I personally love dogs. And even if I already have two dogs, I never cease to learn more about other breeds that I become interested in. Recently, I find it interesting to learn more about poodle mixes particularly the bichon poodle breed. They are just some of the cutest breeds of dogs that you can see.
Bichon Poodles are more popularly called Poochon. They are a crossbreed between a Bichon Frise and a Poodle. Their physical features and temperament can vary depending on how much of their parent traits are in the mix. But generally, they are good-looking smart dogs that can be a great addition to your family.
And as much as I am just starting to learn about them, I would like to share with you some of the things which make Poochon an interesting breed of dog.
Poochons are smaller dogs, much like a miniature poodle and can weigh up to about 15 pounds. They normally have soft and curly coats that can be white, gray, apricot or creamy in color.
Poochon inherited some of the best qualities of their parents. Both Poodle and Pichon Frise are smart, trainable and family-oriented. Poochon are also playful especially to children. They can perform some tricks if trained while they are still young. They also like to please their owners. However, their social skills will depend on early training. If not trained, they can feel anxious or nervous around other people.
The hair of Poochons needs to be brushed several times a week to remove tangles and mats. They also need to be bathed at least twice a month. I have read that many Poochon owners prefer to have their pet professionally groomed at least once every month. Trimming their hair especially in delicate areas such as around the eyes is best done professionally. Furthermore, to prevent ear infection, the ear of Poochons should also be regularly checked and cleaned.
Poochons do not normally have serious health problems or genetic disorders that are inherent in their breed. Their more common health problems include cataracts, watery eyes, epilepsy, and knee problems. You may also ask the breeder about the health problems of your pet’s parents so that you are aware of possible health issues it may encounter in the future. Some owners who want to be sure about the overall health of their dog normally have them checked by a veterinarian once a year. Part of the general checkup may include a skin biopsy to detect skin problems that are common among dogs.
Owning a dog is more than just feeding and housing the animal. I know this based on my experience with my dogs which I consider as part of our family. If you are interested to own a Poochon, you should take into consideration how to take care of it. Aside from proper diet and shelter, this breed also requires regular grooming and checkup to keep it in good shape.