If you’re looking for a cute Doodle on the littler end of the scale, then this might well be the one for you. Also known as Bichpoos, Bichon Poos, and Bichon Poodles, Poochons are a delightful combination of the cheerful, cream puff Bichon Frise and the clever, athletic Poodle. These beautiful, loving fluffballs make excellent companion pets for active individuals and large families alike. However, if space is a little limited, you might be wondering about the Poochon size – just how big Poochons get.
Well, the good news on that front is the Bichon Frise is classified as small, and when bred with either the similarly sized Miniature Poodle or the even tinier Toy Poodle, a little dog is absolutely guaranteed. For the specifics on this relatively new Doodle, keep scrolling.
The Different Types of Poochons
Playful, upbeat, and friendly, Poochons are smart and sensitive dogs who are easy to train, good even for inexperienced dog owners, and suitable for apartment living. The only two issues you may have are the longer Bichon coat can be a little high maintenance, and these dogs are prone to mouthiness if not trained correctly.
These highly sociable pups do best in a lively living environment where they get plenty of exercise and attention. Both parent breeds are super intelligent, meaning that Poochons require a fair bit of mental stimulation, too, and can learn all manners of tricks with ease. They tend to stick to those they love like Velcro, so they don’t do well when left alone for long periods.
Poochons are a little less established than other Doodle types. So, you are more likely to find first-generation ones than any others for now. These can be a little more unpredictable in terms of personality and appearance. Yet, the parent breeds’ comparative size makes a Poochons adult height and weight reasonably easy to predict.
For details on the different generations and what this means in terms of their genetic inheritance, see below:
- An F1 Poochon has a Bichon Frise parent and a Poodle parent. (50% Bichon Frise, 50% Poodle)
- An F1B or first-generation backcross Poochon has a Poochon parent and an original breed parent – usually a Poodle. (25% Bichon Frise, 75% Poodle)
- An F1BB, or first-generation backcross backcross Poochon, has an F1B Poochon parent and a Poodle parent. (12.5% Bichon Frise, 87.5% Poodle)
- An F2 Poochon has two F1 Poochon parents (50% Bichon Frise, 50% Poodle)
- An F2B Poochon has an F2 Poochon parent and a Poodle parent. (25% Bichon Frise, 75% Poodle)
- An F2BB Poochon has an F2B Poochon parent and a Poodle parent. (12.5% Bichon Frise, 87.5% Poodle)
- An F3 Poochon comes from a variety of pairings, often two F1B Poochons. This is a third-generation Poochon.
Poochon Size Predictions
The two different sizes of Poochon are primarily linked to the parent Poodle: Miniature or Toy. While this is naturally easy to determine with first-generation dogs, things can get a little tricker beyond that. Any reputable breeder, though, should have a clear idea of the ancestry of their puppies.
|Weight||10 – 18 lbs||6 – 10 lbs|
|Height||10 – 15 inches||8 – 10 inches|
|Age at Adult Size||18 months||12 months|
*A dog’s height is measured to the withers, which is the space between the shoulder blades.
In terms of growth patterns, your Poochon, no matter their type, will grow rapidly in the first six months of their life. Regular Poochons will likely be at around 80-90% of their adult height by then, and Mini ones will quite possibly be full size. Girth and muscle weight takes a little longer, but your dog will be full-grown by 18 months for sure.
Keep in mind that all pups should be on a diet specially formulated for puppies. Moreover, with Poochons, you should consider a formula specially designed for small breed puppies. Make sure to check out our Doodle puppy food guides.
Poochons typically reach half their full weight around 5 months and their adult weight at 18 months.
You can calculate their potential adult weight at 18 weeks by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.
Mini Poochons often reach half their full weight around 3 to 4 months and their adult weight at 12 months.
You can calculate their potential adult weight at 15 weeks by taking what they weigh at that age and multiplying it by two.
A different formula you could use is:
At What Age Are Poochons Considered Fully Grown?
Poochons, as smaller dogs, don’t take all that long to reach their adult size. They will likely already be over 50% of the way there by the time they are 3 months old. At 6 months they should be at roughly their adult height. Beyond this, their growth will slow somewhat as they fill out into their adult shape.
How Big is a Full-Grown Poochon?
Depending on the Poodle parent, as well as where both parents stand on the breed standard size scale, your adult Poochon will be around 8 to 15 inches at the shoulder and weigh approximately 6 to 18 pounds. If you want a clearer idea of how big your Poochon might be at their full size, take a look at our excellent interactive Doodle puppy growth calculator.
Poochons are small but incredibly affectionate dogs. They enjoy spending time with their family, especially playing games and going on adventures. If you are thinking of adopting one, make sure you are prepared for just how much these teeny dogs will love you and need to spend time with you. Hopefully, the information provided here proves useful in helping you prepare for your new puppy.