Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Shichons character can be described as...

Does your Shichon bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Shichon temperament can be described as...
What type of care should somebody expect to give a Shichon?

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
A Shichons coat can be described as...
What type of training can be expected of the Shichon? Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Shichon puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Please provide a description for the level of activity this breed requires. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
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Shichon Questions

I'm undecided whether to get a male or female Shichon. What are your thoughts?

There is really no difference between a male or female Shichon. Temperament, personality, health and disposition are the most important things when choosing a dog. When speaking with your breeder, let them know your daily routine and life-style. They will be able to help you choose a puppy that best fits your home-life. No matter the gender of the dog, he/she will have to be spayed/neutered at the correct age; and then after that there is no difference.

What,if any, are the health issues of the Shichon breed? What is expected life-span?

All dogs have the ability to have health issues. However, it is known that mixed breed dogs can have less because when breeds are mixed; the puppy can take after the best parts of each breed or the worst parts. Every puppy is different, so it is best to look at the heath issues associated with the mix. The related heath issues for the Shih-Tzu are allergies, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, juvenile renal dysplasia, bladder stones/infections, eye problems, ear infections, retained baby teeth (including teeth and gum problems), umbilical hernia's, portosystemic liver shunts, snuffles (when gums become swollen and breathing is difficult), reverse sneezing, intervertebral disk disease and hypothyroidism.

The health issues assosiated for the BIchon Frise breed are allergies, loose knee joints, ear infections, cataracts, diabetes, heart disease, bladder stones/infections, patellar luxation, vaccination sensitivity, hip dysplasia, and juvenile cataracts. Several health issues cross between both breeds, so those are the one's to be the most concerned about when getting a puppy. Consult your breeder and vet to make sure that the dam and sire are genetically free of those problems and have not had them themselves. As well as how to prevent health issues in your puppy.

What are their traits?

They are loyal, hypoallergenic, smart, and easy to train but they also are prone to some diseases as well as separation anxiety.

What do Shichon's look like as puppies and then as adult dogs?

Because there is no set standard when two or more breeds are mixed together. It is hard to tell if the puppy will take after the dam or sire more. The best way to see what a puppy will look like is to research online and/or contact someone who is breeding the mix you want and spend time with their dogs. If any of the previous puppies live near you, it is a good idea to meet them as well.

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