Z is for ZUCHON | #AtoZChallenge

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#BOTB Battle of the bands
If you’re looking for a May 1st Battle of the Bands post, sorry to disappoint. I’m pleading “blogger burnout” and skipping it this time. Back in full swing on May 15. See you there!
#AtoZChallenge 2016 G is for Golden Retriever
Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days, one for each letter of the alphabet, covering a myriad of topics! “Dog Breeds & Anecdotes” is my theme. Click HERE to see all posts and HERE to view the participants. Please support our efforts by visiting, sharing and commenting. We have all worked long and hard on this project. Have fun and thanks for reading!

Here it is!
The LAST DAY of the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge!
We made it!

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#AtoZChallenge Day 26: Z is for ZUCHON, The Doglady's Den
Day 26, April 30


The Zuchon is a cross between an oriental Shih Tzu and a Mediterranean Bichon Frisé. Although not considered an official breed, this may change as the Zuchon’s star continues to rise. They reach an average height of 9-12 inches (23-30 cm.) from the shoulder, and a weight of 8-25 pounds ( 4-11 kg.) fully grown. Their long coats are considered hypoallergenic and require regular grooming. An important feature with the Zuchon hybrid is its longevity. The average life-expectancy is around 12–15 years. Some possible defects known to designer dogs include canine hip dysplasia, deafness, epilepsy, and liver disease. The Zuchon is a well-mannered dog known to be social, happy, and gentle. They become devoted to their families but need much attention and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. They are good therapy dogs. Sometimes the Zuchon may be stubborn and in need of training. – WIKIPEDIA

As mentioned, this is a fairly new breed and so far, I’ve only met one. Harlow (named after the classic movie star, Jean Harlow) has quickly become a favourite houseguest. I always look forward to her visits! Isn’t she adorable?

#AtoZChallenge 2016: Z is for ZUCHON

Don’t you just love that sweet little face?

Looking forward to your comments!

As this challenge comes to an end, I want to thank you all for taking the time to share, visit, follow and comment on The Doglady’s Den. The response was so overwhelming, I’ve had a hard time keeping up and apologize for the late replies. It’s been a pleasure reading your interesting, informative posts and also making new friends. I fully intend to keep up with many of you and look forward to future interactions.

Best Regards,


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P.S. See you on May 9th for the “REFLECTIONS” post!
(if not sooner)

A big round of applause to the team and “minions”!

A to Z Team [2016]

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
eremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily (W)rite
Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Author AJ Lauer
am Brown Margolis @ An Unconventional Librarian
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @ The Sound of One Hand Typing

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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38 thoughts on “Z is for ZUCHON | #AtoZChallenge

  1. I realized something a few months ago and even wrote a post about it. We have had over 30 dogs and they have ALL had pointed faces. The same with my daughter and her crew. The same with the dogs my hubby and I grew up with. I have an aversion to flat faced ones and never realized it until recently.

  2. Such a cutie! Love it, a wonderful way to finish the A to Z. Can’t believe I haven’t been here until now! So much catching up to do. As a minion the work is never done, LOL!
    Happy end of the A to Z and truly Happy May! 🙂

  3. Anyone who bows out of the May 1st challenge, I completely understand. I think some of us BOTBers for next year make a group decision to either go lite (just one BOTB post) or skip it all together. Those weeks really burned me out, because though I considered skipping, I went ahead and did my two battles, albeit abridged.


    Congrats on all your hard work, wonderfully tailored around one of my favorite things in the whole world: dogs! Fun, informative, alphabetical…ladies and gentlemen of the jury, what more can we ask? Great job! Let’s go grab our survivor’s badge!

    1. Thanks, Cherdo. 🙂 I enjoyed your theme as well and wish I had been able to visit more. Hope to be better organized next year. I’ve skipped this BOTB but will join in on the 15th. Cheers!

  5. Congrats to the end to the A to Z! We did it! You should see the dust in my home:) now I’m listening to the BOTB. Harlow is perfect! Very white with some sass:) I learned quite a bit about dogs and how many you have met. I am certain you know all the different ways they communicate also.

  6. She’s a Harlow if I ever saw one!

    Well, I made it, but just. And now I’m still out here trying to put the final comments on all the blogs I didn’t reach on the last day.

    Champagne on the house! Cheers.

  7. I’d never heard of Zuchons! Not my style of dog (unless I find one homeless and sick and terrified, like the Maltese who swindled us into adopting her), but they do sound lovely.

    Your series this year has been so educational, Debbie, and so full of excellent stories. It’s been a joy to read. I missed several of your posts, though, so I’ll be coming back to browse at leisure 🙂 Congratulations on getting to the finish line! Hope you’ve lined up some sumptuous celebration… You’ve earned it 🙂

    1. I didn’t think you’d be too keen on designer breeds, Guilie. Your little Maltese must have been clever to trick you like that. 🙂 Thanks for dropping in whenever you had the time. It’s all over for another year, WHEW!

