The Shichon is said to have a long lifespan of 12 to 18 years.
Do teddy bear dogs have health problems? Yes, a Shichon is a healthy mixed dog breed but they are not immune from the common health issues such as the following:
A neurological and inherited medical condition, the most common signs are seizures that may last between 1 to 2 minutes. Unfortunately, epilepsy is incurable but can be managed with antiepileptic drug therapy.
A skin disorder that causes itching, skin inflammation, and in severe cases, anaphylactic shock. The causes vary, from an inhaled allergen like pollen and ingesting something from which your fur baby is allergic. The treatments include steroids, antihistamines, changes in diet, among others.
Blame it on the Shih Tzu gene, this skull deformation causes breathing problems, overheating, exercise difficulties, and overcrowded teeth.
Brachycephaly is the result of breeding dogs to come up with breeds that have shorter skulls, giving the appearance of a flat-faced. The problem is that this anatomical defect leads to a host of health problems.
In severe cases, surgery is done to remove some tissues to open up air pathways.
If your Zuchon suffers from Patella Luxation, your pooch is very likely to have gotten it from a Bichon Frise gene. To explain simply, your Shichon’s movements are restricted due to dislocated kneecaps. The treatments vary depending on the severity.
This health issue is common among Shih Tzu mixed dogs which causes the kidneys not to develop properly. The symptoms include increased thirst and stunted growth. Sadly, there is no cure for renal dysplasia.