10 Facts You Should Know About Poochons (with Pictures)

Taylor A Ritz Ever heard of a Poochon? A Poochon is a mix between a purebred toy poodle and a purebred Bichon Frise (French for curly lap dog). Such a 50 – 50 cross of two purebreds of different breeds is called a designer dog. Designer dogs are bred with the intention of combining the best attributes of both breeds into a healthier mix. The Poochon is also known as a Bichon Poo and a Bichpoo, among other labels.

1. Where Does the Poochon Come From?

The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean in the 1300s. The breed was popularized in Europe when French and Italian merchants transported them there. They became companion animals for the rich and royal, and were 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 hunted for truffles in the forest, while the toy poodle was a lapdog for European nobility. So, where did the Poochon come in? The popularity of “designer dog” breeds skyrocketed in the 1990s. Breeders began intentionally mixing the poodle and Bichon Frise in Australia, but the practice quickly caught on in the United Kingdom and the United States as well.

2. How Much Does a Poochon Eat?

Despite their small size, Poochons 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 Poochon Look Like?

A Poochon’s physical characteristics can vary depending on which parent it takes after. Most often, a Poochon inherits similar facial features to a Bichon Frise, with a face much wider than that of a poodle, as well as a more rounded head, medium-length ears, and a medium-length muzzle. The main coat colors for a Poochon are solid cream, tan, and apricot. Occasionally they are black, grey, or a blend of colors. The hair is medium length and woolly, making them low-shedding. Both breeds that contribute to the Poochon have coats that are hypoallergenic, so their offspring will inherit this trait as well. 

4. How Big Is a Poochon?

Both breeds that contribute to the creation of the Poochon are relatively small, so you can rest assured that the mixed-breed Poochon will be small as well. Poochons stand between 9 to 15 inches in height and weigh between 6 and 17 pounds.

5. What Is the Temperament of a Poochon?

Poochons are cuddly and playful. As such, they make ideal companion animals. They enjoy plenty of naps but also several active play sessions throughout the day. These natural charmers are smart and gentle, getting along well with kids and other animals. Poochons can be quite vocal, but this can be mitigated by plenty of exercise and playtime as well as training from an early age. As companion animals, Poochons thrive on your attention and are quick to claim your lap as their own. They love to cuddle and stay close to their human family. They crave attention, and as a result, do not fare well when left alone for long periods of time.

6. What Are the Exercise Requirements for a Poochon?

Despite their small size, Poochons 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 Poochon has. It will also help to keep him or her fit and healthy. Additionally, a tired dog is a well-behaved dog; dogs that are not provided with adequate exercise will become bored and resort to undesirable activities.

7. How Do You Train a Poochon?

Training and socialization are vital from an early age for any dog. Luckily, Poochons are quite easy to train. These dogs are intelligent and eager to please their people. Your Poochon will see training sessions as the opportunity to soak up the attention they crave.  Avoid harsh methods like shouting or punishment, as these will likely cause your dainty Poochon to shut down during a training set. 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. Pick it up the next day when you are both fresh and ready to go.

8. How Healthy Is a Poochon?

As with any dog, Poochons can experience health issues, but mixed-breed dogs tend to have fewer problems than their purebred counterparts. Here are a few health concerns Poochons may be more prone to:
  • Patellar luxation: dislocation of the kneecap
  • Retinal atrophy: a genetic disease characterized by degeneration of the eye
  • Allergies
  • Addison’s disease: adrenal glands produce too little of certain hormones
  • Cushing’s disease: adrenal glands produce too much of certain hormones
  • Bladder issues
Overall, Poochons are a relatively healthy breed, with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

9. How Often Should You Groom a Poochon?

A Poochon has a medium-length coat that does not shed very much. While this makes Poochons a great choice for those who suffer from pet allergies, it also means that Poochons require higher levels of maintenance than some other breeds. Poochons should be brushed daily as well as bathed with a mild shampoo every few weeks. They will also need to be professionally groomed once every 4 to 6 weeks. The breed is also prone to tear stains, so their eyes should be cleaned regularly. 

10. Do Poochons Make Good Pets for a Family?

A Poochon is incredibly sweet and loving. They bond quite strongly with their human companions and 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. You’ll find that the Poochon makes an excellent, hypoallergenic, loving addition to any home.

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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.

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