The Shelchon was developed as the cross between the Shetland-sheepdog and the Bichon Frise breed. They have an almost round head, an edgeless muzzle, with dark round eyes, and a beautiful black nose.Most of the Shelchon dogs inherit the appearance of both of their parents, but the hair length varies from medium to long, with densely packed hair.
Facts About Shelchon
|Breed Group||Non-sporting, Herding|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Other Names||The Shetland-Sheepdog and Bichon Frise mix|
|Height||Up to 12 inches|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||IDCR, DRA, DDKC, ACHC|
|Shedding||Minimal to heavy|
|Colour||White and brown, tan, brown, black and white|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Coat||Medium or long, dense, soft, silky|
Temperament & Personality
The Shelchons are highly intelligent and charming, thus appeals to most of the human being they come across. They easily get attached to its owner and his family and will be the happiest within the house. They are likely to become destructive and violent if left alone for a prolonged period. They are also considered an excellent watchdog, because of their tendency to bark whenever they see an unfamiliar face.These cute dogs also make an excellent playmate for small kids. Being highly protective, with high herding instincts, they even bark, nip, or snap when they get excited.
These highly energetic dogs love to go outside and play a variety of games with their owners. The highly energetic and hardworking Shelchons will like to be the apartment dog, provided the owner satiates their exercise needs, by providing them with soft toys to keep them mentally and physically and busy. They don’t get upset with weather conditions and will do their regular activity requirements, be it summers or winters.
The Shelchons need a regular brushing when it’s their shedding season. Otherwise, they just need weekly brushing to remove the dead hair. This breed is prone to allergic reactions, so the owner should make sure that the dog is well groomed to prevent the onset of allergies which can damage the dog’s coat. A bathing process should be accompanied by proper drying of the fur to avoid the moisture from settling in the coat.
The Shelchon dog can suffer from health conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Canine Hip Dysplasia, Dermatomyositis, Patellar luxation, Cataracts, Urolithiasis, Allergies, Hemophilia, Legg-calve-Perthes disease, Collie Eye Anomaly, Deafness, and Epilepsy. Occasional tests such as DNA for VWD, X-Ray, Dental examination, Full body examination, and frequent allergy tests can prevent the dog from getting various kind of diseases.
Since the Shelchon dog is prone to barking occasionally, the pups need an early Command Training, which will suppress their barking tendency to a certain level in the future. Any kind of training should be backed with food rewards and frequent praises to accelerate the training process.
The Shelchons need proper nutrients in the form of high protein and minerals in their food to keep them going. The small pups’ food chart should be finalized after consulting an adequate Vet doctor.