Shichon Puppies — Living Teddybears
This designer breed has quickly gained in popularity, but is their no shed characteristic their only selling point?
The Shichon puppy, a designer mixed breed between a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise, has risen to an outstanding popularity among today's pet loving population. While their fur, the soft, long, non shed characteristic may be one of their most often used characteristics to sell them, their other qualities just may outshine it. This dog is a mix between two endearing and loving companion breeds, creating a unique mash up of a compact dog with a quiet and independent personality.
A hybrid personality
As with any mixed breed dog, a Shichon will possess qualities from both of his purebred parents. Which qualities he will inherit is more of a gamble, though, and a combination of traits can greatly vary within a single litter. For example, one puppy may have longer, silkier hair while his litter mate has tightly curled hair. Colors can also be a large variety depending on the parents. You may get colors from one breed with the markings of the other. It truly is a guessing game when you pair two purebred dogs of different breeds.
Just like with the physical traits, personality traits can vary widely within the same litter. Both the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise have their own specific instinctual drives, energy types and personalities. Each puppy produced by the two purebred parents could carry any random mix of the traits that both parents have. The Shih Tzu can be more independent and takes a dedicated owner to train. While he is friendly and lively, he may prefer to stay with just one human that he has bonded to and observe everything else from a distance. The Bichon Frise, on the other hand, is more interested in being with people. He is easy to train and will happily follow your leadership if you can provide it in a gentle and assertive way.
Combining the two different personalities, you will produce a very unique puppy. The Shichon puppy can be difficult to train, playful, or extremely social or easy to train and more independent. These different traits can be mixed in each puppy. Each individual puppy from the same litter can be totally different in their temperaments and personalities due to the various traits that can combine together.
Keep him groomed!
As started earlier, you could have a Shichon puppy with curly fur or silky fur. You can even get a mixture of the two on the same dog. Either way, this mixed breed dog will need regular grooming both from you and a professional groomer. His fur does not shed out or stay short, but will continiously grow just like his purebred parents. He will need clipped every 6 to 8 weeks and it will be up to you to brush and comb out his fur every few days. Brushing and combing the fur can rid his coat of loose and dead hairs that can create tangles and mats. These mats will pull at his skin, causing painful leisions that can lead to infections. A simple sessions of grooming maintenance will prevent all that and keep him comfortable and happy.
Start your puppy young with grooming and handling. He should learn to not fear ail clippers, having his feet handled, and tolerate ear hair plucking. If he learns while still a young puppy to calmly tolerate or even enjoy the handling involved throughout grooming sessions then his experiences every 6 to 8 weeks will be far less stressful and he will not fear the grooming table!
A healthy puppy
Over all, this breed is both mentally and physically a healthy companion. As with any breed, always make sure your breeder does arcaneness genetic health testing prior to breeding their dogs. These little dogs can be prone to obesity which is easily prevented with proper diet. Not only should the ingredients within his diet be whole foods with little to no grain, but he should also be given it in measured portions to prevent over eating. Over eating can lead to organ diseases such as renal failure, which is deadly to your pet.
Remember that, even though he is a small dog, your Shichon puppy is still a dog. Train him as if he size doesn't matter! With proper basic obedience training using positive reinforcement, you will develop a strong, unbreakable bond with your pooch. Keep him healthy with a good diet and moderate excise, and he will be your best friend!