Bich-Poo (also known as Poochon, Bichpoo, Bichon Poodle)
Mix: ½ Bichon Frise & ½ Poodle
Size: Toy size = 6 – 12 pounds, miniature size = 13 – 18 pounds, height ranges 9 – 14 inches
Coat: Coat is medium long, coarse in texture, with loose curls. Coat color is usually white, but can also come in black, apricot, or blue. Low to no shedding.
*Many people with allergies prefer Poodle mixes as their fur is more hypoallergenic than most dogs (a characteristic inherited from the Poodle)
Bich-Poo (also known as Poochon, Bichpoo, Bichon Poodle)
A Bich-Poo (also known as Poochon, Bichpoo, Bichon Poodle) is a mix between a Bichon Frise, and most often the toy or miniature sized Poodle. They have a small, but sturdy appearance, weigh anywhere from 6 – 18 pounds, and stand approximately 9 – 14 inches tall. Most often their coat is white, but other colors can be black, apricot or blue. Their coat is coarse, medium long with loose curls, and requires frequent brushing and grooming in order to prevent mats and tangles. They are a highly intelligent, affectionate and loyal dog. Though small in size, they make good watch dogs as they will alert their owners to unusual or suspicious sounds with a hearty bark. They may bark excessively and should be taught at an early age when it is okay to bark and when it is not. They are very smart, will adhere quickly to obedience, and easily learn tricks. They are quite playful, but not overly energetic, and require only moderate exercise. They can adjust to all types of living and are suitable for the apartment dweller as well as a family. Their sweet, and friendly temperament allows them to get on well with children, however, they fare best with the older child who has learned the rules of pet handling. Getting along with other household pets, such as dogs, cats, or other small animals does not pose an issue as they seem to blend quite well with other living things. They have an average life span of 12 – 16 years.
When considering the nature of the Bich-Poo you must consider the characteristics of both the Bichon Frise and the Poodle separately in order to determine the characteristics the Bich-Poo may exhibit.
The Bichon Frise is a lively and happy breed that is gentle, sweet, sensitive and playful. They were bred as a companion dog and as such have proven to be very friendly to everyone, as well as possess the ability to get along well with children, and other animals. Like the Poodle, the Bichon Frise is known for being tolerated well by allergy sufferers. They require a moderate amount of exercise and adore taking daily walks. They have commonly been known to exert their energy in the form of sudden energy bursts where they will, seemingly out of nowhere, begin running furiously, at great speed, throughout the house. These hysterical bursts are short lived, being sometimes as short as 30 seconds, at which point they will stop as suddenly as they began and collapse in a heap to rest. This is quite an amusing trait which is not exclusive to just the Bichon Frise but to other breeds as well and is viewed as entertaining and not at all a problem. This breed is considered to be easily trained and quite compliant as long as they are trained properly from the start. As with many smaller dogs they can tend to be slightly difficult to housetrain, but with consistent training they eventually learn what is expected of them. Their social nature and love of human company makes them very easy to live with, however, they are not a dog that will be happy if left alone for long periods of time. They have an expected lifespan of 12 – 13 years.
The Poodle comes in three different sizes, toy (10” and under, 6-9 1bs.), miniature (10-15”, 15-17 1bs.), and standard (over 15”, 45-70 1bs.). The Poodle has been cited as being the 2nd most intelligent breed of dog. Their exceptional intelligence, paired with the fact that they are generally very eager to please, empowers them to excel in obedience training. They learn quickly and will delight in showing off their new tricks. Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak. They are loyal and devoted companions, extremely people-oriented, and crave lots of love and attention. They are typically calm, good natured, with a sweet temperament, and the ability to bond with all members of their human family. The standard poodle, in particular, does extremely well in families with young children, while the toy and miniatures fair better with older children. Poodles do not do well in households where they will be left alone for long periods of time, left outside, or bound to one room of the house. Poodles have an extremely low-shedding, dense coat which is either curly or corded and should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to prevent mats and tangles. If you should so decide, their coat can also be kept short for low-maintenance. Poodles come in a variety of colors such as silver, cream, gray, blue, black, white, apricot, red, caf-au-lait, brown, and parti-colored. The Poodle is oftentimes referred to as the hypo-allergenic dog. But, while there truly is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, they are unquestionably more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds. Being classified as highly energetic, the poodle, like most dogs, will appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk, play session, or a run at the dog park.
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Photo Submitted by: Betsy 6/13/13
Coco- after much investigation we’re assuming he’s a Bich-Poo.
Coco is six years old
REPLY (1/28/14): Hi Betsey, I believe your right about Coco. He looks identical to what my
Mr. Charley looks like today in both size and appearance♥♥ I’m posting a pic where they look very simular.
Photo Submitted by: Nicole 1/28/14
Photo Submitted by: Amanda 6/24/13
This is Bear. He is a 1.5 yr old Bichon-poo.
