Bichon Poodle: Why You Should Own This Curly-Haired Teddy

Is the Bichon Poodle the right dog breed for you? A breathtaking, curly-haired teddy bear-like breed standing at a mere 15 inches and weighing up to 18 pounds.

The perfect mix of intelligence and affection, don’t be fooled by the Bichpoo’s (yes, this is a real nickname), “toy-breed” appearance.

This designer breed is not your ordinary toy-breed and will be a friendly addition to your home.

Intrigued? We convinced you at “teddy-bear” didn’t we?

Continue reading as we guide you through the need-to-know facts covering the Bichon Frise and Poodle Mix including how to care for them and their temperament and appearance.

After this guide, I’m sure you will find no hesitation with finding your very own Bichpoo.

Bichon Poodle Infographic

Bichon Poo Fact Table
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Toy Lap Dog / Designer Dog
Suitable For Individuals, Couples or Families
Size 9 to 15” (both male and female)
Weight 6 to 18 pounds (both male and female)
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Color Variations Brown, apricot, white and anything in-between
Temperament Intelligent, loving, playful and extremely affectionate
Daily Exercise Low to Medium – 30 minutes of exercise per day
Activity Levels Moderate – Low physical activity and high mental activity
Daily Food Consumption 560 calories per day – try split feedings into two or three different meals
Known Health Issues Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Patella Luxation

What is a Bichon Poodle? Breed Overview

Bichon Poodle
The Bichon Poodle Mix usually has small litter sizes of four to five puppies because of their small size.

Renowned for their intelligence, the Poodle mates with the ever-so loving Bichon Frise to bring you a small designer dog known as the Bichon Poodle, or otherwise know as:

  • Bichpoo
  • Bichon Poo
  • Poochon
  • Bichon Frise Poodle

When the two purebred parents mate, the resulting puppy’s temperament and appearance cannot be predicted. Due to two different parents, the litters vary from colour to colour.

There is just no telling if your little pup will resemble a teddy-bear or maybe even a unique curly-haired polar bear!

Origin of the Breed

Origin of the Bichon Poodle
The Bichon Poodle Mix first appeared in Australia during the nineties.

As with any designer dog breed, they were originally bred to create a loveable pooch whilst removing health concerns which may be present in the purebred parent breeds.

Over the past decade, this little pooch has increased in popularity in the United States, and even world-wide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bichon Poodle Lifespan?
You can be sure that this adorable breed will be by your side for quite some time. They have a life expectancy of approximately 12 to 15 years.

How big does this breed get?

Weight Height
Female 6 to 12 lbs 9 to 11 inches
Male 10 to 18 lbs 11 to 15 inches

As you can see, this is toy dog breed and therefore you shouldn’t expect it to get too big at all.

How much does this breed cost?
Your Bichpoo will cost around $1,000 USD.

Bichon Poodle Temperament

Characteristic Rating
Friendliness 5 Star Rating for Friendliness
Ease of Care 4 Star Rating for Ease of Care
Trainability 4 Star Rating for Trainability
Exercise Requirements 3 Star Rating for Exercise Requirements
Social Tendencies 5 Star Rating for Social Tendencies

Who doesn’t want to come home to a cuddly, curly little precious canine?

This breed is truly one of the most loving and affectionate breeds. Born to love, born to cuddle and born to please, this breed will provide you with all the care in the world. All it needs in return? A cuddle, a bit of training and a brush.

The Bichpoo is a small dog and although active, it doesn’t require a large amount of exercise and doesn’t even require a massive yard. A little bit of playtime is enough to burn off the little energy they can fit in their small body.

This breed makes a great addition to any family. Taking after its Poodle parent, this breed is highly intelligent which makes training a breeze.

Taking after its Bichon Frise parent, this breed provides both your children and you with a playful and adorable personality.

The Bichon Poodle mix has also been known to be a hit with the elderly due to its loyal persona, and the large amount of fondness that they have for their owners.

Super cuddly and super soft. Not to mention the fact that this dog cannot say no to love and affection. Perfect right?

How to Care for the Bichon Frise and Poodle Mix

The Bichon Poodle is a joy to care for. You can’t help but shower your pup with affection and therefore caring for your pup should be no hassle at all.

How Much Does a Bichon Poodle Eat?

