Rashon (Rat Terrier & Bichon Frise Mix)

The Rashon is a mix between a Rat Terrier and a Bichon Frise.

He is a small dog weighing only up to 12 pounds, with a height of up to 12 inches. He’s an affectionate, playful dog who makes an excellent family pet and gets on well with children.

He’s alert and lively and will need a lot of exercise to burn off his energy.

The Rashon is a very intelligent dog that will be easy to train, making him suitable for first-time dog owners.

He only sheds minimally and is not too much of a challenge when it comes to grooming. He may be aggressive at times, but he’s generally good with kids.

Rashon Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Rashon looking up at you
Rashon is both competitive and obedient.

What Price are Rashon Puppies?

The price of Rashon puppies is approximately $300 to $600.

How to Find Reputable Rashon Breeders?

Reputable breeders reserve their puppies before they are even born.

They usually find homes for their puppies even before they are born. If the breeder has a waiting list, it’s a good sign.

Good breeders will ask a lot of questions before they sell their puppy, so expect to be asked a lot of questions about your lifestyle, habits, home, and family.

They do this not to give you a hard time but to make sure that their puppies are going home with a good owner and a happy home.

Their puppies are kept indoors and not in a kennel outside.

Puppies that grow up around humans grow up to be better socialized than those that spend most of their early days in a cage.

Another sign of a reputable breeder is that they only have one or two litters per year. If they have any more than that, then they are simply breeding dogs for money.

They only breed one type of dog breed. If they always have puppies for sale and they are of different dog breeds, then you can be sure they’re running a puppy mill.

Knowing the difference between a good dog breeder and a bad one is only half the battle.

The internet is a great place to find anything. However, it’s also a place where you should be very careful.

Use the internet to find the breeders, but make sure to always visit their home before you buy any puppies from them.

You can find also locate a reputable dog breeder by attending dog shows and signing up for dog clubs.

Talk to someone who has a Rashon. Even if they don’t breed dogs, they probably know someone who does.

Ask Rashon owners if they know other Rashon owners and where they purchased their puppy.

Many pet stores have bulletin boards. Usually, breeders leave notes and announcements there if they have an upcoming litter, so do keep an eye out for those as well.

3 Little-Known Facts About Rashon Puppies

  1. The athletic Rat Terrier parent dog is an American breed who was an excellent ratter. Most farms had one.
  2. Their ancestry includes other terrier breeds like the Old English White Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, and the Fox Terrier.
  3. The Bichon Frise parent dog is thought to have descended from the Barbet, a woolly water dog.
    Their name came from “barbichon”, the diminutive of “barbet”.

Physical Traits of the Rashon

A light colored Rashon standing on grass
Rashon is very smart.

The Rashon is a small but sturdy dog. He has the characteristics of both the Rat Terrier and Bichon Frise parents.

The most common colors include cream, white, brown, and black.

The Bichon Frise parent dog has a white double coat with a soft, dense undercoat and coarse outer coat.

The Rat Terrier parent’s coat is short and smooth with dense, shiny fur. The Rashon could have a combination of these.

He is also likely to have expressive eyes that can be light hazel to dark brown or black. His nose will be usually black.

Rashons don’t shed much. They may also be hypoallergenic because the Bichon Frise parent is. Depending on whether he has the double coat of the Bichon Frise or the short, smooth coat of the

Rat Terrier, the amount of brushing will vary. But brushing him several times a week will be enough to get rid of any loose or dead hair.

Bathing your Rashon is only necessary when he starts to smell foul or when he gets too dirty.

The Rashon can get tear stains just below his eyes so try to keep that area clean and dry. The ears should also be checked regularly for any dirt. Try to brush his teeth daily if possible.

The nails can be clipped also when needed.

How Big is a Full-Grown Rashon?

Male Rashons can grow up to 8 to 12 inches and weigh 6 to 12 lbs.

Females can grow up to 7 to 11 inches in height and weigh 5 to 11 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Rashon?

The life expectancy of the Rashon is 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Rashon

A close up of a Rashon's face
Rashon can be trained easily.

The Rashon is a friendly dog that thrives on human companionship. He also makes a great playmate for kids.

He is very energetic and won’t do well left alone for long periods.

This dog will suit a family where there is someone home for most of the day or an active senior who is prepared to spend a lot of time with him.

He can be a little wary of strangers but will be friendly once he gets to know the person.

Rashons will get along with other dogs if they are enrolled in socialization classes and have consistent training from puppyhood.

They will thrive on lots of praise and learn quickly because they are very intelligent dogs. But they are very sensitive dogs, so don’t use harsh words or raise your voice to scold them.

They make good watchdogs, and the will always bark an alert if an intruder is spotted. If given enough exercise, they will be happy to relax and cuddle with the family.

The Rashon’s Diet

The Rashon is a red meat-eating breed that can also thrive on fresh fruits. He will not do well on an exclusive diet of wheat and grains.

Ideally, all dogs should have freshly made food every day.

Meat is an essential element to your Rashon’s diet. Chicken, pork, beef, and venison are all acceptable sources of meat protein.

Fruits and vegetables are also great sources of additional nutrition.

Canned dog food and dry kibble each offer different advantages. The crunchiness of dry dog food also helps in removing dental plaque.

This is an important consideration because the Rashon is prone to dental problems.

How Much Exercise Does a Rashon Need?

The Rashon is an energetic and affectionate dog that will require a lot of exercise.

He will love going for a daily walk to the dog park or the beach and will also love to play at home.

You can throw a ball endlessly for this breed and he won’t tire of bringing it back to you.

He will also thrive on dog sports and can be taught to do tricks.

The Rashon can adapt well to living in an apartment but would prefer to also have access to a fenced-in garden.

He is not overly sensitive to extreme weather. But Rashons with shorter coats will feel the cold, so don’t leave them outside during winter months.

Rashon Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Rashon include Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, hip and elbow dysplasia, and patellar luxation.

Urolithiasis, color dilution alopecia, patent ductus arteriosus, atopic dermatitis, hemophilia, epilepsy, cataracts, and demodectic mange are also present in the breed.

There may be occasional diagnoses for dental problems and allergies.

The veterinarian may require your Rashon to have hip and elbow x-rays, dental examinations, skin evaluations, allergy tests, physical examinations, as well as heart, knee, and blood tests when necessary.

My Final Thoughts on the RashonThe Rashon dog smiling at you

The Rat Terrier parent is very sensitive to his human’s feelings.

He loves spending time with his owner and is happiest curled up on their lap or outside being active with them.

He adores children and loves being around them. He also loves to sleep with them at night.

Because the Rat Terrier parent is very active, he needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation.

He’s very smart and can be trained quite easily. Housebreaking and obedience training are rarely a demanding challenge with this breed.

The Bichon Frise parent dog also loves being around humans. He is independent, smart, playful, courageous, and enthusiastic.

He has a confident and merry temperament that is easy to live with. He’s also very trainable and just loves everyone.

He needs people to be happy. He’s naturally sociable and happiest when he’s part of a family that brings him everywhere.

His sociable trait also means that he’s fine in the company of other dogs and pets and excellent with children.

When he’s used as a watchdog, he can surprise and be both competitive and obedient.

If you choose to have a Rashon, he will be a good mix of these two wonderful dog breeds.

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