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Meet the Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Mix a.k.a the “Shichon” or “Zuchon”

If you are looking for a “teddy bear” of a dog, the Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix, also called a Shichon or Zuchon, might be just the one for you. She is, by some estimates, one of the best mixed-breed, or “designer”, dogs available.

Photo of White Zuchon (Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix) Dog Showing Off It's Cheerful Temperament

Key Shichon Characteristics

The Shichon, or Zhuchon, is small — about 9 to 12 inches in height and between 10 and 15 pounds as an adult. Shichons have an average lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.

Her coat colors come in a wide variety, though they tend to favor the light shades. Oddly enough, a Shichon pup’s colors do not necessarily stay into adulthood.

Her coat itself is thick, made of fine inner hairs and thicker outer curly hairs that give it that adorable “teddy bear” look.

The Shichon barely sheds, which makes her the ideal pup for those with allergies. However, everyone is different, so the only way to know if you’re truly allergic is to spend some time with the dog you want to bring home before you actually bring her home.

Shichon Temperament and Personality

The Bichon Frise Shih Tzu temperament reflects that of its parentage, so Shichons will have a bit of Bichon Frise along with some of the her Shih Tzu parent

Specifics vary, but:

  • Most Shichons (Zuchons) are intelligent, bold, active, and extroverted
  • Shichons need, more or less, constant companionship, so they are not a good idea if you expect your pet to fend for itself for extended periods of time.
  • On the other hand, that very characteristic makes Shichons ideal as “therapy” dogs.
  • They do well as watchdogs too.

The Shichon is the type of dog who will follow you around the house from room to room. She is devoted and loving – you are her whole world.

Maintaining Your Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Mix


Pets depend on their owners for basic care.