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The English Speagle is a mixed or cross dog who has talents in search and rescue and watchdog. He has purebred parents, the English Toy Spaniel and the Beagle and is also known as the English Speagle Spaniel. He has a life span of 10 to 15 years and is a small to medium sized smart dog who is also very responsive.
|Here is the English Speagle at a Glance|
|Average height||Up to 16 inches|
|Average weight||14 to 30 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium to long, straight to wavy, hard, smooth|
|Shedding||Moderate to high|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Barking||Occasional to frequent|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to very good depending on coat type|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good|
|Good with Children?||Depends on which parent he leans towards, the spaniel is not good and the Beagle is very good. Socialization will help.|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – may be better with someone with experience|
|Trainability||May be somewhat difficult|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disk disease, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Cryptorchidism, Legg-Calve-Perthes, hydrocephalus, open fontanel|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 to $700|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$685 to $785|
Where does the English Speagle come from?
Around 20 years ago the trend in designer dogs really started to take off and more people wanting them, including celebrities has led to more being bred and more types being created. Designer dogs refers to deliberately bred mixed dogs, usually using two purebreds and often given a name that puts together parts of each parent’s name. The idea or selling point is that the offspring can epitomize the best of both parents but not all breeding results in such an offspring. Even in the same litter there are differences in looks and personalities, this is typical of first generation breeding. The best way we can get a feel for the English Speagle with no origins known is to look at his parents.
The English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel has been around for centuries, found in royal and noble courts though the toy spaniel back then is not the same as what we have now. Then they had pointed muzzles, they were loyal and well love companions. The English Toy Spaniel is the American name for the King Charles Spaniels, names after the two English Kings who were known to love them.
Today this is a sweet dog, still a great companion, happy and devoted to his owner. He is social and loves to be with people and adapts to where ever he is. He usually is able to do well with other animals if socialized and can be good with children too with help. Some are timid though when in new situations or meeting new people and he can get over excited.
You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. 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 English Speagle is cheerful, clever and loyal and loves to be around people. He is a good family dog and is affectionate and loving to his owners. He is alert too but being social he can be a good watchdog but not so much a guard dog. He tends to be even-tempered and gentle but can be sensitive and is best not left alone for long periods of time.
What does the English Speagle look like
He is a small to medium dog weighing 14 to 30 pounds and standing up to 16 inches tall. He has ears that are floppy, a large head and round eyes. His legs tend to be short and his body long and his coat can be like either parent, straight or wavy and long, or medium, smooth and hard. Common colors are brown, black and white.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the English Speagle need to be?
This dog is slightly active so not much is needed to keep him happy and healthy. This makes him well suited to owners who are less active and to living in an apartment. He should be taken out for a couple of short walks a day and encouraged to have some indoor play time along with that. His toys should offer him some mental stimulation as well. The occasional trip to a dog park would be good for him to get off leash and to socialize. He does not need a yard to be happy but if there is one for him to play in, even a small one, that would be just a nice bonus.
Does he train quickly?
Training can be somewhat difficult as he can be stubborn and single minded. Most respond well though to using food rewards and positive training techniques so be consistent, patient and maintain a firm tone. Results will be gradual but early socialization and training are key to him being the best dog he can be. It also helps with the shyness he can sometimes inherit from the spaniel.
Living with a English Speagle
How much grooming is needed?
He will need to be brushed daily as he is a moderate to high shedding dog. This means you need to be prepared for a lot of hair around the home on your clothes and furnishings. Vacuuming will help and brushing will help too. Give him a bath just when he needs one as bathing too often can dry out the natural oils in his skin. Make sure you only use a dog shampoo. His nails will need to be clipped when they get too long, you could do this yourself or you could have a groomer do it for you. His dental health is not something that should be neglected either, make sure his teeth are brushed at least two to three times a week. He may need regular trips to a groomer to have his coat trimmed or stripped.
What is he like with children and other animals?
How he interacts with children, dogs and other pets really depends which parent he takes more after as the spaniel does not get on well with children and socialization is essential, but the Beagle can be playful and affectionate with them. To get on with other pets and smaller animals that socialization can also help because he may have a tendency to chase them. He tends to be good though with other dogs.
He is an occasional to frequent barker which may be an issue with apartment living especially. He is alert and is a good watchdog as he will bark to let you know of an intruder. He should be given 1½ to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into at least two meals.
The English Speagle like any dog can inherit health problems or concerns from his parents. Buying from a good breeder and asking for health clearances for each parent can minimize the risks. Should you opt for getting a rescue dog where there is no information sometimes about the parents this is a chance you take. You can visit the puppy at the breeders too in order to get a better idea of the conditions he is kept in. The health concerns the English Speagle is more at risk of are Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, heart problems, cleft palate, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Cryptorchidism, Legg-Calve-Perthes, hydrocephalus, open fontanel, Hip dysplasia, ear infections, skin problems and fused toes.
Costs involved in owning a English Speagle
An English Speagle puppy could cost at the moment somewhere between $300 to $700. Other costs come to between $455 to $500 for things like blood tests, deworming, shots, carrier, crate, collar and leash, chipping and neutering. Yearly costs for medical needs like vaccinations, flea prevention, check ups and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560. Yearly non-medical costs for things like grooming, license, training, treats, toys and food come to between $685 to $785.
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The English Speagle is a smart and responsive dog and could be a good family dog though you will need to spend time on socialization as well as training. How he gets on with children really depends on which parents he takes more after so it may be best if you are unsure to have him in a home with adults only, or at least older children rather than younger.
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Featured Image Credit: Mark_KA, Shutterstock (English Toy Spaniel) & Pixabay (Beagle)
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 English Speagle come from?
- What does the English Speagle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a English Speagle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a English Speagle
- Popular Beagle Mixes