The Bichon Poodle mix, or the Poochon, is a designer breed, which makes it an ideal Fashionista dog. Not only are these dogs pretentious, they are all about pleasing their humans. Glam them up with a pair of trendy sunglasses and pile on the bling; the more bling, the better.
Yet, the Bichon Poodle mix is sooo much more than a living doll, to dress-up and show-off. From small children or adults to seniors, the Poochon make loyal companions. They play Big and love Large.
This breed is compatible with other dog or cat housemates. They prefer living indoors, provided their humans take them outside for frequent strolls.
Origin of the Bichon Poodle Mix
History of the Bichon Frise
When crossbreeding the Bichon Poodle mix, a Bichon Frise is always the mother parent. According to the majority of breeders, the Bichon Frise descended from crossing the Barbet Water Spaniel and Poodle.
The Bichon Frise has Mediterranean roots, probably in Spain, because Spanish sailors carried them on their voyages to use as barter items. In the 14th century, the Bichon Frise was favored by the royalty. For example, King Henry III, wore a basket around his neck, exclusively for cradling his Bichon Frise.
Because these dogs are highly intelligent and learning is easy for them, European circuses began training them to perform a repertoire of tricks.
Today, Bichon Frises are bred expressly as companion dogs.
History of the Poodle
When cross-breeding the Poodle with a Bichon Frise, the Poodle is always the father parent. Like the Bichon Frise, Poodles have no definitive roots. They are believed to be of German origin. Poodle is a derivation of pudel, which in German, means “to splash in water”. But, because the Poodle is the National Dog of France, people commonly refer to the breed as French Poodles.
Poodles appeared in literature as long ago as 1510. These dogs were initially used as truffle hunters and for retrieving game from the waters. Hunters originated the iconic “Poodle clip”, to facilitate the dog’s ease of movement in the waters. The remaining areas of hair were intended to protect the Poodle’s joints, lungs and heart, when swimming in cold waters.
The Poodle’s adorable topknot served a practical purpose as well. Owner-hunters tied a different color ribbon around each dog’s topknot to differentiate one from another.
Today, Poodles are bred to be either show dogs or human companions.
History of Bichon Poodle Mix
Crossbreeding a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Bichon Frise appears to have originated in the US, but some references report they were first bred in Australia, during the late 1990s. Unfortunately, details of where and when the Bichon Poodle mix crossbreeding originally occurred was evidently never documented.
The Bichon Poodle mix is commonly called Poochon or Bichon Poo.
Toy Poodles and Bichons share many similarities including their brilliancy and adorability. The Poochon inherits the best attributes of their Bichon Frise and Poodle lineage,
Poochon’s Similarities to Parents
Like their parents – Bichon Frise and generally a Miniature or Toy Poodle – the Poochon have coarse, medium length curly coats, with minimal shedding. Ordinarily, hybrids have a white coat like the Bichon Frise, but depending on the Poodle parent’s coloring, the offspring may be blue, black or apricot. This breed is an auspicious choice for people with allergies, as their coats are hypoallergenic.
Small of stature, their height ranges 9-14 inches; weight between 6-18 pounds. They inherit floppy ears from both parents. Like their Poodle parent, the Poochon’s almond shaped eyes are a distinguishing feature (Eyes of the Bichon Frise are round).
Bichpoo’s Differences from Parents
The most striking difference is found in the hybrid’s tail. Where the Bichon Frise carries his long, plume-like tail, curved over his back, a poodle tail is straight. The Bichpoo tail is long and fluffy, but it hangs low.
Expect your Bichon Poodle mix to have ears that are a smidge longer and a head that is tad rounder than the parents.
Like his parents, the Bichon Poodle mix has an affectionate, exuberant nature. He is naturally friendly, so that he will get along marvelously with kids and other pets, who are already household members.
Your little Poochon thinks he’s a fierce guard dog and will bark non-stop to alert you of potential trespassers on the premises.
The Bichon Poodle mix barely sheds, but his coat gets tangled and matted, so you’ll need to give it daily attention. Also, get him professionally groomed as needed.
Trim his nails bi-weekly. Brush his teeth every day with doggie toothpaste. Clean his ears weekly and dry them well after bathing. He’ll kick up a ruckus at first, but will soon get used to routine hygiene.
Health Questions to ask the Poochon Breeder:
May I Meet the Puppies Parents?
The seller should show you the puppies interacting with their mother, but they may not own the father. In this case, ask to see both parents’ health certificates.
How Many Litters has the Mother Had?
Frequently, the serious health conditions found in the parent are circumvented in a first-generation Bichon Poodle mix. If the mother is younger than 1.5-years, she is too young for breeding.
A conscientious breeder will be forthcoming about both parents’ background.
How Old are the Puppies?
Puppies should not leave their mother until they are at least 8-12 weeks of age.
Typical Health Issues of the Bichpoo
Even a first-generation Bichpoo can inherit typical health issues of its parent breeds. Liver, eye and knee problems are common in the Bichon Frise. Poodles are prone to skin allergies, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and diabetes.
The Poodle parent is known to be nervous; your Bichpoo will likely be high-strung.
Now that you’re aware of the practicalities of choosing your designer Bichon Poodle Mix – the plain truth is – you don’t choose that fluffy, bundle of joy – a Poochon chooses you.
Try this: Sit on the floor. Be still and keep quiet. Let the real, right puppy come to you. It works!
Congratulations! You’ve just been adopted.