The Shichon is a designer dog created through cross-breeding a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. This breed is labeled as a toy breed that is not used in sporting arenas.
Shichon dogs also have other common names, such as Zuchon and Tzu Frise because of their status as a crossbreed. As adults, these dogs can grow up to 12 inches in height and weigh up to 16 pounds, and they have a life expectancy of at least 15 years. A playful breed, they are friendly and cheerful, but they do not need a lot of room for exercising. They can be happy and healthy in an apartment setting. They get along well with other pets and people, and they have a reputation as a companion dog.
The double-coated fur of Shichons is long and fluffy, often resulting in the dog being called a "teddy bear breed." Their fur is generally mostly white, but they can have darker spots. Other coat colors occur, but they are less common. Shichons are non-shedding dogs, making them a perfect choice for anyone with dog allergies. However, they need regular brushing to remove loose fur before it accumulates and mats. This is also a quiet breed of dog that barks infrequently.