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The Boingle is a large dog and is a cross or mixed breed being the offspring of a Pointer and a Beagle. She can be called the Poingle, Beagle Pointer, or German Short-haired Pointer/Beagle Mix. She has a life span of between 12 to 15 years and is known to be a spirited and amiable dog who makes a great family pet.
|Here is the Boingle at a Glance|
|Average height||16 to 20 inches|
|Average weight||50 to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, hard, rough|
|Shedding||Moderate to heavy, all year|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent|
|Good with other Dogs?||Excellent|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||High|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Moderate – too large and active|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, bone cancer, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Chondrodysplasia,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $610|
Where does the Boingle come from?
The Boingle is part of a growing trend that has increased in popularity over the last two to three decades. Deliberately bred mixed dogs also called designer dogs are something many of the famous and public are wanting though there is some debate about whether this is a good thing or not. This is because they have attracted a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders and is leading to a lot more mixed dogs coming to rescues and shelters. Another thing about these dogs is most have little planning or purpose about them and no information about their origins. To learn more about where they come from we can look at the parents backgrounds though.
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 German Shorthaired Pointer
The prototype of this breed was around in the 17th century but they started to look like what we know today in the mid to late 1800s. They were bred to be hunting dogs who were athletic and responsive but were also good companions at home being affectionate and intelligent. They first came to America in the 1920s and were recognized by the AKC in 1930.
Today the GSP is friendly, clever, enthusiastic and willing. While he will care about everyone in the house he is likely to bond more closely with one person. He does not like being left alone and can have separation anxiety. His eagerness and intelligence make him easy to train.
The Boingle is a spirited and fun loving dog who as well as being playful is sweet, affectionate and loyal. She is an excellent dog for a family with children and is very social, enjoying being a part of an active family. She is amiable but when a puppy can be a bit boisterous in her play. She loves to be around people and can suffer from separation anxiety of left alone for long periods. She lives to active and is energetic and even-tempered. She sometimes varies between two extremes, wanting to be lazy or being somewhat hyper. She usually does well meeting new people.
What does the Boingle look like
This dog is large being 50 to 60 pounds and measuring 16 to 20 inches tall. She has a round skull with a muzzle that is long and a little squared. Her eyes are dark and she has droopy ears that are long and soft. Her body is strong looking though it can also be more lean like the Pointer and she has a pointy tail and legs that are neither long nor short. Her coat is short, rough and hard and can be water-resistant. Common colors include tri-colored, tan, white and black.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Boingle need to be?
Boingles need a fair amount of activity to remain healthy and happy. If she is acting restless, exhibiting behavior that includes digging, chewing and barking these may be signs she is not getting enough exercise. Give her a couple of walks a day at least and make them a good length and brisk. She does not like to be inactive for long periods, she would be happy joining your for a jog or hike. Take her to a dog park often where she can run around and play with you. She should have access to a yard and is not best suited to apartment living due to her energy and size. She may have the hunting instincts of the Beagle which means she may catch scents and want to go after them. From the Pointer she could get being a fast runner.
Does she train quickly?
She is a smart dog and eager to please so should be moderate to train in terms of ease and length of time. She does get bored easily though so you will need to keep training sessions short and engaging. Be positive, consistent, firm and use treats, rewards and praise to keep her motivated. Early training and socialization are very important aspects of having any dog so be sure to put in the time, she will be a better dog and it will make things easier for you too!
Living with a Boingle
How much grooming is needed?
The Boingle will shed a moderate to heavy amount so be prepared to brush her daily to get rid of some of the hair and keep her coat healthy, and for vacuuming and things like hair on your clothes. She is not a dog suitable for homes where someone has an allergy. She should be bathed just when she needs it but you can rub her down with a damp towel in between to clean her and remove hair. She has long ears so is more prone to ear infections. Check them and clean them once a week and make sure they are dried after rain, bath or anything else that gets them wet. Her nails should clipped when they get too long taking care not to cut through the quick, the lower part of the nail. Her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is very good to excellent with children and usually even other dogs though the early socialization does help, as does being raised with them. Other pets and small animals may need more work as she could see them as something to hunt or chase. Smaller children should maybe be supervised just because of her size and in case she gets a little too boisterous in her play.
She will bark occasionally and will also bark to alert you of an intruder so she is a good watchdog. She will need to be fed 2½ to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, divided into at least two meals. She has a better tolerance to warmer climates than colder ones.
There are health issues the Boingle can inherit from her parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, bone cancer, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, Chondrodysplasia, Hip dysplasia, ear infections, Demodectic mange and skin cysts. To limit the risks to your dog buy from a trustworthy breeder and ask for health clearances for both parents. Also visit the puppy to see what conditions she is kept in.
Costs involved in owning a Boingle
This is not an easy to find designer dog so price ranges are not possible to gather at this time. However there are other costs to prepare for. Initial ones for items and medical needs like a crate, collar and leash, deworming, blood tests, shots, micro chipping and spaying come to between $450 to $500. Yearly costs for medical basics like flea prevention, pet insurances, check ups and vaccinations come to between $485 to $585. Non-medical costs each year for things like food, license, training, treats and toys come to between $510 to $610.
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The Boingle could be a great companion or family dog for most people who can be active and are prepared to socialize and train her. You will also have to be prepared for a possible heavy amount of shedding in some cases. She will be friendly, even-tempered and loving in return.