Shichon Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shichon so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Shichon have?
Teddy BearZuchon
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Shichon Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Shichon puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Shichon in the United States? How much money is a Shichon?

Where to buy a Shichon with a good pedigree?

$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Shichon, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shichon for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shichon gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Shichon? How many Shichon are there in the world?
Average: The Shichon is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Shichon Size

Size
Is a Shichon small, medium or large dog?

How big do Shichon get?

What is the average size of a Shichon?

Small
Weight
How much does the Shichon weigh? How much should a Shichon weight? What is the normal weight of a Shichon? How much does a full-grown Shichon weight?
10-15 pounds (5-7 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Shichon?
12.5 pounds (6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Shichon? Shichon height:
19-21 inches (49-53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Shichon?
20 inches (51 cm)

Shichon Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Shichon have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FluffyDenseCurlySilky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shichon's coat?
ApricotCreamRedWhiteBlackGraySilver
Grooming
How to groom the Shichon and how often? How often should I take my Shichon to the groomer?
Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Shichon is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Shichon dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Teddy Bear? Do Shichon dogs shed a lot?
Shichons shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Shichon dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Shichon need a bath? How often should you give a Shichon a bath? Can I bathe my Shichon every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Shichon Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Shichon have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateGentleLivelyPlayfulFriendlyIntelligentLovingSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shichon? Is the Shichon breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Shichon obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Shichon ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Shichon dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Shichon?
Shichons are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Shichon is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shichon sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shichons don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Shichon a good family dog?
High: Shichons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Teddy Bear need? Shichon social needs:
Shichons need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Shichon dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Teddy Bear bark?
Average: The Shichon barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Shichon good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Shichons are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Shichon dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Shichons are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Shichon can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Shichon will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Shichon bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Teddy Bear? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shichon? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Shichon has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Shichon has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Shichon? How much bite force does a Shichon have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Shichon bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shichon do?
Shichons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shichons need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shichon to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shichon roam?
Shichons have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shichon have high prey drive?
Shichons have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shichon good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Shichon in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Shichon indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Shichon be left alone? How long can you leave a Shichon alone?
Shichons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Shichon Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Shichon temperament with other people:
Shichons are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shichon dogs get along with other pets? Are Shichon dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shichons are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Shichon dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shichon temperament with children:
Shichons are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shichon dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Shichon breed live with a cat?
Shichons are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Shichon good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shichon dogs get along with other dogs?
Shichons are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shichon breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Shichon breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Shichons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Shichons good office dogs? Do Shichons make good office friendly dogs? Can Shichons be office dogs?
No
Shichon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shichon dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Teddy Bear temperament with senior people? Are Shichon dogs good for elderly owners?
Shichons are usually recommended for elderly people.

Shichon Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Shichon dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Shichon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Shichon breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shichon breed? Most common health risks of Shichon:
Allergies
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Shichon breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Shichon see the vet?
Average
The Shichon should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Shichon dogs live? How old can a Shichon be? What is the age limit of the Shichon? How many years can the oldest Shichon live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Shichon?

How long is the lifespan of a Shichon?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Shichon: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Shichon breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Shichons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shichon have? What is the activity level of the Shichon?
Shichons have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Shichon need? How much exercise do Shichon dogs require per day?

Do Shichon dogs need a lot of exercises?

Shichons have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Shichon breed need?
Shichons sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Shichon need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Shichon breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Shichon? How much food should I feed my Shichon?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shichon risk for obesity:
Average: The Shichon has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shichon's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Shichon drool?
The Shichon is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Shichon As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shichon be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Shichon is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shichon be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Shichon be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Shichon is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shichon be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Shichon is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shichon be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Shichon is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shichon be a boat dog?

Not really

Shichon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shichon be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Shichon is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Shichon dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Shichon Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Shichon pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Shichon breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Shichon: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shichon have in a litter? How many puppies can the Shichon breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Shichon have? How many puppies can a Shichon give birth to?
3-6 puppies

Shichon Recognition

AKC Group
Is Shichon recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Shichon recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shichon breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Shichon Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Shichons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Shichons shed none to minimal.
  • Stinkiness: The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Shichons are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Shichons are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shichons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shichons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Shichon is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Shichon History

The Shichon may have existed naturally years before it became a designed breed about 20 to 30 years ago in the United States. This breed is a mixture of the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu purebred, which means it is aimed to present the Bichon Frise’s gentle intuitiveness and the Shih Tzu’s smallness. With their teddy bear dog style - which is one of Shichon’s nickname - they have big black nose and eyes with a dense and fluffy coat and floppy ears. All given to ponce next to your dinner table. They inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents, for example, they are outgoing, affectionate, and intelligent. In addition, this breed is perfect for those who suffer from allergies, as they are considered very low shedders. Inasmuch Shichon is not a purebred, it is a mixed one. Therefore, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Federation Cynologique International will not recognize them, for all that they’re still accepted by the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). If this mixed breed is a good match for you, consider adoption, because unfortunately they often appear in shelters as well. Because of their smallness, they are designed to be a pet and not for herding or helping their owners with other works.

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