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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Beago is a medium cross of the Golden Retriever and the Beagle. She is also known as the Beago Retriever, or a Beagle/Golden Retriever Mix. She is multi-talented taking part in activities such as tracking, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience and agility. She has a life span of 10 to 12 years and is a very focused dog when it comes to completing tasks and has a very sweet personality.
Here is the Beago at a Glance
Average height 10 to 20 inches
Average weight 30 to 40 pounds
Coat type Short, soft, can have feathering
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate (higher during seasonal times)
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Excellent
Good with other Pets? Very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good – Can adapt in terms of size but she is active and is best with a yard too
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – Best with someone with experience
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat High
Major Health Concerns OCD, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis, Von Willebrand’s
Other Health Concerns Hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections, allergies,
Life Span 10 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $650
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $400 to $500

Where does the Beago come from?

A lot of mixed or Designer dogs do not have a lot of information when it comes to their origins or what was behind the breeding. Their popularity took off really in the 1990s and has continued to remain strong leading to a lot of different designer dogs being bred, and sadly many are being bred by people you would not want anywhere near your dog. Puppy mills and bad breeders are rife in this field of dogs so take care who you buy from. We know the Beago was designed first in the USA as many designer dogs are. As with any first generation offspring despite the promises that might be made by some breeders it is not possible to determine or guarantee what they will look like or be like. There are sometimes some common things we can look at though and we can also look at the parents to get a better understanding.

The Beagle

You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. 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!

The Golden Retriever

Bred in the mid 1800s in Scotland by a Lord Tweedmouth, the Golden Retriever came about because he was not satisfied with the spaniels and setters acting as retrievers when he went hunting for waterfowl. He wanted a dog more attentive to people and one who would be a good companion at home being devoted and calm. He focused on the yellow puppies as he liked the look. The Golden Retriever was recognized at first as Retriever – yellow or golden in 1911 by the Kennel Club in England. It was not until 1920 the name became what we have now.

Today this is a dog who loves people and wants to be around them all the time. He is not a dog to be left outside or left alone for long periods of time as he will have separation anxiety. He is eager to please, happy, calm, gentle, and a great family dog. He is good with children but can be boisterous and he also loves his food a little too much and can easily become obese.


The Beago is a loving and protective dog and is a good companion or family dog. She is an intelligent dog, is quite energetic and very friendly. She does not like being left alone and will act out if left too long. She is eager to please and easy to love with a calm and amiable temperament. She loves to have fun and play, she is sweet and patient around kids and devoted to her owner. She is a very focused dog too, when she is doing a task, working, or even playing she is focused on what she has to do until she tires or it is complete. Some Beagos will inherit the retrieving instinct from her Golden Retriever parent. She is very much a people dog, she is sensitive and can form strong bonds.

What does the Beago look like

She is a medium sized dog weighing 30 to 40 pounds and standing 10 to 20 inches tall. She has a longer muzzle, long silky ears, can have feathering on her tail and legs though not always, long legs and a strong body. Her eyes are dark and round, she has a black nose, a broad head and her coat can be short, soft and close. Common colors are brown, black, white, tricolor, golden, yellow and tan.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Beago need to be?

This is a fairly active dog and she will need regular activity each day indoors and out to be healthy and happy. She should be taken for a brisk walk twice a day and she would also enjoy going to the dog park to play some doggy games and run free. She also tends to inherit a love for water and swimming from the Golden Retriever. The Beago will play indoors so make sure she has some toys to rotate through and that some of them offer her mental stimulation. While she is a medium sized dog and could adapt to apartment living with enough outdoor time ideally she would be better with a larger home that has access to a yard for her to play in. Is she is acting out, being destructive or seems restless this may be signs she is not getting all the activity she needs.

Does she train quickly?

She is moderately easy to train, she is smart and eager to please and that can help overcome some of the stubbornness she might inherit from her Beagle parent. As with the Golden Retriever she can be trained to fill a variety of roles and responds best to positive techniques. Be firm and consistent, rewards her, use treats and praise and stay patient. Early training and socialization are an important part of being a dog owner and are not things that should be skipped.

Living with a Beago

How much grooming is needed?

She will shed a moderate amount and is not considered to be hypoallergenic so if allergies are a factor this is not the dog for you. You will need to vacuum to keep the house and furnishings free of dog hair and you will likely find it on clothing too especially during the seasonal shedding times when it goes up to constant shedding. Give her a brush daily or every other day and a bath just when she needs it. Her ears should be checked for infection once a week and cleaned using a cotton ball and dog cleaning ear solution or damp cloth. Her nails will need to be clipped when they get too long and her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week at least.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is excellent with children and other dogs. She needs a little more help with other animals and smaller pets as she will have a tendency of chasing them. With children she will play, be affectionate and loving and has a great temperament with them.

General information

She will bark to alert you of an intruder so can be a good watchdog. She should be fed 1½ to 2½ cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals. As she does lean towards overeating and being obese measuring her food and not letting her graze all day is the best way to keep her at a healthy weight. She is an occasional barker and can have the Beagle howl but it is not something that all Beagos have.

Health Concerns

There are health issues that she can inherit from the parents like Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, OCD, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis, Von Willebrand’s, bloat, Cancer, Hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections and allergies. When you speak to the breeder there are a couple of things you should do, ask to see health clearances for both of the puppy’s parents and ask to visit the puppy. Be wary of breeders who do not want you to visit, it is a good way for you to judge how the puppy and other dogs are being treated and the conditions they are kept in, which is also key to their health.

Costs involved in owning a Beago

A Beago puppy can cost between $200 and $650. Other initial costs come to between $455 to $500 which covers just things like blood tests, deworming, shots, micro chipping, eventual spaying, carrier, crate, collar and leash. Annual medical costs for just essentials like pet insurance, flea prevention, check ups and vaccinations come to between $460 to $560. Annual non medical basics like food, toys, license, treats and training come to between $400 to $500.


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The Beago is a wonderful dog who makes a great family pet as she gets on so well with everyone. She is not too hard when it comes to training but she does have fairly high needs with exercise. Therefore she needs owners who are fairly active themselves. She can be wonderfully focused and very sweet and loving. She is an easy dog to love in return.

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Nicole Cosgrove

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.

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