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Bogle (Beagle & Boxer Mix)

Kathryn Copeland

Height: 15–25 inches
Weight: 40–60 pounds
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Colors: Combinations of brown, black, tan, white, tri-colored or bi-colored
Suitable for: Active families with older children, house with a yard
Temperament: Playful, affectionate, energetic, loyal, smart

What exactly is a Bogle? It’s actually the name of a kind of folkloric creature from Scotland, but it’s also the name of a hybrid breed of dog that’s a cross of Beagle and Boxer. Beagles are hunting dogs known for their very happy and easygoing personalities, and Boxers are all-around working dogs that are devoted, brave, and energetic. Bogles are very cheerful, playful, and active dogs that combine some of the best characteristics of their parents.

Bogles tend to be larger and more muscular than the Beagle, but depending on which parent they take after the most, they might sport a shorter muzzle and squarish head like the Boxer or a longer and slimmer muzzle like the Beagle. They tend to have long drooping ears, and short, smooth coats and are a combination of black, brown, tan, or white and can be bi or tri-colored.

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Bogle Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy:
Trainability:
Health:
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Sociability:

Bogles are high-energy dogs thanks to having high-energy parents, and they might have a slightly longer lifespan than their parents since they are a hybrid. It’s relatively easy to train Beagles and Boxers, and therefore Bogles shouldn’t be too difficult to train. Bogles are generally healthy, but while the Beagle is a social dog, the Boxer is a little wary of strangers, so the Bogle could be very friendly or aloof, depending on which parent he takes after the most.

What’s the Price of Bogle Puppies?

Hybrid puppies can be quite expensive depending on the parents, the breeder, and if the breeding process is complicated. You should expect to pay anything from $300 to $700 for a Bogle puppy.

When looking for a Bogle, find a breeder that is responsible and reputable, and avoid anything resembling a puppy mill.

Once you find a breeder, feel free to use the following tips:

  • Meet the breeder: The best thing you can do is go to the breeder’s location so you can observe if the kennels are well-kept and how healthy and well-adjusted the dogs are. Ask to use video chat if you aren’t able to visit in person.
  • Medical background: Breeders should be upfront about any health issues that their dogs and puppies might inherit or be experiencing. They should present their dog’s medical history upon request.
  • Interact with the parents: The best way to gain some insight into how your puppy might turn out as an adult is to meet his parents. How they look and act will give you a glimpse into your puppy’s future.
  • Ask lots of questions: Come prepared with some questions, and you should feel comfortable asking as many as you want. An excellent breeder will answer all of your questions.

Once you’re home with your puppy, there are some additional costs to consider.

These are some of the items that might be necessary for a new puppy:

  • Treats
  • Food and water dishes
  • Puppy food
  • Bedding and crate
  • Harness, collar, and leash
  • Toys for chewing and playing
  • Puppy training pads

Other expenses to keep in mind include:

  • Training/obedience classes
  • Vaccinations
  • Grooming
  • Veterinarian appointments
  • Spaying or neutering surgery
  • Microchipping

You could also consider adopting a puppy or adult dog via a rescue group. The adoption fees are around $300, and many rescue organizations will waive or lower the fee if you adopt a special needs or senior dog. Adopting a dog that has been rescued is probably one of the most rewarding things you can do.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Bogle

1. The Bogle May Be Vocal

The Beagle is known for being a very barky dog, while the Boxer is actually a relatively quiet breed. It does depend on which parent the Bogle takes after the most, so your Bogle could be a quiet or talkative dog.

2. The Bogle Makes A Great Police Dog

They make great watchdogs as they are quite alert, and because of the Beagle heritage, the Bogle makes an excellent sniffer dog and can be used for detecting narcotics.

3. The Bogle May Be Wary of Strangers

Beagles are known to be very social and friendly, while Boxers are on high alert around people they don’t know. The Bogle tends to be a good watchdog while at home and will let you know when someone comes to visit, but the Beagle in them will allow them to greet the stranger once they’ve been introduced.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Bogle

The Bogle is an intelligent hybrid since both of his parents are intelligent breeds. These dogs are loving and playful when the mood suits, but they will also enjoy spending time lazing at home with you. The Beagle in them makes for a sweet and friendly dog but will also add a certain amount of stubbornness.

