The Shichon is a hybrid designer dog breed that is a combination of two different pure breeds. The Shichon is a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu. They are a small designer dog with a height around 12 inches and weighing 12 to 14 pounds. Zuchon is a portmanteau name combining the two breed names and is not accepted as a breed by the AKC or any other major recognized dog breed registry. It is a dog that does not shed but it also requires maintenance with regular grooming. Because it is a hybrid dog from two purebreds, it is known to have hybrid vigor, when they are first generation, could possibly have better health than the purebred dogs. However, if they are not first generation, health problems can exist. The dog breed has a short history beginning only at the turn of the 21st century. The Shichon is sometimes called a fuzzy wuzzy. The Shichon takes its appearance from both breeds. For the most part, the Shichon will have a double coat that has an outer coat which is loosely curled and fluffy and an undercoat that is fine, soft and silky. The undercoat of this breed will usually be between three and four inches in length. For the most part, this breed is considered to be hypo-allergenic because it does not shed much, if any at all. The colors of the Shichon will vary based on the colors of the parents. Many are white like the Bichon Frise, but the dog may also take coloring from the Shih Tzu breed as well. The size of the breed will usually be somewhat small.