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What are the different types of Beagle Breeds?

When looking to either adopt or buy a beagle, you might have to consider what type of beagle you want! This loveable hound has many mixes alongside the pedigree version. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what is considered pedigree and some of the mix/designer breeds available.

Types of Beagle: Kennel Club Recognised

The UK Kennel Club recognises two breeds of pedigree beagle, those are the breed standard and the pocket, or miniature beagle.

Breed Standard Beagle

A breed standard is the guideline set by the kennel club which describes characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed, beagles that meet the breed standard are considered “pedigree”.

Generally the most obvious characteristics of breed standard beagles are that they:

  • Are between 33 cms (13 ins) & 40 cms (16 ins) in height
  • Have dark brown or hazel eyes
  • Are one of the colours listed below (tip of the tail must be white)
  • Amongst other things, listed here by the kennel club

Pocket Beagle 

Whilst this type of beagle is not particularly common in the UK anymore, it is in the USA and is called so due to its size, apparently, Queen Elizabeth used to keep a pack of these that would fit in a pocket or saddle bag!

Common Pedigree Beagle Colours

According to the UK Kennel Club, the beagle can come in the following range of colours and mixes:

  1. Badger Pied
  2. Badger Pied Mottle
  3. Black & White
  4. Black & White Mottle
  5. Blue White & Tan
  6. Blue White & Tan Mottle
  7. Hare Pied
  8. Hare Pied Mottle
  9. Lemon & White
  10. Lemon & White Mottle
  11. Lemon Pied
  12. Lemon Pied Mottle
  13. Red & White
  14. Red & White Mottle
  15. Tan & White
  16. Tan & White Mottle
  17. Tricolour
  18. Tricolour Mottle
  19. White

Designer/Cross Breeds of Beagle

Amongst the breed standard beagle’s set by the Kennel Club, there are a wide range of cross or mix breeds, we’ve listed some of the most popular ones below:

Beaglier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Beagle Mix)

Thought to have originated in Australia, this cross between a beagle & cavalier king charles spaniel marries two fun, happy and energetic breeds. Whilst not that common in the US & UK, their growing popularity suggests that this will change soon. 

Owners of Beagliers like the affection that comes from both breeds making them an ideal family dog that’s great with kids.

Bocker (Cocker-Spaniel & Beagle Mix)

The bocker is a popular beagle and cocker spaniel mix, pairing some of the best traits from each breed. Maintaining their small size – bockers are a playful, curious breed and very suitable for families. Whilst bockers are considered ‘designer’ due to their popularity, the breed can still be found in shelters.

Beagi (Corgi & Beagle Mix)

Beagis could be considered the Queen’s breed, mixing Beagle and either the Pembroke or Welsh Cardigan Corgi, two of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite varieties. These royal pups are sure to be popular amongst families due to their people orientated nature, however, they do possess some of the more stubborn traits of both beagles and corgis which can make them a challenge to train (even more so than beagles!).

Poogle (Poodle & Beagle Mix)

The Poogle is a cross between a poodle and a beagle. This cross can vary greatly in size due to the poodle having a variety of different types that are bred with beagles, such as the toy, miniature or regular poodle. This cross inherits some of the shaggy fur from the poodle, giving it a unique take on the classic beagle look. 

Bagle (Basset Hound & Beagle Mix)

The basset hound and beagle are already quite closely related by looks, so crossing them doesn’t render too much different in the look department. However, the bagle does tend to be slightly larger and have slightly longer ears than the traditional beagle.

Beaski (Siberian Husky & Beagle Mix)

The beaski is one of the lesser known beagle mixes. Often taking the hard-working traits of the siberian husky and the impeccable scent of the beagle, this mix will make your hands full. Not to be taken by first time dog owners, as beaskis will require training, that is likely to be harder due to the stubbornness of the beagle. Make sure you’ve got a good lead and harness handy! These are two breeds that also love their voice, so make sure you’ve not got sensitive neighbours!

Puggle (Pug & Beagle Mix)

The pug and beagle are both already popular dogs so it’s unsurprising that the puggle is one of the more common beagle mixes. You should expect the wrinkles and short natures of pugs and the friendliness of both breeds, making them suitable for families. Be aware that they can inherit the breathing problems of the pug, despite the longer snout of the beagle.

Peagle (Pekingese & Beagle Mix)

The pekingese and beagle cross is less common than the majority of the other mixes on this list, you should expect the peagle to be very affectionate and playful and smaller than the standard beagle, although their temperament can never be predicted due to the nature of cross-breeding.

Which type of Beagle should you get?

Ultimately, which type of Beagle you choose will depend on several factors:

  1. Your aversion to risks
    1. You don’t always know what you’re getting when you cross beagles with another breed, they can inherit the worst traits of each breed and/or the health problems that comes with pure breed dogs. A pedigree or KC registered beagle will always be far more predictable when it comes to health and traits
  2. Whether you are going to adopt or buy
    1. Whilst not impossible, it is rare to find pure bred beagles in shelters or up for adoption, due to their cost and family friendly nature. If you’re looking to adopt, you’re more likely to find mixes, however, again, this may not be the mix you’re after! Thankfully, the beagle has such amazing traits that most crosses as lovely dogs.
  3. What you want in your beagle
    1. Ultimately, when you breed a beagle with another beagle or other breeds, you’re going to inherit some of the traits and characteristics of both parents, vetting the breeders before making a purchase is essential to knowing what kind of beagle you’re likely to get.

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