Originally bred as hunting dogs, modern beagles are typically kept as family pets these days. And it’s easy to see why — they’re incredibly cute, they’re wonderfully good natured, and they are the perfect size for many owners. What’s not to love?
But despite the domestic lifestyle most modern beagles enjoy, they aren’t all cuteness and puppy kisses — they are still capable of holding down a job, as these super sniffers have one of the best senses of smell among all dogs.
For example, many hunters in Great Britain continue to use these canine accomplices while tracking down game. Beagle mix-breeds are also frequently employed by police K9 units and some work as search-and-rescue dogs.
But while beagles are clearly a beloved breed, some folks have decided to mix them with other designer dog breeds to produce unusual (and in some cases, even cuter) mixed-breed puppers.
We’ve sniffed out some of our favorites and listed them below so you can decide if one of these beagle mixed breeds is perfect for your family environment.
The Cheagle (Beagle x Chihuahua)
These toy-sized pooch-pairings yield affectionate, spirited, sociable, and fun-loving canine companions with confidence that belies their tiny proportions (thanks in large part to their Chihuahua parents).
But despite these awesome traits, the Cheagle or Beagle Chi has a surprisingly high energy level, which means you’ll need to provide these little guys and gals with plenty of daily exercise. This will not only keep them healthier and happier, but it’ll help prevent them from developing problematic behaviors like jumping and nuisance barking.
Cheagles are best suited to active owners seeking a wet-nosed buddy.
Are These Dogs Good for Families?
Yes, Bagle Hounds are well suited to large families because they have a friendly temperament that enjoys being around people. It’s lazy, so it never gets aggressive or overly barky and likes to spend its day lounging around by the feet or on the lap of family members. It likes to play fetch and be pet, so it’s usually a hit with the children. It doesn’t shed too much, so it won’t make a mess out of your home. The only issue with this breed is that it can pick up a scent when going for a walk that can cause it to wander off and get lost if you don’t have it on a leash.
1 Raggle (Beagle x Rat Terrier)
A small and powerful bundle of dynamite, the beagle-rat-terrier mix is a loyal and loving addition to any active family home. He will definitely need proper training to control his energetic nature, but once that’s accomplished, they will become delightful, endearing, and entertaining pets, who captivate everyone they meet.
Just understand that rat terriers have quite a prey drive, so you’ll want to keep your new pooch on a leash whenever in squirrel or rabbit country!
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