The Bichon Frise Poodle Mix Temperament and Physical Characteristics
The Bichpoo (Poochon) is typically about a foot high, weighing around 8 to 16 pounds (4-8 Kgs). Its lifespan is approximately 12 to 15 years.
Like any hybrid dogs like Poodle Mixes, Bichpoo temperament and physical characteristics are not as predictable as a purebred, as it may inherit more or less traits from each of its parents’ breed.
Further, if one or both of the parents are not purebred themselves — for example, if they both are Bich-poos — the variability in the characteristics of the offspring increases significantly.
Active and Intelligent
Both the Poodle and the Bichon Frise are active dogs, so it will be no surprise that your Bichpoo will have a lot of energy to burn.
The Bichpoo does very well in a number of environments, but you need to cater for a daily exercise of at least half an hour, or a bit more if she does not have access to a backyard.
Your Bich-poo will inherit a higher than average intelligence as both her parents, particularly the Poodle, are considered in the top quartile of intelligent dog breeds.
It should be easy to house-train your Bichpoo fairly quickly and she will be quick to learn your nuances.
Clearly, an active and intelligent pet will interact much more with you; this lends to the creation of a great bond between you and your Bich-poo.
On the flip side, keep in mind that those very traits need to receive sustenance in the form of physical and mental stimulation.
Good-natured and High-Spirited
A Bichon Frise Poodle Mix usually has an accommodating nature that will allow it to fit into most households. A family with young children will suit it perfectly; existing pets should not be a hindrance.
Its good-natured and high-spirited personality will encourage a lot of play with your children. This is great because everybody benefits from such mental and physical stimulation.
A word of caution, though: young children may get over exuberant and forget that a Bich-poo does not have the resilience of a cat; “toy-size” dogs like the Bichpoo are particularly prone to fractures when dropped from even the moderate height of a young child.
Some Poodles are known to be somewhat high-strung and nervous. It is quite possible that your Bichpoo inherits more than a bit of that trait.
So, you must focus on socialization of your puppy to preclude the potential for “nippiness”.
Separation anxiety can also become an issue with some individuals.
The Concept of Hybrid Generations
The Bichpoo or Poochon, by definition, is a crossbreed, or hybrid. The cross of a purebred Bichon Frise and a purebred Poodle results in a first generation Bich-poo.
First generation Bichpoos tend to be much healthier than either of their parents.
So, health problems of their parents — for example, Poodles are susceptible to Addison’s disease, gastric dilatation volvulus and others while Bichon Frises are prone to liver shunts — could well bypass the first-generation of pups entirely.
Second generation hybrids can arise in the following ways :
- Cross between a first generation hybrid and a purebred of either original breed
- Cross between two first generation hybrids
Unfortunately, the second generation tends not to be as healthy as first generation hybrids; additionally, the variability in the litter is likely to be higher especially if both parents are first-generation as oppose one being purebred.
Third generation hybrids are crosses between two second-generation individuals. Many breeders do not offer them. Issues that affect second-generation hybrids tend to be accentuated in the third generation.
Normally, no generation beyond the third generation is considered “hybrid”; they are just “mutts”.
A Final Word
The Bichon Frise Poodle mix usually results in a delightful bundle of joy. Expect to pay anywhere from $350 to $1000 for a pup. Read 6 Tips To Guarantee The Best Bichon Frise Price for great tips on getting a good deal.
Aim to get a first-generation Bichpoo since they tend to be the most robust. This may not be as easy as it seems because there is no obvious way of determining that a particular pup is first-generation.
Your best bet could be a well-reputed breeder or a situation in which you have a high degree of certainty with regards to the pup’s parents.
Other small breed dogs that may compete for your attention include: