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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

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The Raggle is a mixed breed the result of crossing a Beagle with a Rat Terrier. He is a small cross with a life span of 12 to 15 years. He is also called a Rat Terrier/Beagle Mix. He has talents in watchdog, agility and competitive obedience. The Raggle is a small but powerful dog with lots of energy. He is also very intelligent with a strong hunting instinct.

The Raggle is a great small dog for experienced owners who are happy to have an energetic, active and somewhat willful dog. He will need special attention on his training and socialization and will be a great dog with the right family.

Here is the Raggle at a Glance
Average height 8 to 12 inches
Average weight 5 to 20 pounds
Coat type Thick, short
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Every other day
Touchiness Can be moderate to fairly high
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate to fair
Barking Rare to occasional
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good – needs socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Very high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good with outdoor time still
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – training is not easy
Trainability Difficult
Exercise Needs Quite active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral Disk Disease, Epilepsy, eye problems, Hypothyroidism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Incorrect Bites,
Other Health Concerns Hip Dysplasia, Beagle Dwarfism, Demodectic Mange, allergies
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 to $400

Where does the Raggle come from?

The Raggle is a designer dog, which are very popular among the famous and regular people as an option for dog ownership right now. Designer dogs are a trend in creating deliberate mixed dogs, mostly using two purebreds and giving it a cute blended name. Mixing breeds is not something new, but usually in the past it has been with purpose to create a new purebred with certain qualities and it has been done by good breeders. Most designer dogs are not to develop a new breed, a lot are being created with no care or purpose by bad breeders and puppy mills. The problem with designer dogs is not that they are mixed, it is who and how they were created. However there are some breeders who do care so it is important to find the right one before you buy your designer dog.

As with a lot of designer dogs we do not have information on who and why the Raggle was bred so we will look at the parents to get a feel of where they come from and what could go into them.

The Rat Terrier

This is an American dog bred to be a working dog, acting as a hunter and a farm dog who had to hunt pests like rats and other vermin. He was made to be fast and able to catch jackrabbits who were a big problem. In the South and Central America though he was bred to Beagles to create a dog who was more a pack animal. There is a story that President Roosevelt named them though this is not a fact everyone agrees on. He could be found on most farms between 1910 and 1940 but when farmers started to use poison they became less common until the late 1970s.

Today the Rat Terrier is a stubborn but intelligent dog who is wary of strangers. While they will be good with a family even if not properly socialized they may be aggressive to other pets and strangers. They have a lot of courage and are very good at detecting the mood you are in. They want to please and are affectionate but he needs a lot of exercise or he can become poorly behaved.

The Beagle

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 Raggle still has a lot of hunting instincts in him so that kind of curious, determined bold personality can be seen. He is powerful and full of energy and loves to be active. He is playful but usually not overly hyper. With his family and owner he is affectionate and he is a good family dog. When he has had enough activity he is happy to relax with you in the evening. Some Raggles can have some aggression especially towards other pets and dogs of their own gender. This will need socialization to handle.

What does the Raggle look like

The Raggle is a small dog weighing 5 to 20 pounds and measuring 8 to 12 inches tall. He has a flat head, ears that are flappy, almond shaped small eyes and a medium muzzle. His back and neck are strong, he has a small chest and his coat is straight, short and thick. Common colors are brown, white, black, cream and lemon.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Raggle need to be?

He is active and needs an owner happy to be active with him. He loves to play games like chase or fetch, he loves to walk and run. He would be better in a home with a yard for him to play in but it needs to be escape proof as he is an escape artist. Take him for at least one long walk a day plus some play time. He would enjoy visits to a dog park too but make sure he is well trained and socialized. He can live in an apartment with enough activity but it is not ideal for him. Be sure to give him mental challenges to keep his mind working too.

Does he train quickly?

The Raggle is quite tricky to train and this where having experienced owners helps. He needs someone who can be firm and consistent and clearly establish themselves as the more dominant one. With early socialization and training things should go better than with an older dog. Keep positive, reward with treats and praise, encourage and stay patient. If it is not going well the best thing to do is go to a professional school for help. You should not leave this dog not socialized or trained as they can be aggressive otherwise.

Living with a Raggle

How much grooming is needed?

His coat is short and easy to brush. He does shed, sometimes a low amount and sometimes a bit more with season shedding. Brushing should happen every other day to remove any loose hair and keep the coat healthy. Give him a bath when he needs one, not too often as bathing too frequently can dry out his skin. Clip his nails when they get too long, brush his teeth at least twice a week and check his ears once a week. Give them a wipe with an ear cleaning solution and a cotton ball.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Because of his hunting instincts and lean towards being aggressive it is important to socialize and train him so that he can be trusted with his interactions around children, other dogs and other pets. When that has happened they are playful and happy with children and accepting of the others. When brought up with them he is also a lot better.

General information

He is a good watchdog and will alert you to an intruder by barking. He otherwise is not overly noisy barking rarely to occasionally. He needs to be fed ¾ to 2 cups of dry dog food a day divided into two meals at a minimum. He is very good in warmer or hot climates but only a low to moderate tolerance to the cold.

Health Concerns

The health issues the parents of the Raggle are more prone to are ones that he can also have a problem with. They include Intervertebral Disk Disease, Epilepsy, eye problems, Hypothyroidism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Incorrect Bites, Hip Dysplasia, Beagle Dwarfism, Demodectic Mange and allergies.

Costs involved in owning a Raggle

A puppy Raggle will cost between $250 to $600. Other costs along with that puppy are for a crate, carrier, blood tests, deworming, collar and leash, shots, chipping and neutering. They come to $360 to $400. Annual medical essentials for check ups, shots, pet insurance and flea prevention comes to between $435 to $550. Non medical yearly costs for essentials like food, toys, license, treats and training come to between $275 to $400.


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Nicole Cosgrove

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.

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