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Shichon Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shichon so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Shichon have? The dog breed also known as...
Zuchon, Teddy Bear
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Shichon recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Shichon recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shichon breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry
Price
How much does the Shichon puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Shichon price:
800-1200
If you choose to purchase the Shichon, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shichon for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shichon gets to a happy place.

History

The Shichon may have existed naturally years before it became a designed breed about 20 to 30 years ago in the United States. This breed is a mixture of the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu purebred, which means it is aimed to present the Bichon Frise’s gentle intuitiveness and the Shih Tzu’s smallness. With their teddy bear dog style - which is one of Shichon’s nickname - they have big black nose and eyes with a dense and fluffy coat and floppy ears. All given to ponce next to your dinner table. They inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents, for example, they are outgoing, affectionate, and intelligent. In addition, this breed is perfect for those who suffer from allergies, as they are considered very low shedders. Inasmuch Shichon is not a purebred, it is a mixed one. Therefore, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Federation Cynologique International will not recognize them, for all that they’re still accepted by the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). If this mixed breed is a good match for you, consider adoption, because unfortunately they often appear in shelters as well. Because of their smallness, they are designed to be a pet and not for herding or helping their owners with other works.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Shichon size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Shichon weigh? Shichon weight:
10-15 pounds (5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Shichon? Shichon average weight:
12.5 pounds (6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Shichon? Shichon height:
19-21 inches (49-53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Shichon average height:
20 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Shichon have? What does this canine coat look like?
FluffyDenseCurlySilky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shichon's coat?
ApricotCreamRedWhiteBlackGraySilver
Grooming
How to groom the Shichon and how often?
Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Shichon is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Shichon dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Zuchon? Shichon shedding level:
Shichons shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Shichon dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Shichon have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateGentleLivelyPlayfulFriendlyIntelligentLovingSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shichon? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Shichon obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Shichon dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Shichons are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Shichon is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shichon sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shichons don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Shichons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Zuchon need? Shichon social needs:
Shichons need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Shichon dogs bark a lot? Why does my Teddy Bear bark?
Average: The Shichon barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Shichon good as a watchdog?
Shichons are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Shichon dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Shichons are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Shichon can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Shichon will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Shichon bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Zuchon? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shichon? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shichon do?
Shichons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shichons need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shichon to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shichon roam?
Shichons have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shichon have high prey drive?
Shichons have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shichon good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Shichons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Shichons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Shichon dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Shichons are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Shichon dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shichon and children:
Shichons are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shichon dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Shichons are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Shichon good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shichon dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Shichons are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Shichons good office dogs? Do Shichons make good office friendly dogs? Can Shichons be office dogs?
No
Shichon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shichon dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Zuchon temperament with senior people? Are Shichon dogs good for elderly owners?
Shichons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shichon dogs get along with other pets? Are Shichon dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shichons are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shichon breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Shichons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shichon be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Shichon is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shichon be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Shichon is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shichon be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Shichon is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shichon be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Shichon is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shichon be a boat dog?
Not really
Shichon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shichon be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Shichon is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Shichon dogs have health problems?
The Shichon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Shichon breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shichon breed? Health risks of Shichon:
Allergies
Life Expectancy
How long do Shichon dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Shichon be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Shichon breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Shichons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shichon have?
Shichons have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Shichon dogs require per day?
Shichons have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Shichons sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Shichon need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shichon risk for obesity:
Average. The Shichon has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shichon's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Shichon drool?
The Shichon is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Shichon pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Shichon pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Shichon: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Shichon have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shichon have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Shichon

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Shichons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Shichons shed none to minimal.
  • Stinkiness: The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Shichons are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Shichons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shichons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Shichon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shichons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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