The Bagle Hound is a mixed breed created by crossing a Beagle with a Basset Hound. It has long ears, a square head, and droopy eyes. It has a short coat that’s easy to maintain and an expressive face that will instantly find its way into your heart.
12 – 17 inches
33 -55 pounds
10 – 15 years
White, tan, black, red
Families, seniors, dog lovers
Lazy, mischievous, friendly
It’s compact and muscular with an elongated body and can weigh up to 60 pounds. You can find them in several colors, but they are usually white, tan, black, or red. They have a moderately long lifespan of 10–15 years and only bark occasionally. Read on for more about this wonderful hybrid!
Bagle Hound Characteristics
Bagle Hound Puppies
Since it is a mixed breed, it’s usually less expensive than a purebred, but the final cost will depend on the parents’ quality and the breeder’s skill. A higher-quality breeder will often run more tests to ensure the dog’s health, and they can often selectively breed out some health problems. Selective breeding will increase the costs but will also give you peace of mind.
You will also need to pay for regular vet visits, as well as all your pet’s shots. You will also likely want to get it spayed or neutered, as this will save you plenty of headaches and reduce the risk of certain cancers later in life. You will also need to purchase food, treats, toys, and other supplies throughout your pet’s life, which can add up to a considerable sum.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Bagle Hound
The Bagle Hound is a friendly breed that enjoys being around other people and pets. It can be a bit lazy and enjoys laying around the house at its owner’s feet. This lazy attitude can make it difficult to train, but it’s intelligent and able to learn several tricks if you have a lot of patience. It has a sensitive personality and will easily get upset if you are angry at it, and these hounds can also become mischievous if left alone for too long. However, its relaxed temperament makes it well-suited for smaller homes, seniors, and the disabled.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Yes, Bagle Hounds are well suited to large families because they have a friendly temperament that enjoys being around people. It’s lazy, so it never gets aggressive or overly barky and likes to spend its day lounging around by the feet or on the lap of family members. It likes to play fetch and be pet, so it’s usually a hit with the children. It doesn’t shed too much, so it won’t make a mess out of your home. The only issue with this breed is that it can pick up a scent when going for a walk that can cause it to wander off and get lost if you don’t have it on a leash.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Yes, the Bagle Hound gets along well with other pets and quickly makes friends with other dogs. Though it might track animals around your yard with its powerful nose, it rarely chases them and never becomes aggressive. Early socialization will help your Bagle get along better with your cats and other animals, but it’s usually not required. Bagle Hounds are an easy-going and lazy breed that doesn’t have much interest in chasing or fighting with other animals.
Things to Know When Owning a Bagle Hound:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Your Bagle Hound will do best with high-quality dry dog food with chicken, beef, turkey, or lamb listed as the first ingredient. Avoid foods that have meat byproducts or corn at the top of the list. These ingredients are less nutritious and should only make up a small part of the dog’s diet. The dry kibble will help keep your dog’s teeth clean by scraping away tartar as your dog chews. However, if your pet is dehydrated, is constipated, or has a dental issue, you may need to switch to wet food. We recommend choosing foods fortified with omega fats, especially omega 3. These fatty acids can reduce inflammation and will bring out the shine in your pet’s coat and improve hair and skin health. A healthier coat is less likely to shed. Another great ingredient in many dog foods is probiotics. Probiotics help improve the gut’s good bacteria, allowing the digestive system to work better with less frequent problems like diarrhea or constipation. Many experts believe that much of the immune system resides in the digestive tract, so probiotics can be a great way to improve health.
The Bagle Hound requires a moderate amount of activity to keep from gaining weight. Most owners recommend setting aside at least one hour each day for exercise. However, you won’t need to get too vigorous. A few short walks each day should be more than sufficient. Your Bagle Hound can be resistant at first but will soon start to enjoy itself, especially if it picks up a scent on your walk. It will walk a long distance when following another animal, which can be both a blessing and a curse.
Training your Bagle Hound can be challenging because it is very lazy and easily loses focus. It can be quite stubborn if it wants to lay down and often sits there looking at you, refusing to get up. The only thing that seems to change its mind is the scent of another animal, which it will start to follow regardless of your pleas to stop, often even ignoring treats. We found that the best way to train your Bagle Hound is to take advantage of an opportunity when you see your dog is attentive. If your dog comes to you looking for a treat or a walk, it can be a good time to try out a command. Get your dog to sit or speak by saying the command while motioning or gesturing what you want it to do. If your dog follows the command, give it a treat and let it have what it wants. After a few tries, your dog will begin to catch on.
You can also try setting 5-10 minutes aside at the same time each day for training. Consistent sessions can help even stubborn dogs get into a routine, but you can’t miss any days or risk losing your progress.
The Bagle’s coat is easy to maintain, and it’s not a heavy shedder, so it’s good for people with light allergies. Grooming is easy, and you will only need to brush your dog once a week to keep the coat shiny. We recommend manually brushing your pet’s teeth as often as possible to slow the progression of dental disease, and if you hear its nails clicking on the floor, you will need to trim them.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Male vs Female
There are no discernable differences between the size and temperament of the male and female Bagle Hounds. The parents, and which one they take after more, will have the biggest effect on these attributes.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Bagle Hound
1. The Basset Hound parent breed’s scent tracking is second only to the Bloodhound.
2. United States President George Washington owned a Basset Hound, given to him as a gift.
3. The Beagle parent breed does not drool or have an odor. It also sheds less than many other breeds.
The Bagle Hound makes a fantastic pet if you don’t mind a difficult dog to train. It’s quite intelligent, and if you have patience and experience with lazy dogs, you will be able to get it to do what you need. It’s well suited for an apartment or house, and it gets along with children and other pets. It can misbehave if you leave it alone too long, and it can be frustrating when it wants to follow a trail, but it will provide you with many years of low-maintenance companionship.
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