The Poochon is created by the crossing of two non shedding breeds, the Bichon Frise and Poodle. While they are not very common designer dogs, Poochons are becoming popular companions. The most distinctive characteristic of this breed is its non shedding wool coat. The Poochon is an energetic and adorable little breed that is suitable for most allergy sufferers. Often the hardest part about owning a Poochon is going for a walk without being stopped by strangers who want to pat their adorable curly dog!
The ideal Poochon should be robust, well-proportioned, and hardy. They are small in stature, possess a sturdy appearance, and exhibit a sweet expression. The most distinctive characteristic of this breed is its non shedding wool coat. The Poochon has similar facial features to the Bichon with a wider face than the Poodle, rounded skull, medium length ears and medium muzzle. If the face of the Poochon is not clipped, they will have their characteristic fuzzy face.
Besides its wool coat and fuzzy face, the other defining characteristic of the Poochon is its spirited and happy temperament. Affectionate, friendly, and loyal, the Poochon is spirited and has a pleasing personality. Poochons do best in a home with older, considerate children or with children they have been with from puppyhood. They are suitable for homes with dogs, cats, and other household pets. Poochons are suspicious of strangers and will bark to alert their family to visitors or out of the ordinary sounds. Since one of its parents is a Poodle, it may have a tendency to want a significant amount of attention and special treatment.
The amount of grooming required for a Poochon will depend on the length of its coat. The Poochon requires frequent grooming of their coat with clipping required every six to eight weeks to prevent matting. This keeps the coat short and easier to care for. When Poochons have a clipped coat, they require brushing every second or third day while a longer coat needs to be brushed every day.