What potential owners of Beagle Lab Mixes need to know
What potential owners of Beagle Lab Mixes need to know before settling on a pet of this breed
If you’re looking for a new furry friend to welcome into the family you can’t go wrong with a beautiful Beagle Lab mix. Known as a Beagador, this medium size designer dog is the result of careful breeding between a Beagle and a Labrador Retriever, with the aim of creating a fun-loving pooch fit for any family. The Beagador has inherited some of the best traits from its parent breeds, with the tall stature of a Beagle and the loving nature of a Labrador Retriever.
If you’re considering adopting one of these wonderful canines you’re in for a treat thanks to their fun-loving spirit and natural ability to get along with all types of people. Before you decide it’s important to make sure you’re prepared to look after a Beagador properly. Making sure you’re new furry friend is a good fit for your home is vital so we’ve put together this handy guide for you to find out more about this unique breed of dog and decide whether or not you’ll make a good match.
Where did the Beagador come from?
The first Beagadors were born in the USA and since then have become one of the world’s most popular breeds, especially amongst trainers and dog show competitors. The hybrid was an intentional cross of two popular breeds, with the intention of producing a lovable, intelligent and obedient dog. There is very little information on the exact origin of the Beagador or which kennels bred them, but by looking at the parent breeds we can get a good idea of the type of temperament, health issues and personality to expect if you’re considering adopting a Beagador.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK and the US thanks to its kind nature and high level of intelligence. Historically they are gun dogs and retriever breeds, meaning they were often used for hunting by Englishman who brought them back from their original home in Canada. The short-haired dogs can be born with a variety of different colour coats, from pale yellow to chocolate brown. Labrador Retrievers are medium size dogs and can grow up to anywhere between 25-36kg. In recent years their obedience and soft nature has led them to careers as guide dogs and disability assistance dogs.
These dogs have been trained for hunting since way back in Ancient Roman times, making them one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world. Over the years the Beagle has become a favourite with families thanks to its lovable personality and quirky behaviour. Despite being natural hunters many Beagles often struggle when it comes to obedience. Owners of this mischievous pup will tell you how hard it can sometimes be to get their pooch to listen. This is easily forgiven thanks to their amazing personalities and huge hearts. What sets the Beagle apart from most other dogs is its incredible sense of smell, which has been utilised by police forces and military units all over the world. They are much smaller than Labrador Retrievers and get along great with kids, which is why they’re often favoured by families.
As a product of two different sized dogs, the Beagador can range anywhere between 48-61cm in height, depending which genes are most dominant from the parent breeds. They are classed as medium size dogs and weigh on average between 11-18kg. The general appearance and colour of a Beagador can vary depending on the parent breeds. The Labrador Retriever comes in a range of colours and the Beagle is known for its mixture of light and dark fur. This means that if you’re expecting a litter of Beagadors it’ll be a lucky dip as to what they will look like.
When it comes to stature and facial features the Beagador will usually take on the appearance of its Beagle ancestors. The narrow muzzle and height will often be closer to the Beagle but its body will be longer as a result of the Labrador Retriever genes.
Average lifespan: 12-15 years
Cost of puppy: £300 - £500
Average weight: 11-18kg
Average height: 48-61cm
Colours: Blonde, brown, black
A Beagador’s temperament can sometimes be quite unpredictable due to its parent breeds. Sometimes they may inherit the unruly nature of a Beagle or the natural hunting nose of a Labrador Retriever. In general the Beagador is a very lovable and loyal dog that loves human contact and enjoys playing around. They have a naturally high level of energy and therefore require a lot of exercise and attention.
Sometimes their excitement can get the best of them and they may turn to more destructive tendencies if they aren’t give the chance to burn off their energy. Although they can be a handful sometimes, Beagadors have a lot of love to give and always enjoy a good fussing. If you’re not blessed with much free time then a Beagador may not be the dog for you as they often need a lot of attention, especially when they’re young.
Beagadors are highly intelligent and can be trained from puppies, if you have the time and patience. They are fun-loving dogs that are well suited to families and get along well with children. As they get older they tend to calm down and become much more relaxed.
The Beagador is a very hyperactive breed which means they need to get a lot of exercise on a daily basis. Around an hour of activity a day is recommended as the minimum amount for this breed. If they don’t get enough exercise you’ll often find they become over-excited and start chewing things up. This can be an issue if you’re single or you don’t have much time to take them for walks.
The Beagador is a naturally intelligent dog and is very attentive but can often be quite stubborn, making the training process quite frustrating at times. It’s all about patience, firmness and positivity when it comes to training these fun-loving dogs. Consistent rewards and positive reinforcement are the best ways to train Beagadors due to their natural desire to please their owner.
If you find that they’re still misbehaving and getting up to no good it may be a sign that they are not getting enough exercise. They love games and are natural retrievers so games like fetch are perfect for Beagadors. The breed has a tendency to put on a lot of weight so it’s important that they get a good amount of exercise to stay healthy.
The short coat of a Beagador means that they are relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They’ll regularly shed so you need to be prepared for a hair-covered house if you plan on adopting one. Fortunately this means that Beagadors only need to be brushed once or twice a week, which is ideal if you don’t have a lot of free time.
The minimal brushing makes the Beagador a perfect dog for children who want a four-legged friend but don’t want to have to brush them every single day. Other than a weekly brushing, Beagadors need regular nail trimmings, baths and teeth brushings to help reduce the risk of infections or health problems.
Beagadors can be quite greedy and if it were up to them they’d sit and eat through their month’s food supply in one day. Their big appetite often leads to a lot of them become overweight, which can be very bad for their health. As much as you want to please your furry friend it’s important to monitor their portion sizes and make sure they aren’t getting overfed, or you might end up with big round Beagador that ca barely get through their dog door.
Because of their natural hyperactivity and love of running around, a balanced diet including vitamins and minerals is crucial to maintaining healthy bones and joints. A mixture of wet and dry food is recommended to give them a variety of flavours and nutrients.
As a mix breed the Beagador is susceptible to a number of inherent health problems. Some of the common conditions that they can suffer from include, eye degeneration, OCD, dwarfism and epilepsy. Most of these are genetic and can’t usually be predicted.
Unfortunately there’s not much that can be done to stop these genetic conditions so it’s a good idea to enquire about the parent breeds of your Beagador and uncover any known conditions they may have. If you’re buying from an experienced breeder they will often keep a record of the breed lineage so they can give you details on your new friend’s history.
In most cases the best thing you can do is ensure that your Beagador gets plenty of exercise, a healthy balanced diet and a lot of love and attention.
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