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Zuchon

Thinking about purchasing an Zuchon? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Zuchon breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.

Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.

Fundamental requirements for a being a good Zuchon owner;

Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Zuchon and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.

Questions you may want to ask an Zuchon Breeder:

It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Zuchon and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."

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Zuchon Breed Profile

A Zuchon is a mixed that is a cross-breed of a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders.

Height: 8-11 inches
Weight:
9-16 pounds

Color: Black and white, silver or grays, tan or cream colors and any combination of these colors.
Coat:
Double-coated; soft, medium length, curly.  Needs regular grooming

Temperament: Good temperament, eager to please; lively and spunky, well-mannered.
With Children:
High - Since they tend to be hypoallergenic and of a gentle temperament, they are good dogs with children.
With Pets:
Medium - High

Zuchon Care and Exercise: Likes walks and activity. Very much suited to be an indoor dog, but needs outdoor activity as well.
Training:
High - Known for their high intelligence; eager to please and tend to be very smart.
Learning Rate:
Medium - High - They tend to have the higher intelligence of the Bichon Frise rather than the difficult trainability of the Shih Tzus.

Activity: High - Likes an active lifestyle with a family.

Zuchon Health Issues: This breed tends to be very healthy and should be free from defects of the pure-breeds.

Zuchon History: This breed has a short history, beginning just a few years back with the crossing of the Shih Tsu and the Bichon Frise. This created a study and compact family dog with a great temperament.

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