Some breeds are unique, but this custom bred pup will have you loving them all the more.
Zuchons breeders endeavor to breed one generation of Zuchons from purebred Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu parents. This is to take advantage of hybrid fervor and the Heterosis effect, which results in a healthier, more dynamic dog with a diminished chance of genetic disease. Pure breeds and inbreeds often carry genetic disease. Heterosis is the phenomenon where crossing two inbred lines can yield a progeny with superior genetic formation. This increased health and vigor does not create a superior breed, but the advantages obtained from it are what produce hybrid vigor. This goal in this scenario is not to create a new breed, but to create a happy and healthy pet. The American Canine Hybrid Club only recognizes the Zuchons breed.
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New breed, hard to find, easy to breed a first generation
Zuchon, or Shichons are a mixed breed puppy that is ever increasing in recognition because of its “TeddyBear” look, it’s exceptional companionship character, and it’s intelligence inherited from the Bichon. Shichons produce puppies with slightly longer noses than purebred Shih-Tzus. This eliminates many of the breathing problems that are common in the Shih-Tzu breed due to short noses.
Good-natured and vivacious, the Zuchon is a social companion full of spunk. They have a cheerful temperament as well as tender, self-confident and well mannered. They are attentive and intelligent, much like their precursors, the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise. They can be stubborn, making them difficult to housebreak. A few have an inclination to bark. Zuchons are however obedient and great with compassionate children. They make wonderful family pets and will enjoy an active way of life.
Zuchcons are incredibly fit and should not exhibit any of the congenital defects from often seen from pure breeds and inbreeding.
Grooming/ Physical Needs
Zuchons are hypoallergenic making them fantastic for allergy sufferers. Their soft curly coats are kept up by means of weekly brushings to maintain them clean and free from matts.
Research qualities of “parent breeds” as the qualities are still forthcoming
Meta: Zuchons also known as Shichons, are a mixed breed not yet recognized by the AKC but are establishing the foundation level of the breed, to grow into a distinct breed.
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