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Boingle (Beagle & German Shorthaired Pointer Mix)

Kathryn Copeland

Boingle Beagle Point puppy

Height: 16–20 inches
Weight: 40–60 pounds
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Colors: Black, white, brown, tan, tricolor
Suitable for: Active families, house with a yard
Temperament: Sweet, friendly, energetic, loving, fun-loving, stubborn

You take a German Shorthaired Pointer and mix it with some Beagle, and you’ll have yourself the Boingle! Also known as the Beagle Point, these dogs combine some of the best traits of their parents. The Pointer is a smart, eager to please, happy breed, and the Beagle is a curious, merry, and clever dog.

Boingles are spunky medium-sized dogs that have short, smooth coats that shed a fair bit. They have long, drooping ears and a perky tail that is held upright in a jaunty way. They typically come in tricolored patterns of black, white, and brown or tan, and their coats might be water-resistant if they take after their German Shorthaired Pointer parent.

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Boingle Puppies – Before You Buy…

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The Boingle has lots of energy and is quite a friendly and social dog. They have no known health issues beyond what they might inherit from their purebred parents, and they have a decently long lifespan. The eager-to-please nature and intelligence of the Boingle makes him relatively easy to train but beware of any stubborn tendencies that he might inherit from his Beagle parent.

What’s the Price of Boingle Puppies?

The average price for Beagle mix and Pointer mix puppies ranges from $700 up to $2,000.

Locate a breeder that is reputable and responsible once you start looking for a Boingle, and use these tips before you purchase a puppy:

  1. Meet the breeder face to face: Always take the opportunity to visit the breeder at their location so you can see how well they take care of their dogs. Are the dogs in good health, and do they have a strong relationship with the breeder? If you can’t visit the kennels physically, utilize video chat.
  2. Dog’s medical history: A reputable breeder will present you with their dog’s medical background and will be upfront about any health conditions present in their dogs.
  3. Interact with the puppy’s parents: As long as you are able to visit the breeder’s location, make a point of meeting the parents of your potential puppy. The temperament and physical appearance of the parents can give you a better idea of how your puppy might develop while growing up.
  4. Ask the breeder questions: You’ll want to ask the breeder as many questions that you feel are important. A good breeder will not only answer your questions but will interview you as well.

While the initial cost of a puppy might put a dent in your wallet, there are extra expenses to consider.

Expect to invest in certain items that are necessary for your new puppy:

  • Puppy training pads
  • Crate and bedding
  • Play and chew toys
  • Food and water bowls
  • Puppy or dog food
  • Collar, harness, and leash
  • Treats

Other costs you should plan for:

  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Vet appointments
  • Neutering or spaying surgery
  • Grooming
  • Training/obedience classes
  • However, one of the most rewarding experiences is to adopt a dog and give him a new chance at a happier life. Most rescue groups charge an adoption fee of about $300, and dogs usually come spayed or neutered and microchipped.
Boingle - Beagle and German Pointer Mix
Left: Beagle, Right: German Shorthaired Pointer | Image Credit: Pixabay

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3 Little-Known Facts About Boingle

1. The Boingle Needs Company

Boingles form very close bonds with their families and will experience separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. This will include destructive behavior as well as behavioral problems such as excessive barking.

2. The Boingle Is a Great Contender for Competitive Sports

Both the Beagle and the Pointer are dogs bred for hunting activities and are fast runners. The Boingle will inherit the speed of his parents and are potentially excellent competitors for dog sports such as tracking and retrieving.

3. Boingles Make Excellent Hiking Dogs

Both the Pointer and the Beagle are hunting dogs that are built for stamina as well as bursts of speed. Boingles have the Beagle’s stubborn determination and the Pointer’s endurance and athleticism, so they will make great dogs for long walks and hikes.

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Image Credit: Vasek Rak, Shutterstock

Temperament & Intelligence of the Boingle

Boingles are smart dogs that need to be kept entertained, or they will become bored, and this will lead to destructive behavior. They are very spirited dogs that are fun-loving and love to spend as much time as possible with their families.

