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Over the past few years, you may have noticed an increasing number of pooches who resemble teddy bears. Heading around the park, you’re likely to see more fluffy pups strolling alongside their owners than previously popular breeds, such as Labradors, Collies, and Staffies. So, what’s the hype about? Well, most of these so-called teddy bear dogs aren’t actually pedigree. In fact, they’re often cross breeds with one parent being a Bichon Frise or Poodle. The reason that people tend to cross breed with these dogs? They don’t malt fur. That’s right. They’re hypoallergenic! Not only does this mean that they can generally be in contact with people who usually have reactions to pet hair, but they also leave less mess behind, meaning people have to reach for the lint roller less often. A second reason? Their brilliant temperaments. These breeds are often affectionate, loving lap dogs that make great family pets. At first, the only commonly bred option was the Labradoodle. A labrador cross poodle that grows up to be a large, fluffy, friendly pet. But nowadays more and more crosses are gaining popularity. So for now, let’s take a look at an emerging breed: the Shichon.

What Is a Shichon?

A Shichon is essentially a cross breed in which one parent is a Shih Tzu, and the other is a Bichon Frise. It is also commonly referred to as a Zuchon or a “teddy bear dog.” It is a small, cute, densely haired, small breed. They generally weigh between ten and fifteen pounds, have an average life expectancy of fifteen to eighteen years, and have a loyal, friendly, outgoing and affectionate temperament.

Choosing a Shichon

When it comes to finding one of these cute teddy bear puppies of your own, you have a couple of different options. First, you could consider adopting one. There are plenty of pups out there already looking for loving homes, and you could be the person to offer them one! If you do opt to purchase a puppy, it’s important that you source one from a responsible breeder. Always request to see the parents and if you feel suspicious in any way, file a report. The rising popularity of these kinds of dogs has resulted in a boost in puppy farming for profit, which is a practice that often proves detrimental to all of the dogs involved.

What to Expect

All breeds have particular behavioral traits as well as distinctive personalities. Like many small dogs, the Shichon is a little difficult to train, especially when it comes to housetraining them. However, they are intelligent and have the capacity to do well. Have patience as they do not respond well to anger or shouting. They are extremely friendly and affectionate so they suit almost any owner, whether there will be small children around, you are elderly or full of energy for playtime. They also tend to get on well with other household pets.

So, if you haven’t already fallen in love with the beautiful Shichon, you most definitely will when you come into contact with one. Shower them with love, and they will repay you in loyalty, cuddles, and tons of affection for a lifetime. They truly are a perfect pet.


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