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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Cheaglehund is a small cross or mixed dog, the offspring of a purebred Chihuahua and another designer dog the Doxle (a mix of the Dachshund and the Beagle). This means he is half Chihuahua, quarter Beagle and a quarter Dachshund. He has a life span of 12 to 15 years and may also be called a Beagle Dachshund Chihuahua Mix. He is an alert dog, loyal but can be nervous.
Here is the Cheaglehund at a Glance
Average height Small
Average weight Up to 16 pounds
Coat type Short, soft, straight, fine
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Three time a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Fairly high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately difficult
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat High to very high
Major Health Concerns Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, CSF, diabetes , Open Fontanel, Bloat, Cushings, deafness,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections, shivering,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Cheaglehund come from?

The Cheaglehund is a rare mixed dog slightly different to most other designer dogs. Designer dogs is a term used to refer to deliberately bred mixed dogs. Most are the offspring of two purebred dogs but sometimes there is more to the mix as in this case. It is presumed he was bred first in the USA as a lot of designer dogs have been. There is a real trend to own a designer dog at the moment and that can be seen in the high prices for some dogs and the amount of new mixes around. This sadly has attracted the attention of people you do not want to buy from who run puppy mills or are just bad breeders in it for the money only. With nothing known about the origins of the Cheaglehund we can look at what is in the mix to get a better feel for him.

The Chihuahua

The short haired Chihuahua was discovered in Chihuahua a Mexican state, in the 1850s. There are two theories as to where they come from, one is that they are a result of breeding small hairless dogs from China with local dogs when they were brought over by Spanish traders. Another says he is descended from the Techichi a central and south American dog dating back to the 9th century. After the 1850s the Chihuahua was taken to America and by the late 1800s they were being shown. In 1904 the first one was registered with the AKC. The short haired was bred with the Papillons or Pomeranians to get the long haired variety and the breed became very popular over the years.

He is a brave, daring and confident dog, alert, and usually bonds more closely to one person. He can be quite sensitive and demanding in his need for affection and attention. He is not a natural with children, especially younger ones, and early socialization helps.

The Beagle

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!

The Dachshund

The Dachshund is a German bred dog where he was used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals. He comes from around the 15th century and back then he varied in size depending on his purpose. Over many years he was altered to create a dog who was fearless and elongated so he could dig into burrows. During the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion not just a hunter, particularly in England. At the end of the 19th century he arrived in America.

The Dachshund is a bold dog still and is lively and intelligent. He can be too bold sometimes and is also quite stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some can be shy but that is a sign of a poor line.


The Cheaglehund is for the most part a calm dog who is loyal, affectionate and loving and can be a great family dog. He can be nervous sometimes and submissive, that may be a sign of coming from not such a good breeding line. He loves to be with you and is a happy lap dog. He is smart, can be lively and is also alert. He is enthusiastic sometimes but can also inherit the more sober nature of some Beagles. When its cold he will snuggle with you under the blanket and he can be protective. Occasionally Cheaglehunds can inherit some stubbornness and aggression that can lead to excessive barking.

What does the Cheaglehund look like

He is a small dog weighing up to 16 pounds. He can have short legs like the Dachshund and a long body. His tail points upright, he has floppy ears, brown eyes and a long muzzle. His coat can be short, soft, shiny, straight and fine. Common colors are tan, black, brown and while.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Cheaglehund need to be?

He is a somewhat energetic dog so will need a moderate amount of activity suitable for his size. He can live in an apartment and some of his indoor play will count towards his physical needs. Take him for a couple of walks a day or a short jog, and also take him for some time at a dog park now and then where he can play off leash and socialize.

Does he train quickly?

He is intelligent and some can learn quickly but a lot can be moderately difficulty due to their stubborn nature. You will need to be firm and consistent and clearly establish yourself as pack leader and retain that position. Use positive techniques, reward him, use treats, praise him. Early socialization and training will be key to help with that possible problem with being submissive and nervous.

Living with a Cheaglehund

How much grooming is needed?

He has low to moderate grooming needs. His coat can be low shedding up to moderate shedding so brushing needs will vary depending on his coat, from every other day to a couple of times a week. Give him a bath too when he needs it not too often. Bathing too often can dry out natural oils in his skin as can using an inappropriate shampoo. Wipe clean his ears once a week and check them too for infection. Cut his nails when they get too long or have someone take care of it for you. Do not cut too low through the quick and buy the right tools for the job. His teeth too should be looked after by brushing two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

The Cheaglehund is very good with children, he will play with them, offer them affection and be protective. Young children should be taught how to play with him carefully as he is a smaller dog. It may be a good idea to supervise them until they learn. This dog is also very good with other dogs but the socialization will help him with other pets and animals as he may have the instinct to hunt and chase them.

General information

He barks occasionally to frequently and could have the Beagle howl. His bark is often very deep for his size. He is alert and makes a good watchdog so will let you know if there is an intruder. He should be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of high quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals at least. He is best in climates that are not too cold.

Health Concerns

He could inherit health issues from his parents which might include intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, CSF, diabetes , Open Fontanel, Bloat, Cushings, deafness, Hip dysplasia, ear infections and shivering. To lessen the possibility at having problems with any of these concerns ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances before you buy. You should also visit the puppy at the breeders before you buy to see the conditions he is kept in.

Costs involved in owning a Cheaglehund

As the Cheaglehund is rare there are no prices to be found currently to draw a range from. Other costs for things like a carrier, collar and leash, crate, blood tests, deworming, shots, chipping and neutering come to between $385 to $435. Yearly medical costs come to between $435 to $535 and that will only cover essentials like check ups, pet insurance, vaccinations and flea prevention. Annual costs for non medical basics come to between $300 to $400 for things like food, license, training, toys and treats.


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The Cheaglehund could be a great family dog as long as you give him early socialization training to help with the nerves and being timid that he can sometimes have. He is very loving and easy to love right back.

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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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