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Bichpoo: An Owner's Guide to the Bichon Poodle

by Emma Williams         |Published 11-02-2020

Some call it a Bichpoo, some the Poochon; in any case, this fun-sized teddy bear is a perfect combo of a Bichon Frise and a Poodle.

An optimal balance between the Poodle's intelligence and grace, with the Bichon's quirky personality and ease, a Bichpoo is everything you ever needed in a dog. If you were looking to adopt or get a new pup, check out these unique characteristics of a Poodle Bischon mix, their temperament, care, and where they come from. Brace yourself as you'll definitely fall in love with this curly ball of fluff!

A partial face of a Bichpoo

Bichon Poodle Mix - origin

While this exciting mix of breeds may have existed naturally, designer breeders saw the opportunity for a playful, house-friendly, yet intelligent dog in mixing a Bichon Frise and a Miniature or Toy Poodle (hence the adorable size).

It originated in Australia sometime in the 1990s, but it quickly became popular in the USA and Europe.

Since keeping toy-sized dogs indoors has increased in popularity, so has the Bichpoo with his preferable characteristics as a family-friendly, affectionate breed.

Many owners are wary of mutts and crossbred pooches, as there are many questions raised about the ethics of designer breeding. That said, pure-bred dogs usually inherit genetic diseases from their ancestors and are more prone to developing the same. Crossbreeding, among other advantages, lowers the possibility for the dog to get degenerative diseases usually related to the breed characteristics and health issues.

Plus, with a mutt, it's always a surprise which your dog's temperament will have, while pedigree dogs are pretty much predictable, at least when it comes to general personality traits. 

Bichpoos proved to be a great combo, both with their looks and temperament, which is why more and more people open their homes for them.

Bichpoo Infographic

Bichpoo physical characteristics

A Bichpoo is a prototypical pup you'd imagine as a toy dog. Famous for their likeability and irresistible charm, if you own a Bichpoo, get ready for frequent stops in the street and gasping in awe. Recognizable for their curly brown-white coat, button nose, and overall cuteness, Bichpoos are popular as they are quite photogenic, adorable dogs.

While some pups end up looking more like the Poodle and some resemble the Bichon Frise more, BIchpoos usually don't grow more than 15 inches and weigh around 6-18 lbs, with no significant difference between males and females.

Bichpoo's coat color varies from light brown with white belly marks to even ginger or cream. Although they don't shed much or produce dander, their medium-length curly fur requires a lot of care, regular brushing, and detangling to prevent matting and knots. They will also need a basic haircut every month or two, especially if you keep him indoors.

Bichpoo temperament

Like with any dog, you never know how your Bichpoo will turn out to behave before it grows up. Nevertheless, Poochons usually prove to be very loyal, attached to their owners, and very good with kids. This makes them a perfect first-time pet for children to learn about dog care and responsibility. 

When it comes to energy levels, Poochons gladly relax and take quiet naps with their human friends and never miss on the opportunity to play, run, or enjoy the zoomies.

They are incredibly social and quickly adapt to other dogs, making them a great addition to multi-pet households. If you expect your dog to be home alone for long periods, then a Bichpoo is not the breed for you since it needs company, affection, and frequent interaction with their loving owners.

Due to the Poodle's intelligence, Bichpoos are smart and playful dogs that love challenges, interactive games, and training.

Poochons like to speak their mind very loudly and opinionatedly. Still, with some obedience training, mental and physical stimulation, you can control the barking, especially if you devote yourself to training from their earliest age. On the other hand, they can make excellent watchdogs despite their size and cuteness.

Common health issues related to the Bichon Poodle mix

Bichpoo is resting

Common health issues related to the Bichon Poodle mix

Depending on their genetic heritage, Poochons can suffer from common illnesses that strike Poodles or the Bichon Frise breed. No one is to say if your Bichpoo will definitely get a particular disease; however, it's smart to keep in mind the common health problems related to the parent breeds:

Patellar luxation

Hip dysplasia

● Sebaceous adenitis

● Gum infections and teeth problems

● Retinal atrophy

● Allergies

● Addison's disease

● Bladder issues

Von Willebrand disease

● Cushing's disease

While they thrive best when on the go, they are prone to gaining weight fast, so keep up with their daily exercise needs. Bichpoos also have a high likelihood of developing ear and teeth problems. This requires a bit more attention to oral hygiene and regular grooming. 

If you don't know how to clean your dog's ears safely, make sure to consult a professional groomer or a vet for advice. You, as a responsible owner, should try to find reputable breeders who can provide you with the breed's pedigree and history of the dogs involved. 

Regular vet checkups, proper care, and devotion are by far the best solution to any medical problem, as the key is to notice any issues beforehand and start the treatment if necessary.

An ideal home for a Bichon Poodle mix

You're probably wondering if this fluffer is the right choice for your family and daily activities.

All in all, a Bichpoo will fit perfectly in any home that is ready to devote their time to be with him. Regular walks and outdoor activities are a must, but you can also cuddle and enjoy a relaxing day with your Bichpoo, who will definitely appreciate some quiet time.

Find a trusted vet to understand the potential health risks this breed may bring and be responsible when it comes to checkups.

Last but not least, don't be afraid to use the full potential of this fantastic hybrid, as a well-trained and stimulated Bichpoo has a lot to offer as a friend. Let your kids bond with their pet and grow together into a loving family. 

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Author Bio

Emma Williams is an animal lover and pet parent of two four-legged friends, Indie and Beau. She is a professional writer who has been featured on News 9, Fox News, plus lots of pet publications. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia and works for PetBucket.com

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