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A Beachon Frise!
The Beachon Frise, or “Glechon,” can be a small or medium-sized dog, depending on which of his parents he resembles more.
Because of his beagle parentage, the Glechon typically has a longer body, muzzle, tail, and ears than other Bichon Frise mixes do.
He doesn't look silly, though; his legs are appropriately proportioned to the rest of his body.
The Temperament of a Beagle Bichon
The Bichon Frise beagle mix is a smart dog who loves his family and is perfect for apartment living.
He becomes cuddly when he's tired, and so he likes to curl up in your lap or at your feet after a long day.
The Glechon is also a very sweet dog. He tends to get along with people and other dogs, but he may not be so great with little animals.
Considering them to be small prey, he may take off after them if unleashed.
Something Glechons are not great at? Being guard dogs.
This is due to their friendly nature and their willingness to make friends with anyone who tosses even a casual smile in their owners' direction.
Glechons are good with kids, but like any small dog, kids must be supervised when playing with the Glechon.
Kids sometimes forget that Glechons aren't toys, and if a Glechon is dropped or stepped on, of course, he can suffer an injury.
Avoid your Glechon getting hurt (and your child feeling guilty) by simply keeping an eye on things when the two of them are playing together.
Feeding Your Glechon
One thing to keep in mind when feeding your Bichon / Beagle mix is that this breed, in particular, is more susceptible to obesity.
The ideal weight for a Glechon is between 15 and 35 lbs.
Give him treats sparingly, even while training him, and make sure you feed him his recommended diet.
If you aren't given guidelines by the breeder or the place from where you have adopted your Glechon, then be sure to do your research.
It is important to know exactly what to feed your Glechon, and how much.
Exercising Your Beagle Bichon Mix
All dogs need to be exercised to some extent, but some are better at taking initiative than others.
Some Bichon Frise mixes are perfectly happy running around their yard or apartment all day.
The Glechon is not one of these dogs.
This Bichon mix must be walked at least once a day, ideally twice. And no short walks either – each walk must be at least an hour.
This may seem grueling if you're not used to it, but hey, your dog loves you so much that he wants you to be fit and healthy, too!
If you're up for a jog, then so will your Glechon, but it's not necessary. Your main goal should be running out the meter on your little's dog's energy bar.
The Glechon is a highly active dog. And you know what happens when you don't exercise highly active dogs: you need to replace your furniture.
If you're not feeling up for a walk on a particular day, take your Glechon to the dog park. Close the fence, take off the leash, and let him run wild until he tuckers his little body out.
Dog parks are also a great way to socialize your Glechon with other dogs.
And at least at the dog park, it's not too often that you have to worry about small prey.
It's less likely that your dog will encounter a cat, and he can only chase a squirrel so far up a tree.
Training a Glechon
Glechons are a breeze to train, so long as training is consistent and starts early enough in the dog's life. Else, he may stand his ground and fight you for dominance.
Everything from housebreaking to socializing him should begin as soon as a Glechon is born.
Of course, unless you're breeding Glechons yourself, there is no way you can be in control of how and when he is trained.
In that case, it is best to start training him from the moment you adopt him.
Let him know right from the get-go that what might have been acceptable at his old home no longer carries any weight with you.
The sooner he knows you mean business, the easier it will be to train him going forward. Of course, depending on how well he was trained before, the beginning may be rough, but he'll get it eventually.
And don't forget the goodies! Heap on the praise and dole out the treats when your Glechon finally masters a new trick and obeys you as he should.
The Health of a Glechon
A healthy Glechon has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. However, it is to be expected every breed comes with its own brand of health concerns., What follows are some of the issues that can plague a Glechon in particular:
- Eye issues
- Ear infections
- Bladder issues
- Hip dysplasia
- Vaccination sensitivity
- Intervertebral disk disease (a.k.a. a “bad back” or slipped discs)
- Dwarfism (common in beagles)
- Patellar Luxation (dislocated kneecaps)