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Weight: 3-13 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate – High
The Poochin is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-13 years
The Poochin is a hybrid breed of the Japanese Chin and the Poodle. This breed has some major and secondary health problems that need to be taken into consideration when you look for a breeder and also a puppy. Some of the health conditions to keep an eye out for and some conditions that the breed is known to have include epilepsy, Addison’s Disease, Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloat, patellar luxation, heart problems, eye problems, Cushing’s Disease, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism.
Epilepsy is also known as seizures and can occur in your pup. Typically, this condition does not appear until your pup is two years of age or older. You will often be alerted to the condition when your pup starts to shake or convulse. The seizures can be either mild, violent, or somewhere in between.
Addison’s Disease may be present in your Poochin and occurs when there are not enough corticosteroids in the body. This leads to impaired body functions in your pup.
Von Willebrand’s Disease is an inherited condition that occurs when the platelets in your Poochin’s body cannot clot. This happens due to a lack of protein within the platelets.
Bloat is a serious condition that can lead to death when not treated properly and in a timely manner. Bloat occurs when there is too much air or gas trapped within your pup’s stomach. This additional air places pressure on organs around the stomach as the stomach begins to expand and can lead to loss of blood circulation and more.
Patellar luxation is also known as a knee dislocation and occurs when your pup’s knee is knocked out of place. You will often know when this condition occurs because your pup will hold his or her leg elevated.
It is not uncommon for your Poochin to have both eye and heart problems. These problems are usually minor and may involve an eye infection or an irregular heartbeat. While they can be normal and not a cause for concern, you never know when it may be serious, so you should alert your veterinarian if your pet starts to act strange.
Cushing’s Disease is a condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisone in the body due to a tumor on the pituitary gland. Your pup will exhibit a variety of symptoms so it may be hard to determine what the underlying issue is.
Hip dysplasia is present in many different breeds of dogs and can appear in your Poochin as well. This condition happens when the hip joint is deformed or when it does not fit within the socket properly. You will notice your pup has trouble standing and getting up from a lounged position.
Lastly, hypothyroidism may affect your Poochin and will either cause your pup to be obese or it will cause him or her to have trouble gaining weight.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Poochin is often regarded as a dog that is loyal to his or her own, smart, and obedient. You will find that your pup makes a wonderful companion and does not wander or stray far from you. In fact, you may not be able to get your pup to leave you be it for just a couple of minutes.
The Poochin likes attention and will seek it out whenever he or she can. You can expect to receive a lot of love from your pup. The Poochin is also known to be extremely gentle with children and does well with them.
Your pup is smart and trains easily. This breed listens to the commands that you hand out and will respond well to you along with looking to you for leadership. It is important that you use positive methods to train your pup as he or she will not respond to harsh methods.
The Poochin is good for apartment and condo dwelling, but your pup will need to be walked once per day for 15 to 30 minutes. You will notice that your pup likes to play, so toys around the house are always a good idea.
The Poochin has moderately high grooming needs. This breed does not shed, but they do need to have their coat brushed at least once per day to remove any mats and tangles. Also, you will need to take your Poochin to the groomer every month or two to get clipped.
You will need to bathe your pup when he or she is really dirty, and a dry shampoo will work in between. Your Poochin’s ears need to be cleaned once per week to remove any buildup that may form.
Your Poochin will eat anywhere between 1/2 cup and 1 cup of dry food per day. You want to choose a high quality brand made with wholesome ingredients that is high in protein and is not filled with chemicals or by products.
If you are unsure of what to feed your pup, you should speak with your veterinarian to get some recommendations.
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A Poochin puppy will cost you anywhere between $350 and $750. In addition to this one time outlay, you should also factor in the cost of vet checkups, preventative medicine for your pup, food, supplies, and more.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Poochin makes a good breed for any home, condo, or apartment. You will find that your pup is active indoors and likes to play, but also knows how and when to settle down. The Poochin is an attention seeker and will come to you for lots of love and cuddles. This breed ranks a 1.5.
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