If I'm having a bad day, a photo of a happy dog may be all I need to ease my troubles. While most breeds can make me smile, a Bichon Frise can make me laugh.
Just one look at those black beady eyes and fluffy face is enough to make even the most stoic people giggly.
Bichons' faces are just so expressive. It's not hard for a dog to look happy. Lower the jaw, stick out the tongue and pant a little. Done.
But for a dog to be able to look at you with pursed lips and appear as if he's silently judging you? Now that's talent (not to mention, funny).
What follows is a list of the top 10 most popular Bichon Frise mixes. (I know what you're thinking and yes, there are actually that many…and more)
1. The Bichpoo
A Bichpoo sounds like the kind of name you might scream out when you discover your little Bichpoo is being naughty
The Bichpoo is smart, playful, and socializes well with everyone. She'll do just fine in a family of small children, and existing pets are no bother for her.
In fact, it's more important to monitor your children around her, rather than monitoring her around your children.
This is because children can get excited by the dog's small size and try to play rough with her as if she were a toy.
Bichpoos have an inordinate amount of energy, and so they are prone to chewing or barking if they are not regularly taken out for exercise.
They will also act out if left alone for too long, so it is important to spend as much time with them as you would any other member of your family.
2. The Shichon
No, a Bichon Frise who mates with a Shih Tzu does not produce a BichShiht.
Although you might be tempted to call him that if he left you a “present” on your living room rug (don't worry nothing good housebreaking training can't fix).
The Shichon, or Zuchon, is a somewhat calmer Bichon Frise mix, which makes him less high maintenance.
One thing that you will have to do often with this Bichon Frise mix is to brush him. Daily.
It may seem like he doesn't shed much, but that's only because of his hair clumps together.
A Shichon is known to be a great watchdog and therapy dog.
He does have a bit of a stubborn streak, which can make you want to pull your hair out while trying to housebreak him.
The Maltichon is ideal for folks who live in smaller spaces, like an apartment, as her happiness does not rely on having a big yard to run around in.
The Maltichon is a fun-loving and energetic dog. She loves to be with her masters, which makes training her a lot easier than it is to train some of the other Bichon Frise mixes out there.
The Maltichon is great with children and other pets. Just don't leave her for too long, or she'll think you're never coming back!
The Yorkie Bichon is the result of a hookup between a Bichon Frise and a Yorkshire terrier.
This is yet another Bichon Frise mix that has inherited an even balance of characteristics from both of his parents.
The Yorkie Bichon loves his independence just as much as he loves to spend time with you.
A Yorkie Bichon is the ideal dog for someone who works a nine-to-five schedule.
When he's alone, his independence kicks in. This dog won't be freaking out after you leave, worrying that you'll never come home.
However, Yorkie Bichon's have a penchant for being stubborn and curious to a fault.
In addition to training him, you should ensure that you leave a good supply of toys around for him if you know you're going to be gone a while.
5. The Chi Chon
If you're one of the very few who don't mind the repetitive, sharp tones of a dog's bark, then you'll love the Chi Chon.
She loves being in the spotlight, and if you shine it anywhere else, she'll bark until she's the focus of your attention once again.
If you leave your Chi Chon alone for too long, she may get destructive and…chewy. To combat this, you can keep her in a crate with some of her favorite toys until you return.
She loves kids and other pets, but you should still keep an eye on her to ensure she doesn't get carried away and/or mistreated while playing.
6. The Kashon
The Kashon is smart, sweet, and a gentle soul.
She's also got a playful streak to her that requires lots of exercises to prevent her from releasing that energy elsewhere – like with her jaws, on the corners of your couch.
Her Bichon side is evident in her innate joie de vivre.
The Kashon is protective and alert. She can be independent but not to the point of being stubborn. In other words, if you command her to do something, she will listen.
The Goldichon is a rare mix. Picture a 25-35 lb. Bichon Frise with slightly browner fur, and that's a Goldichon.
Goldichons are people-lovers, something you would expect from the product of two breeds that both adore being with people.
The Goldichon is clever and easy to train, though he also has a devilish side to him. This doesn't typically lead to bad behavior, per se, but he will think nothing of playing cat and mouse with the family cat.
8. The Chonzer
The Chonzer is an affectionate and social dog. She loves to sit in your lap or follow you around.
However, this can work against her, as she may become overly clingy and jealous after you focus your attention on the children and/or other animals in the home.
The Chonzer can be trained to be better in social situations, though she will make you work for her attention as she can become easily distracted.
There are two factors that are crucial when training a dog: consistency and firmness. Show her that you're the boss, and she will shape up and heed your instructions.
9. The Glechon
The Glechon loves her family, including children, though she may not get on as well with other animals.
You can help her work on this by taking her to your local dog park to socialize with the other dogs there.
Despite being small, she may have to be leashed up, as she may be tempted to chase smaller animals.
The Glechon has a keen sense of smell, so it's not unheard of for her to run off while tracking a scent. She also makes a good watchdog due to her strong sense of alertness.
10. The Corgi Bichon
A Corgi and a Bichon Frise together make a Corgi Bichon or a Corgi Frise.
This Bichon Frise mix is a high-energy, family-loving and independent dog. He's also rather playful, which may sometimes get him into trouble.
The Corgi Bichon can become a barker if left alone for too long. However, with early intervention, you can train him to stop before it gets worse.
He may also be apprehensive toward those he doesn't know, but as time goes on, he will get better with them, just as a person would.
You can train your Corgi Bichon to recognize the difference between a friend that he just doesn't know yet and a complete stranger.
In time, he will come to understand who he can bark at and who he can take his time evaluating before raising his voice.
Also, as with many other Bichon Frise mixes, don't let your Corgi Bichon get bored.
Corgi Bichons who are bored or left alone for too long may tear up your furniture and/or carpet.
Save money (and your sanity) and either train him early or make sure someone is always home with him.