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Zuchon – Q&A

November 17, 2018


Zuchon are small adorable dogs that are friendly and love being around people, which is just one of the reasons why they’ve become so popular. Considering one for your family? Here are some of the most commonly questions about the breed:

What breed of dog is a teddy bear?

The teddy bear breed is the result of crossbreeding a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise. Other names for the breed are Zuchon and Shichon. However, it is worth noting that not all Shichons look exactly like teddy bears. Their looks are largely be determined by their parents.


Is a Zuchon hypoallergenic?

Yes, although they have long hair, minimal shedding occurs, making them suitable for people with dog hair allergies. However, it’s important to note that they do shed, so allergic reactions may still occur. Brushing your Zuchon’s coat daily will help minimize the amount of dog hair that ends up around the house (seats, beds, carpets).

What is the life expectancy of a teddy bear dog?

Zuchon are generally a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.

How big will a teddy bear dog get?

Most teddy bear dogs will grow to about 9 to 11.5 inches, and weigh anywhere between 9 and 18 pounds. You can get a more accurate estimate of your puppy’s probable adult size by averaging those of its parents.

How often should I bathe my Shichon?

Giving your Zuchon a bath once a month should be sufficient for cleanliness. Giving him too many baths could lead to dried out skin. However, daily brushing is recommended to prevent his coat from matting, as well as keeping it straight and attractive.

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