They are exceptionally loyal and devoted dogs and will stick to you like glue, which is also another part of what makes them excellent watchdogs. Bogles are affectionate and loving dogs that will enjoy a good cuddle as much as a good run.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Bogle does make an excellent family dog but would do best with older children. They tend to be rather boisterous when they play and will more than likely accidentally knock down the little ones during playtime. Be sure to educate your children on respecting all dogs.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Bogle will get along with most pets when socialized with them at a young age. These dogs do have quite a high prey drive, so if you introduce a small pet to the household after they have become adults, you’re risking a lot of chasing or worse. If the Bogle is raised with another animal, he will protect them and everyone in the household equally.

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Things to Know When Owning a Bogle:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Bogles are typically medium in size and tend towards a stocky and muscular build. When choosing his food (which should be high-quality), you need to consider his age, size, and activity level. Consult the recommendations on the back of the dog food bag for how much you should be feeding your Bogle or speak to your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or health.

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Image Credit: Joy Baldassarre, Shutterstock

Exercise 🐕

Bogles tend to be quite energetic and will need 40 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. The amount will depend on which parent your Bogle takes after, as well as your dog’s size. They will also benefit if they have a fenced yard to run around in every day as well and you need to make a point of spending time playing with your dog.

Training 🎾

Training your Bogle shouldn’t prove too difficult. Both the Beagle and the Boxer are intelligent and do well with a reward-based training method—particularly if you use treats. While the Beagle is known to be stubborn, it shouldn’t impede training the Bogle. Socialization at a young age is crucial because of the Boxer heritage, as you’ll want to curb any aggressive tendencies.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming the Bogle isn’t difficult but does require a weekly brushing using a hound glove or soft-bristled brush to help remove excess hair. They don’t tend to get the doggy smell too strongly, so they will only need an occasional bath with a good shampoo meant for dogs.

You should trim your Bogle’s nails about every 3 to 4 weeks, brush his teeth 2 to 3 times a week, and clean his ears every week if they’re long and droopy.

Health and Conditions 🏥

The Bogle is a healthy hybrid and not as prone to the serious health conditions that are commonly found in purebreds. However, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the health issues that frequently occur with the Boxer and Beagle.

Your vet will check your Bogle’s hips and knees and run tests on his heart as well as urinalysis and blood tests.

Your vet will check the Bogle’s eyes, ears, and skin and run blood and urinalysis tests during a complete physical exam to help rule out any of these conditions.

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Male vs Female

There’s usually a difference in size between the male and female Bogle. They tend to range about 15 to 25 inches in height and weigh 40 to 60 pounds, so you can expect the females to be in the lower end and the males in the upper.

The surgery your dog gets is another difference—male dogs are neutered, which is a less complex and therefore less expensive surgery than spaying females. Spaying and neutering your dog gives your dog the advantage of being less likely to contract certain health conditions in the future as well as decreasing aggression.

And lastly, there’s thought to be a difference in personality. It has been said that females are less territorial and more loving than males, but this isn’t always true. One thing that is certain is that what really determines a dog’s temperament is in the socialization and training while they are puppies and how they are treated as adult dogs.

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Final Thoughts

What can we say about the Bogle that hasn’t already been said? They are gorgeous dogs that will love and protect you and become an integral part of your family.

Finding a Bogle might be a bit of a challenge since there are not a lot of breeders that specifically breed them. Speak to the breeders of Beagles and Boxers as a start as they might be familiar with the Bogle and where you can find one. You can also approach dog clubs or post your interest in finding a Bogle through social media. You should also check with local rescue groups as a Beagle/Boxer mix might just show up.

What do you do if your favorite dogs are the Beagle and the Boxer, and you can’t choose between them? You get yourself the Bogle!


Featured Image Credit: Joy Baldassarre, Shutterstock

Kathryn Copeland

Kathryn was a librarian in a previous lifetime and is currently a writer about all things pets. When she was a child, she hoped to work in zoos or with wildlife in some way, thanks to her all-consuming love for animals. Unfortunately, she's not strong in the sciences, so she fills her days with researching and writing about all kinds of animals and spends time playing with her adorable but terribly naughty tabby cat, Bella. Kathryn is hoping to add to her family in the near future – maybe another cat and a dog.