Doodles are all oozing with irresistible charm. Another Doodle, a cross-breed between a Poodle and another breed, that lives up to the teddy-bear appeal is the adorable and well-tempered Poochon.
Whether we call them by their other equally cute and interesting names, Bichnoodle, Bich Poo, Bichon Poo or Bichon Poodle, we can’t wait to know everything about these tiny balls of fluffy.
What is a Poochon?
Poochon is a designer breed between the active, proud and very smart Poodle, the 7th most popular dog in the American Kennel Club and the playful, curious and energetic Bichon Frise, the 46th dog in the spot.
Combining these two little pooches gave birth to the charming Poochon we all love today.
History of Poochon
Before we dive straight to the history of Poochon, let us get to know their parents first.
Poodles have been around for 400 years. They are known to have originated in Germany helping hunters retrieve waterfowls. While with German roots, it is France’s National Dog.
Bichon Frise, one of the dogs with the best personality, has been around since the 13th century and believed to have originated in Canary Island. These playful and puffy pooches were very in-demand among European royalty. They were introduced to the Americans and officially became part of the American Kennel Club in the 1970s.
It was only in 1990 when Poochons graced the world with their cuteness. Originally from Australia, breeders would like to combine the playfulness of the Bichon Frise with the intelligence of the Poodle. The result? A less clingy Poochon compared to Bichon Frise and a sturdier dog versus its Toy and Miniature Poodle parents.
Poochon Appearance and Size
Poochon has almond-shaped eyes, long hanging ears and short to moderate muzzle. Their slender body is sturdy and well-proportioned. Their sweet expression also makes people fall in love with them.
Their dense coats, usually medium in length, are either tightly curled if Poodle is the dominant gene, or frizzy and fluffy if they got it from their Bichon Frise parent. Common coat colors of Poochon are solid cream, tan, blue, and apricot. Sometimes, they are black, grey or particolored.
In terms of size, they are usually considered as a small pooch. Toy Poochons can grow from 9 to 15 inches tall while miniature ones range from 15 to 20 inches in height. They can weigh anywhere between 6 to 18 pounds.
With their compact size, they are suited for an apartment living.
Poochon Care and Grooming
Everyone loves their smooth and soft coats but this greatness comes with responsibility. Poochon need regular baths and trims.
Now let us get specific.
Their coats require daily or every other day brushing especially if it is long. Aside from brushing, they need to be groomed monthly or every two months.
Every few weeks bathing with a mild shampoo is also recommended to keep their fur clean and healthy. It should not be too often so as not to affect the natural oils in their skin.
Clean their ears with a dog ear cleaner or as recommended by the vet. Trim their nails once or twice a month since it doesn’t usually wear off with the kind of activity they have. Tear stains are usually for them to wipe their eyes when it gets moist. If they are with other dogs, they will help each other clean their eyes but they hardly do that on their own.
Oral health is also a major concern for small dogs like the Poochon. They need daily brushing to keep them away from dental issues such as tooth decay, gum infection and even tooth loss.
Good news! Even if it takes a lot to maintain them, they are low-shedding making them purrfect for allergy sufferers.
Poochon is happy dogs with a sprinkle of feisty. This loyal dog brings the family loads of happiness and will enjoy an active family activity or just lounging around the house.
Playful and Energetic
Poochon has a zest for life! They are like energizer bunnies. They love playing with their owners and they don’t get tired easily. It is common for them to be seen expelling their energy by bursting around in short periods.
Poodles are the second smartest dog around out of 138 breeds when it comes to working intelligence and obedience according to Stanley Coren, a renowned canine psychologist. While the other parent’s intelligence is average, ranking 75th, Bichon Frise shines with their adaptive intelligence. Meaning, they are known to be smart problem solvers.
Thanks to their smart parents, they are easy to train. They also love mind-stimulating games including puzzles.
Cuddly and Affectionate
They look cuddly and they also love to be pampered. For this cute furball, cuddle time is all the time! They are affectionate and love to be around their owners all the time. That said, expect them to be underfoot.
Well, who can really resist the urge to cuddle these cuties?
