If you like small dogs who are low maintenance and who don't shed much, then the Chonzer is the dog for you.
Temperament of the Chonzer
In addition to being a lovable charmer, the Chonzer is also a loyal, devoted dog who loves nothing more than to have heaps of attention lavished upon him.
The Chonzer is a lap dog and a very happy one at that. Though, he can become clingy and jealous of children and other animals, so you may have to nip his insecurity in the bud.
He is also very independent, but he can suffer from separation anxiety and lash out if left alone for long periods of time.
This means you'll need to keep him crated, else your furniture and other household items may suffer his anxious wrath.
The Chonzer is pretty active – no surprise for a small dog – so you may need to walk him at least twice a day to help him get all of that excess energy out.
He is okay with living in an apartment, so long as he gets those daily walks. Else, he may get cabin fever and take it out on your belongings.
He loves to be active, but he also loves his downtime. This means that he may be up for a quick game of fetch if you want to take him to the park, else he may say “no, thanks” and settle in for a nap instead.
Training the Chonzer
Compared to other breeds, the Chonzer is relatively easy to train. He loves to make you happy, and he's a good listener, so he will generally learn new things quicker than other dogs.
Of course, you will still want to keep up the typical training regimen: consistency, firmness when necessary, and praise and treats for a job well done.
If you're trying to train your Chonzer, and you find that he's more interested in what's going on behind you, then you may need to move his training session to a less exciting or distracting place.
Another way to keep him focused is to keep the training sessions short. The longer they are, the more likely he will get bored and want to move on to something more exciting.
It is also crucial that the Chonzer gets some time to socialize with other animals. The best way to do this is to take him to the local dog park and let him get to know everyone there – people, too.
The more socialized your Chonzer, by getting him accustomed to other dogs and people the more manageable he will be.
He will be less defensive in the presence of others and make your time together less stressful and more enjoyable.
Grooming the Chonzer
Even keeping a Chonzer clean requires less work than some other breeds do.
Just make sure to keep his eyes and ears clean, else build-up will occur. This can be as simple as quickly rubbing a cotton swab over the areas to gather up the discharge.
The Chonzer's coat is interesting. If you choose to shave your Chonzer, the coat underneath will be baby-soft. It also tends to be a lighter gray than its darker topcoat, with some even being white.
Depending on how you want your Chonzer's coat to look, you may not need to visit a professional groomer.
If you choose to keep your Chonzer's coat short, his coat will more closely resemble that of his Bichon parent. A longer coat will more closely resemble his Schnauzer parent.
Some Chonzer owners prefer to keep their dogs' coats short simply because the longer they get, the messier they can look.
You should brush your Chonzer's teeth about two or three times a week.
You should also take him to have his nails clipped only if he does not naturally wear them down over time.
Health Concerns of the Chonzer
All in, there's not too much to worry about insofar as the health concerns normally associated with the bichon schnauzer mix. Probably the biggest things you may run into are ear infections, bladder stones, and allergies.
With regard to allergies, if you find your Chonzer is suffering from skin allergies, in particular, this can often be cured by way of upgrading to a higher quality food.
Some Chonzers suffer from hip dysplasia, muscle issues, and issues with the blood, such as hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease, which is another kind of clotting disorder.
Also, some Chonzers may suffer from epilepsy.
The lifespan of an otherwise healthy Chonzer is between 10 and 13 years.
The average weight of a Chonzer is between 25 and 35 lbs., so be sure to stick to his recommended diet so he does not become overweight.
A Final Word about the Chonzer
Compared to other small dog breeds, the Chonzer is fairly easygoing and is just as lovable.
Training him may not be as difficult as training other dogs.
He doesn't have a lot of health concerns, and those he may succumb to can be monitored and controlled.
He is a loyal charmer, and he doesn't mind living in an apartment, so long as he gets his daily walks.
The Chonzer is a great little dog for those who want a small dog but who don't want to deal with a high-maintenance diva.