Bich Poo Puppy & Dog Information
The Bich Poo is a crossbreed variety of dog. This unique hybrid is the result of crossing a Bichon Frise and a Poodle, classified as an F1. Since the Bich Poo is a crossbreed, the appearance can vary. Bich Poos are energetic and prone to mischief when left alone but are intelligent and good natured dogs who enjoy the company of people. Both the Bichon and the Poodle are very sociable and take well to training, but they can be stubborn.
The coat color will vary widely. The Bich Poo will present a stocky appearance, broad at the shoulders with a large black nose.
Given the diversity of these traits, it is hard to predict which characteristics will dominate. Subsequent breedings to the F2 or F3 level can alter the appearance dramatically from the original F1.
Approximate Adult Size
As with many hybrid breeds, the size and weight of the Bich Poo will vary. The approximate adult size, two years old or older, of either the male or female is 9 to 12 inches at the withers. The withers is the highest point of the shoulder. An adult Bich Poo will weigh between 6 and 12 pounds.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain health conditions problems associated with that specific breed. Bich Poos are a relatively new hybrid so very little data is available. Poodles are prone to glaucoma and epilepsy. The Bichon Frise is relatively free from serious health problems, although kidney problems have been reported. As with most hybrids and the introduction of multi-generational breeding, a full understanding of potential health issues is difficult at this time.
This disease list is provided only as an informative guideline and your Bich Poo may not experience these conditions. Consult a veterinary professional for more comprehensive information.
As with any dog, the puppy stage, 0 to 12 months of age, is the time for shots, boosters and check up. As an adult, the dog should have an annual veterinary checkup including a dental exam and cleaning. Avoid feeding your dog sweets and other human food. Check with a veterinary professional about your dogs diet.
The coat of Bich Poo will be generally be curly and short with little shedding. The Bich Poo coat is prone to matting and tangling so regular brushing is a must. Regular brushing will help maintain a clean and healthy coat. The process of grooming provides an opportunity to examine the dog for skin problems and strengthen the emotional bond between you and your dog.
Dental health is important and the teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities and periodontal disease. Poor canine dental hygiene can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious health conditions.
The claws should be trimmed regularly and the paws examined for signs of injury.
With proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions, a Bich Poo should be able to live a long and healthy life, perhaps as long as 15 years. Given the hybrid nature of these dogs, an accurate prediction of life expectancy is not possible.
Bich Poo Registries
American Canine Hybrid Club
As a hybrid breed, the Bich Poo is not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club or their affiliated organizations.
Litter size is said to average between 4 and 5 puppies.
Every dog is an individual so not everything in this article may be correct for your dog.
This information is intended only as a good faith guideline.