Shichon (Teddy Bear) Puppies for Sale
Looking for Shichon puppies for sale? This designer breed was created through the cross of the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise breeds. Developed sometime in the 1990s in the United States, this is a consistently hypoallergenic designer breed. They have a fluffy coat that stands up, making them seem bigger, and it’s easy to see why they are sometimes called the Teddy Bear Dog.
If you choose to bring a Shichon into your life, you will have a merry, playful pet that loves to cuddle. These small pups have moderate exercise needs and prefer gentle games of tug or fetch to long runs. They need just one short walk a day, making them an excellent choice for apartment dwellers. They love children and get along well with dogs, cats, and other pets.
The Shichon is recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) as a Zuchon and can be registered through IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry) and ICA (International Canine Association, Inc).
- Country of Origin: N/A
- Weight: 8 - 15 lbs
- Height: 8 - 13 inches
- Color: These puppies may be gray, silver, cream, tan, apricot, reddish black, chocolate, or particolored.
If you want to buy a Shichon puppy, it’s smart to do a little research first. The Shichon is a very gentle designer breed that is energetic, loyal, and loving. They adore their owners and enjoy being held, making them excellent lapdogs and family pets. These pups are exceptionally social, so they love children, get along well with other pets, and welcome strangers as friends.
This breed is very smart and can learn a long list of commands and tricks. However, they can be stubborn. Notably, they often take longer to house-train than other breeds. But with gentle, consistent training and positive reinforcements, you will have a well-trained pup that is fully house-trained.
These dogs don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time, or they may get lonely or destructive. The Shih Tzu side of the breed is a barker, so your Shichon may be noisy. Early training should help you curb this behavior. They are also gnawers, so provide small but safe chew toys.
If you’re considering adopting a Shichon puppy, make sure you understand this breed’s special health considerations. The average life expectancy is 10-13 years. While most mixed breed dogs have a better chance of having fewer health concerns because of their genetic diversity, this breed has some health concerns to watch for, including:
- Luxating Patella
- Teeth Problems
- Bladder Infections
Shichons eyes and ears are also prone to infections, so use a clean, damp cloth to remove discharge from eyes. Do the same to clean ears out once a week. All dogs should be kept up to date on vaccinations and shots and should be taken to the vet for regular checkups.
Coat & Coat Care
Their coat varies from a soft silky texture to a cottony fuzz, and the coat stands away from the body, which gives the pup a puffy appearance. These puppies are considered hypoallergenic.
Brush their coats daily to prevent tangling or matting. Trim hair around the eyes to help avoid eye infection or irritation. Grooming and bathing every 5-8 weeks will maintain a healthy coat. Some owners have their Shichons clipped short for easier maintenance. Clipped pups still need weekly brushings.
Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe around the eyes as needed to remove any discharge and prevent staining. Clean the inside of the ears weekly with a clean, damp cloth.