Boingles get along with almost everyone, but they might show some aggressive behavior towards other dogs or small animals. Boingles are confident, brave dogs that are prone to barking at people they don’t know, so they can make excellent watchdogs.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

They are fantastic family dogs! Boingles enjoy the company of children and will do exceptionally well with an active family that plans on spending a chunk of time walking and playing with their dog. Always keep in mind that while the Boingle is great with children of all ages, there should always be supervision with young children, and they should be educated on respecting all dogs.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Boingle does well with other pets, provided he was raised with them and properly socialized. Boingles have a high prey drive and might be prone to giving chase when a smaller animal runs across their path. Beagles are pack animals while Pointers might show aggression to dogs of the same sex, so depending on which parent your Boingle takes after most, he might love being around other dogs, or he might just be tolerant of them.

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Things to Know When Owning a Boingle:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

You should invest in high-quality dog food for your Boingle, and it should be based on the current activity level, size, and age of your dog. As a dog that is medium in size, an average of 3 cups of dry dog food a day should be sufficient. Follow the feeding instructions on the back of the food bag and consult with your vet if your Boingle’s weight or health is of any concern.

Exercise 🐕

These dogs definitely need a lot of exercise to keep up with their active and energetic needs. An average of about 1 hour of daily activity, including walks and playtime, should be enough. A fenced backyard is pretty much necessary to help keep up with the Boingle but don’t rely on just leaving him alone in the yard as the primary means for his exercise. This will eventually lead to an unhappy and destructive dog.

Training 🎾

Boingles are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners so they can be fairly easy to train. However, they can become bored rather easily, and the Beagle parent does have a reputation for stubbornness, so treats and positive reinforcement will go a long way. Early socialization is essential with the Boingle in order to curb their high prey drive when you have smaller pets in the home.

Grooming ✂️

Boingles have short coats, which helps to make grooming a little easier. They will need to be brushed about once a week (more often during shedding season) to help keep up with all of the shedding. They only need a bath when absolutely necessary with a high-quality dog shampoo—typically no more than once a month.

The Boingle’s long droopy ears should be cleaned about once a week, trim his nails every 3 to 4 weeks, and his teeth should be brushed 2 to 3 times a week.

Health and Conditions 🏥

The Boingle is a healthy dog with no known serious conditions but taking a look at his parent’s hereditary health issues is important as it will give you an idea of what the Boingle might potentially inherit.

The Beagle is prone to:
The German Shorthaired Pointer may experience:

The vet will check the Boingle’s hips and knees and conduct a complete physical exam that will include a blood test. If there are any suspicions of heart disease, a radiograph and possibly an electrocardiogram will be performed.

The vet will give the Boingle’s eyes a thorough check as well as the ears and skin. To help rule out hypothyroidism, a urinalysis and blood test would be conducted.

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Male vs Female

Female dogs are more likely to be a little smaller and lighter than males. Boingles average 16 to 20 inches in height and weigh about 40 to 60 pounds. You can expect the female Boingle to be on the smaller and lighter side of this and the male closer to the heavier and taller side.

Boingle males and females could potentially have differing temperaments. It has been said that male dogs tend to be more territorial and, therefore, more aggressive than females, but unsurprisingly, there are always exceptions. The main determination of a dog’s personality is how he was raised, socialized, and trained throughout his life.

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Final Thoughts

If you’re interested in looking for one of these hybrid dogs, you could start by speaking to breeders of Beagles and German Shorthaired Pointers, as they might have some insight on where to find them. You can also post online through social media and look into speaking to dog clubs and attending dog shows. You can also consider adopting a dog. Many rescue groups have hybrid dogs that have been surrendered.

If you’re looking for a happy-go-lucky dog that will love you and your family unconditionally and take you on long hikes and runs, the Boingle might just be the perfect dog to become the newest member of your family.


Featured Image Credit: Travis J. Camp, 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.