Poo-Chon Puppies for Sale in Florida
The poochon is a designer crossbreed that mixes the best traits of the popular bichon frise and poodle breeds. While both these parent breeds have French origins, the poochon got its start in Australia in the 1990s and quickly gained popularity around the world. It’s easy to see why with this pup’s loving, affectionate personality and adorable looks. The poodle and bichon frise breeds have been around for hundreds of years, however. Both of these breeds originated in France, with the poodle being bred as a sporting dog for water retrieving of prey during hunts and the bichon frise as a lapdog for the wealthy elite.
Poochons usually weigh 8 to 16 pounds and are about a foot tall, depending on which breed they favor. Their physical appearance is more variable than a pure breed, but they typically have a short, round muzzle, slightly long ears, and almond-shaped eyes. The hair is non-shedding because they’re the product of two non-shedding breeds. The coats of most poochons are a combination of white and light shades of red, although solid colors are also common.
Poochons also respond well to training because they enjoy pleasing their owners. Training must be gentle and consistent, but they’re capable of learning a variety of agility-based tricks.
They also love being included in family outings, so you should take them with you as much as possible. They have a high energy level, so they need at least one brief exercise period each day.
The overall size of the poochon is dependent on the poodle parent, as poochons can come from either the miniature or toy poodle. They generally range from 9-14 inches tall and can weigh anywhere from 10-15 pounds. Poochons come in many color variations, but one of the most popular is a combination of black and white. This breed gets its soft, curly, fluffy hair from both parents and is considered a nonshedding dog. The poochon will still need regular trips to the groomer for clipping, though, to ensure their coat stays free of tangles.
Poochons are very intelligent dogs that are known for their upbeat, sometimes goofy personalities. They are incredibly endearing and love people — including strangers, which can make them less than stellar as guard dogs. However, they will bark to let you know someone is at the door. This breed is highly trainable and has the smarts for advanced obedience or agility training. They love showing off for people and live to make their family happy. These energetic dogs generally gets along with other dogs, cats and people of all ages, and they can be especially patient with children.
This is a moderately high-energy breed, even accounting for their small stature, so daily walks or a fenced-in yard is a must to prevent problem behaviors. They are also incredibly social and bonds tightly with its family, which means they don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time.
As a mixed breed, poochons are generally quite healthy, but they can be predisposed to the same health conditions and aging-related issues as the poodle and bichon frise. For these dogs, that includes a higher risk of gum infections, tooth loss and general dental issues — which means you’ll need to make regular tooth brushing part of your routine — as well as cataracts, blindness and joint and arthritis issues, particularly in overweight dogs. This is why it’s important to prioritize keeping your puppy at a healthy weight. Even a few extra pounds — or even ounces — can make it more difficult for them to get around and can increase the strain on their joints.
If you’re looking for a small breed that has tons of personality, the poochon is a fantastic all-around family dog. Check out all the puppies we have available at Florida Puppies Online.