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The Beaglier is the offspring of the Beagle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is a small to medium cross or mixed dog with a life span of 12 to 14 years. She often takes part in competitive obedience and agility. She is also known as a Beagle/ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix and is a curious and gentle dog.
The Beaglier is an inquisitive dog and while her training may be something that takes commitment she could be a great family pet. Just watch her around other smaller pets or make sure that she is well socialized.
|Here is the Beaglier at a Glance|
|Average height||12 to 16 inches|
|Average weight||10 to 25 pounds|
|Coat type||Short to medium, hard, close, straight to wavy|
|Shedding||Moderate to high|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Barking||Occasional (can have the beagle howl)|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to very good depending on coat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization (may chase smaller animals)|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good – training can be tricky|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Quite high|
|Major Health Concerns||Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Episodic Falling|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 14 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$500 to $1500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $535|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$300 to $400|
Where does the Beaglier come from?
There have been mixed dogs, or mutts around for as long as dogs have been domesticated so in that respect they are not a new development. However these so called Designer dogs are deliberately bred, a lot are given names that blend parts of each parent's name. Over the last 10 to 20 years the trend in owning a dog like this has soared. This has led unfortunately to a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders taking advantage of the trend. Make sure you research carefully before you buy to avoid giving your money to such people. One of the key selling points given about these dogs is that you get the best of both dogs in one. While that is sometimes the case it is not always so. With first generation breeding there are no real guarantees, even the same litter can have differences.
The Beaglier originates in Australia and was bred first sometime in the 1990s. She is a popular designer dog there bred for their temperament, size and to be less scent driven than the Beagle. Here is a look at the parents to get a feel for what goes into her.
Beagle like dogs can be traced back to Roman times but the actual Beagle we know today cannot be traced back that far and actually his history is a little muddled. 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 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This dog is under a century old in the form he comes in now though he ancestors can be found back to the 1600s. He was a companion to the noble and royal. Mary Queen of Scots had one with her when she was beheaded, King Charles I and II loves them and gave their name to them. In the mid 1800s English breeders started to refine the breed but in America in the 1920s a breeder spent 5 years looking for spaniels that resembled the ones found in paintings from those days. This led to two breeds eventually emerging, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the King Charles Spaniel (also known in America as the English Toy Spaniel).
Today this is a sturdy dog, friendly and very social. He can be quiet all the way up to rowdy and some bark more than others. Some are good watchdogs and some are not.
The Beaglier is a playful, curious and affectionate dog who loves being around people and other dogs. She can be energetic but is good natured and very loyal. She tends to be a confident dog and is intelligent. She can sometimes inherit the stronger scenting tendency of the Beagle and has good hunting abilities as a result. She is loving and gentle and is a good companion and family dog. She can be anxious when left alone for long periods of time. She also can have a stubborn side.
What does the Beaglier look like
She is a small to medium dog weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing 12 to 16 inches tall. She tends to have a muzzle that is rounded and short, a butterfly nose ( mix of pink and black) that often turns completely black as they grow, large eyes and long ears. Her coat can be like either parent or a mix. Often though it is short to medium in length, close, wavy, silky and sometimes hard. Common colors include tricolor, tan, white, red and black.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Beaglier need to be?
She is a fairly active dog but given her size as long as she is taken out each day she can be fine in an apartment. She will get some of her exercise from indoor play and she will also need two good walks a day. She sometimes has a stronger hunting instinct so may want to chase scents so be warned about taking her off leash in places that are not safely enclosed. Access to a yard is a bonus but not necessary for her happiness. She will enjoy visits to a dog park when you can play doggy games with her.
Does she train quickly?
The Beaglier is not an easy dog to train, she can be difficult and that is one of the reasons we suggest she would be better with an experienced owner. She will need to be handled firmly but with positive techniques not negatives. Praise rather than scold, offer treats as incentive and reward and encourage the successes rather than punishing any negatives. Early socialization and training are important in helping her deal with the world around her and making life easier and happier for her and for you. She can learn quickly with experienced trainers using food as a reward but she has a stubborn side so if your Beaglier is proving to be difficult consider professional help from a trainer or school.
Living with a Beaglier
How much grooming is needed?
She has moderate grooming needs, she is not a hypoallergenic dog and she will shed a moderate to frequent amount. Brush her each day to keep up with the loose hair and be prepared to vacuum often. She will need to be bathed but it should just be done when she needs it using a dog shampoo. Otherwise the natural oils in her skin can be affected. Her ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week. There are dog ear cleaning solutions you can use with a cotton ball or dampen a cloth, do not insert anything into the ears. Brush her teeth two to three times a week and clip her nails when they get too long.
What is she like with children and other animals?
This is a good dog for home with children, she is social and loves being around them. It may be best to have her with older children who know how to be more gentle, or at least supervise younger children and teach them how to be careful. She is great around other dogs too but can need some help with other pets as she may like to chase small animals. Early socialization and training will help.
She can be a good watchdog and will alert you to intruders or approaching strangers. She barks occasionally and can have the Beagle howl but not always. She should be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals.
There are health concerns she can inherit from her parents like Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, MVD, SM, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Episodic Falling, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. Before you buy a puppy there are a couple of things you should do to raise the odds on getting a healthy pet. Ask the breeder for health clearances for both parents and visit the puppy to see the conditions she is kept in.
Costs involved in owning a Beaglier
The Beaglier could cost between $500 to $1500. Other costs for things like deworming, blood tests, shots, chipping, spaying, a crate, carrier, collar and leash come to between $385 to $435. Annual non-medical costs for things like toys, food, treats, license and training come to between $300 to $400. Annual medical essential costs like check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and shots come to between $435 to $535.
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