As the name implies, the Zuchon is a Bichon Frise x Shih Tzu is a mix breed. Both these breeds are highly popular as they are intelligent, friendly and loyal, with a happy attitude. So, a cross between these breeds will share these characteristics, and are found to be very much suitable for those who require a happy and loving pet dog.
This breed is also known by the names of Shichon and Teddy Bear Zuchon (no surprise there). No matter what you call it, this dog will melt your heart and make a wonderful addition to your family.
This relatively new breed of dog originated in the United States. and is rapidly gaining popularity in households across America and Australia. Although this breed of dog is relatively new, its popularity and fame is growing quickly.
The Zuchon has an excellent temperament and you’ll find that your Zuchon is eager to please you. With a lively personality, Zuchons are known to be well-mannered, making them great with children of all ages and all kinds of animals. Intelligent and affectionate, the Zuchon is sociable, so be sure to take your pooch to the dog park and around town so he can socialize. Playing and hogging attention is high on their list of priorities, so make sure your dog gets plenty of both.
Zuchon can also make a great watchdog, letting you know when someone is at the door. Even though the Zuchon is small, it’s not a yappy dog.
Characteristics of the parent breeds
The Shih-Tzu parent breed has the large eyes and flattish face sometimes associated with eye and breathing problems. The Zuchon offspring usually have a longer muzzle then their Shih-Tzu parent because the Bichon Frise parent has a longer face, so they should experience fewer of the eye and breathing issues.
The Bichon Frise parent breed is a popular lapdog that originated in Europe in the fourteenth century and probably originated from Poodle and Maltese stock. They are know for their good temperament and playful nature.
The Zuchon loves to play, so most of his exercise requirements can be met with a game of catch or tug of war. That means he is the ideal roommate for people who live in apartments or smaller homes. A trip to the dog park will also help tire him out. This is an intuitive breed, so the Zuchon will match your energy level. Whether you want to get outside for a walk or want to relax on the couch, the Zuchon will be by your side, content to do whatever it is you want to do.
Zuchon Coat and Colour
The Zuchon is a non shedding breed.
It’s due to the fluffy coat that the Zuchon is mistaken for a teddy bear! This breed has long flowing, soft fur that is either curly or silky. Coats can be found in a range of colours: black and white, silver or grey, tan or cream, or any combination of these colours. You may even find coats in chocolate brown, red, apricot, and red/apricot and black.
With its long fur, you’ll need to brush your Zuchon regularly (every few days), but this is great for bonding. If you choose to keep your dog in a puppy or teddy bear cut, you’ll find maintenance to be low.