  8. YAY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You did it! I did it! WE ALL DID IT!!!! 😀 So happy to have completed it. I really do feel a sense of accomplishment. I’ve so enjoyed your posts and I’m coming back to the ones I’ve missed. I so appreciate you visiting my place and I have learned so much reading your A to Z’s! – As for this dog or any “designer” dogs.. Cute as they are. I just don’t know about breeding dogs specifically for the purpose of having another breed. In the old days didn’t we call mixed dogs, mutts? And they were just random mixes not intentional. My personal jury is still out on the “making” of the designer dog. I’m most concerned with the ailments and ill health these designer dogs may incur. I don’t think it’s fair to them. Anyway. My two cents. – Congratulations again!

    1. Thanks and congrats to you, as well! 😀 Yes, mixed breeds used to be called “mutts”. Actually, the designer mixes may be somewhat healthier that purebreds, because the inherited illnesses are diluted, or so the theory goes. This would probably only apply if it was a fairly new mix and not one that has been breeding for a longer time. I’m glad you enjoyed my theme. I always have fun at your place too and regret not having enough time to visit more.

  9. Aww! Harlow looks like a doll! Dogs that are well-mannered and social, happy, and gentle too…. well, I’d love to have Zuchon as a pet, definitely! 😛

  10. I know that I already love the bichon, so I’m quite positive that I’d love a zuchon. If you ever tire of your friend, Harlow, visiting, you can send her my way 😉

  11. I apologize for my lapses. I’ve tried so hard to visit everyone every day… and some days I’ve done better than others!

    That dog is a cutie pie. Serious cuteness there.

    Congrats on finishing the A to Z, Debbie, and thanks for playing along over at my place. It was lots of fun!!!

    1. NO apologies necessary, Robin. I’ve been struggling the whole time, here. (As you can tell by this late reply). Harlow is one of the cutest dogs I know. 🙂 Thanks for visiting me and for a running a great music theme. Loved it!

  12. Harlow is so beautiful! What a wonderful series it has been Debbie. I loved your informative and fun posts. It was a pleasure connecting with you. Congrats on completing the challenge yet again!
    @KalaRavi16 from

  13. She is a cutie. Again you have presented a dog that I knew nothing about. Amazing. I am following your blog now so I will stay in touch. One of these days I want to acquire another Beagle. Perhaps now a cross breed Beagle pup and may have to get your advice.

    Thank you for a very interesting blog. I am glad you found me because I have really enjoyed visiting and getting to know things about dogs that I never took the time to learn.

    All the best for your future. You have done a fantastic job.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

    1. It was so nice to meet you during this challenge, Pat! That’s what it’s all about. 🙂 I followed you, as well. You might enjoy this site which lists different breed possibilities with Beagles:
      Thanks for the compliment. Your story about the child and prophet was fascinating, plus I even learned some new words. Liebe Grüße aus Kanada!

  14. What an adorable little dog!!! I’ve never heard of this breed. Geez, there’s just no end to the kind of designer dogs that can crop up, is there? Love this combination. And Harlow is just the cutest!

    Well Girl, we did it again! Congrats. I’ve so enjoyed all your doggie posts, all the pictures and the videos and especially the stories! Thanks for the education and the entertainment!
    Get some rest my friend…and enjoy that weekend! XOXO

    1. The new breeds keep on coming. I just hope greed doesn’t spoil them, which has been known to happen. Harlow is one of my favourites. Cute and spunky! 🙂

      Thanks and congratulations to you as well! 🙂 This one has been harder than the others, as I was so far off schedule. 😛 I’m going to get a huge head start for next year like you did. (I always say that and it never happens. LOL)

      See you again, soon and thanks for being such a great blogging buddy!. Cheers!

  15. Well, you did it and managed to name off a lot of dogs that I’d never heard of. Congratulations on making to the end!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    1. Thanks, Lee! It was a bit of struggle this year. Glad I pulled it off! See you again soon. No BOTB for me this time, but back on the 15th.

  16. J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Have you enjoyed the challenge? Did you hop to other blogs? The end of the alphabet here! Reflections sign up is May 9– mark a calendar.
    My blog’s giveaway is still going. I’m encouraging everyone to visit more stops.
    Adorable! Thanks for a month of sweet doggies!

  17. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    Congratulations on completing the A to ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! 🙂

    The Zuchon is indeed a cutie pie of a dog. Harlow is adorable. I enjoyed watching the dog in the video playing Frisbee on the snow covered lawn. He’s so frisky and full of the devil. When his owner kept him waiting too long before tossing the toy for another round of fetch, the little guy started attacking the disc and jumping around excitedly, wagging his stubby tail. He reminds me a lot of my Toto. Over the years we bought Toto flying saucers along with several plush, brightly colored 10-inch diameter doggie balls, each with a squeaker inside. She loved it when we would throw the ball to the other end of the house. She would take off after it, barking, attack it, and carry it back in her mouth. When she got close enough to us, a tug of war followed until we managed to pry the ball from her jaws and toss it again. I miss those many happy moments with my dog. I wouldn’t mind owning another toy breed. The cute, spunky, friendly little Zuchon would surely make my short list of possible choices.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Debbie!

    1. I’m glad you have such fond memories of Toto, Shady and can understand how much you miss her. Harlow is a cutie with a lively personality. It’s good to be done with the challenge! WHEW! Daily blogging is definitely not the ideal for me. Many thanks for following my theme and sharing your thoughts on every post.

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