Brown, black, white, red, silver, gray, tan
Active families or individuals, looking for an outgoing pet
Intelligent, friendly, energetic
You know this dog must be something special if just for the fact that the Beagle and Poodle are among the top 10 most popular breeds, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). There are the elegance and grace of the Poodle, a canine that can literally do it all.
Then, there is the tireless energy and vibrancy of the Beagle with its natural curiosity and welcoming friendliness. While not the best watchdog, the Poogle is an ideal family pet that brings the best of both worlds home.
Both breeds have a long history that stretches back hundreds of years. The Poogle is a hybrid or designer dog that first gained popularity in the 1980s. Several organizations recognize it, including the American Canine Hybrid Club. While there are three sizes of Poodles, you’re more likely to see the Miniature Poodle cross.
Poogle Puppies – Before You Buy…
It’s essential to understand that breeders bred the Beagle and Poodle for specific jobs. Both have a hunting background with the former going after rabbits and the latter, water retrieving. The result is an intelligent dog that needs something to do to prevent boredom and undesirable behaviors like howling. These are two breeds that have a moderate to high tendency to bark.
On the positive side, Poogles love attention and will expect it from you. The Poodle brings a fun-loving nature that borders on goofy sometimes. You won’t be bored. The same applies to Beagles. Both breeds are happy dogs that can make a welcome addition to your home. Poogles do best in an active household to match their exuberant energy.
Poogles make excellent pets for families or individuals. The key to making it a great relationship for both of you is a commitment to spending time together. They will likely experience separation anxiety if left alone too often. If you’re looking for a running partner, a Poogle fits the bill.
What’s the Price of Poogle Puppies?
Poogles aren’t different from a lot of the designer dog breeds. Availability fluctuates frequently. You can expect to pay well over $500 and even into four figures for pets from excellent lineages. We recommend only purchasing puppies from reputable breeders who have kept them up-to-date on vaccinations.
Because of their heightened risk of leg and joint issues, we strongly urge you to only select pets that have been evaluated by a veterinarian for these health concerns.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Poogle
You can expect to pay more for designer dog breeds like the Poogle if just because of the rarity. There is some variation because of the three sizes of Poodle. You can easily expect to pay north of $500 because of the desirability and rarity of them. We’d recommend genetic testing for common health conditions like hip dysplasia to save you the heartache.
1. The Poodle Isn’t French
While many people associate the Poodle with France, its origin – and name – are German. The word, pudel, refers to its water-loving nature. Even though the breed is part of the Non-Sporting Group, AKC allows it to participate in Retriever Hunting Tests, the only exception for its class.
2. The King of Rock-n-Roll Loved Poodles
Elvis Presley adored his poodle companions. A Poodle even accompanied him when he served in the US Army in Germany. He loved this breed so much that he gave several of his girlfriends one as a gift, including his one-time wife, Priscilla née Wagner. But the King wasn’t the only fan. Katharine Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe also loved their pampered pooches.
3. The World’s Most Famous Beagle Was Almost Named Sniffy
Snoopy is probably the most well-known and beloved of all beagles. Cartoonist, Charles Schultz, looked no further than his home for his inspiration from his dog, Spike. Sniffy was his original pick for the name of this famed pup. But Mom knows best, especially when she suggested the name Snoopy, instead.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Poogle
Parents of highly intelligent children probably can relate best. Intelligence is an excellent way to navigate life, but it is a challenge for pet owners. A smart dog needs a job. If he can’t get fulfillment with his mission in life, he’ll find something to occupy his time. For the Poodle side of him, that means he is easy to train. For the Beagle, that spells a stubborn streak.
It’s also essential to bear in mind the original purpose of the two breeds, hunting. Beagles will chase anything that runs away from them. It’s their instinct. Likewise, he might follow his instinct to roam. The Poodle in your Poogle is more of a home buddy. However, those drives don’t lie too far below the surface.
For all their intelligence, Poogles want a stable family life. An active lifestyle only goes so far with them. They do best in homes where there is a routine and not a lot of surprises. They’ll be happier in households that are less hectic.
Are These Dogs Good for Families?
Poogles love attention, so a home with a family is an excellent option for them, assuming someone is around all the time to give them love and take them for a walk. He is a dog that will bond with everyone. They will tolerate the affection that children can lavish on them. Of course, it’s imperative that the kids know how to treat pets and not cross the line. That’s your job as a parent.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Poogles will tolerate other dogs, especially when given the proper socialization. It’s part of their nature as hunting dogs where there might be several canines together. The same doesn’t always apply to other pets like cats. Remember that the Beagle in him will chase prey. If your kitten runs away, your Poogle might not be too far behind.
Things to Know When Owning a Poogle:
It’s easy to look at a puppy and disregard the proverbial other side of the coin. There are several things you need to know before bringing your pet home to make sure it’s the right fit for both of you.
Food & Diet Requirements
We’d recommend feeding your Poogle a diet for active dogs to keep up with their energy needs. This dog likes to run and play and needs the fuel to support it. Watch what they eat since they are hunters at heart. Remember that you need to know what they eat as well as the occasional prey item. We’d also suggest not using rodenticides because they will chase animals that run away from them.
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Energetic is an apt description for a Poogle. It is an active dog that wants to move. If you have a large backyard, that may suffice. However, remember our advice about Poogles getting bored. That means digging and barking, both behaviors no one appreciates in a pet.
Training is a challenge. We don’t hide the truth that you will deal with both ends of the spectrum. The Poodle is intelligent and easy to train. The Beagle part has an attitude that you need to consider. Just remember that these pets are active and in no way, couch potatoes. If that’s how you roll, a Poggle may not be the best fit.
On the other hand, you have a willing pupil who can take on more difficult tasks. For those looking for that kind of relationship, you have found a worthy companion.
Genetics is the wild card here. Poodles don’t shed, but grooming is a chore with their curly hair—not fur because it continues to grow—which means regular grooming. If their coat is more like a Beagle, regular use of a rubber brush will keep their skin healthy. It’s also an excellent way to bond with your pet. Beagles tend to have an oily coat. Therefore, regular ear cleaning is essential.
On the positive side, their high activity level will likely keep their toenails trimmed. However, check their feet and pads occasionally. Likewise, scan their coat frequently for ticks because of their inquisitive nature. Poogles like to go and explore off the beaten path.
Health and Conditions
Every breed has its issues. It’s not necessarily a reason to avoid getting a specific dog. However, the wise pet owner knows what they can expect down the line to take the right steps.
Male vs Female
Other than weight and height differences, male and female Poogles are similar. There are, of course, the sex-related issues because of hormonal differences. Individual personalities exist with some things varying with the male-female roles. That is definitely the case with Poogles. Females tend to mature faster and have an edge on intelligence because of their role as a mother.
Male Poogles show that bravado side but are also more laid-back without the same parenting responsibilities. Some pet owners say that females are more intelligent, which may relate more to their biological role than anything else.
To call this Beagle Poodle mix a handful is very much an understatement. This sweet and friendly dog needs lots of love and activity to be happy. If you can provide him with enough mental and physical stimulation, they make an excellent pet and companion. If you have a job for him, so much the better.
The Poogle is a dog that will challenge you yet provide a faithful friend, whether he becomes part of the family or your buddy. The personality of the Poggle is engaging for those who want a relationship with their pet that transcends simply being a pet owner.
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