Ever dreamed of a smaller and sleeker Bichon Frise? Well, now it’s possible! The energetic Chihuahua was crossed with the affectionate Bichon Frise to create the Chi Chon. This pet quickly gained the popularity and the love of its owners. Let’s get to know this amazing designer breed!
Each Chi Chon puppy has a unique appearance. This is a designer breed that was bred not so long ago and there are no appearance standards.
Most dogs have a small, rounded skull, large dark eyes, and small triangular ears that hang neatly to the side of the face. Their muzzle is rather short. Their bodies are small and compact, supported by short limbs. The tail is thin and of medium length, often covered with thick fur and moderately curled on the back. Most often Chi Chon inherits the Bichon Frise coat. Most dogs are completely white, some will have black and brown patches, while others will be predominantly brown or fawn. This small dog reaches a height of 20 cm to 25 cm and a weight of 3 to 4.5 kg.
Chihuahuas are cheerful and energetic, while Bichon Frise is outgoing and affectionate, most Chi Chons will have a good and mischievous temperament. While they are cocky and confident at times, most Chi Chons have golden hearts and are very good-natured.
Movable dogs are friendly to all family members. They enjoy taking part in family activities and playing with children. Chi Chon loves to have fun and entertain the audience. He likes to be in the spotlight. Aggression is not peculiar to them. Animals are observant and receptive. They have a fine ear and respond to any rustle with a sonorous barking bark. Dogs often bark at strangers and dogs. They get along well with other animals and strangers. Chi Chon does not tolerate loneliness. In the absence of the owners, the dog barks, whines, spoils furniture, and shoes, scatters things. If the hosts do not have the opportunity to be at home all the time, it is better not to buy Chi Chon.
Despite its diminutive size, Chi Chon will bravely rush to the owner’s defense if he decides that he is in danger. However, Chi Chons are not used as watchdogs. A playful dog is ideal for seniors. The dog has a therapeutic effect on them, infecting them with vitality and optimism. Although Chi Chon is a favorite of children, it can suffer from communication with them due to its vulnerable skeletal system. Therefore, keeping a dog in a house with small children is not recommended.
Although Chi Chon is an ornamental dog, he also needs to be trained. A spoiled animal can become uncontrollable and aggressive. When the pet begins to recognize its owner and begins to respond to the name, it is taught basic commands. If Chi Chon obeys them unquestioningly, he can be allowed to walk without a leash.
For training to be successful, you need to try not to cause negative emotions in your pet. Shouting and humiliation when dealing with Chi Chon are unacceptable. The dog needs to be praised and encouraged with a treat.
The ease of grooming will vary depending on the dominant breed. Chihuahua care is very simple, and Bichon will require in some cases more thorough care and even professional care. If your pet does not get dirty, you can wash it once a month. Chi Chon can suffer from dental and gum disease. Regular brushing of your teeth will help prevent destructive processes. You need to accustom your pet to it from early childhood. Chi Chon’s ears should also be checked regularly to make sure they haven’t got ear mites or other ear problems. Long claws severely spoil the appearance of the dog and affect the gait, therefore it is recommended to cut the claws of the dogs once a month.
Chi Chon is suitable for apartment life. However, due to its activity, the pet needs walks. The smaller the area of his residence, the more the dog needs walks. If you do not walk with him, he can damage furniture and things.
Feeding Chi Chon is a responsible question because the health and appearance of the pet largely depend on it. At first, adhere to the feeding regime set by the breeder. Any changes are introduced gradually. Keep an eye on Chi Chon’s fatness. If he loses or gains weight, consult your veterinarian. The same should be done if you decide to supplement the diet with vitamin and mineral supplements.
If you are an advocate of natural feeding, make sure the Chi Chon diet includes raw foods (sea fish – boneless, vegetables, lean meat). River fish is given only boiled, after removing all the bones. Meat is served for dinner. Food should be warm, but not hot or cold. It is necessary to give the pet a liquid porridge (buckwheat, rice, oatmeal). Sometimes chicken egg yolks are added.
- raw river fish,
- bones (especially tubular),
- white bread,
- pearl barley,
- chocolate and other sweets,
- pork, lamb,
- grapes, raisins,
- fruit pits and seeds,
- onion and garlic,
- human vitamins,
- as well as any substandard or spoiled food.
If you prefer dry food for Chi Chon, select according to your dog’s weight, age, and activity level. Pay attention to quality – feed must be premium or super-premium.
The frequency of health problems will depend on the dominant parent breed and the general condition of the Chi Chon. The best prevention is regular vet visits. This dog is relatively long-lived for a dog of its size. Possible diseases:
- Patellar luxation
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart issues
- Ear infections
Chi Chon is a lively, sociable dog with a cheerful disposition. This dog is constantly playing and does not let itself or the owner get bored. Representatives of the breed are often noisy, and at the same time require a lot of attention to themselves. Sometimes he can act stubborn, but inside there is a puppy who only wants to make you happy!