Hybrid Origin: The Shichon is a hybrid between the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu. Erroneous Alias: Zuchon, Teddy Bear, Bichon TzuCountry of Origin: Shichons originate in the United States of America. Original Purpose: The Shichon is a great family companion. Breed Characteristics: Shichons generally have the demeanor of the Bichon Frise and the playfulness of the Shih Tzu. Shichons tend to be very loyal, loving to spend time with their family and owners. Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy for the Shichon is 10 - 13 years.