Lately, more and more mixed breed puppies have become popular. Some breeders mix breeds to get great qualities from both and one of these are the Shichon Puppies — a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu.
If you’ve decided you want one of these adorable puppies, here’s everything you need to know.
Where To Get Shichon Puppies
You might be lucky enough to find a puppy in a shelter. The issue with this is that you might not be able to be sure of the exact mix of breeds. However, if you’re fine with a puppy that looks like a Shichon but may not be exact, you can go to shelters and ask to see their puppies. You might fall in love with one there. Infinity Pups…
If you want the exact mix, there’s nothing wrong with searching out an ethical breeder!
You should be careful though. It’s often easy to distinguish reputable purebred dogs from non-reputable because the breeders offer AKC registration papers. This isn’t possible with mixed breeds, so you need to work a little harder to check the breeder isn’t a bad one.
Look for the following signs that you can trust them:
- Spay and neuter contract, to ensure they don’t create more puppies
- Health checks for the parents
- Vet records for the puppies, including first set of shots
- Willing to answer questions, and transparency when asked about them
- Proving they aren’t a scam by Facetiming with the puppies
The cost for this mixed breed of puppy is likely to be around $800, as designer mixed breeds tend to be, though it can go higher. Anything much lower is a red flag, the sign of a backyard breeder. Saibi…
Backyard breeders will sell puppies that haven’t been health checked or socialized. This is how they can afford to sell them for such little money. You might be tempted to go with one, but the chances are, they’ll cost you a lot down the line despite the initial low cost of the puppy. Whether it’s a trainer for socialization or massive vet bills, you’ll pay for it later.
Shichon puppies are fluffy little small dogs that look like a great mix of the two breeds. They have the appearance of a teddy bear and are perfectly sized to sit in your lap, which is why they’re so popular!
The temperament of a Shichon puppy is likely to be a mix of its two parent breeds.
A Bichon Frise is a playful, affectionate dog, but they can be very stubborn and feisty. A Shih Tzu is the same way, but might be a little more independent than the Bichon Frise. Sibs…
Most likely, you will have a dog that’s affectionate and loves to play, but might be a little stubborn when it comes to training! That means you should get a handle on training early. It’s never too early to start training your dog, as they can learn basic verbal cues from as young as six weeks of age. Potty training might take a little longer, however, as small dogs can hold their bladders for less time than an older dog.
You should start working on important things like recall early, but expect it to take time to build up.
Shichon Puppies – Veterinary Needs
It’s difficult to predict what health issues mixed breed dogs have, so the best thing you can do is keep an eye on them. Pet insurance is always a good idea, and make sure your policy covers a wide range of things.
Otherwise, their veterinary needs are the same as any other dog, mixed breed or pure. They’ll need a series of shots as a puppy,until they’re around sixteen to eighteen weeks old. These will protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases that could infect them from other dogs and the environment. These shots are vital, as these diseases can be deadly.
As adults, they will need check-ups once a year to receive their booster shots and check that they’re still healthy. Benji…
Some owners insist raw diets are best for their dog, and they do have many benefits. However, they can also have risks, and they aren’t the best for every dog. That’s why it’s important to do your research. You need to make sure they’re getting everything they need as well as meat. Subscription services can provide raw meals that are prepackaged and include all the nutrients they need.
If you feed your dog kibble, be sure to check out the ingredients and ask for your vet‘s advice, as some brands may be suited to your dog more than others, depending on their needs. Some food is created with more fillers than nutrients to make them cheaper, so you should never just buy the least expensive food without researching it. Never feed a grain-free diet, as this can cause heart disease in dogs. The only exception to this is if your dog is allergic to grains, but then it should be discussed with your vet. Bailey…
Shichon Puppies – Grooming
You will have to clean a Shichon puppy’s ears and teeth regularly. Clipping their nails is also important. When their nails are beginning to tap on the floor, it’s time to break out the nail clippers or Dremel. Expose them to these tools as puppy and provide high-value treats so they’re conditioned to see them as a positive experience.
Their fluffy coats will need to be brushed regularly, and they might also need to be trimmed at the groomer’s.
If you’ve decided to get a Shichon puppy, congratulations! These adorable fluffballs make great companions as long as you’re willing to give them all the training they need.