What’s a good name for a Bichon-poo? Poo-bich! If that’s a bit too grungy for you, you can also try Princess or Spoiled Little White Dog. It’s not the Bichon-poo’s fault that he’s spoiled rotten — he’s just such a darn cute little white fluff ball that humans are hypnotized into giving him his every desire.
DOGSTER WARNING: If you are in the market for a Bichon-poo, please be forewarned that this is not an established breed, and the chances that you will encounter backyard breeders or puppy millers trying to capitalize on this fancy mutt’s popularity are pretty high. As with any breed, please DO YOUR HOMEWORK and resist the urge to impulse buy. If you see “buy it now” PayPal buttons on websites hawking these dogs, this is a huge red flag and we implore you to run screaming in the opposite direction.
We are also huge fans of adoption here at Dogster, and urge you to look at local shelters and rescues for lovable pups that might just — gasp — be the offspring of a Bichon Frise and a Poodle. It’s really not too far-fetched. But anyway, on to the profile …
He may seem like just another Poodle cross, but the Bich-poo is known for possessing the best qualities of both purebred parents, the Bichon Frise and the Poodle. This means you’ll likely get a smart, noble type who is also friendly and affectionate. The Bichon-poo makes a good apartment dog as long as he is exercised regularly. He also makes a good family companion.
Obedience training is important, as is owner training, so that your Bich-poo doesn’t end up with Small Dog Syndrome (see spoiling your Bichon-poo above). This is easily kept in hand provided the owner does not see a human infant when he or she looks at her pup. Restraining from dressing your Bichon-poo in frilly things may also help.
It’s fairly common for the Bichon-poo to suffer from separation anxiety, a disorder that also afflicts its parent, the Bichon Frise. When left alone, especially for long periods, the Bich-poo may bark and whine, have accidents, or become destructive (which hardly needs mentioning, as a destructive Bich-poo likely means a mutilated Kleenex on the floor). What does need mentioning is that this hybrid is also apt to whine even when you’re home.
Separation anxiety can be helped through desensitization training and calming therapies, but the whining around the house can be tougher to correct. Be prepared if you are considering a Bichon-poo to provide patient training if needed.
The Bichon-poo can range in size from 6 to 15 pounds. His most notable feature is his pristine, white coat. His coat is self-cleaning, soft, and glossy, and can be wavy or curly. It’s the first thing noticed by many Bich-poo owners. He is a sturdy little dog, squarely set with a tail that curls tightly over his back. With his black nose and dark eyes, this hybrid dog is truly stunning.