11 Things to Know About Poochons
Cute, fluffy, playful, loving, smart, fun - could the Poochon be the perfect dog? This breed is capturing the hearts of dog lovers more and more each day. Who could resist all this cuteness? It's like having your own cuddly living stuffed animal to snuggle and love!
The Poochon, also known as a Bichpoo or Bichon Poodle, is a "designer dog" that is quickly becoming a tremendously popular and highly sought after breed. With exceptional intelligence and trainability, being as cute as a little teddy bear, and a personality full of love and kisses, the Poochon is one of our very favorite dog breeds!
As this adorable breed has grown in popularity, the name Poochon has been more widely adopted, with Bichpoo and Bichon Poodle becoming less widely used by breeders. We think you’ll agree, Poochon rolls off the tongue quite nicely compared to the other two names, which is why the name has grown in use for this breed!
Want to know more about this adorable doggie? Here are 11 things you should know about Poochons before buying one.
1. What is a Poochon?
Poochons are a hybrid cross between a Poodle and a Bichon Frise. Drawing the best from both breeds creates a fantastic combination. In recent years it has become increasingly popular to cross the Poodle with other breeds. By nature, Poodles have minimal possible shedding, making them unlikely to trigger allergies and great indoor pets.
Poodles are one of the most highly intelligent dog breeds, known for being easy to train. They have a playful nature and are one of the friendliest dogs around. They are affectionate, loyal, sociable, and enjoy games. They are a low aggression breed and get along well with children and other animals.
But not everyone is looking for a Poodle as a pet, and they have carried a reputation as being more of a "prissy" or "frou-frou" breed due to fancy haircuts and a history of aristocratic ownership.
For years the average American family was drawn to lovable breeds like the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. But as anyone who's owned one of these breeds knows, these sweet doggies shed A LOT! Often their fur would end up in every crack and crevice of a home, and could be near impossible to keep up with cleaning. Additionally these dogs trigger allergies in humans, and if a family member suffers from a dog allergy these breeds were not an option.
In recent decades breeders began to search for a solution to these issues. Was there a breed that was a lovable, down-to-earth family pet that also was low shedding and would not trigger pet allergies? The solution came in the form of the "designer dog", a hybrid between a purebred Poodle and another family-friendly breed such as the Bichon Frise.
The Bichon Frise, referred to as a Bichon, has been a beloved and cherished breed for centuries. They were popular in medieval France among royalty, and the Bichon Frise has only grown more beloved since then as it’s spread around the world. Bichons are natural people pleasers with a longing desire to be with their people and feel loved. They love children, other animals, and always keep an eye on everything going on. They aren't yappy or prone to senselessly bark, but will bark at unknown noises or strangers, making them a great watch dog. Their playfulness, kindness, and sweet nature have people in love.
Poochons (also known as Bichpoos or Bichon Poodles) are bred to bring the best traits out of both breeds by selecting dams (mamas) and sires (daddies) with the best qualities from each breed. They inherit intelligence and easy trainability from both sides. They also are bred to carry the minimal shedding and low allergy-triggering coat from the Poodle. Poochons are friendly, loving, kind, and love to play. Put all this together, and what have you got? A breed that everyone is falling in love with!
Mama Jane as a puppy!
Mama Tinkerbell, a Bichon Frise
2. How big do Poochons get?
An average Poochon/Bichpoo will be in the range of 10-14lbs, but can be as small as 6lbs and as large as 18lbs. As you might guess, this means Poochons won’t get too tall—usually only growing to 12-15 inches tall— making them the perfect lifelong lapdog.
3. How much do Poochons shed?
Poochons are minimally shedding dogs. It is a misnomer to call any dog "non-shedding," as even a Poodle will still shed a very little bit and a 100% no-shedding-dog does not exist. But as Poochons are bred to inherit the minimal shedding from the Poodle, the Poochon is likely going to be as low shedding as possible. This minimal shedding also makes them a low allergy triggering dog. Many people who suffer from pet dander allergies will find that their allergies aren't triggered around a Poochon (aka Bichpoo or Bichon Poodle). Some with very extreme allergies may still be triggered, and those allergic to dog drool may also experience allergies. But an average, non-extreme dog allergy can be avoided with a Poochon. We also breed F1b Poochons which are going to have the highest level of low allergy triggering traits to meet the needs of our doggie loves who suffer from allergies.
4. What is the Poochon's temperament & personality?
When the proper Poodle and Bichon Frise parents are selected to breed for ideal temperament like we do here at Grace Wood Farm, the result is a fantastic personality in the Poochon offspring. Poochons often have a relaxed and calm demeanor. They are friendly with children and other animals, making them fantastic family pets. They are obedient, easy to train, and love to please their family, making them a wonderful addition to the family. They are a highly social dog and will love to be around their people all the time. We do not recommend that they be left alone without socialization for extended time periods, as this breed needs to be around people and loved. If you work long hours and there is no one home for many extended hours per day multiple days of the week, the Poochon is probably not the right fit for you. This highly social breed could develop anxiety, depression, and lead to destructive behavior if spending most of their time alone. Poochons are often very cuddly, and will love to snuggle you or crawl up in your lap. Because they have such soft and fluffy fur, you will love your new snuggle buddy!
