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.
|Other names||Shetland Sheepdog-Bichon Frise mix, Sheltie Bichon|
|Coat||Medium/long, thick, double-layered, soft, slightly wavy|
|Color||White and brown/tan, white/cream, black and white, sable|
|Group of Breed||Non-Sporting, Herding|
|Size/Height||Small; around 12 inches|
|Temperament||Loving, alert, intelligent, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DDKC, IDCR, DRA, ACHC|
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.
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.