While purebred dogs are still generally preferred over mixed breeds, also often known as “designer dogs”, this is starting to change due to the combination of excellent qualities that several mixed breeds have, including greater genetic diversity. Poochons, which are also referred to as Bichpoos or Bichon Poodles, contribute to this favorable shift in opinion tremendously.
These incredibly cute little dogs possess a lot of personalities, and you might be wondering if a Poochon would be a fitting pet for your lifestyle. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Poochons.
Poochon Breed History
Whereas most mixed breeds come from a relatively obscure history, the breed history of Poochons is quite recent, and their origin has been preserved. Poochons were first bred in Australia around the late 1990s. These breeders strove to create an active family dog that could handle being near children constantly, and they succeeded.
Poochons became popular very quickly within the realm of designer dog lovers. They have only remained in high demand, to the point that Poochons, as mentioned above, have recently achieved more mainstream popularity.
Poochons are typically a first-generation cross between two purebred dogs: the Bichon Frise and the Toy Poodle. These puppies tend to be healthier than later generations of crossbred Poochons, as adding new Bichon Frise or Toy Poodle genes can worsen the likelihood of certain health problems.
However, first-generation Poochons are also more unpredictable in terms of looks than later generations. Poochons in one litter of first-generation puppies may not look like one another much at all, and each puppy could potentially favor more of either parent breed. Since the parent breeds are not drastically different, though, first-generation Poochon puppies ought to resemble one another at least somewhat.
Those interested in later generations of Poochon puppies in favor of a more standardized look should diligently seek a breeder with an excellent reputation to minimize the health risks.
Although the size of a Poochon litter can vary depending on what specific type of Toy Poodle is included, the Bichon Frise is typically the mother, so most Poochon litters contain two to five puppies. These puppies should be handled with care, as they are incredibly tiny and somewhat fragile.
Young children cannot be around Poochon puppies without supervision, and these pups must be monitored closely, especially since they may attempt to jump from high surfaces, which can break their bones. Poochons will become less fragile after puppyhood, but they still need someone to keep an eye on them if they get too adventurous.
As their popularity attests, Poochons are the ultimate lapdog. These little dogs tend to be very lovable and sociable, and they prefer to feel like part of a pack, so they like being around many people. A Poochon will develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long, so they do best in households where at least one person is constantly present. Without company, Poochons will succumb to nervous and destructive behaviors, which may include using the bathroom indoors or chewing on doors.
Poochons also need to be socialized early to prevent what is known as “small dog syndrome”, the development of stubbornness and territorial behaviors. These dogs are naturally inclined to soak up praise, and they are highly intelligent, so training and socializing them will be sure to bring out their best qualities.
Poochon Coat and Looks
Poochons usually have a coat that is curly, short, and soft. A Poochon coat may be cream, tan, or apricot, and they are generally one of these solid colors. These dogs are fairly small. They tend to be nine to fifteen inches tall and somewhere between nine and eighteen pounds in terms of weight. Many people claim that Poochons resemble Groodles, a Golden Retriever and Poodle mix, only on a much smaller scale.
As most Poodle mixes are due to their inherited intelligence, Poochons are easy to train. It also helps that Poochons love praise, and positive reinforcement like verbal praise is already one of the most effective methods for training a dog. Positive reinforcement should be carried out after a command is followed properly.
In addition to teaching a Poochon commands and establishing daily routines, they need to be introduced to many new people and places to keep them from becoming high-strung or overly protective of their owners. Training and socialization should be implemented while the Poochon is still young. If anxious behaviors are left unchecked, these dogs can be prone to nipping on top of the previously mentioned small dog syndrome.
Poochons have more energy than most small dogs, and they may need to be played with throughout the day to prevent boredom whenever they get another burst of energy. Poochons also need to be walked once a day for at least thirty minutes.
Although they do not shed much, one daily brush will keep a Poochon’s coat clean and eliminate most matting. Poochons need to see a groomer at least every two months to entirely prevent matting and maintain a short coat. These dogs are often prone to health issues like broken bones without supervision, allergies, dislocated knees, and eventual blindness.
Poochons have earned a reputation as an incredible lapdog, so much so that these lovable little fellows have achieved popularity outside of the realm of designer dog lovers. These dogs are affectionate, energetic, smart, and simple to train, so anyone who is willing to train a Poochon will be rewarded with a wonderful and loyal companion.
However, neglecting a Poochon’s training, socialization, or exercise needs can lead to anxious, territorial, and destructive behaviors that will culminate in small dog syndrome. Poochons also need at least one constant human presence to stave off anxiety, and they are prone to a handful of health problems, including broken bones. A Poochon ought to see a professional groomer at least six times a year, as well. These dogs are best suited for active families with older children.