14 – 16 inches
30 – 60 pounds
10 – 13 years
White, brown, brindle
Multi-pet households, seniors, those looking for a low-maintenance dog
Intelligent, calm, stubborn, loyal, friendly, outgoing
At some point, you have to figure that dog breeders are creating designer breeds just to see if they can. How else can you explain the Beabull, which is a mix between a Beagle and an English Bulldog?
Here’s the thing, though: Regardless of their intentions, the first breeder to create these dogs stumbled upon a fine animal. These dogs are a ton of fun and extremely loyal and affectionate.
Of course, if you mix a Beagle and a Bulldog, you’re crossing one stubborn pooch with another, and this breed is certainly headstrong. That doesn’t mean they won’t make fantastic pets, of course; it simply means you’ll have your hands full with these dogs (and you’ll love every second of it).
Beabull Puppies — Before You Buy
If you like your dogs a little on the mischievous side, then you’ll love Beabulls. Again, they’re not bad dogs — they won’t pose a threat to your family, for example. But what they will do is constantly find new and interesting ways to keep you on your toes (and your shoe collection might pay the ultimate price).
However, if you have no patience for a pet who doesn’t immediately snap to your training efforts, then Beabulls may just leave you frustrated. You do have to appreciate an animal who has their own strong opinions, as they don’t mesh well with dictators.
What’s the Price of Beabull Puppies?
It’s just a bitter fact of life: Anything as cute as a Beabull puppy is going to cost you. On average, these dogs run anywhere from $1,200-2,000 per puppy, so be sure to save your nickels and dimes if you want to bring one home.
The breed is both rare and new, so you may have difficulty tracking down a reputable breeder. It’s worth the effort, though, because the last thing you want to do is to support a puppy mill.
To ensure that your breeder is on the up-and-up, ask to check their references, and inspect the facility in person if possible. Also, if the dog they try to sell you looks mistreated or malnourished or doesn’t trust people, then keep looking, as those are all big red flags.
3 Little-Known Facts About Beabulls
1. Beabulls are Like a Box of Chocolates
Will your dog look more like a Beagle or a Bulldog? Who knows?
That’s the fun of newer breeds: You never know which parent breed they’ll be more likely to take after. Until you have established bloodlines, individuals within the breed will vary wildly in terms of appearance, personality, and more.
Some Beabulls strongly resemble smush-faced Beagles, while others look like pointy Bulldogs. There’s just no way of knowing how a puppy will turn out until you actually raise them.
2. Most Beabulls Have the Trademark Bulldog Underbite
One trait that’s consistently passed on is the trademark Bulldog underbite. Luckily, it’s completely adorable.
It’s not all fun and games, though. Many dogs with underbites have problems picking up and eating many foods, and you might need to try a variety of kibbles before you can find one that your dog can chow down on with ease.
3. They Respond Best to Positive Reinforcement — But Be Careful
Like most dogs, Beabulls respond best to positive reinforcement. However, be careful rewarding them with treats, as these dogs can quickly turn a regular training session into an extortion fest.
Their stubborn streak will often have them refusing to do tricks or commands that you know they know — until you show them the merchandise, that is. You can’t get trapped in a cycle of rewarding with food every time they do what they’re told, however, or else you’ll soon have an obese Beabull on your hands.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Beabull
As touched on above, the Beabull’s intelligence often manifests in mischievousness. They don’t necessarily enjoy solving puzzles — unless that puzzle is you.
These dogs like to march to the beat of their own drummer, but they’re willing to take your ideas under advisement. Just be on your toes during training because they’re masters of making you think that they’re going to behave — until your back is turned.
That’s not to say they have an evil streak, of course. These dogs are extremely loyal, loving, and even-tempered. They just don’t like being bossed around.
Are These Dogs Good for Families?
Beabulls make fantastic family pets. They’re playful and loving yet patient with small children. Be aware, however, that if you have a rebellious child, giving them a Beabull will be like supplying them with a partner in crime.
They’re not prone to aggression, and they have a seemingly endless tolerance for children poking and prodding them. It seems they’ll put up with just about anything if it means they get a playmate.
Beabulls tend to be welcoming to strangers, so they’re not the best guard dogs on the planet. If they saw one of their family members in danger, though, they wouldn’t hesitate to step in (especially a child).
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
Generally speaking, Beabulls are tolerant of other pets, especially dogs. They love having someone to play with, and they don’t particularly care what species that playmate is.
