White, brown, black
Families with children, houses with other dogs, owners who can spend a lot of time at home
Easy going, Loving, Affectionate
One of the friendliest and most affectionate of all modern designer dog breeds, the Beaglier takes the best qualities of both the Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and wraps them up into one pint-sized package. These small dogs are loyal to an extreme, and love to have plenty of company and affection — making them an excellent choice for families, where there will always be someone around to dote on them.
Have you been considering buying or adopting a Beaglier? Or perhaps you’re just curious about what makes this designer dog so special? Either way, follow along with this article as we introduce you to everything you need to know about this recent dog breed invention.
Developed in Australia in the early 1990s, the Beaglier was designed to combine a Beagle’s small, energetic, and friendly nature with the more even-tempered (and less scent driven) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. To understand them more fully, let’s examine each of their forebears in turn before discussing what is unique to the Beaglier.
Beagles were developed in Great Britain in the early 1800s as a dog designed for hunting wild hares. Popularized in the United States by the “World’s Most Famous Beagle,” Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strip, Beagles generally possess a gentle disposition and keen scent tracking instinct. They are a highly excitable breed and display a single-minded determination that can make them somewhat difficult to train.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named after King Charles II of England, is one of a very few historic breeds that was designed purely as a lap dog. Their even temperaments, affectionate natures, and constant playfulness have won them the hearts of many owners — and even the friendship of larger dogs, whom they are not afraid to socialize with. As one of the most adaptable dog breeds available, you’re likely to find them anywhere that humans live.
Beagliers combine the best of the affectionate natures of both parent breeds while limiting the scent drive that can often cause Beagles to misbehave. With a small amount of training, they can be encouraged to enjoy socializing even with small animals, which is no small feat for a dog descended from a hunting breed. They are one of the friendliest, kindest designer dog breeds available today, and make an excellent addition to almost any home.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Beaglier
1. You May Recognize the Beaglier from a Recent Hollywood Film
A Dog’s Journey, directed by Gail Mancuso and released in 2019, features a Beaglier as one incarnation of the lead character, Molly. Voiced by Josh Gad, more famously known for his role as Olaf in Frozen, this movie tells a story of a dog’s love for its human across multiple lifetimes.
2. Beagliers can Experience Intense Separation Anxiety
All Beagliers are prone to bouts of nervous anxiety if left alone for too long. This can proceed from whining to chewing and eventually scratching or digging at doors and looking for a way to escape their rooms. It’s wise to always make sure that a Beaglier has plenty of friends to keep it company.
3. They Can Make Good Watch Dogs, but Terrible Guard Dogs
While this breed is well-known for its alertness and alarm, barking at the first sight of anything odd, it makes a much better messenger than a defender. Though initially standoffish with strangers, the Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixes warm up to new faces extremely quickly and can be seen to be friendly with most people in under a minute.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Beaglier 🧠
Good-natured, affectionate, playful, and loyal, the Beaglier is many peoples’ idea of a perfect pet. While highly intelligent, many Beagliers also display a stubborn streak that can make training slightly difficult. They absolutely love being around people, including children, and like nothing more than to go on walks all day long.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
Compact and incredibly friendly, Beagliers are a fantastic choice for families — especially those with older children. Because of their small size and slight frames, you’ll want to keep a close eye on Beagliers around small children; often young kids will handle them too roughly for their liking.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
Beagliers take naturally to relationships with every other breed of dog and can even be trained to enjoy their time around cats, rabbits, and other small animals. In some Beagliers, however, their hunting instincts from their Beagle heritage will make them less suitable to have around small pets and prey animals.
Things to Know When Owning a Beaglier:
Given the often large costs of buying or adopting a Beaglier puppy, you should also know the investments of your time and energy that will be required to own one. Here are a few topics to consider before making the decision to buy or adopt a Beaglier:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Small dogs such as the Beaglier only require about a cup of food per day, amounting to perhaps $30 per month in food costs. Young dogs and older dogs should be fed a dry food that is most appropriate to their needs; consult with your vet if you have any questions about what the best food choice is for your dog’s stage of life.
Though they will rarely beg to be walked, Beagliers do best when given at least 30-60 minutes of moderate activity per day. Beagle & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixes are particularly fond of long walks or having large yards to play in —making them an ideal pet for suburban homes. Just be sure to keep an eye on your Beaglier while they play, as they tend to dig under fences and plan escape attempts into the neighborhood.
Depending on whether your Beaglier takes more after their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Beagle side, training can either be quick and easy or long and difficult, respectively. Firm tones and positive reinforcements are the key to proper training with small dogs like the Beaglier and can get through to even the most troublesome of canines.
Shedding very little and having a wavy, manageable coat, Beagliers are an incredibly easy dog to groom. Simply give them a brushing once per week, and a quick bath every month or so to keep their coats in top condition. Once shedding season hits in the spring and fall, you may wish to brush them every other day to save your furniture from being covered in hair.
Health and Conditions ❤️
While generally a healthy breed, Beagliers are predisposed to a large variety of possible ailments due to their mixed heritage. Some of the most common problems are listed below, though these generally appear quite infrequently:
Male vs Female
Both male and female Beagliers display nearly identical tendencies. If you’re looking for a dog with a particular temperament, it’s best to consider Beagliers individually; they do not seem to take on certain personality traits based on their sex.
Exceedingly cute, abundantly playful, and generally well-behaved, the Beaglier is an excellent dog for anybody who wants a long-time companion and a constant sidekick. The Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixes do particularly well in families, where there is always plenty of love and attention to go around. If you’ve been considering buying or adopting one please check around with shelters first, as the breed has been around long enough to occasionally find them up for adoption.