The Chihuahua Bichon mix, or Chichon, isn’t considered a purebred dog, they’re known as hybrids. Then again, it’s not a mutt either. The term “mutt” is used when a dog’s lineage is unknown. With hybrids, the lineage is known.
Chicon Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and a Bichon Frise
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 6 – 10 pounds
» Average height of approximately 8 – 10 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Chi-Chons are a hybrid of a Chihuahua and Bichon Frise mix and it’s not uncommon for breeders to produce multi-generation crosses though.
At the beginning of each cross breeding, there’s no guarantee that the animal being used is a purebred, they may already be mixed.
The best way to understand a mix-bred animal, such as the Chi-Chon, is to research each breed’s characteristics.
Some Facts about Chi-Chons
A Bichon Chihuahua mix puppy is a happy, quiet breed. Nevertheless, they are prone to yapping when the need arises, like for attention. They’re loyal and good with children as well, but may require some care when around them.
Chi-Chons may shed their coat depending on which side of the family they take after. Coarser haired Chichons may shed a bit, while the longer haired type will leave your furniture sans fur.
They do require more time to housebreak, similar to purebred Chihuahuas and Bichons. Plenty of exercise is recommended, like running around in broad fields and playing fetch.
Chi-Chons also have a propensity to being fearless, in spite of their size. This may be a result of the Chihuahua half of their personalities more so than the Bichon Frise inclusion.
Many Chi-Chons carry the Chihuahua trait of one person attachment, who turns out frequently to be their owner. On the other hand, like most dogs, they instinctively understand the aphorism: “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Appearance of the Bichon Frise and Chihuahua Mix
The dogs have the appearance of a cute stuffed toy. They’re small with curly fur, or may have a shorter coat stemming from their Chihuahua make-up.
The weight is typically around eight pounds when fully grown but not usually more than ten. In addition, the body of a Chi-Chon will be somewhat longer than their legs. which gives them the body type of a Chihuahua, but sturdier.
When born their coats will appear solid white, or a similar coat color of their Chihuahua ancestry while some coats will be soft and fluffy, while still others are wiry and curt.
Chi-Chons need brushing, at least every other day to avoid matting and trimming the hair around the eyes is also suggested.
Nails should be trimmed every 5-6 weeks whereas bathing is fine about once a month. Chi-Chons aren’t classified in the “pampered pooch” category, but they do require some detailed attention.
Health Issues of Bichon Frise Chihuahua Mixes
Currently, this breed has no known allergens. In spite of this, heed should be taken not to “over vaccinate” them, as they are sensitive to vaccines.
Occasionally, a Chihuahua Bichon mix may be prone to ear infections but overall, they are a strong and healthy breed.