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Poochon - Loveable and Spirited

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Poochon

The Poochon is a mixed or cross breed resulting from breeding a Poodle with a Bichon Frise. He has a life span of 13 to 15 years and is also called a Bichpoo, Bichon-Poo and Bichoodle. He is a small to medium dog who can be found participating in events like tricks, competitive obedience, watchdog and agility. He is very spirited, happy and loveable.

The Poochon is well loved but he is not very common. If you find one he will be worth the search though. He is a great dog, a companion, friend, play mate and will quickly steal your heart. His energy and spirit will keep you smiling and he will be a devoted member of the family.

Here is the Poochon at a Glance
Average height 9 to 15 inches
Average weight 10 to 25 pounds
Coat type Medium, coarse, wavy to loose curls
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good though best with older children
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Good to very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Addisons, epilepsy, Von Willebrands, Cushings, patellar luxation, eye problems, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, vaccination sensitivity,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems, bladder problems
Life Span 13 - 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 to $1000
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $600 to $700
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Where does the Poochon come from?

The Poochon is an example of a Designer dog, mixed breeds created deliberately from usually two purebreds, sometimes three. Designer dogs are a huge trend at the moment, a lot of celebrities seem drawn to them and this has caused a huge increase in demand amongst the public too. This has led to a lot of new designer dogs over the last two to three decades. Some have known origins, some have intent behind their creation. But care has to be taken with these dogs as it has attracted the worst kinds of breeders as a huge money making opportunity.

Unlike most designer dogs there is a little known about this breed. He was bred in Australia in the 1990s by a group of breeders brought together for the purpose of developing a small dog who got on well with children and was healthy, spirited and good for those with allergies. He is now a popular dog especially in Australia where he began.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.

They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.

The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is believed to descend from the Barbet but precise origins are not known. When he came to Europe he was very popular with the aristocracy as a companion dog. He can be found in Spanish, English and French courts and continued to be favored for several hundred years. In the late 19th century his popularity fell and he became a common dog. Many circuses and organ grinders had one as a performing dog. They learned tricks very well and were cute to look at.

Today this dog is one of the happiest dogs could own. He loves attention, has to be at the center of everything and is a great charmer, able to win everyone over. He does have an independent side but still can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. He is playful and clever and is a quick learner.

Temperament

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The Poochon is an energetic dog with a lot of spirit and zest. He is loyal and affectionate and very happy greeting each day with joy. He is a friendly dog bit is wary of strangers until he gets to know them. He loves getting attention, playing and running and then snuggling to relax after. He can be quite entertaining to watch and he is good with children too. They love playing with toys and will usually follow you from room to room to be close to you. He does have a stubborn side sometimes but he is intelligent and enjoys performing tricks he has learned.

What does the Poochon look like

He is a small to medium sized dog weighing 10 to 25 pounds and measuring 9 to 15 inches tall. He has a coat that is usually medium length wavy to loose curls and comes on colors such as black, tan, red, white, apricot and cream. If not clipped he can have a face full of hair too. His body is small but sturdy and well proportioned. He has a rounded head, ears that hand down and are medium length, and a medium muzzle. His eyes are almond shaped and full of life.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Poochon need to be?

He is fairly active for a small dog and should be given at least half an hour a day if he has a backyard to play on top of that. If not he will need more like 45 minutes. If he lives in an apartment he will need some room to play in. A couple of walks a day should be good but he would also very much enjoy trips to a dog park. Play time should include some kind of mental challenge too.

Does he train quickly?

He has an intelligence that is higher than the average dog and he is eager to please so training can be easy and quicker than with some dogs. Early socialization and training are an important part of owning a dog. When house training you may need to use a crate. Be positive when training but firm and clearly establish the fact that you are the boss. Praise and reward his successes and avoid becoming impatient or using punishment. These negative methods are not effective with most dogs, but especially so for a sensitive one like the Poochon. Keep sessions short and fun for him and change it up now and then to avoid it becoming repetitive and boring.

Living with a Poochon

How much grooming is needed?

He can be low shedding and hypoallergenic but you should still visit him before you buy him to check if the allergies are triggered if that is an important issue for you. He will need regular brushing, daily if possible. He will need to be clipped every couple of months, often owners take him to a professional groomers for this. When his coat is kept shorter it is easier to maintain it. A bath is something to do when he really needs it, so not too often as it can affect his natural oils in his skin. His nails will need clipping too and his teeth brushing at least twice a week. Check his ears once a week for infection and give them a wipe to clean them using a dog ear cleanser.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Children and the Poochon get on very well together though it is best to either house him with older children or always supervise younger ones just because he is small and young children are not careful in how they interact with pets yet. Early socialization and training also help with that and how he gets on well with other dogs and pets. It also helps being raised with them.

General information

He can be a good watch dog as he is alert and not automatically every stranger's best friend. He will let you know if there is an intruder by barking. His barking apart from that is an occasional thing. He will need ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day and it should be split into a minimum of two meals. He is good in almost any climate.

Health Concerns

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The Poochon can inherit health issues his parents are prone to which would include Addisons, epilepsy, Von Willebrands, Cushings, patellar luxation, eye problems, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, vaccination sensitivity, Hip dysplasia, skin problems and bladder problems. Buy from a breeder who takes good care of their breeding dogs as well as the puppies. Ask to see parental health clearances and visit the puppies. Just those couple of things can help improve your chances at getting a healthy dog.

Costs involved in owning a Poochon

A Poochon puppy can cost somewhere between $500 and $1000. You will also need to pay for a collar and leash, a crate, a carrier bag, neutering, micro chipping, blood tests, vaccinations and deworming. This will come to between $455 to $500. Annual medical costs not including emergencies or illnesses so just for basics like check ups, shots, flea prevention and dog insurance come to between $460 to $550. Annual non medical essentials like license, training, food, grooming, toys and treats come to between $600 to $700.

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