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    Jul 6, Bichpoo: An Owner’s Guide to the Bichon Poodle

    by Emma Williams         |Published 11-02-2020

    Some call it a Bichpoo,
    some the Poochon; in any case, this fun-sized teddy bear is a perfect combo of
    a Bichon Frise and a Poodle.

    An optimal balance
    between the Poodle’s intelligence and grace, with the Bichon’s quirky
    personality and ease, a Bichpoo is everything you ever needed in a dog. If you
    were looking to adopt or get a new pup, check out these unique characteristics
    of a Poodle Bichon mix, their temperament, care, and where they come from.
    Brace yourself as you’ll definitely fall in love with this curly ball of fluff!

    A partial face of a BichpooBichon Frise and Poodle Mix: Bichpoo

    Bichon Poodle Mix –

    While this exciting mix
    of breeds may have existed naturally, designer breeders saw the opportunity for
    a playful, house-friendly, yet intelligent dog in mixing a
    Bichon Frise and a
    Miniature or
    Toy Poodle (hence
    the adorable size).

    It originated in Australia sometime in the 1990s, but it quickly became popular in the USA and Europe.

    Since keeping toy-sized
    dogs indoors has increased in popularity, so has the Bichpoo with his
    preferable characteristics as a family-friendly, affectionate breed.

    Many owners are wary of
    mutts and crossbred pooches, as there are many questions raised about the
    ethics of designer breeding. That said, pure-bred dogs usually inherit genetic
    diseases from their ancestors and are more prone to developing the same.
    Crossbreeding, among other advantages, lowers the possibility for the dog to
    get degenerative diseases usually
    related to the breed
    characteristics and health issues.

    Plus, with a mutt, it’s always a surprise which your dog’s temperament will have, while pedigree dogs are pretty much predictable, at least when it comes to general personality traits. 

    Bichpoos proved to be a great combo, both with their looks and temperament, which is why more and more people open their homes for them.

    Bichpoo Infographic

    Bichpoo physical characteristics

    A Bichpoo is a prototypical pup you’d imagine as a toy dog. Famous for their likeability and irresistible charm, if you own a Bichpoo, get ready for frequent stops in the street and gasping in awe. Recognizable for their curly brown-white coat, button nose, and overall cuteness, Bichpoos are popular as they are quite photogenic, adorable dogs.

    While some pups end up looking more like the Poodle and some resemble the Bichon Frise more, BIchpoos usually don’t grow more than 15 inches and weigh around 6-18 lbs, with no significant difference between males and females.

    Bichpoo’s coat color varies from light brown with white belly marks to even ginger or cream. Although they don’t shed much or produce dander, their medium-length curly fur requires a lot of care, regular brushing, and detangling to prevent matting and knots. They will also need a basic haircut every month or two, especially if you keep him indoors.

    Bichpoo temperament

    Like with any dog, you never know how your Bichpoo will turn out to behave before it grows up. Nevertheless, they usually prove to be very loyal, attached to their owners, and very good with kids. This makes them a perfect first-time pet for children to learn about dog care and responsibility. 

    When it comes to energy levels, Bichpoos gladly relax and take quiet naps with their human friends and never miss on the opportunity to play, run, or enjoy the zoomies.

    They are incredibly
    social and quickly adapt to other dogs, making them a great addition to
    multi-pet households.
    If you expect your dog to be home alone for long periods, then a Bichpoo is not
    the breed for you since it needs company, affection, and frequent interaction
    with their loving owners.

    Due to the Poodle’s
    intelligence, Bichpoos are smart and playful dogs that love challenges,
    interactive games, and training.

    Poochons like to speak
    their mind very loudly and opinionatedly. Still, with some
    obedience training,
    mental and physical stimulation, you can control the barking, especially if you
    devote yourself to training from their earliest age. On the other hand, they
    can make excellent watchdogs despite their size and cuteness.

    Common health issues related to the Bichon Poodle mix

    Bichpoo is resting

    Common health issues related to the Bichon Poodle mix

    Depending on their genetic heritage, Bichpoos can suffer from common illnesses that strike Poodles or the Bichon Frise breed. No one is to say if your Bichpoo will definitely get a particular disease; however, it’s smart to keep in mind the common health problems related to the parent breeds:

    Patellar luxation

    Hip dysplasia

    ● Sebaceous adenitis

    ● Gum infections and teeth problems

    ● Retinal atrophy


    ● Addison’s disease

    ● Bladder issues

    Von Willebrand disease

    Cushing’s disease

    While they thrive best when on the go, they are prone to gaining weight fast, so keep up with their daily exercise needs. Bichpoos also have a high likelihood of developing ear and teeth problems. This requires a bit more attention to oral hygiene and regular grooming. 

    If you don’t know how to clean your dog’s ears safely, make sure to consult a professional groomer or a vet for advice. You, as a responsible owner, should try to find reputable breeders who can provide you with the breed’s pedigree and history of the dogs involved. 

    Regular vet checkups, proper care, and devotion are by far the best solution to any medical problem, as the key is to notice any issues beforehand and start the treatment if necessary.

    An ideal home for a Bichon Poodle mix

    You’re probably wondering if this fluffer is the right choice for your family and daily activities.

    All in all, a Bichpoo will fit perfectly in any home that is ready to devote their time to be with him. Regular walks and outdoor activities are a must, but you can also cuddle and enjoy a relaxing day with your Bichpoo, who will definitely appreciate some quiet time.

    Find a trusted vet to understand the potential health risks this breed may bring and be responsible when it comes to checkups.

    Last but not least, don’t be afraid to use the full potential of this fantastic hybrid, as a well-trained and stimulated Bichpoo has a lot to offer as a friend. Let your kids bond with their pet and grow together into a loving family. 

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    Author Bio

    Emma Williams is an animal lover and pet parent of two four-legged friends, Indie and Beau. She is a professional writer who has been featured on News 9, Fox News, plus lots of pet publications. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia and works for

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