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Nicole Cosgrove

June 9, 2021
The Chonzer is a mix of the Bichon Frise and the Miniature Schnauzer. She has a life span of 10 to 13 years and is a medium sized cross breed. She is a very kind and affectionate dog and makes a great companion or family dog.
Here is the Chonzer at a Glance
Average height 10 to 16 inches
Average weight 25 to 35 pounds
Coat type Thick, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Yes, both parents are
Grooming Needs Moderate – high if coat is not kept short
Shedding Low
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to high – Miniature Schnauzer is quite happy being alone but the Bichon hates it
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization – may chase small animals
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high – watch her food and her exercise
Major Health Concerns Bladder Problems, Patellar Luxation, Vaccination Sensitivity, Eye problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Hip Dysplasia,
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Chonzer come from?

A Chonzer is one of the more recently developed mixed dogs also being called designer dogs. This is a huge trend at the moment with many people opting to have a purposely bred mixed dog rather than a purebred. The public and the famous have gone crazy over some designer dogs in particular and that has led to a couple of unfortunate things. Prices for those popular designer dogs are at an incredible high and a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders entering the field to make money. Avoid giving such breeders your money, they take no care over the animals and put no thought into the breeding. Also keep in mind that with this kind of breeding there has been no settling of standards, no conformity reached. In the same litter the dogs can look different and have different temperaments. With no origins known about the Chonzer we instead can take a look at the parent dogs for some background.

The Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany in the mid to late 1800s to hunt and catch vermin on farms and to act as guard dogs. He was bred by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with small breeds. During the two World Wars dog breeding struggled and some breeds almost went extinct, but the Miniature Schnauzer stayed popular. There are differences from the dog we see today to that one over a hundred years ago. Then they came in several colors but today main colors are silver and black.

He is a very outgoing dog always wanting to be part of family activities. He likes to be close to you and will often position himself so that he is touching you. He is a feisty, needy dog who is smart and easy to train. He does have a stubborn side and will try to manipulate you if you spoil him.

The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is believed to descend from the Barbet but precise origins are not known. When he came to Europe he was very popular with the aristocracy as a companion dog. He can be found in Spanish, English and French courts and continued to be favored for several hundred years. In the late 19th century his popularity fell and he became a common dog. Many circuses and organ grinders had one as a performing dog. They learned tricks very well and were cute to look at.

Today this dog is one of the happiest dogs could own. He loves attention, has to be at the center of everything and is a great charmer, able to win everyone over. He does have an independent side but still can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. He is playful and clever and is a quick learner.


The Chonzer is an affectionate and loving dog who is kind tempered, devoted and protective. She has a lot of energy too and loves to be social and get attention. This can actually be a great thing as she loves to snuggle on your lap and she will always want to follow you around, but on the other hand she can become overly clingy and she can get jealous if other pets or even children are getting attention when she is not. If she is not feeling jealous or being wary of strangers she is otherwise even tempered and she likes to please. She is intelligent and she would be a great companion dog or family dog.

What does the Chonzer look like

This is a medium sized dog, she weighs 25 to 35 pounds and she stands 10 to 16 inches tall. She tends to have a Schnauzer-like snout and the head of the Bichon but that is not always the case. Her coat is thick on top and wavy to curly, the undercoat is soft. She often starts out more salt and pepper colored when she is a puppy and that then becomes more white with grey parts when she is grown. You can also get brown, black and chocolate colors.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chonzer need to be?

She is fairly active so will need at least two walks a day to keep her calm and happy. She can live in an apartment as long as she gets those. She loves to swim and play doggy games like fetch but she also enjoys her lazing around time too. If there is a yard that is a bonus place to play but she should also be given time off leash somewhere like a dog park. Be sure she has enough toys to rotate through at home for some indoor play and that she also gets enough mental stimulation so that she does not become bored and start to act out.

Does she train quickly?

In general the Chonzer is easy to train, she loves to please and listens well so sometimes she even may train quicker than most dogs as she will need less repetition. Keep the training positive using techniques that are going to get the best results like using treats, offering encouragement and praise. It is important you stay patient through it all. It is also essential you are consistent with the training and that you are firm so that she knows you are the boss. On occasion you may find she gets easily distracted when something more interesting is happening. Key to that is to do the training where nothing else is happening before moving it on to somewhere more challenging and keep the sessions short and fun for her. Do not neglect her socialization. It is important she also learn how to interact with other animals, children, dogs and can adapt to different locations and situations.

Living with a Chonzer

How much grooming is needed?

A Chonzer is low to moderate in terms of grooming needs and is usually low shedding. Often the coat is more like the Schnauzer’s when kept short and then if grown out becomes more like the Bichon’s. So depending on the look you want depends on how much professional grooming she will need. Some owners find that letting it get too long can look a little messy as there can be a mix of wiry hair in there too. Bathing should be done just as she needs it to avoid drying out the natural oils in her skin. Give her a brush two to three times a week.

Her eyes and face should be wiped once a day because of discharge and to prevent staining. Her ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week using an ear cleaner. Do not insert anything into the ears though. If she is does not naturally wear down her nails they should be clipped to prevent scratching but take care not to cut too low down. Also brush her teeth at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

This is a great dog around children, she loves to play and bounce around with them. When play time is over she is also very loving towards them. She does not like being poked though so either avoid smaller children or supervise them and teach them how to be careful with her. She has been known to nip a child when they have hurt her, but usually it is a gentle warning. She loves to chase small animals so rabbits and squirrels should beware! She can get jealous of other pets too. She gets along fine with other dogs with socialization.

General information

There are varying reports on her ability as a watchdog. Some say it is low but on the other hand she does tend to be wary of strangers so she should be inclined to alert you if an intruder is trying to enter. Still if your primary purpose for your dog is for a watchdog it may be better to choose a different dog just in case. She barks occasionally otherwise and will need to be fed 1 1/2 to 2 cups of a good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are some issues she can be more prone to. For example she should not be fed table scraps as she can have food allergies, and she can also develop bladder stones. Other issues she can get from her parents include Bladder Problems, Patellar Luxation, Vaccination Sensitivity, Eye problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Allergies and Hip Dysplasia. Visit the breeder to see the puppy before you buy it and get a better feel for the conditions there and the health of the animals. Also ask to see health clearances for both parents.

Costs involved in owning a Chonzer

A Chonzer puppy can cost between $300 to $500. Other initial costs are going to cover a range of basic necessities and medical procedures such as a veterinarian exam, blood tests, deworming, shots, spaying and micro chipping along with a collar and leash, crate and carrier. All of these will come to about $480. Annual medical things like check ups, flea and tick prevention, pet insurance and vaccinations will cost $460 to $560. Non-medical basics like a license, basic training, professional grooming, treats, toys and food come to between $680 to $780.


Chonzers are a great mix of the Cairn and the Miniature Schnauzer and could fit easily and joyfully into most households. She does not need a yard and she can adapt to an apartment but she will need two moderate walks a day and some play along the way too so along with training and socialization she will need owners able to be somewhat active.

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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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