Last Updated: April 22, 2021
The Bagle Hound is a mix of the Beagle and a Basset Hound and has a lifespan of ten to fifteen years. He is an average-sized dog known for being social, playful, loyal, and quite intelligent. They have the nose like any hound and can follow a scent for miles. This means you cannot take them off-leash when going for walk or to the dog park, or anywhere! If they catch the scent of something they want to follow, which they will, they will be off after leaving you in the dust!
|Here is the Bagle Hound at a Glance|
|Average height||12 – 17 inches|
|Average weight||33 – 55 pounds|
|Coat type||Short and smooth|
|Grooming Needs||Easy to groom, do not need a lot done|
|Shedding||A moderate amount, average shedder|
|Brushing||Once or twice a week, low-maintenance|
|Touchiness||Laidback but stubborn|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||No, warm climates are best|
|Tolerance to Cold||No warm climates are best|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent, one of the best you can get|
|Good with Children?||Excellent as above|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Excellent|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Oh yes! His nose will have him off in a flash|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate, right size but needs a place to play|
|Good Pet for the new Owner?||Moderately good – training will be harder|
|Trainability||Fair to moderate – they can be hard to train|
|Exercise Needs||Moderate more than a Basset and less than a Beagle!|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very much so, really need to make sure he does not overeat and gets enough exercise or he will get fat|
|Major Health Concerns||Epilepsy|
|Other Health Concerns||Eye and ear problems, back problems, hip dysplasia|
|Life Span||10 – 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$650|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$500 – $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$475 – $600|
Where does the Bagle Hound come from?
Usually, they have a fairly even mix between their parent breeds but this cannot be guaranteed and which way they might lean in terms of looks and temperament is something only mother nature controls. Therefore the best way to get a feel for the Bagle Hound is to know a little about the stock they come from.
The Basset Hound
Originally bred in France the Basset Hound (Basset meaning low referring to how low to the ground his body is) can be traced back to the 16th century. They were used as hunting dogs as they could track prey especially hare and rabbit underbrush so well. Today they are mild-mannered dogs, very laid back, and get along with children, other dogs, and other animals. He is still alert enough to nark when an intruder enters the home so makes a good watchdog. He is pretty stubborn making him hard to train through his love of food can be a way to get him through it! He is not good at being left alone because he is very much a pack dog.
Beagle-like dogs can be traced back to Roman times but the actual Beagle we know today cannot be traced back that far and actually, his history is a little muddled. In the mid-1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills. Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!
He is a curious friendly dog who will happily play with the kids, and also occasionally get up to mischief! He is very sociable and loves people around him. He has a cheerful nature and is intelligent but can have a stubbornness that emerges sometimes. He will be loyal to his owner and affectionate. They sometimes have an independent streak running through them but in general, are attentive and lovely.
What does a Bagle Hound look like?
The Bagel Hound weighs 33 – 55 pounds and is 12 – 17 inches tall. He has a slightly longer body than most dogs but not as long as the Basset Hound from whom he gets it. He is a medium-sized dog with a large skull, a square muzzle, and ears that are long and hang down. He has a muscular compact body like the Beagle and the coat is short and silky to touch. It comes in a range of colors including lemon, tricolor, orange, black, brown, and white. He has a deep chest, their feet are like a Basset Hound and their eyes are a little droopy.
Training and Exercise Needs
How actively does he need to be?
They enjoy being active and playing so as well as a couple of medium to long walks a day include some playtime at a dog park, let them have run in a medium to large yard making sure it is properly fenced in as if they get a scent they will dig their way out to follow it. They will happily play games with you and like to please their owners. Fetch, playing ball, and so on. They can track for miles without getting tired so do not let them off a leash when somewhere is not enclosed. Even well-trained Bagle Hounds will be hard-pressed to ignore a scent just on your command. Take them for a run or jog, if you also go out for those for yourself. He will get bored if kept in all the time and this may lead to destructive behavior.
Is he easy to train?
It is important to train and socialize any dog from a young age to get the best out of them and to make both of your lives easier as he grows. Bagle Hounds can be harder to train than many other kinds of dogs, they seem to come with an attitude of yeah maybe later when told to do something! However they are fairly intelligent and they like to please, and they like food. Use those things, stay consistent and patient and avoid using harsh tones or punishments. Lots of treats to get him to obey you and persevere with it. Sometimes it may feel like it is not worth the effort but it really does make a huge difference in the kind of behavior you will see. If needed there are professional obedience schools you can take him to get some help.
Living with a Bagle Hound
He does not have very high grooming needs so if you want a dog that is low or low to mid-low maintenance this may be the one. In terms of brushing once a week, maybe twice just to remove loose hairs as they are moderate shedding dogs so there will be some clean-up to do on the furniture sometimes. He is not a good dog if you have allergies in the house. A bath can happen as needed being careful to use dog shampoos that do not strip natural oils from his coat. Because they like to be outside a lot you will need to check his coat once a week for ticks and so on but that can be done at the same time you brush him.
Also, a weekly job is to check his ears and clean them wiping them with a moist cloth. His nails will need trimming and it is up to you whether you carefully take on that job or leave it to a groomer. If you do take it on do not cut too low as you could hurt them and cause bleeding. His teeth also need to be cleaned each week.
How is he with kids and other pets?
These are such great family dogs. They are a great size so no knocking over of little ones to worry about and they have a great temperament and get along fantastically with kids, other pets, and even cats!
While he is only a medium-sized dog and so you would think he could be in an apartment in fact he is only moderately suited to it due to his need for space to play. He is also not the best dog to get if you want a watchdog. He lives best in moderate or warm climates not being good in either hot or cold extremes. He will bark occasionally and will need to be fed high-quality dry dog food twice a day that adds up to 2½ to 3 cups.
As with all mixed breeds they tend to be healthier and stronger and less prone to illnesses than pure breeds. There is the potential for some health issues that his parents may have given to him such as Epilepsy, ear and eye problems, weight problems, back problems, and hip dysplasia.
Costs involved in owning a Bagle Hound
Several factors can affect the price of puppies which might drastically impact the price you pay for a Bagle Hound. Things like low supply but high demand, age, the parents, health guarantees, unique coloring, or desirable traits. Generally, at the moment you can get a Bagle Hound for around $650. Then you need to pay for a crate, a collar and leash, bedding, food bowls, microchip, deworming and blood tests, neutering, and so on. That would be another initial cost of something like $450-$500. Expect yearly expenses of $900-$1000 to cover essentials like licensing, medical checkups, shots, training, saving for medical emergencies or pet health insurance, food, and other miscellaneous costs.
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The Bagle Hound is a great family dog, super cat, and kid-friendly if you are prepared for some harder training. He will make you laugh with his antics, and possibly panic you more than once by running off to follow a scent if you do not keep him leashed when out in the open!
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- Where does the Bagle Hound come from?
- What does a Bagle Hound look like?
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Bagle Hound
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Bagle Hound
- Popular Beagle Mixes