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The average weight and height of the Bichon Frise is 11 - 22 lbs and 9 - 11 inches at the shoulder. While the Shih-Tzu's average weight and height is 8 - 15 lbs and 9 - 10 inches at the shoulder. Which means that the cross could be anywhere in between those parameters. Pricing all depends on the person selling puppies. They could be as low as $300.00 or as high as $700.00 -- it all depends on the person selling the pups and the demand for them in the area.
The Shih-Tzu/Bichon cross is a wonderful companion for children as long as the children are dog-savvy and there is parent supervision at all times. These dogs are very small when puppies and can be easily injured by rough children. Some can come in white, but it is not as common as a masked/marked puppy, as the Shih-Tzu's coloration is very dominant in this mix.
The Shih-Tzu and the Bichon cross is a lap dog and a dog that craves human attention all the time. With proper training and socialization, the dog should have no problem being left alone for a few hours at a time as well as not barking constantly. However, if the dog is allowed to start bad habits as a young pup, then it can be difficult to break those habits as an adult dog; so early training is a must.
Shichons want to be around people all the time but do well when left alone for 7 hrs or a full work day. Be ready for hugs and kisses once you get home! It took me 2 weeks to house train her using a wee wee pad.
I have an 8-month-old, Shih Zhu dad, Bichon mom, the mom was larger than the dad. She is first generation and weighs 14 pounds and is about 9 inches tall. This breed is very smart and sweet. I brought her home at 10 1/2 weeks, even then, she would bark if she needed to go out. If for some reason she goes inside on a wee pad, she lets us know right away. I researched this breed for awhile before we got her.
As far as the Shichon's size when full-grown, you need to look at the AKC standard for the parent breeds of any mixed breed dog. The AKC standard is 9-16 pounds for a Shih Tzu and up to 18 pounds for a Bichon Frise. They can be anywhere in-between there. Especially when you are looking at a 1st generation. We have been breeding them for about 11 years. Our average first generation is 12-14 pounds, our smallest has been 7 pounds, and our biggest has been 22. As far as potty training they are very smart but just like with kids they all learn at different paces.
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