The Beagi is a hybrid breed, a cross between a Beagle and Corgi, either the Pembroke Welsh or Cardigan Welsh varieties. These small designer dogs are known for their cheerful, lively, and affectionate dispositions and their somewhat independent nature. They are gentle and playful with children and are ideal family dogs. Their alert temperament makes them great watchdogs too.
10 – 16 inches
10 – 20 pounds
12 – 15 years
Black, white, brown, tan, tricolor
Apartments, families, couples, seniors
Affectionate, loyal, lively, playful, curious, intelligent
The Beagi was developed in the 1990s as a part of the growing popularity of designer dogs at the time and has been gaining in popularity ever since. Both Corgis and Beagles have characteristically short legs, and the Beagi is much the same, with a long body and muzzle, a curled tail, and usually, long, floppy ears. These dogs love to be the center of attention, and while they typically get on well with other dogs, they do best in a single dog household. They are active and playful pooches but not overly so, making them ideal for apartment living and in homes with small backyards.
If the charismatic Beagi sounds like the breed for you, read on for more information about this adorable designer breed.
Before you bring home a Beagi, it’s important to note that these dogs are highly intelligent, a trait that can make training easy but also leads to them having an independent streak that can be challenging during training for novice owners. Beagis need a firm, confident leader, and training and socialization should begin as early as possible to avoid this stubborn streak taking hold.
Also, Beagles and Corgis have a hunting history, and Beagles in particular have a powerful nose. These instincts can kick in when smaller dogs and pets are around, resulting in a strong prey drive that can be difficult to control. This is why these dogs are better suited to single-dog households, but again, with the correct training, this can largely be overcome.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Beagi
The Beagi is an affectionate, loving dog overall, with an unshakable loyalty and devotion to their owner. Both parent breeds are highly intelligent dogs with a keen sense of smell and hearing that make them acutely aware of their surroundings.
This combined with their wariness of strangers makes the Beagi an excellent watchdog. They love a good play session or long walk but are not hugely energetic dogs and don’t have massive exercise requirements. They are happy to cuddle on the sofa after their walk or play session and are generally happy to be indoors too, making them ideal for small homes and apartments.
Despite their loving nature, these dogs do have an independent and stubborn streak that they inherit from their Beagle heritage, which can make training difficult for novice owners. That said, they are intelligent dogs that are always eager to please, and with patience and dedication, this trait can easily be overcome. Beagis are social animals that love to be around their human companions, and as a result, they do not do well being left at home for extended periods. If you are away from home frequently, the Beagi is unfortunately not a good choice for you.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Beagis make wonderful family pets! They are gentle with children of all ages and are protective animals that take their job of protecting their human pack seriously. They love to play and will spend hours in the backyard playing games with kids, but they are not overly energetic or enthusiastic enough to cause any harm. They also love being indoors and are a great companion to cuddle with on the sofa. Beagis are gentle, low-maintenance pooches that make ideal pets for families of any size.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
Beagis are social pooches that get along well with other dogs in general, provided that they are socialized properly. They are usually fine with cats too, although they need to be trained to not see them as prey or as something to be herded. Smaller pets like hamsters will likely be seen as prey and should be kept away from Beagis as much as possible.
Things to Know When Owning a Beagi
Now that you are more familiar with the temperament of the Beagi, let’s look at the basic needs of this designer breed. Being small, low-maintenance dogs, they are easy to care for and don’t have any special requirements that differ from similar small breeds.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Beagis are small pooches that don’t have massive appetites, and 1-2 cups of high-quality dry food per day split into two meals is ideal. Their food needs to be calorie-dense and free from filler ingredients like corn and soy, as these dogs are not overly energetic and can be prone to getting overweight. When choosing food for your Beagi, check the ingredients list to make sure that the first listed ingredient is a quality, animal-based protein like chicken or beef. Try to avoid giving these dogs too many treats or table scraps, and make sure there is always clean, fresh water available at all times.
Beagis are not overly energetic animals, and it is easy for most owners to give them the required exercise that they need. That said, it depends on the individual dog because some Beagis are more energetic than others. Around 1-2 hours of exercise should be sufficient for most Beagis, although more is better. A gentle walk and interactive play session every day are usually enough to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Leash training is important with these dogs because their strong noses may send them after an interesting scent while outside. They’ll love long, gentle walks through new areas where there are interesting scents for them to follow, but they should be kept on a leash at all times.
