Poochons are a popular cross breed.
They’re a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Poodle, resulting in a hybrid dog with hypoallergenic qualitites.
While you may have heard of popular Poodle crosses such as the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle, the Poochon is a less-known member of the Doodle family.
The Poochon hashtag has just under 300,000 results on Instagram in comparison to 6.8 million for the Goldendoodle and 3.7 million for the Labradoodle.
However, the Poochon is likely to be more hypoallergenic than these two popular Doodle varieties given the Bichon Frise and the Poodle are low-shedding breeds.
If you’re thinking about getting a Bich-poo (as they can also be called), you’re probably thinking about the Poochon pros and cons.
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Poochons can make great pets for senior dog lovers or pet parents with busy work schedules. The Bichon Frise Poodle cross don’t have excessive exercise needs. Poochons only require a 30 minute walk a day to stretch their legs, according to Wag Walking. So a couple of short walks, a trip to the dog park or even some playtime in the garden will suffice.
George’s parents explained that their Poochon doesn’t need a lot of exercise but he still enjoys some adventures.
They don’t need lots of exercise but happy to go on walks and adventures.
The Poochon is considered a designer dog that has hypoallergenic qualities. The parents of the Poochon are two low-shedding breeds such as the Bichon Frise and Poodle. The American Kennel Club write on their website that there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog in spite of claims made by breeders. However, the AKC do put forward the Bichon Frise and the Poodle as examples of breeds with hypoallergenic qualities. So it’s highly likely that Poochon will be a low shedder.
Bear, for example, doesn’t shed much at all.
They are not meant to shed as the Poochon is a mix of two hypoallergenic dog breeds. The only time when Bear would shed a bit is when I brush her but nothing major.
Easy To Train
Poochon are usually pretty smart dogs. The German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever are usually considered as two highly intelligent dog breeds. However, they’re ranked at number three and number four respectively in terms of the most intelligent dog breeds. The Border Collie is considered the smartest breed in the world followed by the Poodle at number two. Given the Poochon is usually at least 50% Poodle, this designer dog tends to be quite smart. However, the Bichon Frise is ranked much lower in The Intelligence of Dogs so it’s important to remember that the Poochon can inherit traits from either parent.
Bear’s mom has had a positive experience training her Poochon.
I’ve been so impressed. I think Bear is very intelligent. She has picked up tricks and words quickly and can understand our tone of voice.
Great Family Pets
This particular cross breed can make great family pets. They can have the easy going and sociable temperament of the Bichon Frise combined with the intelligence and playfulness of the Poodle. They’ll usually remain between 9 and 15 inches tall and 9 and 18 pounds in weight. Their small size means they can make great family dogs for pet lovers based in cities with limited living space. Poochon are friendly dogs but you shouldn’t leave any dog alone unsupervised with young children.
Bear’s parents explained that their Poochon behaves well around children.
I think so. As Bear is still a puppy she is very energetic and is really good around our younger members of family. We previously owned a Bichon Frise who had such a sweet and gentle nature which is why we wanted to go for a Bichon Frise cross for our next dog. We wouldn’t compare the two but I think Bear has also got a sweet temperament about her too.
The Bichon Frise Poodle cross tend to be outgoing dogs that like to be around their fellow family members. They’re friendly dogs that will relish the chance to meet new people and play with other dogs. It’s a good idea to bring your Poochon puppy to socialization classes from a young age to get them accustomed and comfortable around other dogs. It’s a good to expose your Poochon pup to different situations provided it’s in a controlled environment.
George is a social dog having benefited from the appropriate training and socialization.
When trained and well-socialised, Poochon’s are very friendly and sociable dogs who love playing with other dogs and humans. George loves playing with his dog friends and is happy playing with big and small dogs. They are intelligent dogs who thrive during training and respond well to praise and rewards.
Some Poochons can be prone to separation anxiety. This is something to think about if you’re considering a Poochon as a family pet but you’re planning to leave your canine companion alone regularly. Separation anxiety is a chronic canine disorder that can effect any dog irrespective of breed or mix. It usually occurs when a pet owner is preparing to leave or leaves. Th symptoms of separation anxiety include incessant barking, howling or whining, destructive chewing or digging, or in some extreme circumstances, defecating or urinating inside the home. You can do some dog separation anxiety training if you suspect your dog gets upset when left at home alone. To learn more, read our interview with a dog separation anxiety expert.
George’s parents have experienced some separation anxiety with their pup.
[Poochon] do not like being alone (from our experience). They do like being around others so a first-time owner who is going to be out of the house a lot of time might find a poochon difficult to leave.
While you won’t have to deal with lots of pet hair around your home, you’ll have to commit to a regular grooming routine. Poochon need to be brushed on a daily basis to ensure their curly coat doesn’t become matted or tangled. By brushing your Poochon four or five times a week, dog owners will be able to remove debris or dirt caught in their coat.
Bear’s mom provided us with an insight into her Poochon grooming routine.
Poochons are quite high maintenance when it comes to grooming. They do not shed their hair but generally have thick, curly coats which need brushing every day to prevent matting. Depending on the style of grooming, they will need their fur clipping every 6 weeks or so, which can be expensive.
Designer breeds, such as the Poochon, can be quite expensive to buy from a breeder. However, we’d recommend starting your search for a Bich-poo by contacting your local rescue shelter to see if they’ve got a Poochon that needs a forever home. If you decide to contact a Poochon breeder to get a member of this breed, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. We advise contacting a number of Poochon breeders so you can ask to meet the parents of your potential pups, find out what health checks your breeder completes on their dogs. It’s a good idea to contact some current Poochon owners to learn about the average price of a Poochon pup.
Bear’s mom gave us an idea about the average cost of a Poochon.
As a cross breed, I think Poochons are pretty expensive. I know a breeder who would charge £2000 for a puppy. But as Poochons and other hypoallergenic breeds are always in high demand, the price is suspected to be higher than other cross breeds.
While you may have saved for the initial cost of purchasing your Poochon, there are other monthly expenses that you’ll need to consider. Perhaps the biggest expense to think about is grooming. Poochons require regular grooming. While Poochon owners can carry this task out at home, you may prefer to use the services of a professional groomer. Their hair can grow to be quite long, requiring a trim every few months. Some of the other costs associated with Poochons include pet food, pet insurance, trips to the vet and more.
Anything Else To Consider?
Like we touched upon above, the best way to learn about a specific breed could be to speak to a current owner. While there’s lots of great information and resources for common dog breeds, there can be less information about hybrid dogs such as Poochons.
Here are two Poochon accounts to check out on Instagram.
• George (@poochongeorge)
• Bear (@bear.thepoochon)
We’ve reached the end of our Poochon pros and cons feature.
The Bichon Frise Poodle pros and cons can have positives and negatives just like any other variety of dog.
Perhaps the biggest plus point where the Poochon is concerned is their low-shedding coats. They don’t shed a lot but the Bich-poo will need regular grooming.
They can also be quite expensive dogs in terms of purchasing your puppy as well as securing pet insurance and providing your dog with a balanced and complete diet.