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The Glechon is also known as the Beachon and is the offspring of two purebreds the Beagle and the Bichon Frise. This small to medium cross or mixed dog has talents in watchdog, agility and search and rescue. He has a life span on 12 to 15 years and is a gentle and easy going dog great as a companion or family dog.
|Here is the Glechon at a Glance|
|Average height||Up to 16 inches|
|Average weight||15 to 35 pounds|
|Coat type||Short or long and wavy, wiry or rough and hard|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be (Bichon Frise is)|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good – experience helps with training|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||High|
|Major Health Concerns||eye problems, epilepsy, bladder problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, vaccination sensitivity|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$375 to $475|
Where does the Glechon come from?
The Glechon is one of many types of designer dogs, these are dogs that are purposely bred cross breeds. Over the last two to three decades their popularity and number have increased due in part to many celebrities also favoring them over other dogs. Some breeders of designer dogs are honest and genuine in their love for the dogs but a lot are drawn to a trend that also a big money making business. Puppy mills and bad breeders have terrible practices so be sure you are not buying from such places. With not much information in the origins of the Glechon we can look at his parents for more information.
The Beagle’s history is a little uncertain in some places as while we have reports of beagle like dogs from as far back as Roman times they were not the Beagles we know today. Used for hunting for a time they fell out of favor in the 18th century when foxhounds became popular and because Beagles were not that fast. However farmers continued to use them and that is what saved the breed. In the 1800s they were imported to America and there they were bred to be smaller.
Today the Beagle is a sweet dog, funny but also quite naughty! Training and socialization is important and since they love their food so much occasional treats to bribe them to be good is recommended!
The Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is believed to descend from the Barbet but precise origins are not known. When he came to Europe he was very popular with the aristocracy as a companion dog. He can be found in Spanish, English and French courts and continued to be favored for several hundred years. In the late 19th century his popularity fell and he became a common dog. Many circuses and organ grinders had one as a performing dog. They learned tricks very well and were cute to look at.
Today this dog is one of the happiest dogs could own. He loves attention, has to be at the center of everything and is a great charmer, able to win everyone over. He does have an independent side but still can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. He is playful and clever and is a quick learner.
The Glechon is a cheerful, friendly and gentle dog who loves to play, is very affectionate and loving and has a sweet nature. He is alert so can act as a watchdog and he is intelligent too. He can be lively in between times when he wants to snuggle and get attention. He is incredible loyal and will adore you. Usually the Glechon is an easy going dog, he likes to play and can be feisty and he loves being around people and other dogs too. He can sometimes have a stubborn streak and be a little excitable too. While initially wary around strangers he soon gets used to them and makes new friends easily with his charm. He is a great family dog.
What does the Glechon look like
He is a small to medium dog weighing 15 to 35 pounds and measuring up to 16 inches tall. He can have a long or short muzzle, round large eyes and ears that hang down. His tail is also long and his body is sturdy and in proportion. His coat can be like the Bichon or Beagles, harsh, straight and short, or wiry, short to medium, wavy. Common colors are black, tan, white and brown.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Glechon need to be?
The Glechon is a fairly active dog so while he can happily adapt to apartment living thanks to his size he will need outdoor exercise daily still. He does not require access to a yard though it is a nice bonus, but he should be given two walks a day and the occasional trip to a dog park where he can go off leash and explore safely and socialize is a good idea too. His toys should offer him some mental stimulation and be warned he does sometimes like to track scents and will run after a scent if off leash.
Does he train quickly?
This is a dog that can be moderately easy to train if he takes more after the Bichon but with more Beagle in him he can be stubborn so it can become more difficult. Results will be gradual and will require patience. Positive techniques should be used, rewards, treats and praise are great ways to motivate him. He can also be difficult to house train and can be quite willful if not given early socialization and training. There are professional schools and trainers who can help you if you are having difficulties, and it may be best to only have a Glechon if you have more experience dealing with stubborn dogs!
Living with a Glechon
How much grooming is needed?
He has low to moderate grooming needs really depending on the coat he has. If it is longer it will need more brushing but the shorter version would be fine with a couple of times a week. How much he sheds also depends on his coat, more like the Bichon means he sheds less and could be hypoallergenic. This is something that should be checked before purchase though if you have someone with allergies in the home. There is less hair to clean up around the house too which is nice if you do not have time for the extra work! His nails should be clipped when they get too long, his ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week and his teeth should be brushed two to three times a week. Giving a dog a bath is something that should be done just when it is really needed otherwise you can dry out his skin and be sure to use only a dog shampoo.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Glechon is a good dog for families with children and other dogs but needs socialization and help with other pets as he can chase them as prey. He is affectionate and playful with children and his gentle nature means he is usually even accepting of small children who are more clumsy around them. Be sure to teach the children the right ways to approach and stroke him and what is not acceptable such as tail pulling.
He tends to be alert so could be a good watchdog able to let you know of any intruder. He barks occasionally and will need to be fed 1½ to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food daily, split into at least two meals.
As with any offspring there are health issues that could be passed from parent to child. For the Glechon these concerns include Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, bladder problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, vaccination sensitivity, Hip dysplasia, ear infections and allergies. Any good breeder should be able and happy to show you health clearances for the parents to avoid these problems. They should also welcome a visit from you to see their business and how the dogs are being kept and visit the puppy.
Costs involved in owning a Glechon
At the moment there are no price ranges for the Glechon puppy as not many are around. Other costs though cover chipping, neutering, blood tests, deworming, shots, carrier, crate and collar and leash coming to about $455 to $500. Annual medical costs for basics like flea prevention, check ups, shots and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560. Other annual costs that are non-medical in nature such as license, training, food, toys and treats come to between $375 to $475.
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The Glechon could be a warm and cheerful addition to any home as long as you can be patient with the training, ensure he is socialized from a young age and take him outside a couple of times a day. He is a nice balance of some playfulness along with being a cuddling lap dog. His gentle and easy-going nature make him very easy to love.
Featured Image Credit: Left – Bichon Frise (Carlos Amarillo, Shutterstock), Right – Beagle (825545, Pixabay)
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- Where does the Glechon come from?
- What does the Glechon look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Glechon
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Glechon
- Popular Beagle Mixes