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Toy breeds are all the rage at the moment, everyone loves the tiny dogs with the big hearts and the big personalities. But also popular are designer or mixed breeds and the Cheagle fits the bill for both these categories. He is a mix of the Chihuahua and the Beagle and is great dog for singles looking for a companion, active older people, couples or families with older children. He is a lot of fun but has a gentle side from the Beagle within. He has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years and has participated in competitive obedience and agility.
|Here is the Cheagle at a Glance|
|Average height||9 – 14 inches inches|
|Average weight||9 – 20 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, shiny and straight|
|Grooming Needs||Low to Moderate|
|Brushing||Brush at least twice a week, more if he sheds more|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||No|
|Barking||Occasional to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low|
|Good Family Pet?||Very Good|
|Good with Children?||Tolerates the older ones!|
|Good with other Dogs?||Needs socialization otherwise can be aggressive to other dogs sometimes|
|Good with other Pets?||Moderate to good|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high if the Beagle is strong in him|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||In terms of size yes, but still needs some time outside|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to good|
|Trainability||Good to very good. Some Cheagles are over energized and excited which can affect their training.|
|Exercise Needs||Moderate – At least 30 minutes outside needed plus some play|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate to high|
|Major Health Concerns||Patellar Luxation, heart problems|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip Dysplasia, eye problems, low blood sugar|
|Life Span||10 – 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 – $650|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$475 – $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$300 – $500|
Where does the Cheagle come from?
The Cheagle is a recent hybrid or mixed dog also referred to as a designer dog, so they really do not have much history to them yet. Keep in mind though that not all designer dogs are a 50% 50% blend of a pure breed. Sometimes breeders will breed multi-generations so the parents could both be Cheagles or one could be Cheagle and one a Chihuahua or Beagle. To get a better feel for the temperament and type of dog you might get in a Cheagle here is a look at the history and personalities of the Beagle and the Chihuahua.
The Beagle has a bit of an uncertain history as how we understand Beagles were first seen in the 19th century but dogs who were Beagle like can be found back as far as 400 B.C! Romans were said to have Beagle like dogs used to hunt rabbits, William the Conqueror in 1066 came over with the ancestors of the Beagle the Talbot hounds. By the 1300s small beagles called Glove Beagles were popular amongst the nobility. Elizabeth the I Queen of England had Pocket Beagles used in hunting but dropped because they were not fast enough. Then in the 1700s when fox hunting became popular Beagles dropped in popularity as Foxhounds became popular. Farmers though continued to use them which probably saved the breed from becoming extinct.
Eventually in the 1800s we can see Beagles more like the ones we know today. In the late 1800s they went to America and were popular especially in the 1940s and 50s for their speed. Today the Beagle is a sweet, funny and gentle dog that can also have a strong naughty streak. They try to out think those around them and sometimes food rewards are the best way to entice him into training or obedience!
There are two theories on where the Chihuahua comes from, one says they were brought over to Mexico by Spanish traders from China where they were then bred with native dogs. The other says they descend from an ancient dog found in 9th century central and south America called the Techichi. Either could be true. In the 1850s the short haired Chihuahua was discovered in a Mexican state called Chihuahua, which is where the name comes from. They were brought to America in the late 1800s and the AKC first registered one in 1904. The long haired variety is thought to be a result of breeding the short haired with long haired dogs like the Pomeranians or the Papillons.
Today he is a confident and brave dog with an alert nature like a terrier. He is quite sensitive though and demands a lot of attention and love. He makes a good watchdog with an alert nature and can be reserved. While he may be friendly to the rest of the family he tends to have a closer bond to pone person who he will choose over all others!
The Cheagle is a friendly dog, loves to have some fun and play, gets excited easily and outgoing. He is also very loving to his family, loyal and protective. He is full of energy, loves to follow a scent but is also happy to snuggle on your lap and nap. When he plays he can become over excited sometimes and get aggressive with some nipping.
What does a Cheagle look like
He is a small dog at just 9 – 14 inches tall and 9 – 20 pounds in weight. He has long floppy ears and a body like a Chihuahua’s but often with markings like a Beagle. His coat is short and shiny, coloration can vary but common ones include brown, cream, black, white, tan. In most cases he has a mix of colors but sometimes solid colors can happen. He has a long tail and round dark brown eyes.
Training and Exercise Needs
Is the Cheagle very active?
He is quite active for a small dog and loves to run around a yard, or at a dog park. He is also quite playful and loves to play games. The yard though is a bonus not a requirement, take him out for at least 30 minutes a day and add in some play and he will be good. Be aware he does like following scents so a leash may be needed when not in an enclosed area. If he is not given enough activity to burn off some energy he may become destructive, chewing and barking out of boredom.
Is he hard to train?
Because he is so energetic training can be a little harder than some dogs and he may have a bit of small dog syndrome. With consistent training done in a firm and authoritative manner he can be trained though and he will certainly not take longer to train than most other dogs. Some times owners with small dogs also have issues with house training so start as soon as you get him and don’t give in. Early training and socialization are important with Cheagles as with any dog. It gives your dog a chance to be the best that they can be.
Living with a Cheagle
What grooming needs does he have?
He has a short coat that is easy to brush but is prone to low to moderate shedding. Therefore how often he needs brushing depend on how much he sheds. 2 to 4 times a week should cover it using a solid hair brush. Bathing should happen when he needs it but make sure you use a shampoo made for a dog as people’s shampoos are not good for their skin.
He will also need eyes checked weekly, ears cleaned by wiping once a week and his nails clipped. Nail clipping is something that needs to be done by someone with experience. You cannot cut through the quick, the lower part of the nail. It has nerves and blood vessels running through it and will bleed and cause pain.
How is he with children and other animals?
The Cheagle if more like the Chihuahua can be aggressive to other dogs and may not be as good with small children. With early socialization and if raised with them things may be a lot better. Also make sure if there are younger children that they are supervised when they are with your Cheagle and that you teach them how play with dogs nicely. He is also moderate to good with other pets.
He is an alert dog so makes a good watch dog, he will bark to alert you of any intruders. He will need ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry food a day, but it should be split into two meals. He can vary between being a quiet dog who only occasionally barks to moderate barking. He can have a high pitch bark of the Chihuahua while also having the howl of the Beagle. They do not do well in really hot or really cold weather. Because of his muzzle size you may find your Cheagle snores when he sleeps.
In general from it is known so far they seem to be a healthy dog though not much time has gone by to judge long term health issues. Any dog might inherit health issues from their parents and the Cheagle could be prone to Patellar Luxation, low blood sugar, hip dysplasia, heart problems and eye problems.
Costs involved in owning a Cheagle
A Cheagle puppy at the moment will cost between $300 and $650 though your location, the age and health of the puppy, their trendiness and the whether the breeder is a reputable one will all impact on that price. He will need to be micro chipped in case he gets away from you, dewormed, neutered and some blood tests done to check his health, and this will cost about $260 – $300. Then when you have him you will need a carrier, a crate, collar, leash. These will be about $100 – $150. When you have him home ongoing annual costs that cover toys, recurring medical costs, health insurance, food, treats, a license and training will be about $900 – $1000.
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The Cheagle is a cute dog, small, but small is quite popular nowadays. He is a big personality though and is a nice mix of active but also a lap dog. As long as you stay consistent with training and persevere through the sometimes difficult house breaking he will be a great companion and watch dog.
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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 Cheagle come from?
- What does a Cheagle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Cheagle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Cheagle
- Popular Beagle Mixes