The Beaglier is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between a Beagle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are considered to be a designer dog and make great pets for single people or families with older children. Below you will find 20 facts about this very cute breed of dog that you may not know.
1. The Beaglier Is A Fairly Recent Breed
Beagliers were first bred in Australia, during the 1990s, which makes them a recent breed of dog. It is believed that they were first bred to combine the best traits of their parents. The Beagle was bred with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in order to produce a dog that was not so driven to follow a scent at all costs. The Beaglier is still very popular in Australia today and it can also be found in many other countries, particularly across Europe and North America.
2. They Do Not Require A Lot Of Grooming
Their coats are shiny but also short which makes them very easy to groom. Their fur does not require trimming and will usually only need to be brushed on a weekly basis. If they get exceptionally dirty, then they should be given a bath but bathing does not need to take place on a regular basis. This is because water can dry their skin out and this means the oils that they need to keep their coats shiny will not be produced.
3. They Are Prone To Weight Gain
Beagliers will put on weight fairly easily. K9 Web suggests that food is not left in front of them if you don’t want them to eat, as they will eat everything in sight if given the opportunity. Therefore, their bowl should be only be filled with the amount of food that you want them to have for that meal. They can be given treats, as long as this is only happens occasionally.
4. They Need A Lot Of Social Interaction
They are very social dogs and they like to be around people. They are also very loyal dogs and are eager to please their owners. They make good family pets because they do not get fazed by being around several people as long as they are familiar. In fact, they will quite enjoy being the center of attention.
5. They Have A Loud Bark
Although they are not a breed which is prone to barking, their bark is loud when it does happen. Their bark is distinctive and is very similar to the bark of a Beagle. Reasons for barking usually include boredom and alerting their owner to the presence of someone new. It is for this reason that they make good watch dogs.
6. They Will Take The Chance To Explore If They Can
They have characteristics of Beagles when it comes to following a scent. Pet Guide recommends that you get your back yard fenced if it is not already. You should also take care that they do not run off when you are taking them for a walk. If you have any concerns that you will not be able to call your dog back, then you should keep them on a leash. They will take as many chances to go exploring as they can, so this is something to be mindful of.
7. They Can Be Stubborn
Although it is possible to train Beagliers, some dogs in this breed can be very stubborn. This is a trait that is inherited from the Beagle. Training can still take place, but it will need a lot of consistency and patience on your part. You may find that things a bit easier if they have the characteristics of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breed of dog is much more easy going and they also like to please their owners, which can make training a far easier task. The personalities of Beagliers can differ widely between individual dogs and so there is no way to predict whether they will be easy to train or not.
8. They Have A Life Expectancy Of 10-15 Years
Beagliers generally live for between ten and fifteen years. There have been some instances of these dogs living until they are eighteen. This is similar to the life expectancy of both Beagles and Cavaliers. It may be the case that Beagliers do have a slightly higher life expectancy than their parent breeds because they can avoid the major health issues of both breeds.
9. They Do Not Shed A Lot Of Fur
They do not shed a lot of hair, although you may notice that more than usual comes loose when brushing during shedding season. The Happy Puppy Site suggests that the fur is brushed for at least five minutes every day during this time. Regular brushing is the best way to keep shedding to a minimum. Most fur will be shed while brushing is taking place and therefore you should not find a great deal of fur scattered about your home.
10. The Fur They Do Shed Is Not Hypoallergenic
Even though shedding is not excessive, the fur that they do shed is not hypoallergenic. This means that they may not be a suitable choice for people who suffer from allergies. If you seem to develop allergies after getting the dog, then there are steps you can take to reduce the effect of these allergies. Don’t let the Beaglier lie on places where you frequent, such as the couch or your bed. Fur also tends to settle on carpets and rugs and so make sure that they are vacuumed on a regular basis. Even though Beagliers do not shed much fur, some people find that they also have allergies to pet dander.