Bichon Poodle Eating Dog Cake
A little body which shouldn’t be overfed.

It is recommended that on average, a healthy and active dog weighing up to 16 lbs requires 560 calories per day. This includes all of their tasty snacks too!

Of course, these requirements may change due factors such as sex, age and activity levels. However, as these dogs are not the biggest, then of course they do not require much to fill their small tummies.

To not overwhelm your Bichpoo puppy with food and spread out meals through-out the day. Three meals should suffice in smaller portion sizes. Try breakfast, lunch and dinner?

In terms of what to feed your Bichon Poodle, we recommend a high quality dry kibbled diet specifically made for toy dog breeds.

This will ensure that not only are your dog’s caloric requirements met daily, but also their protein and fat requirements.

Exercise Requirements

Exercising and training your toy breed is a great way to build a strong bond.

Half an hour of exercise a day is what it takes to meet your Bochpoo’s exercise requirements. Remember that they are only a small dog and shouldn’t be over exercised; especially during their first six months of age.

Not only will those thirty minutes of exercise a day help your pooch keep fit, but they will also do wonders for your health and well-being.

Dog walking is always a great excuse to get physical and a far more enjoyable option as opposed to a long and repetitive solo run.

Exercise includes play time too. So don’t be afraid to let your children run around with your Bichpoo; they will both love it.

Bichpoo’s are perfect with children due to their playful nature.

Training a Bichon Poodle Mix

Socialising a Bichon Poodle
Remember, the Bichpoo’s parent breed, the Poodle, is known to be very intelligent. Therefore, you should not expect any problems with training.

The Bichpoo is a keen and fast learner, and may even impress you with just how fast they will learn.

The real key is positive reinforcement with training any dog. Just relax, be patient, and have fun during training. Reward and reinforce positive behaviour with food, praise or toys.

This will also keep your dog interested as your Poochon will love to please you.

Why not take the extra step and provide your pup with a treat as they demonstrate good behavior with a tasty snack on a hot summers day.

Socialization Requirements
Socialization is always important in any canine. And it just so happens that this curly-haired breed just loves attention. Making this the perfect dog to keep your children entertained.

The Bichpoo thrives off the love and interaction of other humans, and dogs. Proper socialisation is essential so that your dog never experiences stress in changing or populated environments.

If socialised from an early age then they may also befriend all sorts of opposing species (yes, even the canines number one enemy, the feline). So if you have a cat, then have no fear! They love making new friends.

Mental Stimulation
Bichon Poodle FAQs

Mental stimulating your Poochon should definitely occur on a regular basis, without the necessary amount of mental stimulation then your Bichon Poodle may become bored and somewhat of a nuisance.

Providing your pup with the right amount of mental stimulation is very easy and all it actually requires is introducing your pup to new environments or through interactive games.

When it comes to interactive games, leave it to the kids or join in, the choice is yours. A simple game of fetch will do. Or, why not mix it up a little and try a more mentally demanding game such as “Mix The Cup”.

How to Play “Mix The Cup”:

  1. Line up three to four cups in a row
  2. Place a treat under one of the cups (allow your dog to witness this)
  3. Mix the cups
  4. Ask your dog to tap on which cup has the treat
  5. Give the treat to your dog!

Note: This game may require some training, but once your pup has this game under lock-and-key then let the games begin!

Known Health Problems

Although the goal of this toy breed was to eliminate health problems, unfortunately health issues may still arise.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a degenerative eye disease which may even cause blindness in dogs. Unfortunately, the Bichpoo’s parent breed, the Poodle, is predisposed to this disease.
  • Patella Luxation is when your poor dog’s kneecap dislocates from the normal position. This is often a genetic malformation. This will also be very painful for your pup and may cause them to sit with their hind leg lifted up. If left untreated, surgery may be needed, therefore it is very important to take your pup to the Veterinarian if any lameness is noticed.

Even if they are rare, it is your responsibility as a dog owner to have a good understanding of your dog’s potential health issues.

Bichon Poodle Appearance: Coat, Color and Grooming

Poochon Appearance

You no longer need to convince your dog groomers that your pup deserves a beautiful perm. The Bichon Poo is a natural curly-head which even you will be envious about.

With a little button nose, love-me eyes and a body full of short to medium gorgeous curly hair, the only thing that sets this breed apart from being a teddy-bear is their long fluffy ears which reside at the side of their head.

