- Height: 9-12 inches
- Weight: 5-15 lb
- Lifespan: 15-18 years
- Group: Not Applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with children, singles and seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: Friendly, well mannered, affectionate, loving
- Comparable Breeds: Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise
No, that’s not a teddy bear – it’s a Zuchon! A non-shedding, designer dog breed, the Zuchon is a mix of Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise. 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.
Because he gets along with everyone, there isn’t a lifestyle this dog won’t fit into. They rarely bark, are hypo-allergenic, love kids and other animals and can be active or laid back (as the situation calls for). Boasting a happy disposition and a passion for playtime, the Zuchon will be a loving companion for many years to come. Please read on to learn more about this hybrid breed.
A designer dog breed, the Zuchon is a mix of Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise.
This relatively new breed of dog originated in the United States. A mix of Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise, the Zuchon is rapidly gaining popularity in households across North America. Although this breed of dog is relatively new, its popularity and fame is growing quickly.
The result of crossbreeding a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise, the Zuchon is a hybrid dog. The first generation is a true cross while successive breeding of the original puppies will eventually result in a more standardized look and temperament.
Be sure to feed your Zuchon high quality, dry kibble, specifically designed for small and active dogs. Avoid wet and canned foods, as this could lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease and bad breath.
Intelligent and eager to please, the Zuchon is trainable because he is so easy going.
Intelligent and eager to please, the Zuchon is trainable because he is so easy going. Use positive training techniques and be consistent with training lessons – you’ll see the best results when employing these methods. Stay away from physical or other harsh training methods, as they won’t work. If fact, you’ll often see the opposite of what you want to accomplish. Offer lots of treats and praise for a job well done. This helps your dog stay interested while training.
Zuchons weigh between 5 and 15 pounds and stand from 6 to 12 inches tall.
Sporting an excellent temperament, you’ll find that your pup is eager to please you. With a lively and spunky personality, Zuchons are known to be well-mannered, making them great with children of all ages and all kinds of animals. Intelligent and affectionate, your pooch 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. But this breed isn’t all about just fun and games – he will also serve as a watchdog, letting you know when someone is at the door. And this is generally the only time when he will bark. Even though the Zuchon is small, it’s not a yappy dog.
Common Health Problems
This hybrid dog is generally healthy, free from many of the health issues that can affect purebred dogs.
The average Zuchon lives to be between 15 and 18 years old.
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 and condos. But he’ll still need fresh air and visits to the bathroom, so make sure he gets his daily walk and makes a few trips outdoors. 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.
Sporting an excellent temperament, you’ll find that your Zuchon is eager to please you.
Because the Zuchon is a crossbreed, it is not recognized by major dog registries such as the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club. It is recognized by registries that accept mixed breed, crossbreed and designer dogs such American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.
It’s due to it 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 colors: black and white, silver or gray, tan or cream, or any combination of these colors. You may even find coats in chocolate brown, red, apricot, and red/apricot and black. Another plus: this breed is non-shedding!
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.
It’s hard to resist a Zuchon puppy. They are so small and furry, it’ll be easy to let them get away with anything. But it’s important to remember that training starts as soon as you bring a puppy home. You’ll need to train and socialize your Zuchon puppy right from the start, and keep at it as he grows older. You can even enroll your Zuchon in Puppy Kindergarten classes, which lay the foundation for basic manners as well as a form of socializing with new people and pets.
Photo credit: Tiny Teddy Bear Zuchons