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The Beaglemation is a medium to large size cross or mixed dog who's parents are the Dalmatian and the Beagle. She has a life span of 10 to 12 years and could be a good family dog. She is a sensitive dog so will not respond well to scoldings or impatience and needs a lot of attention. She can also be very playful.
|Here is the Beaglemation at a Glance|
|Average height||15 to 20 inches|
|Average weight||35 to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, smooth, fine, dense|
|Shedding||Moderate, all year|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Very high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate to good – larger Beaglemations at 60 pounds are starting to get too big for small apartments|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – Better for those with experience|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||High|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, deafness, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections, skin allergies,|
|Life Span||10 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $610|
Where does the Beaglemation come from?
Over the last fifteen to twenty years it has become a popular thing to breed two purebreds for the resulting first generation mixed dog. These deliberate bred crosses are often given a name that blends the two parent names. The idea or hope is that the offspring will have the best of both parents but in reality this is not something that can be guaranteed. It is also important to be aware that there are a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders that have joined the trend as a means of making money. They do not treat their animals well at all and they are not something you want your money funding. As with a lot of designer dogs the Beaglemation has no origins known so we can look at the parents to get a better idea.
The Beagle's history is a little uncertain in some places as while we have reports of beagle like dogs from as far back as Roman times they were not the Beagles we know today. Used for hunting for a time they fell out of favor in the 18th century when foxhounds became popular and because Beagles were not that fast. However farmers continued to use them and that is what saved the breed. In the 1800s they were imported to America and there they were bred to be smaller.
Today the Beagle is a sweet dog, funny but also quite naughty! Training and socialization is important and since they love their food so much occasional treats to bribe them to be good is recommended!
The Dalmatian's origins are basically unknown but Romanies were said to have come over with spotted dogs so this could be where he comes from. He was named Dalmatian during his time in Dalmatia in the area now called Croatia. Over a very long history they have been used as working dogs but in a broad range of roles from guard dogs, herding dogs, retrievers, ratters, coaching dogs and circus dogs. In England he was used most as a coaching dog, in America he was used as a firehouse dog.
Today the Dalmatian is more a companion and family dog but America's firehouses still have them as mascots. He is a dog with a lot of energy and requires a lot of exercise. He loves attention and is happy when he pleases his owner which makes training easy. He is clever and enjoys making you laugh. He is still a great watchdog as he is very alert. Socialization and training help him to be good with children.
This is a loving and sensitive dog who can be highly strung and will be demanding when it comes to the attention he needs. She can be a calm dog but then can become lively and energetic. She is playful but can be anxious. She is a good companion and cab be a good family dog too. She is calmer and happier when with her owner and does not do well being isolated or left alone for long periods. She can be mischievous sometimes which can be entertaining and she has a curious nature. She is affectionate and loving and can be strong willed sometimes too.
What does the Beaglemation look like
She is a medium to large dog weighing 35 to 60 pounds and standing 15 to 20 inches tall. She has a strong and muscular body that can come with markings like a Beagle's. She has ears that are long, dark brown eyes and a coat that is smooth, short, fine and dense. Common colors are yellow, white, black and brown.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Beaglemation need to be?
She is quite an active dog and will need a lot of outdoor time. She would be happy with active owners who can bring her for long walks, take her hiking or jogging and take her to dog parks to run free. She enjoys things like flyball, agility events and other doggy sports. She should get at least an hour or more a day, if she is acting restless and displaying behavior like chewing or digging this may be because she is still under exercised. If she is at the smaller end of her size she can adapt to apartment living as long as she still gets that outdoor time. At the larger end she is better suited to more spacious living quarters and access to a yard.
Does she train quickly?
Training the Beaglemation is not going to be very easy as she does have a stubborn side which can make training moderately difficult. She needs her training to be done using positive techniques that include rewards, treats, praise and consistency. Be firm and patient about it, early socialization and training are important and you should not skip it.
Living with a Beaglemation
How much grooming is needed?
She will shed all year a moderate amount. Brush her with a medium soft rubber brush at least every other day. There will be vacuuming needed to get rid of loose hair. Her nails should clipped when they get too long and her teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week. Give her a bath just as she needs one to avoid drying out her natural oils in her skin. Her ears should be checked for infection once a week and wiped clean using a cotton ball and ear cleaning solution or a damp cloth.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is excellent with children and other dogs. She is playful and affectionate and gentle when need be. However she can have her hunting instincts when it comes to smaller animals so she may have a tendency to chase smaller pets like cats.
She is an alert dog and can be a good watchdog. She barks occasionally and can have the Beagle howl. She should be fed 2 to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals.
There are health issues she can inherit from her parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, deafness, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Urolithiasis, Iris Sphincter Dysplasia, Hip dysplasia, ear infections and skin allergies. Ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances before you buy and visit the puppy too.
Costs involved in owning a Beaglemation
The Beaglemation is not a widely bred dog so prices are harder to gather. Other costs though such as a carrier for the smaller dog, a crate, micro chipping, spaying, blood tests, shots, collar and leash and deworming come to between $510 to $550. Yearly costs for medical basics like shots, pet insurance, flea prevention and check ups come to between $485 to $585. Yearly costs for non-medical essentials like training, license, food, treats and toys come to between $510 to $610.
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The Beaglemation is a great mid sized dog for families and the smaller end can adapt to apartment living. She is playful and affectionate but can be quite sensitive and sometimes high strung and with the training being harder also this means she will need some commitment from an owner who preferably has some experience.