Some people suffer from seasonal allergies, while some have food allergies they can easily avoid. Others experience allergies when it comes to pets – one of the greatest joys in life. Luckily, more and more mixed breeds with low allergen counts are being bred.
The Poochon is one of those breeds, combining the hypoallergenic, low-shed nature of the Bichon Frise and Poodle coats. While you may come for the coat, you will stay for the temperament. They are highly intelligent, fun-loving, and loyally affectionate.
Continue reading if any of those traits spark your interest as we go into more detail about the Poochon designer dog breed and explore some of the parent breeds’ pasts.
Bichon Frise, Poochon, and Poodle Comparison Table
|Height||9.5-11.5 inches||9.5-15 inches||Over 15 inches|
|Weight||12-18 pounds||6-50 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||14-15 years||12-15 years||10-18 years|
White and apricot
White and buff
White and cream
|Coat Type||Double, curly coat with long length||Curly with long length||Curly with long length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||No shedding||No shedding||No shedding|
Early tooth loss
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Very friendly with other dogs||Very friendly with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Average barking||More barking||More barking|
About Bichon Frises
Known for being part of the Barbichon-type dog group (a grouping of small, white dogs) along with breeds like the Havanese and Maltese, the Bichon Frise is praised and adored for its personality above all else.
Since time immemorial, the breed has entertained and befriended humankind under the philosophy that there are no strangers, only friends it hasn’t met yet.
Bichon Frises are lucky that many, if not all, people find them to be irresistibly cute and intelligent. The breed lost its seat in the lap of luxury soon after the French Revolution of 1789, when many of the aristocratic owners were executed during a time of intense turmoil.
With nowhere else to go, Bichon Frises wandered the streets of France until they were picked up by entertainers who recognized their affinity for earning money by performing circus tricks.
In modern times, the breed works well as a watchdog, alerting owners to the presence of others trespassing on the dog’s turf. Curiosity will, eventually, get the better of them, though.
After a boisterous round of barking, they will gladly jaunt up to strangers with no fear or sense of self-preservation whatsoever.
Toy Poodles (the most common Poodle parent of Poochons) first appeared on the dog scene in early 20th century America. As cities became more urban, the desire for compact companions arose, and the Standard Poodle was bred down to meet that need.
Despite what you might think about the tiny dogs, they still retain much of their Poodle ancestry, making them fiercely athletic and excellent swimmers. Some even go as far as to say that Toy versions of the Poodle are more intelligent than the Standard Poodle.
While little research has been done to back up these claims, even Toy Poodles require a great deal of mental stimulation and exercise to satisfy their brains.
Great care must be taken when owning a Toy Poodle since their small size makes them vulnerable to the cold, but an excessively long coat might overheat a dog during playtime.
A long, unkempt coat of Poodle hair will naturally start to cord as well, introducing a new set of problems (like mold) owners must be vigilant about.
Also known as the Bichon Poodle, Bichon Poo, or Bich-Poo, Poochons are a designer dog breed that just makes sense. Who wouldn’t want to combine two hypoallergenic breeds into one playful, little teddy bear?
These small dogs are wonderful playmates for young children because they aren’t typically big enough to bowl over kids and don’t have a strong herding instinct that could lead to nips.
Do Poochons Shed Their Coat?
Both the Bichon Frise and Poodle are recognized for having coats that shed very little, if at all. This means that the same will be true of the Poochon, no matter which parent it takes after more.
While a Poochon’s coat greatly reduces the amount of hair and dander allergens, it cannot eliminate them completely. The same is true of other known allergens that dogs naturally produce – saliva and urine can also trigger an allergic reaction in some people.
So while it is unlikely you will encounter many allergens from any of these sources (assuming you take the time to potty train your dogs), it is still a possibility.
How Big Is A Mature Poochon?
In the vast majority of Poochon cases, an average purebred Bichon Frise is crossed with a Toy or Miniature Poodle. This means they will be quite small, typically only between 9 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
A full-grown Poochon may weigh from 6 to 12 pounds on average, but we included a larger range of weights in the table above because we recognize that some Poochons may have been offspring of a Standard Poodle. In such cases, their height and weight can be much more than most other sources say.
How Can I Mentally Stimulate My Poochon?
As you can see from the table, Poochons are smart little dogs that require a lot of mental stimulation. Luckily, it isn’t too difficult to get your dog’s brain going. Below are a few suggestions on how to keep your Poochon’s brain engaged and out of trouble:
- Take different paths whenever you walk your dog
- Teach your Poochon new tricks now and then
- Buy and use a puzzle toy with treats
- Rotate the toys that your Poochon gets to play with
Some of these methods combine mental stimulation with physical exercise, so it’s a great way to meet your Poochon’s needs when you are running low on time. Aside from proper training at a young age, mental stimulation and exercise are the best ways to prevent destructive and undesirable behaviors.
Poochons are small, hypoallergenic dogs eager to please their family and friends. Great for families, these dogs are highly adaptable to the confines of city life but will do just as well or better with a bit of land to explore freely.
However, they can quickly develop separation anxiety if everyone else in the “pack” is gone for most of the day. A hybrid or remote job environment will suit them best as a result.