Care to guess? Go ahead, guess…
It's called 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.
He doesn't look silly, though; he has appropriately proportioned legs when compared to the rest of his body.
The Temperament of a Beagle Bichon
He becomes cuddly when 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 littler animals. Considering them to be small prey, he may take off after them if unleashed.
Something Glechons are not great at is serving as a a 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, you must supervise your kids when they're playing with the Glechon.
This is because 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 they play together.
A Brief History of the Glechon Breed
Because the Glechon is a fairly new breed, he doesn’t have much of a history yet. However, you can always research more about the breeds that make him up to learn more about the intertwined histories of this dog.
For instance, while the details on the Beagle’s history are not clear, it is safe to say that he descended from English pack hounds that existed even before the Roman era.
As for the Bichon, several theories exist as to how her lineage came to be. While some believe the Maltese is her relative and that she hails from the Mediterranean, others believe she may be a distant relative of the Barbet or Water Spaniel.
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. And, while we're on the topic, the breed's typical height ranges between 15 and 16 inches tall.
Give him treats sparingly, even while training him, and make sure you feed him his recommended diet.
If the breeder or adoption center doesn't give you guidelines on what and how to feed him, be sure to do your own research before you bring him home. (Yes, it's that important.)
Exercising Your Beagle Bichon Mix
All dogs need exercise 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.
You must walk this Bichon mix 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 be, 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 him off 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.
Another perk of a dog park is that it's not too often that you have to worry about small prey. In other words, 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 receives training. 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, the beginning may be rough, depending on how much training he received before, 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.
Helpful Dog Training Resource:
For help with training your Glechon dog take a look at The Online Dog Trainer by Doggy Dan. Doggy Dan is an expert Dog Trainer based in New Zealand. His online resource contains Hundreds of Excellent Dog Training Videos that will take you step-by-step through the process of developing a healthy, happy well-behaved dog.
How to groom a Glechon all depends on which of his parents he takes after more, so this, of course, will be different for every dog. For instance, if he takes after his Bichon Frise parent, he will shed more, and his coat will be less likely to cause allergies (though not impossible – no dog is truly “hypoallergenic”).
If he has a longer coat, make sure to brush it every other day to protect his skin from drying out and his hair from matting. The amount he will shed depends on the kind of coat he inherits.
As far as colors go, the Glechon can be black, tan, white, or red.
The Health of a Glechon
A healthy Glechon has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. However, it is to be expected that 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
- Epilepsy (seizures)
- Intervertebral disk disease (a.k.a. a “bad back” or slipped discs)
- Dwarfism (common in beagles)
- Patellar Luxation (dislocated kneecaps)
Note: Don't let the many issues above scare you. The best way to approach health problems is to prevent them in the first place. The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health is a great place to start. Get a copy to keep at home. It will help you prevent the painful health issues that can plague your lovely Canaan pet from expressing his winning personality and maximizing his life expentancy.
Finding the Perfect Glechon
If you are interested in bringing a Glechon puppy home, then you’re probably wondering how you can go about doing that.
There are two ways to get a Glechon:
- You can either find one for sale either from a breeder
- Or pore through the “stock” at your local animal shelter.
The good news is that, if you like mixed breeds and you’re interested in adopting, you’re in luck. More mixed breeds end up in shelters simply because people find it a lot harder to part with a dog that costs over a thousand dollars.
Glechon Puppies for Sale
The average Glechon price is around $400, but it all depends on what the breeder decides to charge.
You have to be really careful when buying a Glechon from a breeder that you are paying for a dog who is definitely a combination of the breeds he is supposed to be. If the dog you buy is anything other than a Bichon/Beagle mix, you are getting ripped off.
Glechon Adoption and Rescue
You may be looking into adopting a Glechon if money’s tight. However, be warned that the only thing you’re saving money on is the cost of the dog itself.
It’s kind of like shopping for a house. If you buy a cheaper house, you still have to worry about paying for the taxes, the upkeep of the house, and the accessories you can buy to make it look nicer. The same goes for a dog.
While you may save money on adoption fees vs. breeder prices, you also have to account for taking the dog for his necessary check-ups, which can be pricey even for a routine visit. You also have to budget for obedience classes if he needs additional training, as well as monthly costs for food, treats, and toys.
If you adopt a puppy, you’ll need to pay for him to get spayed or neutered if the breeder has not already done so.
There are good things about adopting a dog too, though. You can give a dog who’s living in a cold shelter and who only gets to go out, at most, twice a day, a loving home.
Some dogs live the majority of their lives in shelters when they did nothing wrong to put them there. You can help prevent this by bringing one of these babies home.
If you’re in the market for a Glechon breeder, I can’t stress this strongly enough: be careful. There are so many things you need to be aware of to make sure you aren’t getting ripped off, and that you aren’t getting roped into bringing a sick dog home.
First, a mixed breed should always be a First-Generation mix. What this means is that the breeder is not breeding a dog who is already a mixed breed with yet another breed. This dilutes the purity of the breeds and increases the odds of the dog’s offspring developing health conditions.
Next, you must make sure that you are getting the dog you pay for. A breeder claiming to sell Glechons when, really, the dog is a mix of a Bichon and some other breed is not a Glechon – it’s a scam. Be sure to get proof of the lineage of the dog you’re buying.
And don’t underestimate the power of the internet. Look up the breeder you’re interested in before you even visit the breeder’s house to make sure the breeder is above-board. What are the breeder’s past customers saying about him or her?
Finally, be sure to thoroughly inspect the grounds where the breeder keeps the dogs.
- Is it clean?
- Are the dogs aggressive?
- What’s the behavior of the puppies’ parents like?
All of these things can be red flags and/or clues to the future behavior of the dog you bring home.
A Final Word about the Glechon
The Glechon is a smart, sweet dog. He's not the best guard dog, but he's wonderful at snuggles. Train him from day one, and you'll have a much easier time with him.
Be careful with what you feed him and how much, as he is vulnerable to obesity. And obesity creates a whole new set of health problems that, trust me, neither you or your wallet would want!
Be careful when buying a mixed breed like the Glechon from a breeder.
Make sure the dog is First Generation and that his parents are who the breeder says they are. This will cut down on the number of health problems you and your dog could face in the future.