11. Their Small Size Means Care Should Be Taken Around Young Children
They will get along with children of all ages, but they will need to be supervised when they are around young children. This is because young children can get over-excited and their play can become boisterous. This could lead to the dog becoming injured. The Beaglier is an easy-going breed, but it will only put up with so much before it could become aggressive. These issues can be avoided if children are always supervised and they are taught the correct way to act around the Beaglier.
12. They May Not Get Along With Small Pets
They may still have some hunting instincts from their Beagle parents, and so they may not get on with small pets such as hamsters and gerbils. According to Dog Zone, they also will not get along with cats. If you already have these pets in your household, then a Beaglier might not be the best choice as putting them together could lead to an upsetting situation. There should not be a problem with them living alongside other dogs, as long as introductions are done slowly. The hunting instincts that can cause problems with smaller animals, also make them regard other dogs as part of their herd and so there will be no aggression on their part.
13. They Like To Dig
If your Beaglier is being kept unattended in your garden or yard, then you will need to ensure that they can’t dig under the fence. Digging is something that they do to try to burn energy, and they can dig a hole big enough to get through fairly quickly. They may also start to dig if they are bored, so be sure not to leave them alone outside for too long if there is a risk they could escape. You also need to think about other things in the garden that could be ruined by digging, such as flowerbeds.
14. They Can Live In Houses Or Apartments
Due to their small size, they can live comfortably in apartments as well as houses. They do not need a lot of space and so there would be no issue with them living in an apartment from this point of view. They also should not get too disturbed by the sound of other people in the apartments above and below. If you do live in an apartment, then you need to think about how you will provide the Beaglier with the exercise they need with no access to a yard. They will need to be taken on a walk every day and it will be useful if there is a park or some other open space nearby.
15. They May Suffer From Separation Anxiety
It is common for Beagliers to suffer from separation anxiety when their owner is not around. According to Dogell, they are not a breed that likes to be alone. This is a problem that occurs quite often for all breeds of dogs, and there are things you can do to help your Beaglier adapt to the situation. If you can, gradually increase the time that you are apart from your dog so that they get used to being without you. It can also help if you leave your dog with an old piece of clothing, as they will be comforted by your scent.
16. Ear Infections And Hearing Problems Are Common Health Concerns
Beagliers are generally healthy dogs, with ear infections being the most common health issue that arises. Ears should be checked on a daily basis to ensure that there is no debris in them which could lead to an infection. Ear infections are a common problem for Beagles, but the situation may be worse for the Beaglier because they can also inherit hearing problems from the Cavalier parent. If you have any concerns about any aspect of your dog’s health, then you should consult your vet as soon as possible.
17. They Should Eat Two Meals A Day
Two cups of food per day is enough for a Beaglier, and this should be spread over two meals. They like routine, and so these meals should be given at the same time each day. It is not advised that you put a big bowl of food out in the morning as this can lead to the dog overeating as they are likely to keep going back for more throughout the day. The best food for this breed tends to be high-quality dry food. You should also make sure that you are giving your dog the right quantity of food for their age and weight.
18. Training Should Be Done With Positive Rewards
Beagliers will respond better to training when they are rewarded for positive behavior. Dog Time points out that they can be a breed which is eager to please, and this may help with training. They do not react well to soft punishment and this is likely to make training more difficult in the long run. Any negative behavior should just be ignored and positive behavior rewarded. Consistency is the key to successful training.
19. They Need At Least An Hour Of Exercise Daily
Beagliers are very active dogs, and they will need at least an hour of exercise every day. This can be split into shorter walks throughout the day if this is more convenient. They should also be given opportunities to play and be active at home in between these walks. Regular exercise is essential for the Beaglier to stay healthy, both in body and mind. You may find that their behavior can become destructive without regular exercise, as they don’t know what else to do with their pent-up energy.
20. It Is Important To Maintain Good Dental Hygiene
Beagliers can be prone to suffering with bad breath, and so you need to make sure that their teeth are looked after. Their teeth will need to be brushed every day to prevent bad breath and other dental problems. Your vet will be able to give advice about the best techniques to use for brushing your dog’s teeth. There are also many videos on YouTube that show how to brush a dog’s teeth if you want to see the techniques that your vet has recommended in action.