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The Beagi could be a great companion or family dog but does need an owner with experience as the training can in some cases be hard. She has certainly not going to be a boring dog to have around the home, as well as being very loyal and loving she bring laughter too.
|Here is the Beagi at a Glance|
|Average weight||10 to 20 pounds|
|Coat type||Double, short, thick, soft|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Barking||Occasional (can have the Beagle howl)|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to very good depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization – may not get on with cats though, it varies|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Fairly high|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, DM, skin problems, Cystinuria, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$200 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $535|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$300 to $400|
Where does the Beagi come from?
The Beagi as mentioned can be bred from either Welsh Corgi. It is a newer designer dog, a trend that has grown in popularity over the last two decades to deliberately breed mixed dogs. There are differing opinions on this, some argue there are already plenty of mixed breeds in rescues waiting to be adopted and that this has attracted a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders. All it takes though is some understanding and thought on the owners side. Check out the local rescues and when buying from breeders research them carefully. As with a lot of designer dogs there are no origins known for the Beagi but we can look at the parents to get a better idea of what goes into them.
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!
There are two varieties of Welsh Corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Until 1934 they were actually registered as one breed as there are many similarities however the Cardigan tends to be a little bigger and heavier and have long tail. The Cardigan is actually older than the Pembroke too, it is believed he has been in Wales for over 3000 years used to drive cattle and bred to be affectionate, sensible, fun loving, great with children and active. Compared to the Pembroke Corgi he is more territorial and less social. He is intelligent and trainable but can be independent.
The Pembroke Corgi was also bred to be a working dog on the farms in Wales and it is thought his origins either come from the Vikings in the 9th to 10th centuries or the Flemish weavers in the 12th century. It is this Corgi that is popular with the Queen of England, Elizabeth II who has a pack of them. Though they are still used as working dogs by some today they are more often now a family pet. They are loving, intelligent, happy in nature but have a stubborn side to them. While they are fairly easy to train they will not be subservien. They are prone to obesity because of their love of food.
The Beagi is an energetic and lively dog who is also friendly but has an independent side to her. She is alert and protective and is wary around people she does not know. She can be territorial and when around people she is not comfortable with or in a location she does not feel secure in she may act to protect. She is intelligent and eager to please. She is also very loyal and loving and can be very expressive in her affection for you. She enjoys being at the center of attention and being a part of family activity. She has a lot of quirks which makes her fun to have around. The Beagi prefers to be around people all the time and does not like being left alone for long periods of time. She is an active dog who is a great companion and family dog.
What does the Beagi look like
This is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds who is short and can have a longer body and muzzle. Can also have floppy ears, dark brown round eyes and long curled tail. She has a rounded head and a double coat that is short and thick underneath and water proof and soft on top. Common colors include tan, fawn, red, black, yellow, orange, tricolor, white and sable.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Beagi need to be?
The Beagi is a fairly active dog who will need regular exercise each day. She can adapt to apartment living as she is a small dog so can get some of her needs from indoor play. She therefore does not need a yard though that would be a bonus. She would enjoy trips to a dog park, she likes to play fetch and is also often good at swimming. She can sometimes have the hunting instincts of her parents so may be drawn to unusual scents and want to follow them. It is important she get enough daily activity as she can be prone to obesity. A couple of good brisk walks a day will be good along with their indoor toy play, making sure some of their toys are to help with mental stimulation.
Does she train quickly?
She is intelligent and eager to please but she has an independent nature sometimes and can be stubborn. This means she needs a trainer who can be firm, consistent and one who knows how to use positive training methods like praise, treats and rewards effectively. With such an experienced trainer a slow progress can be made. For this reason she is best with experienced owners rather than new. Early socialization and training are important to see that she becomes the best dog she can be. She may also be hard to house train.
Living with a Beagi
How much grooming is needed?
The Beagi is a dog that will require a moderate amount of maintenance. She sheds a moderate amount so you will need to brush at least every other day and there will be cleaning up to do, vacuuming and such. Give her a bath just when she needs one using a dog shampoo. Give her ears a check and a wipe clean once a week using either a dog ear cleanser and a cotton ball or dampened cloth. Brush her teeth two to three times a week and clip her nails when they get too long. If you are not familiar with dog nails do not cut through the quick. Leave it to a groomer or vet otherwise.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is good with children, she plays with them, is energetic and lively with them but is also affectionate and caring of them too. She gets along well usually with other pets though she can chase smaller ones and that may include the cat! She is also good with other dogs but in all cases she would benefit from the help of early socialization.
She barks occasional and may inherit the Beagle howl. She can be alert and a good watchdog. She should be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food. It is a good idea to measure out her food as she can overeat and become obese.
There are health concerns she could inherit from either of her parents. They include Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, DM, skin problems, Cystinuria, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Von Willebrand’s, PDA, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. Ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances to lessen the chances on having a puppy that might develop any of these problems. Also visit the breeder and the puppy to see the conditions she is kept in.
Costs involved in owning a Beagi
The Beagi can cost between $200 to $600. Other costs include getting a crate, carrier, collar and leash, deworming, shots, chipping, blood tests and spaying coming to between $385 to $425. Annual costs for basic medical needs like shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups at a vet come to between $435 to $535. Annual non-medical basics like food, toys, treats, license and training come to between $300 to $400.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Beagi come from?
- What does the Beagi look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Beagi
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Beagi
- Popular Beagle Mixes