How Much Does a Zuchon Puppy Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

The Zuchon puppy, also known as the Shichon by many, is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise.  It is also referred to as the Bichon Shihtzu and is known as the original Teddy Bear dog.

Relatively a new breed, the Zuchon originated in the United States and is slowly gaining popularity across North America.

zuchon shichon teddy bear puppy by bisbee blue, on Flickr
zuchon shichon teddy bear puppy” (CC BY 2.0) by  bisbee blue

How much does a Zuchon cost?

The cost of a Zuchon puppy will depend on the quality, colors, age, gender, breeder and where the breeder lives.  On average, a high-quality puppy, with all of the appropriate paperwork, will cost $650 to $2,000, but most of the prices, from what we researched, were in the $650 to $950 range.

On PuppyFind.com, for example, there were close to 300 active listings at the time of this writing, with prices ranging from as little as $450 to more than $2,000.

PuppyFinder.com, another website similar to PuppyFind.com, had close to 50+ listings, with prices quite similar to PuppyFind, but for the most part, the average price was close to $699.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health guarantee, vet checkup certification, registration paperwork and a shipping crate if being shipped.  Some breeders or shelters may also microchip, spay/neuter and/or include a small starter kit filled with samples and coupons.

Tips to know:

The average weight is eight to 12 pounds and measures nine to 12 inches.  The characteristics can greatly depend upon their genetics.

Its coat is usually thick, fluffy, soft and will shed very little, but a regular brushing is still highly recommended.  The coat can come in a variety of lengths, depending on its ancestry, but most will either be curly or silky.  Common colors include gray, cream, tan or a combination of the three.

The average lifespan of a Zuchon in captivity and when healthy is 12 to 14 years.

A Zuchon is known to be happy, friendly, very easy going and smart due to their Bichon origin.  The only way to truly know their temperament, however, is by looking at all of the breeds in the cross and research the characteristics of each.

When compared to other dog breeds, the Zuchon requires very little exercise are quite happy with a good play session, either outside or indoors.  Due to this low activity level, the dog can work well for those who live in a smaller space such as an apartment or condo.  It’s best suited for singles, families, senior citizens and/or apartment dwellers.

The dog can do great with younger children, but due to its smaller size, it must be handled with great care.

This designer breed is recognized by ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club).  Due to being a crossbreed, it isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Like most hybrids, if a Zuchon isn’t properly bred, congenital defects may display, especially if the Zuchon is a first generation dog.  As the generations progress, the chances of health issues greatly increase, including deafness, epilepsy, liver disease and hip dysplasia.

Due to the very little shedding, the dog can work great for those who suffer from allergies.

How can I save money?

The Zuchon, being a mix of two breeds, can be called a “designer” dog, but in reality, it’s a “mutt,” just like those you will see at your local shelters.  Because of this, highly consider checking out a local rescue or shelter to see if you can find a puppy or younger dog that closely resembles the Zuchon.  If you’re able to find one or even patiently wait on a waiting list, this is a great way to help an organization and dog that’s in need of a forever home.


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