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The Bogle, sometimes spelled Boggle, is the offspring of the Beagle and the Boxer. He is a medium to large cross or mixed dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years. He takes part in various activities like drug detection, competitive obedience, tracking and agility. He is also known as the Beagle Box and the Box-a-Beagle and is a cheerful and sometimes funny and clownish dog.

The Bogle has a lot to offer the right owners. He is alert, loving, funny and cheerful. He will need owners who are prepared to put in the work when it comes to socialization and training though.

Here is the Bogle at a Glance
Average height 13 to 25 inches
Average weight 25 to 60 pounds
Coat type Smooth, dense, sleek
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Every other day
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Low to very good depending on the coat he has
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good – smaller sized Bogles are fine but the larger end may need more room
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – better with experienced owners
Trainability Moderate
Exercise Needs Somewhat active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to 700
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $585
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 to $610

Where does the Bogle come from?

The Bogle is known to come from the USA but other details on when and so on are not known. He is a Designer dog, which is a term used now for dogs deliberately bred between usually two purebreds. Most are first generation offspring though some breeders also have second generation dogs. Over the last 15 to 20 years they have become a very popular choice amongst not just the public but also celebrities. There is a big debate about whether this is a good thing but regardless whatever dog you want a couple of tips are check out rescue shelters as there are a lot of dogs needing homes out there, and if buying make sure you research the breeder. Puppy mills and bad or ignorant breeders are a big problem especially when looking for designer dogs. To get a better feel about where the Bogle comes from we can look at the parents for some idea.

The Beagle

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 Boxer

The Boxer descends from German Bullenbeissers, which were dogs themselves descended from mastiffs, bred with the Bulldog. He was developed in the late 1800s and they were put on exhibition first in Munich in 1895. In the late 1890s and early 1900s they became known around Europe and arrived in the U.S. In World War I they served as messenger dogs, pack carriers, guard and attack dogs in the military. In 1935 he was accepted by the AKC and is 7th in popularity out of the 155 purebreds registered with the AKC.

The Boxer is known for being very watchful and alert which is why he is so commonly used as a watchdog and guard dog. He is wary with strangers but polite not aggressive. When he knows you he is playful, affectionate and happy to clown around. He is good with children and quite patient. He can get aggressive but only if he feels his home and family are being threatened.



The Bogle is energetic, playful and can be excitable. He is affectionate and loving but can also be aggressive sometimes when he feels protective. He has a cheerful disposition and a well raised, bred and socialized Bogle is gentle and calm, social and amiable. He is also very loyal and smart. While h tends to be more quiet indoors he does have a habit of jumping on people which you can train to lessen. He does need a strong pack leader and can be wary and nervous around strangers. He sometimes is clownish in his antics which will be a source of amusement.

What does the Bogle look like

This is a medium to large dog weighing 25 to 60 pounds and standing 13 to 25 inches tall. He has a strong and muscular body, ears that hang down, a deep chest, long body and an expressive face. His coat is sleek, smooth, and dense and common colors are tricolor, black, white, tan, fawn and brown.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Bogle need to be?

Bogles are somewhat active making him a good option for owners wanting a medium to large sized dog that does need hours of daily activity. He should be taken for a walk a couple of times a day and should get 30 to 60 minutes of outdoor time. At his smaller end for size he is well suited to apartment living as he is calm indoors and with enough outdoor time does not need a yard. At his larger end though he is best in a larger home and a yard would be a good place for him to play. He sometimes has the scenting and hunting instinct from the Beagle so be ready for him trying to follow scents he catches. He would enjoy visits to a dog park where he can run free and where you can play games with him.

Does he train quickly?

The Bogle is moderately easy to train so while it will not need extra effort, it also won't be quicker than other dogs. Be patient and consistent and keep your tone firm. Early socialization and training are important to help control this dog's jumping, help his interactions with others and deal with new situations and locations. He is a smart dog but keep your approach positive, reward him, use treats, encourage and praise him. He does have a stubborn side to him and may try to challenge your dominance.

Living with a Bogle

How much grooming is needed?

He has moderate grooming needs and is likely to need a brush every other day as he will shed a low to moderate amount. Give him a bath just when he needs one using a sensitive dog shampoo. In between baths you could use a wet towel and wipe him down. This avoids drying out the natural oils in his skin. His ears will need checking and cleaning once a week, that can be done using a damp cloth or there are dog ear solutions you can buy. His teeth should be brushed two to three times a week and his nails clipped when they get too long. Do not cut too low as there are live nerves and blood vessels in the lower part of the nail. If you are unsure have a groomer or vet show you, or have them do it for you.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Bogles need early socialization to better deal with children, other pets who he tends to chase, and other dogs. If he grows up with them he is better and he is also better with older children who can be told the rules and remember them when interacting with him. Supervise younger children around him and cats may be a problem!

General information

This is a good watchdog and he will bark to let you know if someone is trying to break in. He should be fed 2½ to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food a day and that should be divided into 2 or more meals. He is known to be an occasional barker.

Health Concerns


He can inherit certain health issues from his parents including Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Hip dysplasia and ear infections. When talking to the breeder ask them to show you health clearances for both parents to minimize the risk. Also visit the puppy to see how he is being kept.

Costs involved in owning a Bogle

The Bogles price at the moment could be between $300 to $700. Other costs come to between $450 to $500 and that would cover things like collar, leash, crate, neutering, micro chipping, blood tests, deworming and vaccinations. Annual costs for medical needs like flea prevention, pet insurance, shots and check ups come to between $485 to $585. Annual costs for non-medical needs like toys, treats, license, training and food come to between $510 to $610.


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