THE BICHONPOO/POOCHON/BICHPOO
The Bichonpoo reached a great popularity in Australia from the late 1990s. Key to their development was the
coordinated effort by Chevromist Kennels in Melbourne in bringing together various breeders aspiring to
develop the breed. This breed of dog was developed to suit families wanting a small breed that was suitable
for most people with allergies to dogs; the breeders were looking for a healthy, outgoing small dog with a
non-shedding wool coat that would get along well with children They are very popular in Australia due to
their exceptional temperaments, robustness and non-shed coats. The Poochon typically has the shorter and
more rounded muzzle of the Bichon Frise, and this can be seen from the time they are puppies. Poochons
have variable coat colours and markings.

The Poochon (also known as Bichpoo, Bich-poo, Bichonpoo, Bichon-Poo, Bichoodle is a crossbreed dog, the
offspring of a Poodle and a Bichon Frise. The Poochon became particularly popular through crossbreeding
programs in Australia from the late 1990s. Key to their development was the coordinated effort by
Chevromist Kennels in Melbourne in bringing together various breeders aiming to develop the breed. This
breed of dog was developed to suit families wanting a small breed that was suitable for most people with
allergies to dogs. The breeders were looking for a healthy, outgoing small dog with a non-shedding wool coat
that would get along well with children Poochon are very popular in Australia due to their exceptional
temperaments, robustness and non-shed coats. The Poochon typically has the shorter and more rounded
muzzle of the Bichon Frise, and this can be seen from the time they are puppies. Poochons have variable coat
colours and markings.

Appearance Coat and Color

Bichonpoo's can come in tan, white, brown, tan and white, brown black and white, , black but any colour is
acceptable. Their coat is coarse, medium long with loose curls[ and have a coat that is more hypoallergenic
than most dogs (a characteristic inherited from the Poodle).
All Poochons will need grooming as their non-shed coats continue to grow, but will not shed.

Temperament

The Poochon does very well in a number of environments, but you need to cater for a daily exercise of at
least half an hour, or a bit more if it does not have access to a backyard. Poochons inherit a higher than
average intelligence as both parents, particularly the Poodle, are considered in the top section of intelligent
dog breeds.[4] It should be easy to house-train your Poochon fairly quickly and it will be quick to learn your
nuances.

The poochon usually has an accommodating nature that will allow it to fit into most households. A family
with young children will suit it perfectly; existing pets should not be an issue.
Though small in size, they make good watch dogs as they will alert their owners to unusual or suspicious
sounds with a hearty bark.

Activity

If Poochons are given the proper training and exercise, they will do well in an apartment however, they'll
need extra space for playing. Poochons also tend to run back and forth in a hallway to exercise.

Health

First generation Poochons tend to be much healthier than either of their parents.[1] However, they may have
some problems, like Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and patella luxation. Otherwise, Poochons, and in
particular first generation Poochons, are a relatively healthy breed that have few health concerns.

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