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Poochon

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Poochon puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Poochon please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Poochon puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Poochon puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Poochon breed is also commonly known by the names Bichpoo, Poodle x Bichon Frise.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 22 – 36 cm
Females 22 – 36 cm

Weight
Males 2 – 8 kg
Females 2 – 8 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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high (8/10)

Training

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very easy (10/10)

Shedding

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minimal (2/10)

Grooming

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high (8/10)

Children

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average (5/10)

Health

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average (5/10)

Cost to Keep

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low (4/10)

Being Alone

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very short periods (3/10)

Intelligence

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high (10/10)

Introduction

Poochons are a cross between a pedigree Bichon Frise and a Pedigree bred Toy Poodle. They are still rare, but are fast becoming more and more popular as a modern cross breed ideal for young and old families alike. The Poochon has inherited the intelligence of their parent breeds and they have also inherited their charming looks and loyal, affectionate natures which means they make wonderful companions and family pets in any household.

History

The Poochon first appeared in Australia during the late 1990’s when breeders wanted to produce a robust, low shedding dog suitable for people who suffered from pet allergies. They also wanted to create an affectionate dog and one that would behave nicely around children. They are a cross between two pedigree dogs being the Bichon Frise and either a Toy or Miniature Poodle.

Over the years, these charming little dogs have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people throughout the world thanks to their adorable looks and the fact they boast being highly intelligent and fun-loving little dogs. At Little Rascals we often have Poochon puppies for sale.

Appearance

Height at the withers: Males 22.86 – 35.56 cm, Females 22.86 – 35.56 cm

Average weight: Males 2.72 – 8.16 kg, Females 2.72 – 8.16 kg

Poochons can vary quite a bit when it comes to their looks because it depends on which of their parent breeds they have taken after. Puppies in the same litter can be quite different with some dogs having tight curly coats whereas other have wavier, looser coats.

The majority of Poochons boast having nicely proportioned heads, some dogs can have shorter muzzles than others and their ears can be shorter in length too. They usually inherit lovely, round and dark coloured eyes which are set nicely apart on a dog’s face adding to their endearing looks. Noses are usually black or brown in colour and Poochons have strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.

A Poochon’s shoulders are well laid and chests are wide with dogs having straight, strong front legs. They have straight, strong backs and nicely rounded loins. Their feet are round, compact and well covered in hair. Paw pads are firm and nails are strong. Their tails are set high which enjoy and often carry gaily when excited or alert and lower when resting or relaxed.

When it comes to their coat, Poochons boast having moderately long coats that can be either quite coarse or soft in texture. Also they can either be very tight curls or much softer and looser curls, with the one consistent being that their coats cover their entire bodies profusely. The most commonly seen colours include the following:

White, Apricot, Black

Temperament

The Poochon is a lively, energetic and highly intelligent dog. They are also incredibly loyal to their owners and form strong ties with their families which although very endearing can often lead to dogs suffering from separation anxiety if they are left on their own for too long. As such, these charming and clever dogs are best suited to families where at least one person stays at home when everyone else is out of the house. They are a good choice for first time owners as long as they have the time to dedicate to such intelligent and lively little dogs.

They can be a little boisterous at times especially when still young which is a trait they have picked up from both the Poodle and the Bichon Frise. They are also known to like the sound of their own voices a little too much which is something that needs to be gently curbed when dogs are still young to prevent any excessive barking.

Socialisation should include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated.

It’s also crucial for their training to start early too and it has to be consistent throughout a dog’s life. A Poochon is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. If they are allowed to “rule the roost” a Poochon could quickly develop a head strong nature which can make life difficult for both dog and owner. That is why training and setting boundaries is so important.

Intelligence / Trainability

Poochons are never happier than when they are given something to do which is why they are so amenable to learning new things. They excel at many canine sports which includes activities like flyball, agility and obedience because they thrive on the attention they are given during their training and the one-to-one contact they have with their owners when they are competing.

The key to successfully training a Poochon is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition. As with many small cross breeds they do respond extremely well to positive reinforcement which always brings the best out of these intelligent and quick witted dogs, especially when there are high value rewards involved.

Children and Other Pets

Poochon are known to be good around children. Always remember any interaction between toddlers and a dog should always be well supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous.

When dogs have been well socialised from a young enough age, they generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they usually get on well together too. However, care has to be taken when they are around any smaller animals and pets just in case of disagreements.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Poochon is between 10 to 11 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages. We at Little Rascals Pets always recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior for our Poochons.

The Poochon can sometimes suffer from a few hereditary health issues that affect their parent breeds which are worth knowing about.

These can be:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy – Breeders should have stud dogs eye tested
  • Patella luxation
  • Allergies

Caring for a Poochon

As with any other breed, Poochons need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming

Poochons boast having soft, curly coats which they have inherited from the Poodle. They are also low shedding which makes them a good choice for people who suffer from pet allergies although it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s often the dander a dog sheds that can also trigger an allergic reaction. They are quite high maintenance when it comes to keeping their coats looking good and tidy. As such they need to be groomed once or twice a week and they also need to be professionally clipped or trimmed 3 or 4 times a year. This makes it easier to keep their coats looking good in between visits to the grooming parlour.

Because they have quite profuse whiskers and beards, their muzzles sometimes need to be cleaned after a dog has eaten to remove any excess food that may have got stuck in the longer hair around their muzzles.

It’s a good idea to wipe a dog’s eyes to remove any tear stains which tend to show up a lot more on lighter coloured dogs. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary.

Exercise

The Poochon is a high energy, intelligent dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise. They need anything from 20 to 40 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible ideally in your garden or on the park.

A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, with a longer more interesting one in the afternoon. These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these lively dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence they may exploit it.

Poochon puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing. This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs a lot. Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get your Poochon puppy from Little Rascals , we will give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine. We recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior for our Poochon Puppies.

Feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets is important. You can change a puppy’s diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don’t develop any digestive upsets and if they do, it’s best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with your vet.

It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It’s also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues if over weight.

Average cost to keep/care for a Poochon

If you are looking to buy a Poochon, you would need to pay anything from £350 to over £600 for a well-bred puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Poochon in England can be £21.47 a month for basic cover. A lifetime policy is likely to cost £45.91 a month (quote as of August 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food. We recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior. This would set you back between £30 – £40 a month.

You will need to factor in veterinary costs such as, second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying (if required) a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which can add up.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Poochon would be between £50 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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