The Beagle is one of the more common dog breeds in North America. The most common type of Beagle has the classic long, floppy brown, black, and white ears hanging past their necks. Of course, when they mix with other dog breeds you get a wonderful array of different Beagle crosses with their own unique characteristics. Each crossbreed can have a blend of the personality traits between both breeds and their coat colors can end up having a wide variety.
Although the common Beagle is the most popular, this article will look at other common Beagle types.
The 4 Types of Beagles
1. The Common Beagle
The most well-known Beagle is a smaller-sized pup with short fur, most commonly a mix of brown, black, and white. They have longer ears, brown puppy dog eyes, and make great family companions. The Beagle is part of the hound dog family that is easily recognizable by their howls. You will also see Beagles with their snouts right to the ground as their hunting ancestors come through in their personalities. They need quite a bit of exercise even though they stay relatively small.
2. Puggle (Beagle and Pug)
The Puggle is another common type of Beagle you might see more often in recent years. They are a mix of the Pug and Beagle. The most noticeable characteristics can be seen in their almost perfect half-and-half mix between both breeds. They have a face just like a Pug; short snouts, wrinkles between the eyes, a slight underbite, and dark eyes. Their ears are also shorter than the Beagle, but still longer than a Pug. Their bodies are almost like a bigger Pug, with wrinkly, loose skin and shorter legs. Their personalities can be somewhat assertive and independent, but they still have the classic goofy Pug-like personality.
3. Poogle (Beagle and Poodle)
The next most common type of Beagle is the Poogle, which is a mix between a Beagle and a Poodle. Both breeds are very popular so the mix of the two can be a great choice. These dogs are recognized by their Beagle-like coat colors and longer ears, but the fur is more like a Poodle. They will have longer, wiry fur rather than the short, straight fur of a Beagle. You will see more long fur around their faces and ears too.
4. Pocket Beagle (Miniature Beagle)
Pocket Beagles get their name from their pocket-sized stature. The smallest of the Beagle breeds has the same general characteristics and coat color and basically looks similar to a standard Beagle, just much smaller. Unlike the classic Beagle, these dogs are like lapdogs and will mostly be cuddling their owner rather than chasing after prey with the rest of the bigger Beagles. They are great family dogs as they are very friendly and affectionate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Beagles Have Health Issues?
The Beagle isn’t known to have many negative health issues. They are prone to becoming overweight, so it’s important to keep them active and on a healthy diet. In terms of their breed, they are known to have eye and joint issues but if bought from a reputable breeder this shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Do Beagles Need a Lot of Exercise?
Yes! Beagles need at least 1 hour of exercise on a daily basis. Due to their hunting ancestry, these dogs are used to being active in packs. They aren’t the type of dogs to be let out in the backyard on their own. It’s important to either keep them company yourself or give them a furry pal to run around with. If they are left alone they can get anxious and confused and will likely begin howling for all your neighbors to hear. Another important note when letting Beagles outdoors is that they can dig under fences or escape in other creative ways. They are pretty intelligent, so you’ll want to keep your outdoor area safe and secure.
Across the board, the Beagle is a great option for families or individuals who are looking for a higher-energy dog. They are friendly, and smart, but can be a little bit stubborn at times. It’s also important to keep in mind the other breed that’s mixed with your Beagle if you choose to get a crossbreed dog instead.
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