- Activity Level: high
Good for Novice Owners:
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
Beagle Mix Dog Breed Information
A Beagle Mix is a cross between a Beagle and another dog breed. Since a mix can take on any combination of traits from one or both of their parents, it’s important to ask the breeder about the other parent breed in the cross.
Beagles are small hound dogs with a lot of energy and personality. They love their families, love being with them, and love to play. If a Beagle Mix takes after their Beagle parent, you can expect a dog with similar traits.
A Beagle is like a playful child. Their joyous, playful, and energetic personality often means they can retain a puppy-like demeanor throughout their lives. They get along well with children and other dogs. They do have a high prey drive, so they may need some extra socialization with smaller pets in the household.
The other parent breed in the cross may add some other potential traits into the mix, so you do want to ask the breeder about them. You can also meet the mother dog in person to see what sort of temperament your Beagle Mix puppy is starting out with. But, it’s important to remember that it’s up to you to continue socializing and training your Beagle Mix puppy once you get them home.
Beagles are highly adaptable dogs. Although they are best suited to homes with fenced yards, they can adapt to apartment living as long as there is plenty of time dedicated to giving them enough exercise.
Because of their high prey drive, they should only be let off-leash in securely fenced areas or with a tracking collar if they are working as a hunting dog. Unless the other parent breed has traits that would affect adaptability, you should be able to expect something similar in a Beagle Mix.
Mixed-breed dogs can sometimes be healthier than purebred dogs, but it is not a guarantee. A Beagle Mix can inherit potential health conditions common to one, both, or neither of their parent breeds. From the Beagle side, potential health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, canine epilepsy, cherry eye, and hypothyroidism.
You will want to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed in the cross as well as the health and genetic history of both parents. Reputable breeders screen their dogs to avoid passing on issues to puppies, so the breeder should be open to talking about it with you.
Beagles are highly trainable dogs that are intelligent and pick up on things easily. Their exuberant, high energy can be a challenge for first-time dog owners. So, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to plan on enrolling in puppy training classes.
The other parent breed could be more or less trainable than a Beagle, so you will want to ask the breeder about them to be prepared for what to expect. Puppy training and obedience classes are a great idea regardless of owner experience level because they often offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
A Beagle Mix can inherit a coat type similar to one of the parents or something that is a blend of both of them. The coat type they end up with will determine the necessary grooming for it.
Should they inherit a Beagle coat, they will shed moderately year-round and more heavily as seasons change. Weekly brushing, brushing more often during seasonal changes, and bathing as needed will keep a Beagle coat healthy.
Regardless of coat type, you will also need to care for your Beagle Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails monthly is usually enough to keep them from growing too long. But, if your dog’s nails just grow quickly or aren’t wearing down as much naturally, you will need to cut your dog’s nails more often.
It’s also important to do weekly ear checks and carefully clean your dog’s ears as needed. A Beagle’s floppy ears are more prone to trapping dirt, debris, and moisture, which also makes them more prone to developing ear infections. If your Beagle Mix inherits floppy ears, they will be more prone to ear infections as well, so regular checks are even more important.
You also want to start practicing good dental care for dogs as early as possible. This is often ignored, which is why gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. But, with good dental care, like brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day, you can help prevent painful dental disease later in life.
Beagles are high-energy dogs that need daily walks plus playtime and extra activity to be happy and healthy. Without enough exercise, these dogs often become disobedient or destructive.
If the other dog breed in the cross has a lower energy level, it’s possible that a Beagle Mix could inherit it. However, it’s not a guarantee, so you will still need to be prepared for the potential of a high-energy dog.
A Beagle is a small dog that is 13-16 inches tall and 18-30 pounds once fully-grown. The other parent breed could affect this, so it’s important to ask the breeder about them and to pay attention to which breed is the mother. Although it’s not a guarantee, you can also meet the mother dog to get an idea of what size to expect in a Beagle Mix.
Beagles tend to live for 10-15 years. The other parent breed may affect this range slightly, but you should be able to expect a similar life span in a Beagle Mix.