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The Meagle is a mixed breed and is a cross between the Beagle and the Miniature Pinscher. He is a small to medium dog who has a life span of 10 to 15 years. He is also known as a Megie or a Beagle Min Pin Mix. He is multi-talented, taking part in activities that include guarding, sighting, agility, narcotic detection, racing and obedience. He is a lively and spirited dog who gets very attached to his owner.
The Meagle is a lively little dog who will be very devoted and expect lots of attention from you. He can be stubborn and early socialization and training are important for how he interacts with other dogs, animals and children.
|Here is the Meagle at a Glance|
|Average height||12-16 inches|
|Average weight||10-20 pounds|
|Coat type||Short/medium, rough/silky|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to Moderate|
|Brushing||At least three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Good to very good|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization – best with older children|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Very high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good as long as well exercised|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate – Meagle is strong willed|
|Trainability||Moderately easy – can be strong willed|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high|
|Major Health Concerns||Legg-Calve-Perthes, eye problems, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, back problems, CBS|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, dwarfism, allergies, skin problems|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$150 to $500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $550|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$355 to $450|
Where does the Meagle come from?
The Meagle is a designer dog, part of a trend that has been growing dramatically in popularity for the last two decades or so. Designer dogs tend to be deliberately bred mixed breeds using two purebreds. Often they have a blended name though not always. They are not mutts, as they have been deliberately created, however it is certainly rue that not all designer dogs are created equal. There are a lot of poor and irresponsible breeders using this trend to boost their profits with no care about what they breed together, what it might create or the health or happiness of their dogs. When buying a designer dog avoid puppy pills, pet stores and poor breeders.
As with a lot of these dogs there are no specific origins or known purpose with the Meagle’s creation so we look to the parents to get an idea of where it comes from and what might go into the mix. Always remember with mixed breeds you cannot have guarantees when it comes to looks or temperament. You might hope for the best of both parents but could get something more mixed up, or even the worst. And in one litter you can see that whole range.
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 Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher too has details missing from his origins; experts think it is very old but actual documentation can only trace it a few hundred years or so. First bred in Germany he had the purpose of keeping homes and stables clear of vermin like rats and mice. He was first called a Reh Pinscher as he looked like a small German deer. In 1895 the Pinscher club was formed and he was shown in his first dog show. For the start of the 1900s up to after World War I he was very popular. Breeders continued to improve him and he came to America in about 1919. In 1972 they were officially called Miniature Pinschers.
Today he is a curious and energetic dog, very alert and a good watchdog. He is also bold and spirited and very good at causing a lot of laughter and exasperation in his owners. He needs a lot of supervision or gets himself into a lot of trouble like being good at escaping yards. He is affectionate and craves attention and will act up to get it if needed.
The Meagle is a very lively and energetic dog, he loves to play and have fun and interact with oher people, animals and dogs. He is a mix of two quite different dogs when it comes to personalities so you can get a Meagles with varying degrees of traits from one parents or the other. If more like the Beagle he may be more docile and even-tempered if more like the Min Pin he may be more outgoing and independent. Usually he is wary of strangers but loving and affectionate with his family. He gets very attached in fact so he will want to be in the same room as you. He is intelligent and enjoys being outside and being active but then is happy to snuggle at the end of the day. He can be mischievous which may entertain you and sometimes frustrate you!
What does the Meagle look like
He is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds and measuring 12 to 16 inches tall. His head can be domed or flat, he has a small muzzle, hanging down ears and oval or almond shaped dark eyes. His coat can be short or medium in length, it can be rough or silky to touch. It is straight and colors common for a Meagle are browns, black, white, golden and cream. Sometimes he will look more like a Miniature Pinscher when he is young but with shorter legs, and then as he grows it becomes more mixed.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Meagle need to be?
He is a fairly active dog who will need regular physical and mental exercise each day to stay healthy and happy. He is pretty agile and a good jumper so should he have access to a yard make sure it is a good sized fence and that it is escape proof as he is good at that too! He should be walked a couple of times a day and have the odd trip to the dog park, some play time and so on. He is fine living in an apartment as long as he has time outside each day. From the Beagle he gets a good nose so he is likely to be a scent follower which means letting them off leash in an area not fenced in is not a good idea. About 30 minutes a day in walks is enough.
Does he train quickly?
He is moderately easy to train so while he may not be the quickest dog to train he is certainly not the slowest. He is smart but he can also have a strong independent side and that may make it harder for first time dog owners especially. Early training and socialization are important so it is vital you remain consistent, patient and use positive training methods. Be firm and clearly establish your dominance but be fair. Avoid harsh techniques or expressing your frustration or impatience.
Living with a Meagle
How much grooming is needed?
This is not considered a hypoallergenic breed so if you have allergies this is not the dog for you. He has a coat that is easy to groom and only bath using a dog shampoo when he really needs it. He does shed an average amount and you can remove some of those hairs by wiping him down now and then with a damp warm cloth. His ears and eyes need checking once a week, wipe his ears with a damp cotton ball to clean them. His nails will need trimming when they get too long and his teeth should be brushed at least twice a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
When socialized and trained he is good with children, especially if he has been raised with them. He is also usually good with other dogs and pets too. Make sure children are taught how to play safely with him and they will enjoy each other and be affectionate to each other. Because of their size and fragility younger children may not be the best option, at the least they should always be supervised with them.
He is alert and makes a good watchdog. He barks occasionally and will need to be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of dry dog food each day, of good quality and ideally split into two meals. He is happy in warm to fairly hot climates but is not so good in cold ones.
The problem with designer breeds is the huge possibility in getting a dog with health issues because of buying from a poor breeder. Ask to see health clearances, visit the breeder and the puppy. Possible health issues the Meagle can suffer from are ones his parents are prone to such as Legg-Calve-Perthes, eye problems, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, back problems, CBS, Hip dysplasia, allergies, skin problems and dwarfism. Having a short muzzle he can also have breathing issues too.
Costs involved in owning a Meagle
The puppy will cost between $150 to $500 and you may also need to pay for things like blood tests, vaccinations, deworming, neutering, a micro chip, crate, carrier, collar and leash and some essentials. These will cost between $455 to $500. Yearly basic medical costs for further shots, flea prevention, check ups and pet health insurance will be between $460 to $550. Yearly essentials for things like a license, food, treats, training and toys will cost between $355 to $450.
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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 Meagle come from?
- What does the Meagle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Meagle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Meagle
- Popular Beagle Mixes