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The Peagle is a small to medium cross breed the result of breeding a Pekingese with a Beagle. He has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years and is also called a Peagle Hound. He is a very confident dog who loves to play and have fun. He gets on well with everyone but he does shed a lot so may not be best suited to households where allergies are an issue.
|Here is the Peagle at a Glance|
|Average height||13 to 18 pounds|
|Average weight||6 to 16 inches|
|Coat type||Short or long, silky|
|Grooming Needs||Moderate to high|
|Touchiness||Not too sensitive|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||If coat is like a Beagle’s very good, if like the Pekingese low|
|Tolerance to Cold||If like a Beagle’s moderate, if like a Pekingese very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good but best with older children as he is fragile|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization but may see them as prey to hunt|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Could be anything from low to very high!|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good but is best with a yard|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Patellar luxation, BAOS, eye problems, cleft palate, Cryptorchidism, Hydrocephalus, heart problems, Intervertebral Disk Disease, epilepsy, hypthyroidism,|
|Other Health Concerns||Fold dermatitis, hip dysplasia, beagle dwarfism, CBS|
|Life Span||12 to 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$400 to $1000|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $550|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$525 to $625|
Where does the Peagle come from?
The Peagle is another example of a designer dog, dogs that are mixed breeds and have been deliberately bred often from two purebreds. A lot have cute blended names and there is a huge demand for certain types of designer dogs at the moment. While mixed breeds have been around for as long as dogs have been domesticated, designer dogs are different in that the hope is you have a good breeder who is breeding good lines, who cares about their animals and is breeding with intent. Sadly because of how popular this trend is a lot of puppy mills and poor breeders are in the mix too just to make money. Make sure if the Peagle seems to be the dog for you that you research carefully before buying. Also keep in mind with these mostly first generation mixes there are no guarantees when it comes to genetics and while you might hope for certain looks and temperament it can very widely, even in the same litter.
The Pekingese is an ancient Chinese breed and has a lovely story behind his origins. A lion and a marmoset fell in love and the lion asked Buddha to make him smaller so they could be together but to still leave him with a brave lion heart and big character. Buddha agreed and from the two came the Fu Lin or Lion dogs! The Pekingese was named after the Chinese capital which was then called Peking. They were popular dogs amongst the nobility and commoners bowed to them! They were never to leave the palace or the country but in 1860 during the Opium war with the British they became prized and brought back to England. At first they were rare but they became very popular and that spread to the US at the start of the 20th century.
He is a brave and confident little dog who can be quite willful! He still has a dignity about him and obviously believes the devotion was deserved and still is. He is protective and loyal and will need firm but positive training methods. The trick to getting him to do what you want is to make him think it is what he wanted all along!
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 Peagle is an intelligent and affectionate dog who loves to play, is super friendly and confident and has to be at the center of everything. As well as being very social he is excellent with children and good with other dogs and animals too with socialization. He has a very inquisitive nature and loves to investigate. While he will cuddle with you he is also happy to be busy exploring and being nosy. The Peagle is a loyal dog too and he can be protective but gentle. His even temperament makes him an easy dog to have around and his playfulness can be very entertaining.
What does the Peagle look like
The Peagle is a small to medium dog weighing 13 to 18 pounds and measuring 6 to 16 inches in height. He has flappy ears, a round head and well set eyes. He can really look like either parents including his coat which can be long and soft like the Pekingese or short like the Beagle’s. Common colors for the Peagle include cream, brown and black or a combination of those.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Peagle need to be?
He is a moderate to fairly active dog. He can adapt to apartment living as long as he gets out and about every day with you. Ideally though he would have access to a small to average sized yard to play in. He would love trips to the dog park, a couple of walks around the neighborhood a day, play time both indoors and out. The walks do not need to be super long, 10 to 15 minutes each should be sufficient. He loves to play so have plenty of toys you can rotate through so that he stays interested in them and make sure some are mentally challenging. Some Peagles have that chasing instinct so it may be best to keep him leashed.
Does he train quickly?
The Peagle is moderately easy to train so while he will not be quicker than most dogs he will not be slower either. He is smart but it is important to keep his training consistent, positive and engaging. Praise him and and reward him when he gets it right. Use treats to help the process and be firm on how you give commands. Do not punish him and avoid getting impatient. Early socialization and training are important to have him become the best dog he can be. It improves not just how he behaves but his overall temperament, how he interacts with other people and animals, and how he deals with different locations and situations.
Living with a Peagle
How much grooming is needed?
He will need moderate maintenance to keep him healthy and happy. He does shed a lot so he is not suitable for people with allergies and you will need to have to pick up hair often. This is not the dog to get if you cannot handle dog hair on your clothes sometimes! You will need to brush him often as that helps remove the loose hair from his coat, daily would be good. He will also need a bath now and then, using a dog shampoo (not anything for people as it is bad for his skin). Under his eyes will need to be wiped each day to get rid of discharge otherwise it can stain his fur. His nails should be clipped when they get too long and his teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
This dog is very good with children but he is fragile so it may be best with older children just because younger children are not so careful. He loves to play and is very affectionate and energetic with them. Make sure the children know how to play safely with him and that he does not like being teased or played with in a rough manner. He can be good with other dogs but socialization helps and with other animals too to discourage him seeing other pets as prey to chase!
When it comes to intruders the Peagle is alert and would bark to let you know if any are trying to enter the home. He will not act to defend you though. He otherwise barks occasionally and will need ½ to 1 cup of dry dog food each day. It should be a good quality food and ideally he should have it split into two meals at least.
The parents of the Peagle have certain health issues they are more prone to. Any offspring they have are likely to inherit that also. To avoid your Peagle having problems with these kind of health issues visit him before buying and ask to see health clearances of the parents. The issues the Peagle may be more at risk of are Patellar luxation, BAOS, eye problems, cleft palate, Cryptorchidism, Hydrocephalus, heart problems, Intervertebral Disk Disease, epilepsy, hypthyroidism, Fold dermatitis, hip dysplasia, beagle dwarfism and CBS.
Costs involved in owning a Peagle
The Peagle puppy can cost anywhere between $400 to $1000. He will need some essentials like a crate, carrier, leash and collar and food bowls. He will also need blood test, shots, chipping and eventually neutering. These costs come to an extra $370 to $420. Some of those things may have been included in the price of the puppy though so ask if you are unsure. Annual medical costs for basics like flea prevention, pet insurance, check ups and vaccinations come to between $435 to $550. Annual costs for anything else like long hair grooming if your Peagle has long hair, food, toys, license, training and treats could come to $525 to $625.
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The Peagle is a fun and confident medium dog, great for families, couples or seniors. Really he just needs a moderate amount of outdoor time and he will expect you to adore him and give him lots of attention. He is not really a dog to get if you are going to be out of the home for long periods all the time.
Popular Beagle Mixes
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 Peagle come from?
- What does the Peagle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Peagle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Peagle
- Popular Beagle Mixes