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Zuchon Characteristics: The outgoing and sweet-tempered Zuchon is a breed of Small dog is a Hybrid / Mix crossbreed, bred from a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. The Zuchon, is characterized by its cute, smart, delightful appearance with its gentle, playful  expression.

This "designer dog" hybrid breed exhibits the combination of characteristics, and a temperament mix, associated with the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu. The goal of crossing the two breeds was to create 'Tzu Frise' puppies that incorporated the white coat color and happy, extrovert nature and intelligence of the Bichon Frise with the abundant coat and majestic carriage of the Shih Tzu.

The temperament of the Zuchon can be described as Lively, affectionate, sociable. The coat type of the Zuchon is described as varied coat type depending on hereditary traits in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Zuchon demonstrated the desired traits of a Companion and Pet dog and is known by its nick name the "Teddy Bear". The origin of the Zuchon dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the mid to late 1900's.

Zuchon Dog Type - Hybrid / Mix (Unrecognised as a breed): Bichon Frise / Shih Tzu: The Zuchon is one of the many types of dogs described as a Hybrid / Mix, bred from the Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu.

Other names for the Zuchon: The Zuchon is known by the nickname of the "Teddy Bear". Other names for this breed of dog include the BichonTzu, Shichon, Tzu Frise and Rag Doll.

Zuchon History and Origin: The country of origin of the Zuchon breed was in United States during the mid to late 1900's and is referred to as one of the of the 'teddy bear' dogs due to its lovable, cuddly appearance. The lineage of the hybrid Zuchon is a combination of the Bichon Frise, the "Curly Lap Dog", that originated in France during the 1300's and the Shih Tzu, the "Lion Dog" that began as a guardian and lapdog in the ancient Imperial Court of Peking in China.

The Zuchon was developed to combine the stunning white coat color and pleasant, outgoing nature and intelligence of the Bichon Frise with the profuse coat and regal carriage of the Shih Tzu. The Zuchon is not only enjoyed as a cute pet it is also used as a therapy dog for disabled or ill children. The hybrid Zuchon is currently recognized by the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC) and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC).

Zuchon Height: The Zuchon breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 9 - 14 inches (23 - 36 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Zuchon Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 5 - 15 pounds (2.3 - 6.8 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Zuchon Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type of the Zuchon is described as soft, silky and smooth. It is low shedding and the coat will require professional haircuts and grooming every two to three months.

Zuchon Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Apricot, Gray, Red, Black, Cream, Silver and White.

Zuchon Grooming Requirements: The grooming needs of the Zuchon is dependent on the type of coat it has inherited from its parents, either the Bichon Frise or the Shih Tzu.

The Bichon Frise has high grooming requirements and the Shih Tzu has either moderate or high grooming requirements, depending on the length of the coat  The grooming needs and requirements of the Zuchon should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular checks of the teeth, nails, eyes and ears.

Zuchon Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 3 to 5 puppies. Zuchon puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Zuchon puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Zuchon Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Outgoing, Lively, affectionate, sociable and Sweet-tempered. The Zuchon is eager to please and is particularly sensitive to the tone of your voice

Zuchon Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Zuchon requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes every day. This small dog has a flowing, elegant gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your Zuchon to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Zuchon Diet: A fully grown Zuchon should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Zuchon Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Zuchon breed have not yet been fully established, but there is the possibility of inherited, genetic health issues. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Zuchon dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Zuchon Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Zuchon breed is 10-12 years.

Zuchon Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Zuchon breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Zuchon names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Milo *** Riley *** George *** Bruno *** Otis *** Boomer *** Jasper *** Gizmo *** Rex *** Ollie.

Zuchon Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Zuchon girl dog. Our top choice of good female Zuchon names are Kona *** Cali *** Marley *** Lexi *** Bonnie *** Madison *** Bailey *** Roxy *** Lilly *** Sasha.

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