10 Facts You Should Know About Daisy Dogs (with Pictures)

By Taylor A Ritz

Ever heard of a Daisy Dog? These mixed-breed dogs have been around since the 1950s, and are a cross between a Bichon Frise, Poodle, and Shih-Tzu. How do you cross three breeds? Most often, Daisy Dogs are produced by breeding a purebred Bichon Frise with a dog that is 50% Poodle and 50% Shih-Tzu.

1. Where Does the Daisy Dog Come From?

The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean in the 1300s but the breed was popularized in Europe when French and Italian merchants began to transport them there. They became companion animals for the rich and royal; they were often a sign of wealth and nobility.

The Poodle was first bred in Germany, but only in France was the breed split into three distinct sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Standard poodles were used to retrieve waterfowl during hunts, the miniature poodle searched for truffles in the forest, and the toy poodle was a lapdog for European nobility.

The Shih-Tzu dates back to as early as 8,000 B.C., originating in either China or Tibet. The Chinese dynasty highly valued the Shih-Tzu, and these dogs led privileged lives alongside China’s emperors and empresses.

So, where did the Daisy Dog come in?

Though there is some debate as to the origin of the Daisy Dog, breeder Jennifer Peterson is very vocal about her family breeding the first members of this mixed breed. She claims her mother began breeding Daisy Dogs in the late 1950s, and she has continued the tradition to this day.

2. How Much Does a Daisy Dog Eat?

Despite their diminutive size, Daisy Dogs can have rather large appetites. These dogs can be prone to obesity, so make sure to follow serving-size recommendations from pet food manufacturers or instructions from your veterinarian. 

3. What Does a Daisy Dog Look Like?

Daisy Dogs’ coats are usually soft and silky, and the fur can be curly or straight. Coat colors may include solid white, red, silver, gray, black, brown, gray-blue, or any combination of these colors. Their coats are medium length and very dense.

All three breeds that contribute to the Daisy Dog have coats that are hypoallergenic, so their Daisy Dog offspring will inherit this trait as well. These dogs either shed very little or not at all.

4. How Big Is a Daisy Dog?

All three breeds that contribute to the make-up of the Daisy Dog are quite small, so you can rest assured that the mixed-breed Daisy will be small as well. Most Daisy Dog males fall between 11 and 12 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 12 and 17 pounds, while females tend to be 10-11 inches and 10-15 pounds.

5. What Is the Temperament of a Daisy Dog?

Daisy Dogs are loving and intelligent. As such, they make ideal companion animals. They are clever and alert, and quick to let you know when someone has arrived at your home. Daisy Dogs’ sweet disposition allows them to get along with other dogs, cats, and humans in your home.

As companion animals, they thrive on your attention and are quick to claim your lap as their own. They love to cuddle and be close to their families. They crave attention and would not fare well when left on their own for long periods of time.

6. What Are the Exercise Requirements For a Daisy Dog?

Despite their small size, Daisy Dogs still require regular exercise to be happy and healthy. Luckily, their small size means that they do not require vast amounts of exercise to tire out. A quick walk or play session in the yard, twice a day, is more than enough to burn off the excess energy your Daisy Dog has and keep him or her fit and healthy. A well-exercised dog is a well-behaved dog; dogs that are not provided with adequate exercise will become bored and resort to undesirable and possibly even destructive activities.

7. How Do You Train a Daisy Dog?

Training and socialization are vital from an early age for any dog. Thankfully, Daisy Dogs are quite easy to train. These dogs are intelligent and eager to please their people. Your Daisy Dog will see training sessions as the opportunity to soak up the attention from you that they crave. 

Avoid harsh methods like shouting or punishment, as these will likely cause your Daisy Dog to shut down during a time of training. Instead, stick with positive reinforcement and keep training sessions short and fun. If you begin to feel frustrated, end your training session as soon as possible.

8. How Healthy is a Daisy Dog?

As with any dog, Daisy Dogs can experience health issues, but mixed-breed dogs tend to have fewer problems than a pure breed. Here are a few health concerns Daisy Dogs may be more prone to:

  • Patellar Luxation: dislocation of the kneecap.
  • Epilepsy: a neurological disorder causing sudden uncontrolled and recurring seizures.
  • Bloat: aka Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV), a potentially fatal condition where a dog’s stomach becomes twisted.
  • Eye problems: many small dogs have large eyes, making them more prone to eye-related health problems.
  • Addison’s disease: a long-term endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones.

Overall, Daisy Dogs are a relatively healthy breed, with a life expectancy between 12 and 14 years.

9. How Often Do You Groom a Daisy Dog?

A Daisy Dog’s coat is usually long and soft, so it requires regular grooming. They should be brushed at least once a week to keep the coat from matting or tangling. Pin brushes or combs are recommended for this task. In addition, a monthly bath, as well as periodic trims by a professional groomer, are recommended.

10. Do Daisy Dogs Make Good Pets For a Family?

A Daisy Dog is incredibly sweet and loving. They bond quite strongly with their human companions and usually love nothing more than to snuggle up on your lap. They get along with all other members of the household and have virtually no shedding. The Daisy Dog makes an excellent, low-energy, loving addition to any home.


Taylor Ritz

Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She is a former zookeeper and animal trainer. She has her own dog, Dobby, with whom she has bicycled across the U.S. and thru-hiked the Long Trail.