Photo Submitted by: Elisabeth 7/6/13
This is my bichonpoo Theodore. He is almost a year old and weighs 13lbs
Photo Submitted by: Stephanie 7/8/13
This is my bichipoo named mikey, he is 8 months old and weighs 6 pounds
Photo Submitted: 7/26/13
My baby Simba is 2 months and 5-7 pounds.
Photo Submitted by: Sandy 8/4/13
This pup in front is Simon! He was about 6 months then. He’s 6 years now, but this remains a favorite picture. The pup in back is Lucy. She is Bich-Schnauzer, and she’s a year and a half in this picture.
Photo Submitted by: Margie 8/15/13
Wampa is 1/2 poodle & 1/2 bichon. Really smart and loving dog.
Photo Submitted by: Will 8/24/13
Our Dog Toby (Or Toby Tooters because he farts alot 0_-)
Photo Submitted by: Tracy 9/19/13
This is Misha our Bichpoo. She is 2 years old now and weighs 20 pounds. She is a very loyal & intelligent dog.We love her very much and she loves us too. We are very lucky to have her
Photo Submitted by: Kristina 10/11/13
Balder my poochon
Photo Submitted by: Tanya 10/13/13
I just found this website…I love poodle mixes. This is photo of Bailey, he is a bichon poodle mix.
Photo Submitted: 10/22/13
This is my love bug, Chloe. She’s half bichon and half poodle. She’s 1 year old and she’s so silly!
Photo Submitted by: Monica 10/24/13
This is Pearl my beautiful Poochon, she is 14months and my husband gave her to me for our 30th wedding Anniversary.
Photo Submitted by: Tricia 11/3/13
This is Murphy. He is 4 months old and weighs about 7.
Photo Submitted by: Valerie 11/17/13
Barkley 1 yr old, male, bichpoo
Photo Submitted by: Brina 11/19/13
This is Biggie. He is a 14 month old Bichon/poodle. He weights about 19 lbs.
Photo Submitted by: Michael 11/23/13
This is my dog Mr. Johnny Ringo he is a bich-poo !
Photo Submitted by: Heather 11/29/13
this is our loving pup, Bella. We got her from the shelter and what a find she is! She is our heart!
Photo Submitted by: Valerie 12/17/13
My dog pepi is about four month in this photo.
Photo Submitted by: Linda 12/26/13
Harley is our poochon rescue dog who is loving, loyal and fun at the same time.
He brings immeasurable happiness to our lives.
Photo Submitted by: Meredith 12/27/13
Coco our Bichpoo or Poochon (at least we think she is). We believe she is 4 years old and just adopted her before Christmas 2013.
Photo Submitted by: Deb 12/27/13
This is our Bichon Poodle Murphy. He’s 9 years old, weighs 24 lbs and loves to lay over the heat registers and now wears one as a tag on his collar
Photo Submitted by: Candie 12/27/13
My dog cotton is about. 5 years he’s super playful and so lovable he’s an amazing part of our family and we truly love him.
Photo Submitted by: Jeff 1/1/14
This is our girl Abby. What a joy to have her in our lives! Rescued her when she was 6 months old (she’s 2 1/2 now). 20 lbs of pure love!
Photo Submitted by: Donna 1/2/14
This is Lulu. She is 13 months old now and very smart as well as very loving. My mum’s bichpoo.
Photo Submitted by: Adi 1/23/14
This is Ruby she is 3 yrs old
Photo Submitted by: Cheri 1/25/14
This is Carlee my Poochon. Love, love, love this baby girl!! She is 4 months and weighs 6 lbs.
Photo Submitted by: Milli 1/27/14
My adorable little bichoodle Audrey-Georgina.
She is 8lbs of fun and love on legs!
Photo Submitted by: Nicole 1/27/14
This is Mr.Charley. He is a bichoodle. We think he is about 2yrs old. I adopted him from The Dumb Friends League when he was about 9months old. He is smart, great with kids, loves to snuggle and just an all around great dog. He always has a toy or a bone in his mouth and loves the snow!! We really were blessed with this guy. I want another!!
Photo Submitted by: Diane 3/21/14
This is Zeko! 8 years old, 26 lbs (healthy weight) I’m lucky to have him:))
The description made me laugh where it talks about the quick bursts of energy! Out of no where he will jump up and make circles around the house, often drifting around corners haha! Love him
Photo Submitted by: Katherine 4/12/14
This is Yuki, my bichon poo nephew. He is going 8 years old and is the most loyal and loving dog we’ve ever had. Truly a gift!
Photo Submitted by: Lorraine 4/20/14
This is Luna, I am guessing that she is a Poo-chon. She was brought to an animal shelter after being hit by a car. Her information on the microchip was out of date so she was put up for adoption. Shelter thought she was two years old but actually she is 7 years old. She is very loving, smart and playful. I love her curls.