Zuchon Health

July 4, 2018

image of zuchon puppy from teddybearpuppydogs.com

Thanks to hybrid vigor, first generation Zuchons are generally healthier than their parents. However, prospective buyers should be aware that all pedigree lines carry certain inherited disorders that can be passed on even to their hybrid offsprings.

Although it’s impossible to eliminate every health condition or disease, it’s a good practice to check the health clearances of both the parents of the puppy you’re looking to buy. A good breeder should offer health clearances – proof that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a certain health condition – from an independent agency such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the Canine Eye Registration Foundation.

Below are some of the diseases and conditions documented in the Zuchon. Keep in mind that not all Zuchons will get any or all of these diseases.

  • Allergic dermatitis or Atopy is an inflammatory, chronic skin disease that is caused by an allergy to substances in the environment. The Bichon is particularly predisposed, and signs may be seen from as young as four months of age. Symptoms include itching, scratching, hair loss, greasy or flaky skin with a foul odor.
  • Brachycephalic airway syndrome is a combination of anatomical abnormalities in very short-nosed dogs that cause increased airway resistance and respiratory distress. This is commonly seen in some Zuchons that inherit the Shih Tzu’s facial features. Surgery is necessary for some affected dogs to widen the nostrils, shorten the soft palate, and/or to trim excess tissue from around the larynx.
  • Cushing's syndrome happens when your dog’s body makes too much of a hormone called cortisol. This chemical helps him respond to stress, control his weight, fight infections, and keep his blood sugar levels in check. But too much or too little of it can cause problems. Symptoms include hair loss, weight gain, skin thinning, and excess thirst.
  • Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia, also known as IMHA, is caused by the dog’s own immune system attacking the red blood cells in their body and destroying (called haemolysing) them at a faster rate than the bone marrow can make new ones. As a result, the dog becomes progressively anaemic and clinical signs will develop. Signs include breathlessness, weakness, and collapse.
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, or “Dry Eye”, is an eye condition where the cornea and conjunctiva become inflamed due to a lack of tear production by the lacrimal gland. Over time, the lack of tear production leads to corneal cloudiness, redness, and pigmentation, which in turn causes vision loss and ocular pain. When tear production is low, the eye also produces a thick yellow/green mucous, which is often mistaken as infection.
  • Hip Patellar luxation is a common orthopedic problem among dogs. The patella, or kneecap, normally rides in a groove (trochlear groove) within the femur (thigh bone) of the knee. But in some dogs the patella can slip out of this groove, usually when the knee is flexed, causing varying degrees of lameness.

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November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted

March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

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Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Connie RN,

December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one