- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-13 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Beabull Breed Profile
The exceptional personalities of both the Beagle and the English Bulldog are merged in the Beabull; a superb family dog and low-maintenance companion for even the novice dog owner. The two breeds, which make up the Beabull, were extremely popular in Europe and the U.S. during the 19th century for their hunting skills. When those qualities outgrew their usefulness in the 20th century, the Beabull offered a more modern and family-friendly alternative for this extraordinary gene pool.
The Beagle’s gentle nature is mixed with the Bulldog’s courageous tenaciousness for a more even-tempered, yet engaging, pet when properly bred. The Beabull’s interesting personality is due, at least in part, to the tough assuredness of the English Bulldog and the playful cleverness of the Beagle. The progenitors of the Beabull are known for their loyalty, affection, protectiveness, and eagerness to please, making for a classic companion and a true “man’s best friend.”
The temperament of the Beabull is determined by its parents. The Beabull is not often 50% Beagle and 50% English Bulldog, but rather, some dominant percentage of one of those breeds, due to the multi-generational breeding process. A Beabull that tends to be more mischievous and rambunctious with bursts of hyperactivity is likely to be more Beagle-dominant. When qualities of strength, alertness, and even aggression emerge, the Beabull’s bulldog breeding is more evident.
Either way, the Beabull is a friendly, good-natured, and loyal family dog. They are very intelligent and very devoted companions. Your Beabull is likely to follow you wherever you go. Around the house, they are known to be couch potatoes if there’s nothing special going on. Some Beabulls are very easygoing. Some Beabulls, who are especially Beagle-dominant, will have a comical quality about them. They are also very affectionate and might climb into your lap. Although they are known to have a stubborn streak, they are, generally, easily trained. Caution should be taken with a particularly clever Beabull, who will try to outsmart you for extra treats.
The Beabull is a highly adaptable dog that does well in all kinds of environments. They are sporty as well as great house pets. They do well in most climates, but, as with any dog, do not typically do well in extreme hot or cold. They will adapt to apartment living or in the securely fenced-in yard of a house. They can keep up with an active family, but can also adapt to the lifestyle of a family, which is less active. Engagement and mental stimulation is key. As loyal members of the family, they do not like to be alone for long periods of time.
This designer breed will inherit the particular health issues of both of its Beagle and English Bulldog ancestors. Although sometimes certain health problems can be “bred out” of the Beabull, an owner should be on the lookout for certain issues that are known to be evident in each of the two parent breeds. These include Intervertebral Disk Disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Beagle Dwarfism, Hip Dysplasia, CBS, ear infections, and reverse sneezing. Asking your breeder about the genetic history of the parents and to see any health clearances can help allay potential health concerns.
Like most highly intelligent breeds, the Beabull is most happy when she is mentally stimulated. A bored Beabull might try to create her own fun by getting into mischief. Owners who derive satisfaction from engaging in interesting activities with their dogs will find a perfect fit with the Beabull. Playtime with challenging games and toys can help keep your Beabull engaged. Beabulls can have a stubborn streak at times. So, they tend to be a better fit for more experienced owners. They can be a good fit for novice owners as long as obedience classes are part of the process.
Beabulls can be noisy dogs, especially when emitting a powerful beagle howl. Owners with children are especially pleased to have this playful, devoted, and protective pet to engage with their kids. However, they can exhibit bursts of high-energy behavior and play-bite a bit too aggressively at times. Socialization and training early on can help curb any behaviors that might be unwanted once your Beabull is fully grown.
The Beabull’s coat is soft on the sides and course on top. They don’t require the frequent grooming of the longhaired breeds. However, they are heavy shedders and require frequent brushing just to collect their copious amounts of fur. Beabulls like the water, so bathing shouldn’t be an issue. It’s important to train your Beabull to enjoy their baths by encouraging their cooperation and rewarding them for doing a good job getting washed. You do only want to bath as needed. Bathing too frequently can cause your Beabull to have dry skin.
The ears of the Beabull require special attention. Because they have inherited the long, floppy ears of the Beagle, their ears are especially susceptible to infection. You will want to check these regularly to ensure they are dry and free of dirt. Their wrinkled skin should also be checked periodically for parasites and skin problems, to which they may also be especially vulnerable. Their nails should be trimmed monthly and their teeth brushed regularly as well. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is ideal to prevent tartar buildup and reduce the risk of dental problems.
The Beabull is a working dog, but doesn’t always need to be kept busy and active. Young Beabulls have a ton of energy, but they can be trained to control their own enthusiasm. They are known to have sudden bursts of energy, which looks like hyperactivity. Yet, over time and with good training, they will understand what is expected of them and settle into an acceptable activity level to meet the family’s disposition. They don’t need a lot of exercise. Some family playtime and daily walks with their favorite people are all that is required to keep them happy and healthy. They are able to amuse themselves in a securely fenced-in backyard. But, be aware that a Beabull’s curious nature may cause some mischief.
Beabulls are medium-sized dogs that can stand between 12 and 14 inches at the shoulder and can weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. Looking at the size of the parents will give you a better idea of what size to expect in your Beabull.
A Beabull will generally live 10-13 years.