|Zuchon Quick Summary|
|Also Known As||Shichon|
|Height (at withers)||9-12in (23-30cm)|
|Ease of training||High|
|Suitability for kids||High|
|Distress if left||Medium|
The Zuchon is a relatively new breed of small dog resulting from cross the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu. Not technically a purebred, it has a teddy bear appearance with a small, sturdy body, short legs, and a relatively long tail. The head has a round face, small pendulous ears, a dark nose and large expressive eyes. The long coat is very low shedding, and the colouring varies and includes black, white, grey and brindle.
Zuchons are lively and playful little dogs with gentle dispositions. Full of the vigour afforded by being a cross-breed, they are sociable and happy creatures with well-mannered temperaments. Full of character too, they make great companions and ideal family pets. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please and so training can be pretty straightforward, although some can be rather stubborn and can have a tendency to bark. However, despite this they are suited to both novice and experienced dog owners alike. Zuchons are great around younger and older children, and should be properly socialised around other dogs and pets. Too small to make effective guard dogs, they also tend to be friendly towards strangers but will still bark to alert owners to the presence of strangers and so still make decent watch dogs.
History & Skills
Zuchons originate from America and are a relatively new designer breed that was begun in the early 2000s by crossing Bichons Frises and Shih Tzus. Although still deemed a cross-breed rather than an offical breed, their popularity is growing quickly and some organisations are beginning to recognise them.
Breed Specific Ailments
Zuchons are so new their life expectancy is still to be seen. However, going by their ancestors and small size, at a guess they will tend to live between 15-17 years. As for health problems, again it is too soon to know; however, early indications are that the Zuchon shows no congenital defects as yet.
Zuchons are very low-shedding dogs and so are suitable for those suffering from allergies. The coat will need brushing a couple of times each week to remove dead hair and to prevent tangles. Hair around the bottom area may need occasional trimming, and the ears should be kept clean and dry.
Exercise & Environment
Zuchons tend to live indoors and are suitable for smaller homes such as apartments or flats. They will derive exercise from playing indoors but will need a daily walk and preferably access to a secure outside areas for play.