The Yorkie Bichon a.k.a Yorkiechon or Yo-Chon fits comfortably into the category of “super-cheerful” when discussing small-breed dogs.
There's the yappy dog that loves to bite your ankles, and there's the jubilant dog who stands on his hind legs to greet you when you come home from work.
The Yorkie Bichon is the latter.
The Yorkichon is a mixed breed comprised of a Bichon Frise and a Yorkie – two adorable dogs that, when bred, produce an even more adorable dog.
Is that even possible? Well let us see…
Personality Traits of the Yorkie Bichon
So, what are some helpful things to know about the Yorkichon?
- Well, for one thing, he's a smart boy.
- He may be stubborn, but you can train that out of him.
- And his intelligence means that he'll learn quickly, even if he fights you at first. Eventually, he will come to understand that you are the boss of him, not the other way around.
He's also not intimidated by his own size. He'll think nothing of barking shrilly at the next stranger who dares encroach upon his property and his family.
He may be small, but he'll go down fighting to protect the ones he loves the most.
Keep this in mind if you have other dogs. While the Yorkichon is known for getting along with literally everyone – from children and cats to dogs big and small:
He is only good at socializing if he's introduced to it at a young age.
Take him to the dog park, take him to the house of your friend that has a pet – whatever you need to do to socialize him with other animals.
The sooner he mingles, the better off you'll all be.
Grooming Needs of the Yorkichon
For a little dog, the Yorkie Bichon sure can shed!
While he may not need as much maintenance as, say, a Husky, you will still need to brush him a minimum of three times a week.
Because Yorkies and Bichon Frises tend to have a lot of hair in the face area, you might want to take him to the groomer regularly to get the hair around his face trimmed, especially his eyes and ears.
A dog gotta be able to see if he's going to keep watch, and if the hair around his ears gets too long and dirty, it can lead to ear infections.
The Yorkichon is not a stinky dog by nature, so you don't have to bathe him more than you would normally bathe your dog.
So long as he doesn't have any skin issues that would require bathing him more often, you can get away with bathing a Yorkie mix with a Bichon Frise about once a month.
Aside from that, taking care of a Yorkichon is no different than taking care of any other breed.
Make sure that everything from his teeth to his nails is regularly taken care of (brushing for the former, trimming for the latter), and be sure to check that his ears are clean and free of build-up.
How Often to Exercise Your Yorkichon
Because a Bichon Frise mix with a Yorkie is a small dog, it's assumed that he probably spends the entire day running around like crazy until he drops from exhaustion later that night.
This is, essentially, true.
The Yorkichon is ideal if you live in an apartment because he doesn't really need an entire backyard to run around in.
He is perfectly happy covering as much ground as possible on the inside.
You should still take him for at least one walk every day to get him some fresh air.
What's nice about the Yorkichon is that you can let him off the leash from time to time, provided the area where you're walking is safe.
You don't want to do this in a large park, where he may be able to take off after a bird or something and you'll be unable to keep up.
But in a gated dog park, or in a fenced-in backyard, taking him off the leash is perfectly fine – and fun!
Health Concerns and Your Yorkichon
On average, the life expectancy of a Bichon Frise Yorkie mix ranges from 10 to 12 years.
That's pretty good for a dog. Of course, every breed comes with their own brand of health concerns that you have to be aware of and watch out for.
Mixed breeds, in particular, may be prone to more health issues than purebreds. This is because they can potentially inherit those issues common to both breeds of their parents.
As far as a Yorkie Bichon Frise Mix is concerned, some of the more common ailments that tend to plague this breed include:
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (a kind of hip dysplasia)
- Reverse sneezing
- Collapsed trachea
- Kneecap issues
- Patellar luxation
- Teeth and eye problems
- Bladder issues
- Sensitivity to vaccinations
Of course, this doesn't mean that when you settle on a mixed breed that you will definitely end up with a sick dog.
But it is important to be aware of the issues that a particular breed may be more susceptible. That way you can take measures, if possible, to prevent them or to otherwise look out for them.
A Final Word About the Yorkiechon
That about sums up what it's like to own a Yo-Chon.
In so many words, they're friendly, fun, and protective little creatures who will worship the ground you walk on and will love to be in your company.
Owning a Yorkie Bichon is like owning a doll-shaped dog that just so happens to be alive.