He's bigger, for one thing, and he's less wiry, so if he happens to take a fall or suffer some other such injury, he has a better shot at recovering quickly and less of a shot of taking permanent damage.
In other words, a Bichon Chihuahua mix is kind of like a Chihuahua on steroids.
The Chi-Chon's Temperament
When you think “Chihuahua,” you probably think of a scrappy little dog who thinks nothing of picking a street fight with a much larger dog, despite shaking uncontrollably and yapping incessantly.
Of course, these things are part of its charm, though I still wouldn't want to approach an angry one in a dark alley…
And when you think “Bichon Frise,” you probably think of that cute little lapdog who will only snuggle up in your lap after a long day of following you around and joyously bounding around the house or the dog park, truly loving life.
So…when you combine these two breeds, what kind of personality should you expect to get?
I, for one, would expect a bigger dog with a scrappier personality or, conversely, a Chihuahua with the temperament of a Bichon Frise.
In reality, what you get is the sweet temperament of a Bichon which may be tempered by the anxiety of the Chihuahua.
While the Chichon may be friendly and love to be around you and your children, it can also be incredibly clingy – to the point of tearing up the furniture if you leave him alone for too long.
With this in mind, you may want to invest in a crate if you regularly leave the house for long hours.
The Bichon Frise Chihuahua mix thinks nothing of barking just for attention, and he can get along with other animals if socialized early enough and consistently.
You can do this by bringing him to your local dog park, or to the house of a friend who has pets for him to mingle with.
Training Your Bichon Chihuahua Mix
The good news is that it is relatively easy to train your Chi Chon.
The bad news (or, at least, kind of funny news) is that he may have inherited the sassiness of his Chihuahua parent, giving him a mild to moderately bad attitude.
As with any dog, though, the key to successful training is patience and persistence and an establishment of dominance.
Once he gets a handle on who's really the boss around here, he'll shape up quickly.
Exercising Your Bichon Frise Chihuahua Mix
The great thing about little dogs, especially for us lazy people, is that they have enough energy to propel them along on their own that they don't really need a lot of extra exercises.
You can, of course, walk them regularly, and you should if nothing more than for a change of scenery.
But a Chichon will be perfectly content in zooming around your house or backyard all day.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that his higher energy level can also make him incredibly curious.
It is best to invest in a fence, even if you are able to keep an eye on him in the yard.
Once he gets sight of a bird or a butterfly that he wants to investigate further boom!
He'll be off like a flash, and you won't be able to keep up.
Grooming Your Bichon Chihuahua
A Chihuahua has a shorter coat, while the Bichon Frise tends to have a shaggy coat that requires more maintenance.
So which one does the Chihuahua cross Bichon Frise inherit?
Typically, a Chichon does not require more grooming than other breeds do.
The amount of grooming you will need to do will depend largely on which breed is more dominant in your specific pet.
However, the normal amount of grooming for this particular Bichon Frise mix averages from low to moderate.
Bonus: The Chichon can actually be hypoallergenic if he takes after his Bichon Frise parent more than his Chihuahua parent.
This is fantastic news for those of us who are allergic to dogs and had otherwise resigned ourselves to never being able to own one.
Health Concerns for the Chihuahua Bichon Mix
Health concerns tend to be the same for all Bichon Frise mixes, and the same is true here for the ChiChon. Some things to be aware of and watch out for in a Chichon include:
- Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
- Vaccination sensitivity
- Open fontanel (a hole in the skull that can signal an onset of hydrocephalus)
- Bladder, eye, or heart problems
- Collapsed trachea
- Hip dysplasia
- Allergies (more common in animals with whiter coats)
Common among most small dog breeds are teeth issues, so be sure to brush your pooch's teeth regularly.
And take him for his doctor visits so the vet can thoroughly examine them.
Something great about the ChiChon, though, is that he has a fantastic life expectancy: 12-15 years.
That's, like, forever for a dog! You could say that a healthy ChiChon can give an average healthy housecat a run for its money in life expectancy.
A Final Word About the Chi Chon
All in, the Chi Chon is an adorable little fluffball who will feel as much love and joy for you as you do for him. He might be a sassy little bugger, but he can hold his own in the dog park.