Poochon Puppies for Sale in Ohio
The bichon frise and poodle breeds are already some of the most popular dogs in the official AKC world, and the cross between the two is a very desirable designer breed. The poochon originated in the 1990s in Australia, but it quickly took off across the world because of its easygoing personality and toy-like looks. With both the bichon frise and the poodle originating in France, they carry that same French poise and is a fantastic family dog if you’re looking for a fun, nonshedding dog with plenty of spunk.
The personality of the Poochon varies depending on its parents. Most are incredibly smart and eager to learn. They act fearless and are prone to bark at strangers, which makes them excellent watchdogs. They are very energetic, so it’s important to provide them with adequate exercise. You can also expect sudden bursts of energy when they’re excited.
These little dogs enjoy being around their families and are known to suffer from bouts of separation anxiety when left alone. Because of their tiny size, they’re not well-suited to families with very small children.
Poochons can range in stature depending on the poodle parent. Because of the small size of the bichon frise, only the toy or miniature poodle is used in the breeding of poochons. These dogs average about 10 to 15 pounds and 9 to 14 inches tall fully grown, but they can be smaller than this if they’re bred to be a teacup size. The most popular coloring for this pup is black and white, but they can come in many varieties including all white, gray/blue, brown and tricolor. The soft, curly coat is extremely fluffy and is considered nonshedding, which is a big plus for owners who don’t want to have to worry about pet hair on their clothes or the furniture. However, that fluffy coat does require regular grooming trips to be clipped and kept tangle-free.
The poochon temperament is very similar to that of its parent breeds. It’s an intelligent, playful dog with a quirky personality that can border on goofy. They are very sociable dogs and love all people. This could be a problem for families looking for a watchdog, but they will bark at the door to let you know new friends are there. Even though these dogs are small, they still have a fairly high energy level, and they need a regular walk and plenty of mental stimulation to ward off problem behaviors. One way to do this is to take advantage of their natural inclination to pick up tricks and teach them agility or advanced obedience.
Most crossbreed dogs are healthier than purebreds, and the poochon is no exception. They tend to live long, full lives with few health problems, and the issues they do have generally come from the genetic predispositions of the parent breeds. Some things to look out for as your puppy ages include dental problems like tooth loss and gum disease, eye issues such as age-related blindness and cataracts, and joint stiffness and arthritis, particularly in poochons carrying a few extra pounds. Help your dog stay healthy by prioritizing regular veterinary checkups, scheduling dental cleanings and keeping an eye on their weight and dietary habits, including limiting treats and table foods.
If you’re looking for a nonshedding dog that doesn’t take up a lot of space but still has plenty of personality, the poochon is a great choice. Browse Little Puppies Online to see our selection of dogs and let us help you find your next companion.