Poochon is great with people and other pets especially when they are trained young. In fact, they constantly need to be around their owners and other people. Not being with them for a long period of time will also make them suffer from separation anxiety.
If they need to be left, make sure to entrust them to a friend or doggy care. Leave them also their favorite toy to help them cope up.
Alert and barks a lot
Poochon is known to bark a lot especially when they are not properly trained or when they are bored.
Their barking can be put to good use though as a watchdog. Expect them to bark tirelessly at strangers. They are also very alert of their surroundings even when they are curled on their parent’s lap.
Poochon and Children
Due to the small size of Poochon, they are easily injured by hyperactive children. That said, children must not be left unsupervised with a Poochon or with any dogs for that matter. They must also be taught not to play hard on them like pulling their tail. It is also good to teach kids not to disturb sleeping or eating dogs.
They are better with older and considerate children unless they have been with the dog since its puppyhood.
Shy and Nervous
When not properly trained at socializing, they tend to be shy and nervous especially when they hear loud sounds. Small dogs tend to be nippy when they are frightened.
Poochon might show aggression toward unfamiliar dogs. While still young, they need to be trained to interact with new people, other animals and even their surroundings.
Poochon love to nap on the couch or curl up on their parent’s lap. However, they also need exercise for their minds and body.
While they do not require strenuous exercise, they need 30 to 40 minute short walks coupled with active play sessions daily. When not running around, they also need to be preoccupied. Chew toys will keep them entertained.
Exercise also puts them in a good mood. Working off their active energies also prevents behavioral problems like too much barking, whining and even chewing of furniture.
Thanks to their intelligent parents, Poochon are quick learners and respond well to training. With this, house-training is feasible and even first-time owners can do it. Eager to please, they are also happy to learn new tricks to show off.
Training a Poochon while still young is recommended. It also requires patience and consistency. Always establish that they have to follow the leader of the pack.
Clicker training is recommended for them. It is a type of positive reinforcement training that makes use of a clicker, a small mechanical noisemaker, that gives the dog a signal that they did well.
Apart from a clicker, owners can also make use of snapping of the finger, blowing of whistle or clicking of the tongue for as long as it is distinct from other ways of communicating with the dog.
When a good deed is done, the dog should be rewarded with a healthy treat, a praise or a backrub. Besides, rewarded behaviors are often repeated.
As sensitive dogs, they do not respond well to harsh and forceful methods. That said, make training sessions also short and enjoyable. Also, make sure to change it every now and then to keep their interest.
Give also attention to sessions on barking and crate training.
Poochon Feeding and Health
Dogs must be fed according to their energy levels, size, age and health. Get a recommendation from the vet to ensure its dietary needs are met.
Poochon is prone to gain weight. Stick to a regular feeding schedule and never leave with an auto-feeder or else they will get into a feeding frenzy. Healthy vegetables versus high-calorie treats can also be explored.
Poochon is generally healthy, especially first-generation mixes. However, they are still predisposed to other health conditions such as:
● Patellar luxation/ kneecap dislocation.
● Retinal atrophy
● Addison’s disease
● Bladder issues
● Cushing’s disease
● Von Willebrand disease
● Sebaceous adenitis
● Hip dysplasia
When well taken care of with nutritious food and regular vet visits, they can live at an average of 12 to 15 years.
Poochon can cost from $400 to $1,000. Take into account also other costs like grooming, medicines and regular check-ups.
Deal only with reputable dealers. A good one will conduct health tests for possible diseases and will be willing to share the results and health records of the dog and even its parents.
Adoption is also a good idea. Find them in Poochon or Bichon Frise breed-specific shelters as they take in mixed-breeds, as well.
Start looking for a Poochon to love at these centers:
● Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue- www.bichonrescues.com
● Carolina Poodle Rescue- carolinapoodlerescue.org
● DogTime’s Adoption Page- dogtime.com/adopt
● Poo Mix Rescue- poomixrescue.com
Ready to Own A Poochon?
Owning any type of dog is a lifelong commitment to doing thorough research about them and factor in the costs it will entail before getting one.
In the case of a Poochon, be ready to provide them not only their needs but also all the attention they need. Love them unconditionally and they will surely bring sunshine and bouts of joy in your life.