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The Shichon, also known as the Zuchon, is a hybrid dog bred by crossing the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise. This small hybrid is often called a "teddy bear dog" with its sweet round eyes and fluffy, often textured coat. Beyond being cute, this breed makes an excellent companion for any type of household provided he/she gets the nearly constant companionship that is necessary. They are highly intelligent and trainable, rarely bark, are friendly towards strangers and other pets plus make tireless playmates for children. Although they have plenty of playful energy, they prefer to do whatever you are doing and do not have stringent exercise requirements. They require moderate effort in regards to grooming and are not for those seeking a watchdog, guard dog, or intense exercise partner. Shichons are usually healthy, often living 15 years or more.