By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023


The Shelchon, also known as Sheltie Bichon mix, is a small cross between the Shetland Sheepdog and Bichon Frise. They have a slightly rounded head, a blunt muzzle, round dark eyes, and a black nose. These wonderful family pets, known for their adorable toy-like appearance as well as sweet disposition, will keep you the happiest.

Shelchon Pictures

Quick Information

Other namesShetland Sheepdog-Bichon Frise mix, Sheltie Bichon
CoatMedium/long, thick, double-layered, soft, slightly wavy
ColorWhite and brown/tan, white/cream, black and white, sable
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedNon-Sporting, Herding
Lifespan12-15 years
Weight15-30 lbs
Size/HeightSmall; around 12 inches
TemperamentLoving, alert, intelligent, playful
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inUSA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationDDKC, IDCR, DRA, ACHC

Video: Shelchon Puppies Playing

Temperament and Behavior

The cheerful Sheltie Bichons are adept at charming people with their winning disposition. Being an excellent companion, they love to be with their family members, following them from one room to another throughout the day. They detest loneliness and may become destructive if left alone.

Although these dogs make affectionate family pets and are wonderful playmates for kids, the Shelchons can be reserved around strangers. Since they are protective by nature, they will not hesitate to bark and alert their people at the sight of a trespasser.

Like their Sheltie parents, they may have a herding instinct. You can expect some of these dogs to run around, bark, and nip at smaller animals such as cats, rabbits, and squirrels.



The energetic Shelchon dog will have no problems as an apartment dweller as long as it gets plenty of daily activity and mental stimulation. Apart from being taken out on a walk daily, it needs a safe yard where it can run and play freely.


Its coat requires a thorough brushing every week. Make sure that you frequently brush its coat with a pin brush during the breeding season. You can mist its coat using a spray bottle to keep from damaging its hair. If you find mats in its hair, use a slicker brush to remove them.

Health Problems

Some health issues such as blood disorder, deformity in bones and joints, allergies, inherited eye conditions, bladder infection, and hypothyroidism may occur.


Since a Sheltie Bichon is quite vocal, training it early to stop barking unnecessarily is important. Put few coins in an empty canister, and hold it in your hand whenever your pet dog is likely to bark without a reason. When it starts barking, create a temporary diversion by rattling the canister noisily. This will help in breaking the track of thought and focusing its attention on you. You can give commands such as “Don’t bark!” or “Shhh!” at this point. Keeping this up several times will help in dealing with out-of-control barking.

To keep your Shelchon from displaying herding behavior such as nipping the backs of people’s legs, consistent practice of obedience training using “sit”, “leave it”, and “stay” commands is crucial.


Your Shelchon can get the essential nutrients from a quality high-protein dry food containing certain types of meat including chicken, lamb, or beef. When feeding an adult dog, give an amount between a three-fourth cup and one-and-a-half cups per day.

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