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Nicole Cosgrove

June 10, 2021
The Chi-Chon is a cross of the Chihuahua and the Bichon Frise. Sometimes just referred to as a Chihuahua/Bichon Frise Mix he is a small mixed dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years. He has talents in competitive obedience, agility and tricks and is a loving dog though can be quite needy and clingy!
Here is the Chi-Chon at a Glance
Average height 8 to 10 inches
Average weight 4 to 10 pounds
Coat type Fluffy or wiry, short or long, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Bichon Frise is)
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on type of coat he has
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on coat he has
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low to moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good to Excellent
Trainability Moderately Easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average to above average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Bladder Problems
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $350 to $900
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630

Where does the Chi-Chon come from?

Dogs are the most popular pet, they offer companionship and loyalty and each have their own personalities that make them all special. There are some people that are more for purebreds and there are some that are more for rescue dogs. In recent years there has also been an increase in demand for so called designer dogs, these are deliberately bred first generation dogs. Most have two purebred parents and have names that blend sections of the parents names together.

These dogs have their pros and cons, with some arguing hybrid vigor, the potential to get the best of two purebreds in one dog, having more varied looks and traits but then the potential to have to worst of two purebreds, no breeding guidelines, and a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders drawn to the easy money. It is important then to research where you are buying from and be prepared for any eventuality when considering the parents of the dog.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is thought to be either a dog descended from Central or South American origins or one that is descended from dogs brought over from China to Mexico by traders. There are two varieties the long haired and the short haired. The short-haired was discovered in Chihuahua a Mexican state in the 1850s and Americans visiting loved him and brought him home. The long-haired variety is believed to have been created by breeding them with the Pomeranians or the Papillons and they became quite popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

Today he ranks 11th in popularity out of 155 breeds recognized by the AKC. He is a confident and bold dog who has a lot in common with the terrier. He is alert, sensitive and loves company and affection. Quite often he bonds with one person more closely in a family and can be reserved with people he does not know. He can also be a little timid if he has not been socialized from a young age.

The Bichon Frise

His origins are unsure with some thinking he descends from a Barbet and comes from the Mediterranean and then either Italian or French sailors brought the Bichon Frise home from the Canary Islands. Whoever brought them over to Europe, they soon became very popular especially with the nobility and royalty though by the 1800s he had became a common dog. What saved him were his looks and intelligence. Organ grinders and circus performers kept and trained him to perform tricks.

Today the Bichon Frise is a well loved dog known for being cheerful, charming and at the center of everyone’s attention! He is playful and has an independent side, but he does not like being left alone and can develop separation anxiety. He is intelligent and quick to train and loves to perform tricks still.


The Chi-Chon is an energetic and outgoing dog who is always cheerful and has a very sweet nature. He is easy to love and is very affectionate and loving back. He is a friendly dog though he can be shy around strangers. The Chi-Chon is very loyal and loves to be on your lap getting attention or following you around so he can be a bit clingy. He also does not like to be left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. He loves to play and he is smart. If he wants you to pay him more attention he can get quite vocal about it! He is quite easy going and usually becomes more attached to one person in the family.

What does the Chi-Chon look like

He is a small dog weighing 4 to 10 pounds and measuring 8 to 10 inches tall. He has a long torso that is usually a little longer than his legs and his body is sturdy and less fragile than the Chihuahua’s. He often looks like a cute stuffed animals with eyes that are quite expressive. His coat can be long, curly and fluffy or shorter and more wiry. Common colors are brown, golden, white, black and cream.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chi-Chon need to be?

This is a fairly active dog but his size being what it is means that not a lot of extra activity is needed to ensure he is well exercised and happy. If he is large enough he can be taken to dog parks to play, he should also be taken for a walk or two a day. A lot of his play indoors will account for his physical needs and with the right toys his mental ones too. If you have a yard for him to play in that would be something he would love but it is not a requirement. Make sure it is well fenced in though as he is good at escaping.

Does he train quickly?

The Chi-Chon is a moderately easy dog to train, he is intelligent so while things won’t go especially quickly they will at least be gradual. House training can take longer though. There are schools and trainers you can use if you need help but the key to training is to stay firm and consistent so he knows you are in charge. Be patient and remain positive. Avoid scolding, punishing or getting impatient. Use treats, offer her praise and reward her successes. Early socialization and training are important to see him become the best dog he can be.

Living with a Chi-Chon

How much grooming is needed?

There is not an excessive amount of grooming needed to keep him healthy and clean. His shedding can vary depending on the coat he has from low to moderate. He will need to be brushed two to three times a week and may be hypo-allergenic if he takes more after the Bichon Frise. There will not be as much clean up needed when it comes to vacuuming up loose hair with this dog. His nails will need to be clipped when they get too long which is something you can do with the right tool and knowledge, or leave it to a groomer or vet. He made need a hair trim around his eyes regularly and his ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week. Dental health is important for dogs as well as people and you should try to brush his at least a couple of times a week. Give him a bath just when he needs it as too often can dry out the natural oils in his skin.

What is he like with children and other animals?

The Chi-Chon is usually good with children, he will play and interact with them and is affectionate towards them. He is small though so smaller children should be supervised with him and taught how to play and touch him without hurting him. With other dogs and pets he needs that early socialization to help his interactions. He tends to be too fearless with other much larger dogs and over possessive of his toys when other dogs are around.

General information

This is not a good dog to get for a watchdog. He does tend to bark frequently, for attention, when playing at passing strangers and so on. He should be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food each day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health concerns the Chi-Chon can inherit from his parents such as Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Bladder Problems, Vaccination Sensitivity, Eye problems, Shivering, Allergies and Hip Dysplasia. Ask the breeder to show you health clearances for the parents to better ensure the health of the puppy you want to purchase and visit it at the breeders before you buy too.

Costs involved in owning a Chi-Chon

The Chi-Chon puppy can cost $350 to $900. Other costs for things like a crate, carrier, collar, leash, deworming, chipping, neutering, shots and blood tests come to between $360 to $400. Yearly costs for medical basics like shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups come to between $435 to $535. Other annual costs for non-medical basics like food, long hair grooming, treats, toys, training and license come to between $530 to $630.


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The Chi-Chon is a good companion and could be the right lap dog for a family, couple or single owner. He needs owners who are prepared for his neediness but do not over spoil him. He will also need patient owners in terms of house training. He is a cute and loveable dog though and will take up a special place in your heart.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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