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Originating in Australia, the Beaglier is a hybrid or designer breed, produced by crossing a Beagle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The result is a small to medium sized dog with a short, rounded muzzle and big, expressive and sad looking eyes – which, if you are a bit of a softy, will simply make you forgive any transgression!
Beagliers are affectionate to everybody and everything and love being around their owner, family members and people in general. They love kids, usually welcome strangers and are good with most other pets. They are playful and gentle and make great family dogs that adjust well to different and new situations. They tend to be adaptable to most home environments, from a large country estate to a small apartment. However, as highly sociable animals, they don’t do well with being left home alone for long hours and are inclined to suffer from separation anxiety.
If you live an active life, this breed can be a great choice for you, as they need quite a lot of exercise including daily walks and playtime with toys and children. Although some gentle and persist nudging may be necessary to get them out the door, when the fresh air hits their nostrils they can quickly turn into action-packed super dogs. Once outside, the Beagle’s detective nose takes over, and wandering away from their owners is a common occurrence, along with finding anything even slightly edible in the park. However, when indoors, Beagliers can be real couch potatoes, and can easily stay on your lap having cuddles all day long.
Beagliers reach a weight ranging from 4.5 kg to 11.6 kg and a height of around 30 to 40 cm. They are most often tricolour, but they can also come in tan, tan and white, red and white (Blenheim), ruby, black and tan, black and white or sometimes pure black. Their coat is smooth, soft and usually short, but occasionally they have the longer coat of their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel forebears. Their grooming requirements are moderate – frequent brushing and the occasional bath. Beagliers do not shed much; however, allergy sufferers can struggle with them.
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There is no mistaking the fact that Beagliers are great family dogs: they love children, playing and being with people. Loyal, soft and gentle, they show a lot of affection, not just to their own family but to everyone they come across. They are receptive to their owner’s emotions and make wonderful companions, bonding closely with their human parents and family members.
Beagliers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people and hate being left on their own. They are very child-friendly dogs and enjoy being surrounded by children – and they don’t get snappy if playtime gets a little rough. They are even friendly towards strangers, which is great when Aunt Isabelle makes her annual visit, but not necessarily so if an intruder comes calling – unless they can scare him off with excessive affection!
This breed is great for first-time pet owners as well as those with other dogs. Being the offspring of two highly sociable breeds, Beagliers love the company of other dogs; in fact, they are happiest when living with another dog. They just may need monitoring around smaller, non-canine animals which trigger their hunting and chasing instincts!
Did someone say ‘walkies?’ Beagliers have a higher energy level than many other dog breeds, coupled with a strong desire to explore the world. They love going for walks; however, it is safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them to come back to you on command. If you have a garden, they don’t need much encouragement to run and play in it. Make sure your fences are solid and secure, as they have been known to damage enclosures in attempting to explore further afield.
Beagliers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don’t mind moving from one place to another with their owner. However, they don’t tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy households and frequent guest visits particularly well.
On the downside for many owners and their neighbours, Beagliers are highly vocal, often barking and howling loudly. They bark to communicate and can change their bark depending on their emotional level and what they are trying to say. They will bark to warn or protect their family, if they are fearful or bored, as a greeting or to seek attention, or if they are suffering from separation anxiety (did we mention that they don’t like to be left home alone? If not, your neighbours will be sure to let you know!)
Beagliers can be stubborn (just like their Beagle parent) and, as a result, a bit difficult to train, in which case patience, persistence and early socialisation will be required to help them become well-functioning members of the family. Or they can be timid yet eager to please (taking after their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent), which makes for easier training. They will usually obey commands they have been taught, especially when food is used as a reward. Beagliers are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds and do not respond well to punishment-based training; instead they require consistency, clear rules and positive reinforcement.
Beagliers are generally healthy dogs and medical expenses aren’t over-the-top with this breed. They can be prone to obesity if overfed, but this can be managed with a balanced diet. However, as a crossbred breed, the Beaglier may inherit any of the parental breeds’ health issues, some of these being:
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As one of the relatively new ‘designer’ hybrid dog breeds, there is a very brief history to the Beaglier. The breed originated in Australia in the 1990s, where it was developed because of the desirable characteristics of the two parent breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Beagle. The breeders were looking for a small, healthy, energetic dog with a less active scent drive than the Beagle. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was selected because it is known to be a well-mannered, even-tempered breed.
The two parent breeds both have a lengthy history. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is thought to be named in part after the 17th century English king, Charles I, who took the throne in 1625, while the Beagle was one of the first breeds to be recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC), back in 1885.
In Australia, the Beaglier quickly became particularly popular because of its cuteness and lovely temperament. Since then, the breed has gained favour internationally, and nowadays can be found throughout North America and Europe. We anticipate that Beagliers will continue to spread around the world because they make such wonderful companions and can adapt to almost any environment.
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