In general, Beagis are easy dogs to train, but they do have a somewhat stubborn and independent nature that can make training a challenge for novice owners. They are intelligent and eager-to-please animals, however, and with time, patience, and dedication, training is usually not an issue. It’s important to begin training as early as possible with these dogs, and socialization is a vital part of this early training. With their powerful noses, they can easily be distracted by the enticing scent of other dogs, and all your hard work in training will swiftly go out the window. Try training them in varying environments with distractions around to get them accustomed to obeying commands in demanding situations.
We highly recommend reward-based training methods with these dogs, as they are known to be fairly sensitive and don’t respond well to harsh training methods. This process of rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad behavior will go a long way in establishing trust and bonding with your Beagi.
Beagis are low-maintenance, easy-to-care-for pooches. Their short, dense, double coats will need brushing once or twice a week to remove any dead hair, and they are not heavy shedders. One important factor to keep an eye on is their ears. If your Beagi inherits the long, droopy ears of the Beagle, they can be prone to ear infections. Be sure to check the inside of their ears regularly for any signs of redness, swelling, or infections, and try to keep their ears canals dry and clean.
Other than that, they’ll need occasional nail trimming to avoid breakage and regular teeth brushing to avoid any dental issues.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Beagis benefit from hybrid vigor, and like most hybrid breeds, they are generally healthy dogs with few genetic health problems. That said, they can potentially inherit the health issues that their parent breeds suffer from, and you’ll need to keep an eye out for these conditions.
Male vs Female
Deciding between a male and female can be a tricky decision when bringing home a new puppy, especially if you are a first-time dog owner. It’s important to note that all dogs are individuals, and they are far more influenced by their upbringing and training than their sex.
There are few differences between male and female Beagis, although males tend to be slightly more dominant than females and have more of a stubborn streak. This and the fact that they mature slower than females can make them a bit more challenging to train, although both are generally eager-to-please and loving animals on the whole. Males are also slightly bigger and heavier overall, though not by much, and Beagis can vary widely in size as it is.
Any hormonal differences will be largely reduced by spaying and neutering, and unless you intend on breeding, this simple procedure is highly recommended by dog experts.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Beagi
1. They have a powerful sense of smell
Beagles are known to be able to pick up more than 50 distinct odors and have more than 220 million scent receptors, and this is why they have long been used in tracking and hunting. Corgis are no slouch either when it comes to scents. Although they were bred and used more for herding, their sensitive noses have earned them a reputation for being excellent ratters too. If your Beagi inherits the long ears of the Beagle, which help waft scents up to their noses, this will improve their sense of smell even further. With parent breeds like the Beagle and the Corgi, you can be sure that your Beagi will inherit a powerful nose too.
2. They can vary widely in size
Depending on if your Beagi has a Pembroke or a Cardigan Corgi parent, they can vary fairly widely in size. Cardigan Corgis are slightly bigger and heavier than Pembroke Corgis and have a long, foxlike tail. Beagles also come in two different sizes: those under 13 inches high and those over 13 inches but below 16 inches. The different combinations of these two parent breeds can lead to interesting variations in size.
3. They have a surprising amount of stamina
You may not expect it at first glance, especially since Beagis are not known for having high energy levels, but they make up for it with incredible stamina. Beagles were used to track scents for miles at a time without stopping, and Corgis have long been used for herding animals, giving both breeds a ton of endurance. With the combination of these parent breeds, your Beagi is likely to have the same incredible stamina for such a small dog.
The Beagi is a wonderful family pet, full of charisma and character and just the right amount of energy to not be overly demanding. They are great dogs if you live in a small home or apartment, and they can adapt to a variety of living environments. On the whole, they are eager to please and easy to train, but their stubborn streak can be a challenge for novice dog owners. These dogs bond strongly with their family, and they are super alert and attentive, making them great watchdogs too.
If you are looking for a low-maintenance, loving, and good-natured companion for your family, the Beagi is an ideal choice!
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