors who found the dogs in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. The Bichon descends from the Barbet, and it’s related to the Bolognese, the Maltese, the Havanese, and the Coton de Tulear. The breed’s popularity spread rapidly through Europe’s nobility. In the 16th century, during the rEngland’s King Henry III and France’s King Francis I, the Bichon Frise was highly acclaimed. The breed was also admired in Spain, and was portrayed by great artists, like Goya. The Bichon eventually became too familiar and ordinary, they were owned by common people such as circus performers and organ grinders. But thanks to its personality and cute looks, the Bichon regained its popularity. After World War I, French breeders were determined to preserve the breed and the official breed standard was established in 1933. At this time, the dog had two names: Tenerife and Bichon; the breed was later named Bichon Frise. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1971. On the other hand, the Shih Tzu is believed to be one of the 14 oldest dog breeds. The belief is that the breed was developed by Tibetan Monks, who gave these dogs to the Chinese Royalty. Another theory is that the Shih Tzu was created in China, and descends from the Lhasa Apso or the Pekingnese. Dogs that look like the Shih Tzu are portrayed in paintings, writings, and art from 618 to 907 A.D. during China’s Tang Dynasty. There are also references to these dogs in documents and paintings from 990 to 994 A.D. It is known that during the 13th century, the Mongolian Emperor Kubla Khan kept small dogs that were used to calm the lions and it is thought that these dogs were Shih Tzus. These “lion” dogs were also mentioned during the Ming Dynasty in 1368 to 1644. In 1861, the breed became acclaimed thanks to Empress T’zu Hsi’s love for these dogs. She received a pair of Shih Tzus from the Dalai Lama, and it is said these dogs had their own palace. The breed arrived at England in 1928 and was later imported to the United States. The American Kennel Club recognized the Shih Tzu in 1969. 

Zuchon Breed Appearance

Zuchons are teddy-bear looking, small dogs. They weigh between 5 and 15 pounds when fully grown, and stand from 6 to 12 inches tall. Their fur is long and flowy, and it can be either curly or silky, depending on which parent breed they take more after. Their eyes can be brown or hazel, and their noses are black. Their hair can be white, black, gray, red, fawn, cream, and brown, or color combos, like black and white. Their heads are slightly rounded with a flat, wide muzzle. Their ears are floppy and furry, and their tail curls over their back. Zuchons have solid bodies with strong legs and paws. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Zuchon eyes
Hazel
brown Zuchon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Zuchon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Zuchon coat
Black
cream Zuchon coat
Cream
red Zuchon coat
Red
pied Zuchon coat
Pied
white Zuchon coat
White
fawn Zuchon coat
Fawn
gray Zuchon coat
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Zuchon curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Zuchon Breed Maintenance

The Zuchon is a hypoallergenic dog and they are non-shedders, this makes them suitable for people with allergies. It is recommended to comb your Zuchon daily, to avoid mats and tangles. You should also get your dog’s hair cut every 3 months, to keep her looking like a teddy-bear with nice and healthy fur. It’s also necessary to trim the hair around her eyes, to prevent infections and sight obstruction. Clip her nails once or twice a month, depending on how long they are and brush her teeth at least 3 times a week to remove tartar. Clean her ears weekly, using a cotton and an ear cleaning solution. She doesn’t get smelly frequently, so occasional baths will do just fine. 

Brushes for Zuchon
Pin Brush
Dematter
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Zuchon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Zuchon Temperament

The Zuchon is a really happy and friendly dog. They are very sociable, loving, gentle, and lively. This hybrid dog is always looking to please her family; she is also quite intelligent, so it is safe to say she is very easy to train. Zuchons are very loyal and they create deep bonds with their family, they can even understand their owner’s body language. These dogs are excellent with children; they are very gentle, patient, and love to play and get attention. They also get along very well with other dogs and pets. These dogs are happiest when they are a beloved loved family member; they love to snuggle and sleep with their owners. They are very sensitive and suffer from separation anxiety, so it is not recommended to leave her alone for long periods. Other than that, these dogs are very calm, and rarely bark. 

Zuchon Activity Requirements

The Zuchon does not require much activity to stay healthy and happy. They will do well with daily playtime at their homes. However, it is recommended to take her out for a short 15 to 20 minute walk a few times daily, so she can socialize and get fresh air. The Zuchons enjoy sunbathing, playing, and curling up. They also like to swim, so having a plastic pool for her is a great idea. They adapt very well to apartment living. These dogs are meant to live indoors with their families, and they love to sleep with their owners. They do best in moderately warm climates. 

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

Zuchon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Zuchon Height & Weight

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

Zuchon Owner Experiences

Chester
16 Months
6 People
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He's perfect for us. During the day he's calm and follows me around while I get the regular day to day chores done. He's very affectionate and snuggly now, which he wasn't when he was a puppy (too excitable probably). In the afternoon when the kids get home he caters to the childrens' energy; has no problem running around. Loves to take a quick walk before bedtime. Sleeps all through the night without any problems. Although is very clingy. If I so much as go to the bathroom at night or whenever he always gets up and goes with me. Refuses to be alone.
9 months ago
Chloe
9 Years
2 People
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Great with everything and everyone!
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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