12-18 lbs
Bichon Frise
Welsh Terrier

The Wel-Chon is a small, active dog that results from a cross between the happy Bichon Frise and the spirited Welsh Terrier. The resulting dog is energetic, lively, and playful. These pups are intelligent, but mild mannered, meaning they are easy to train and a great option for first time dog owners. They will get along well with other dogs and they love to play with children. Wel-Chons thrive in any environment and will happily accompany you anywhere you go. If you own a Wel-Chon, its fun loving personality will never fail to brighten your day. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Welsh Terrier

Wel-Chon Health

Average Size
Male Wel-Chon size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Female Wel-Chon size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin Allergies
  • Bladder Stones
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Flea Allergy
  • Canine Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Drug Allergy or Sensitivity
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing

Wel-Chon Breed History

The Wel-Chon is a newly developed hybrid breed and therefore there is not much documentation of its history. However, its parent breeds can both be traced back for hundreds of years. The Welsh Terrier, or Welshie, is a very old breed of terriers which originates in Wales and was traditionally used to hunt rats, badgers, foxes and other small animals. It can be traced back as far as the 1500s, and is suspected to be descended from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier, which is now extinct. Despite being an old breed, the Welshie wasn’t recognized by the Kennel Club of England until 1885. A few years later the Welshies found their way to the Unites States and were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1888. The Bichon Frise is an old breed, believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, possibly in Italy. Records indicate that this dog was brought to France from Tenerife in the 14th Century. They are thought to be the result of a cross between the Barbet and the Poodle, and are likely closely related to the Havanese, Maltese, and the Coton de Tulear. Bichons were admired by royalty in France (King Henry III was particularly fond of them), until the 1800s, at which point they became dogs of the commoners. These adorable pups soon found work as performers, or even guide dogs, and managed to persevere until they became a popular pet once again. The Bichon Frise made its way to the United States in the 1950s and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972.

Wel-Chon Breed Appearance

The Wel-Chon will have a thick double coat that will help protect the pup from the elements. The outer coat may be curly like that of the Bichon Frise or wiry like the Welsh Terrier’s; the undercoat will be soft. The Wel-Chon will likely be white or cream, but may be black and tan like the Welshie, or white or cream, with patches of black and tan. Despite having an abundance of fur, these dogs are very low shedders. They have a sturdy, square build and strike a confident pose. They have straight legs and their paws are round and they have black pads. Wel-Chons have an alert, friendly expression, along with dark eyes and black noses. Their ears may be the triangle shaped of the Welsh Terrier, or the floppy ears of the Bichon Frise. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wel-Chon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wel-Chon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Wel-Chon coat
white Wel-Chon coat
fawn Wel-Chon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Wel-Chon curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wel-Chon Breed Maintenance

Given their abundance of fur, you may be surprised to learn that the Wel-Chon is actually a low shedding breed and therefore great choice for anyone who suffers from allergies. However, their thick coat will require weekly brushing to ensure that it does not become tangled and matted. Welsh Terriers are a breed that sweats, meaning their coat can become smelly – it’s possible that Wel-Chons are the same way. You’ll know it’s bath time when your dog becomes odorous. Take care when using scented shampoos though, as this dog may have sensitive skin and skin allergies. Bichon Frises have a thick curly coat that never stops growing; if your Wel-Chon inherits this coat, expect to take your pup to the groomer every 6 to 8 weeks. Check your Wel-Chons ears every week or so for signs of irritation, sometimes dirt may become trapped in their fur and cause ear infections. If your pup’s ears are dirty, simply wipe them clean with a warm, wet cloth. Trim your dog’s nails about once a month and brush its teeth weekly to prevent dental diseases. 

Brushes for Wel-Chon
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Wel-Chon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wel-Chon Temperament

The Wel-Chon is a happy, energetic dog that loves people. Their Terrier heritage means that they will likely be great watchdogs, emphatically alerting you to any change in their environment, however, they will revert to being friendly once they’ve finished warning you. These pups are wonderful companions for kids; they are very playful and feed on youthful energy. Wel-Chons are typically friendly with other dogs, though their Terrier genes mean they may have a strong prey drive and are bound to chase small pets. Bichon Frises are known for being very cooperative when it comes to training, but Welshies tend to have a Terrier’s stubborn streak which your Wel-Chon may inherit. Either way, these are smart pets and should be easy to train as long as you exhibit firm leadership and reward your pup for its efforts. These pups are energetic, and will look forward to their daily walk. Bichon Frises are prone to separation anxiety, so take care not to leave your Wel-Chon alone for too long as it may be the same way. 

Wel-Chon Activity Requirements

Wel-Chons are a happy, active breed that love to spend time with their families. They are moderately energetic, requiring about 30 minutes of activity each day. They also require plenty of attention. This is an intelligent dog and is well suited to participating obedience and agility competitions. The Wel-Chon can thrive in any environment. If you live in an apartment, ensure that your pup gets plenty of exercise, as it will likely bark if it becomes bored. This pup’s thick coat means it is well suited to any climate as its fur will insulate it from the cold in the winter and repel the heat in the summer.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Wel-Chon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Wel-Chon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wel-Chon size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Wel-Chon size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Wel-Chon size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Wel-Chon size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Wel-Chon size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Wel-Chon size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs

Wel-Chon Owner Experiences

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