The merry, playful little dog known as the Bichon Frise has long been recognized as a Breed Standard n the Non-Sporting Group category of the American Kennel Club. It is because of the fact that it is a registered breed that many dog purists frown upon the efforts of breeders to produce Bichon Frise mixes.
Bichon Frise Mix Breeds – Making Sense of It
Instead of the word “mixes”, these particular dogs are best termed as “Bichon Frise hybrids”. These hybrids are produced from the crossbreeding of Bichons with other dog breeds.
One of the most popular hybrids is the Bichon Shih Tzu, which is a cross between a Bichon Frise and the Chinese lap dog, the Shih Tzu. Bichon Shih Tzus have a white, pale, or light brown coat. It has a slightly protruding snout and longer tear ducts, so that you don’t have the tearing eyes that is a problem to both breeds. Unlike the purebred Bichon, the hybrid is not as susceptible to skin problems.
Also among the Bichon Frise mixes is the Bichon Poodle, more commonly called “Bichonpoo”, “Poochon” or simply “Bich-poo”. Possessing the same loving and sociable temperaments as their purebred parents, Bich-poos have a robust genetic constitution. This means that these hybrids are not prone to developing diseases that commonly afflict purebred Bichon Frises and Standard Poodles. Some Bich-poos present with very curly fur that is more characteristic of poodles.
Another Bichon Frise hybrid is the Bichon Yorkie, which is a cross between the Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier. It is known by several nicknames, including “Borkie”, “Yorkie-Bichon”, “Yo-Chon” or “Yorkshire Frise”. The Yo-Chon may come in white or light brown or dark brown shades. Some Yo-Chons may even present with the same fluffy ears as its terrier parent. Although it is a friendly and sociable pet – qualities that it has inherited from its purebred parents – the Yo-Chon acquired the obstinacy that both the Bichon and Yorkies have. With “doubled” stubbornness, you have a dog that is more difficult to house train. Also, the Yo-Chon has the tendency to shed more hair than either of its parents, so you would need to brush them more frequently. If you have allergies, a Yo-Chon may not be a good pet for you to keep.
Last but certainly not least among the Bichon Frise mixes is the Bichon Maltese, or simply Maltichon. This dog hybrid is similar to the Yo-Chon in that it has a tendency to be stubborn, so that house training can be problematic. However, unlike the Yo-Chon, the Maltichon is a non-shedding hybrid, and thus hypoallergenic.
Now, before you say “purebred is better” on account of the prestige that comes with owning a standard canine, take note that these Bichon hybrids are recognized by world-renowned dog clubs, including the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel, the Designer Breed Registry, and the International Designer Canine Registry.
Then again, why let the matter of pedigree be such a huge issue? Whether your pets are purebred Bichons or Bichon Frise mixes, isn’t it more important to love a pet that equally loves you back?
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