5. What are the colors and patterns of the Poochon's coat?
Poochons, also known as Bichpoos and Bichon Poodles, come in a variety of colors and markings, including many shades of white, cream, brown, apricot, black, and sable. Depending on the traits inherited from their parents, Poochon puppies can have a wide range of variety in color with each Poochon litter! Poochon coats are wavy, extremely soft, and unlikely to trigger allergies. On average a Poochon bred for optimum coat will have beautifully fluffy hair, giving them that stuffed animal cuteness that is hard to resist.
6. What does the Poochon's coat maintenance look like?
Since Poochons are mostly non-shedding dogs, you are going to save yourself a TON of time in not having to clean up massive amounts of dog hair around the house. The trade off for this luxury is that the Poochon coat is going to require more maintenance than some other dog breeds. Poochons will need to be brushed at least once a week to prevent and remove any matting in their fur.
To keep an optimum coat, you should plan on brushing 2-3 times a week, or even daily, if you want your dog to look their best. We recommend using a combination of a de-matting brush and a regular hair brush to work through their entire coat.
Poochon hair grows like human hair, so Poochons will also need to be routinely groomed and bathed to keep their hair trimmed, neat, free from matting, keep their ears clean, and their nails trimmed. You can either learn to do this yourself, or as most people do you can take them into the groomer. Their ears also can get built up with dirt, moisture, and earwax, so they need to be regularly cleaned to prevent problems and discomfort to the doggie. Thankfully, Poochons easily fit into most kitchen sinks! However, if you aren't ready to spend the time or money to keep them groomed, this might not be the right breed for you.
7. How are Poochons with kids & other animals?
By nature, Poochons love to play with kids and other animals. Because they look like a fluffy stuffed animal, children often fall in love with these doggies. Don't be surprised if your kids find a new best friend in these sweet pups!
One of the beauties of the Bichon Frise's demeanor is that they get along great with children and are very friendly with them. They also love playing games with kids and will enjoy burning off energy by running around and playing with their little humans.
Though they’re indoor dogs at the end of the day, Poochons/Bichpoos also love to play with other dogs, and with proper socialization, will enjoy going out in public and visiting doggie parks. Poochons also appreciate having doggie siblings and will get along great with any dogs you already have. Most dogs actually do best when you have two or more in a home. By nature, they are pack animals, and having a doggie sibling will help them not feel lonely or bored and often will keep them out of any troublesome behavior.
8. How long will Poochons live?
Poochons (also known as Bichpoos and Bichon Poodles) have a lifespan of 12-15 years, meaning they will be a loving member of the family for years to come.
9. How healthy are Poochons?
An additional benefit to properly bred Poochons is that the likelihood of health issues that may be more prone to the Poodle or Bichon Frise can be reduced through crossbreeding, which is often referred to as "hybrid vigor." Some breed's uncommon health problems can repeat through generations through negative recessive genes prone to the breed being passed on. By crossing two healthy, purebred dogs from different breeds there is an increased likelihood that any negative recessive health issues will be eliminated. This doesn't mean they are impervious to health problems, and with advanced age, any dog can develop health issues. Regular vet visits combed with proper diet and exercise will help a Poochon have a maximized healthy life.
10. How active are Poochons?
Poochons, or Bichpoos, are an active and playful breed. They require daily exercise, play, and activity to be happy and healthy dogs. A minimum of 30 minutes per day should be given to your Poochon to exercise through walks, playing, fetch, etc. When responsibly bred for temperament, they should not be a hyperactive breed prone to exasperate their owners. For most active families, the Poochon is the perfect level of activity to fit your lifestyle. Do you have kids? Your children and a Poochon will love actively playing together and wearing each other out, and you as a parent can enjoy them all sleeping soundly at night after a good vigorous playtime.
Poochons also by nature should enjoy water and swimming, although some dogs' individual personality leads them to dislike water. Poochons will play hard, but they also love to crash hard. Don't be surprised for a Poochon to curl up for a nice hard nap around the house (or in your lap!) after play time.
11. How easy are Poochons to train?
When properly bred from the ideal parents, Poochons, also known as Bichpoos or Bichon Poodles, are by nature very intelligent and they long to please their people. They are quick learners, and with the right training and positive reinforcement they will pick up housebreaking and commands. We highly recommend every puppy go through doggie obedience classes, and often you as the owner are the ones that will learn the most from the classes! An understanding of best practice with dog training will set both you and your Poochon up for the best scenario to have a happy and positive human to doggie relationship.
Poochons can also be trained to bark at unknown strangers or unusual sounds, making them great watchdogs. Yet their gentle demeanor as a breed will help them with positive reinforcement to learn to still interact well with new people and animals. Poochons can easily learn commands and love positive reinforcement as they crave their people's approval.
Put all this together and you can see why we believe that Poochons are some of the best dogs around! The real question to ask yourself now is: why don't I have a Poochon yet?