Gentle and incredibly friendly, the Beaglier is a designer dog that you may know by a handful of other names, including Beagalier, Begalier, Beagelier and Children’s Beagle. Beagliers suit owners who want a dog that is robust and healthy, that is happy to go with the flow of what is happening around them. They are just as content going to the park with the kids for a fun day out as they are lounging in front of the TV at night. The parent breeds of the Beaglier are the Beagle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The pups from this pairing are called first generation Beagliers. Second generation Beagliers are usually born to a Beaglier mum and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dad.
What Does a Beaglier Look Like?
Given how the parent breeds look, it is probably no real surprise to learn that the Beaglier is a smaller dog that is very often a little more diminutive than a regular Beagle. The height of a Beaglier usually falls between 30-40 cm, while its weight comes in at an average of between 7-15 kgs. As is the case with most designer dogs, the appearance of the breed can vary from dog to dog, with some looking more like a Beagle while others resemble a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. There are also some Beagliers that are essentially the prefect blend of both parents, although those big, sad eyes tend to be all Beagle. Their shorter muzzle is something that is definitely more common in the Cavalier King Charles.
While shorter in length, the ears of the Beaglier have the same folded look as the parents. Compared side by side, the Beagle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have coats that differ in length and texture, but the Beaglier generally has a shorter, softer coat. There are times, though, when it will have a longer coat, much like the King Charles Spaniel. As far as colouring goes, the Beaglier is more in line with the Beagle, with the most common colours being the black, white, and tan we are used to. Then again, you may also see colour combinations that include black and tan, ruby and white, and even solid ruby.
The Temperament of the Beaglier
Beagliers are generally playful dogs that are gentle, fun, and just really loyal, with a little hint of curiosity mixed into a wonderful package. Their calm nature makes them a very good family pet, as well as the ideal companion for single folks. They are great with kids and are happy to have any sort of human companionship. If you ask your vet to recommend a great family dog, you will very often find that the Beaglier is one of the breeds mentioned.
Even in stressful situations or when provoked, the Beaglier is still usually able to maintain a well-behaved disposition. While some dogs respond poorly to social situations, those are generally where the Beaglier thrives. A trip to the dog park is also fun, as they love other animals as much as they love humans. Beagliers are a joy to watch in those social situations.
Given that they love food, Beagliers also tend to be easier to train. It’s a surprising characteristic when you consider that King Charles Spaniels tend to furiously protect their food, while Beagles have a tendency to be a little stubborn. While less energetic than the Beagle, the Beaglier tends to be a good deal more energetic than the King Charles Spaniel. As is the case with any designer breed, their looks and appearance can often be slanted towards one parent or the other and they will vary from dog to dog.
The Health of the Beaglier
Healthy is certainly a description that you could easily use for Beagliers, as these strong little guys really don’t have any specific issues that might present a problem. This is very often the case with many designer breeds, as you tend to get the best elements of the parent breeds. It should be noted here, though, that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does have some health issues that can potentially be passed on to the Beaglier. Among these issues are things like hernias, mitral valve disease, and patellar luxation. While these are bad, the worst may well be Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA for short, which is a disease that affects the eyes and can lead to the dog slowly becoming blind. A good breeder will perform a DNA test on the parent to get an idea if this is something that could potentially affect a litter. Be sure to ask about this if you do plan on getting a Beaglier.
The smaller snout of the King Charles can also cause breathing issues, but since the snout of the Beaglier is longer, those issues are seldom passed on. Like any dog, you can help keep your Beaglier healthy by making sure that he eats properly, gets the exercise he needs, and has regular visits to the vet for a check-up. As mentioned earlier, only deal with breeders who perform a DNA testing with all their litters, as this can potentially prevent serious health issues from arising later on.
Expected Lifespan of the Beaglier
If you can keep your Beaglier at a healthy weight, you can expect him to have a life expectancy in the region of 12-15 years.
Grooming Your Beaglier
If you are not a fan of running back and forth to the groomer, the good news is that you won’t have to with a Beaglier, as they require very little grooming. This is perfect for dog owners looking for a pet that does not require much maintenance, which can be expensive. When it comes to grooming, a regular bath and brushing routine are usually all you need, unless of course he has a longer coat. If that is the case, then a little more upkeep will be required.
Exercising Your Beaglier
The Cavalier is not a dog that needs a lot of exercise, but that trait is muted somewhat by breeding it with the active Beagle, which is a more active dog. With that in mind, you need to make sure that exercise is very much part of the daily routine of your Beaglier. These little guys love a big yard to roam in, but prefer it when you are active with them. If you do not have a space for them to play in, you will need to walk them regularly to keep them active and happy.