Other names for the Goldichon include the mystical-sounding Golden Bichon or Golden Frise.
Also mystical is the very Goldichon himself, as he is but a rare mixed breed. More common is the Goldendoodle/Bichon mix, which is a mix of Golden Retriever, Poodle, and Bichon Frise.
The Temperament of a Goldichon
The temperament of a Bichon Frise golden retriever mix is about what you would expect.
The Bichon Frise is a friendly, gentle soul, as is the golden retriever. Together, they make a simply delightful dog.
Because the Goldichon is smart, he is also easy to train.
Don't be fooled by his calm demeanor, though. He loves a good adventure, and won't think twice about instigating a chase.
This is a great dog to have around children. Not only does he love children, but he is gentle and friendly enough to make a lovable and floofy companion.
While a Golden Retriever is on the bigger side, the Goldichon takes on more of the physical characteristics of his Bichon parent. Goldichons grow to a maximum of 35 lbs. and 22 inches tall.
Golden Retriever Characteristics of a Goldichon
While not much is known about Goldichons due to their rarity, a lot can be gleaned from the temperaments, personalities, and health of their parents.
The Golden Retriever is the quintessential family pet – everyone wants a Golden. With a Goldichon, you get the best of both worlds: the most popular breed in a bite-sized form.
While a Golden is not good with living in smaller spaces, a Goldichon is. So, if you want a Golden, but you don't have the room, the Goldichon makes a fine substitute.
However, like his Golden parent, the Goldichon hates to be left alone for long periods of time. If you work long hours, you may want to invest in a crate and lots of exciting dog toys.
Goldens need regular exercise, but Goldichons do not. This is a plus if you don't have the time or energy to regularly exercise your pet.
Goldens are also known to shed. A LOT. Therefore, Goldichons may have a thicker coat than their Bichon Frise parent and may require more maintenance to prevent tangles and matting.
Like Goldens, Goldichons are easy to train and have a high energy level.
Bichon Frise Characteristics of a Goldichon
Both the Golden and the Bichon are happy dogs who love to spend time with their people. So, essentially, the Goldichon is happiness personified…and squared!
The Goldichon takes after her Bichon parent in that daily walks are recommended to socialize her.
But if it's raining, or if you otherwise can't walk her, the small Goldichon is perfectly happy to scamper around your apartment or yard.
Also like her Bichon parent, a Goldichon is great with children, but children should be supervised nonetheless.
This is because the Goldichon is a smaller animal, making it easier for her to get hurt.
A Goldichon may be prone to falling, or might be accidentally stepped on. You must always keep an eye on the area around your feet when walking around your Goldichon.
Like her Bichon parent, a Goldichon is relatively easy to train. However, she can also be thickheaded and independent at times.
This may make housebreaking difficult and so, for this, a crate is recommended.
A Goldichon is not quite as big as her Golden parent, and not quite as small as her Bichon parent. She's somewhere in between, but leans more toward the smaller side.
Many Goldichon owners tend to overprotect their Goldichons due to their size. However, this can backfire, as the independent little dog may develop shyness, or become scared or spoiled.
Health Problems that Can Affect a Goldichon
Because the Goldichon inherits traits from both the Bichon Frise and the Golden Retriever, it is important to be aware of the health problems that can plague both breeds.
For instance, a Bichon is more susceptible to conditions like:
- Bladder problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Vaccination sensitivity
- Shaker dog syndrome
- Dislocation of the knee
Whereas, problems that are more likely to affect a Golden Retriever include:
- Hip dysplasia (so, double the risk for the Goldichon)
- Allergies (another doubled risk for the Goldichon)
- Heart problems
- Elbow dysplasia
- Von Willebrand's Disease (issues with the blood clotting properly)
A Final Word about the Goldichon
Despite the fact that Goldichons have Golden Retriever lineage, their size runs on the small side. And because their parents are both happy, loving creatures, the Goldichon's temperament is just as sweet.
Goldichons take after their Golden Retriever parents in that they love children. However, their smaller Bichon size requires that children be supervised in their presence.
Don't helicopter-parent your Goldichon, though. His Bichon side may lead him to develop a diva-like personality, leaving him shy or fearful when his protectors aren't around.
This is easy to prevent if you keep in mind that the Goldichon can fend for himself. In most situations, you just need to keep an eye on things, not involve yourself in the situation.
Like both of his parents, the Goldichon is smart. While this would make him easy to train, his stubbornness may get in the way.
Remain firm and consistent, and he will come to realize that you are his pack leader. Reward him when he does well with treats, pettings, and smooches.