The Bichpoos coat barely sheds and takes after both of its parents with its hypoallergenic coat.

This hypoallergenic coat may come in a variety of different colors, from apricot, to brown, to anywhere in-between.

Grooming Requirements

Bichon Poodle Before Grooming
The Bichon Poodle requires regular brushing in order to prevent unwanted matting which may come with those lovely curls if not maintained properly.

It is best to brush your pup’s coat daily, with a recommendation to begin all grooming from an early age so that your pup becomes accustomed to it, and may even come to enjoy pamper time.

Hair trimmings should take place every two months or so.

Last, but not least. Dental care.

Dental care is important for all canines. Try brushing your pup’s teeth (daily if possible), as this is known to be the best form of dental disease prevention. You could also try dental treats.


If you are looking for a family friendly, highly affectionate and intelligent dog breed which doesn’t take up too much room, then call a breeder because this dog might just be right for you.

Easy to care for, highly trainable and sociable this designer dog has all the qualities to meet you and your family’s needs or an elderly couples.

Do you know anyone with a Bichon Poodle? If so, comment below, we would love to hear all about it.

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.
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  1. I have the most adorable poochon puppy born in December 18 and so well behaved and intelligent, she fits into our family perfectly and gets on so well with our 10 year old springer spaniel. Everyone loves her, walks take an age as everyone stops to see her and she stops to dance for them on her hind legs – she’s just so funny I can almost hear her saying ‘look at me look at me’ 😂

  2. I had a little bichpoo for 15 years. His name was Snuggles and he was the best. He did go blind, and had dental problems (so any owner should brush a bichpoo’s teeth frequently). Also they should only be walked with a harness to protect their necks.My little Snuggles was all black and what a wonderful little man he was, I miss him every day. All these little dogs live for is to be with you. They love you totally, and will be one of the best things in your life.

  3. Just purchased a Poochon a few weeks ago she will be 12 weeks soon and she is an adorable little stinker. She is pretty laid back and loves the sling I use to carry her when I walk my other fur kids. She will be small (mom and dad under 8lbs) but she is not afraid of our 107lb Doodle. I can tell she is intelligent and looking forward to training her. It’s like having a living stuffed animal. Very happy with my choice.

    • Hi Pamela, I am interested in purchasing a bichon poodle myself! Did you happen to go to a breeder? I am finding it difficult for me to search for a place that is reputable. Any advice you can give is much appreciated! Thank you!

    • Would you mind sharing who you purchased you bichon poodle from? I’m looking for a reputable breeder of cute pups, as my bichon poodle Sasha passed away two years ago. We are looking for a new little girl.

  4. I’ve had my Bichoodle, Cino for 9 years. He’s the man in my life and through training has become a Therapy dog. We go weekly to the local Dementia facility where he cheers up all his friends. He’s super energetic and obsessed with his ball. No health problems and he loves people and children. He’s not great with strange large dogs but if around them more often he can be good. He’s very possessive of me and our home. Overall he’s wonderful and I’d certainly get this breed again.

  5. We had “Devon”, our BichPoo for 18 years and he left us in August. Devon was the greatest, loving buddy you could ask for… always even tempered, playful and a big cuddler. He also loved taking long walks and playing catch. He was a true family member and we miss him everyday, but appreciate all the love he gave us.

  6. I had the most four Beautiful Adorable Bichon Poodle/Maltese Shitzu…puppies. I kept one and named him Trump. He is 10 weeks old and very smart and playful. I just love him. But yes to anyone wanting this type of dog, you are making a great decision – they are awesome extension to a family.

  7. I had a beagle for almost 18 years. My Jazzygirl passed in December & I wanted something different. I heard poodles were very intelligent & I wanted to train the dog to be a therapy dog. I spent a lot of time looking. I’m retired & could not afford a huge expense. Then came the epidemic and I needed company. I was blessed to find my Poochon in a foster home. My Yogi Bear is so lovable.

  8. I have two Bichon/poo they are sisters. They are going to be fourteen this week they are still healthy and very playful. One does not have the best of teeth, she has already had seventeen removed. The other one had fourteen removed and her teeth seem ok now.
    I don’t know what I would do without them they are very playful still like two puppies.

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