However, they do tend to be prone to resource guarding, and their stubborn streak ensures that they won’t play just because the other pet wants to. As a result, they may not be a good match for a high-energy dog, but you shouldn’t have many issues with aggression.
They actually do well with cats, as both animals are happy curling up and watching TV next to you.
Things to Know When Owning a Beabull
If you’ve never had a stubborn dog before, you may not be prepared for the challenges that come with it.
Beabulls are more than just hardheaded, of course, and there’s quite a bit you should know before buying one. We’ll walk you through the high points below.
Food & Diet Requirements
Ensuring that your Beabull eats a proper diet is extremely important, as these dogs will quickly (and happily) get chunky if you let them. Obesity is a big problem with the breed, so don’t let your dog’s weight get out of control.
Be careful not to feed them too many simple carbs, so avoid foods with ingredients like wheat, grain, or soy. We recommend a high-protein diet, but that’s not essential; the important part is ensuring that the kibble is high quality and being consistent about portion control.
Regardless, they’re likely to eat a fair amount, so expect to buy a large bag of food every month or so.
As mentioned above, their underbite may limit what kinds of kibble they can eat comfortably, so you might have to experiment with various shapes. Round kibble is often one of the most difficult shapes to eat, so look for brands that offer variety.
You could switch your Beabull to a raw diet. It’s expensive and something of a hassle, but if done properly, it’s well worth it in terms of the health benefits for your dog. Ask your vet how to go about it the right way before you switch, though.
Just know that whatever you feed your Beabull, there’s nothing you can do about the gas.
Beabulls only need a moderate level of activity, so they’re a great fit for owners who don’t run marathons in their spare time.
Typically, about an hour of activity per day is plenty, and that can come from walks through the neighborhood, games of tug-of-war, or a vigorous training exercise.
Just because they don’t need a ton of physical stimulation doesn’t mean you can skip it, though. Again, obesity is a problem with this breed, and you want to burn as many calories as possible to ensure your dog isn’t afflicted.
That being said, don’t overdo it. These pooches can be prone to overheating, and if they have a stubby nose, they may not be able to breathe as well as other dogs. If you notice your pup is panting excessively, it’s probably a good idea to cut the play session short and get some water.
Training is a bit of a rodeo with Beabulls. They’re smart enough to figure out what you want them to do almost immediately — but that’s no guarantee they’ll actually do it.
You need to start training them early to get a handle on their stubbornness, and it’s important to be consistent with the obedience work throughout their lives. If they notice you’re slacking, they won’t hesitate to take advantage of it.
Like we said above, positive reinforcement is best with these dogs, and they’ll do just about anything for a cookie. Don’t always reward them with food, however, unless you want a rotund pet. Occasionally rewarding them with praise or head scratches is totally acceptable, regardless of what your Beabull will try to tell you.
These dogs shed quite a bit, but their fur is so bristly that it can be hard to groom them. You may need to combine a wire brush with a vacuum cleaner to be sure you’ve gotten it all off.
They don’t require bathing often, but you should take a damp cloth and clean out the folds of skin on their faces every week or so. This prevents bacteria from building up, which can lead to a nasty infection. Clean out their ears at the same time (and for the same reason).
You should clip their nails and brush their teeth regularly as well. Fortunately, most Beabulls love to be the center of attention, so they’ll gladly sit through a grooming session if it means they get to feel like a star.
Health and Conditions
Beabulls are much healthier than Bulldogs, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their fair share of problems. You should carry pet insurance if you adopt one of these dogs, because they’ll probably have at least one expensive medical bill in their future.
Male vs. Female
Male Beabulls are typically about 10 pounds heavier and a few inches taller than their feminine counterparts, but the two are similar in terms of temperament.
Males tend to be a bit more playful, but the ladies certainly won’t shy away from fun times. Females are more protective of their families, especially little children, but the guys aren’t afraid to step up if need be either.
You can’t really go wrong with either sex, so we recommend flipping a coin if you have to make a choice.
Owning a Beabull can be a challenge, but it’s one you’ll likely never regret taking on. These dogs can be bull-headed, but they’re also feisty and full of personality. They make wonderful companions for people and pets of all ages.
If you’re not confident training a mischievous dog, though, they may cause problems. They love to push the envelope to see what they can get away with, so you’ll need a firm hand to establish your authority within the household.
If you’re okay with butting heads every now and then, a Beabull is one of the best and most spirited pets on the planet.
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