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Beaglier

The Beaglier is one of the ever-increasing designer crossbreeds that has its origins in Australia, although it’s still quite unusual in the UK.

The breeds that make up the Beaglier are the Beagle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Beaglier can be a first cross (with one Beagle and one Cavalier parent) or they can be bred back to one of the original breeds, or else be two Beagliers bred together - so there are varieties in size, shape, colours and coat types.

 

Lifespan
10–15 years
Weight
4.5–10kg
Height
30–40cm
Colours
The colours of the Beaglier can be any combination that’s common to the Beagle or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, including:
tricolour; blue, white and tan; white and tan; badger pied; hare pied; lemon pied; lemon and white; red and white; tan and white; black and white; black and tan, Ruby, Blenheim
Size
Small to Medium
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Don't Mind
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Can live without a garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Cannot be left alone

Personality

Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Beaglier depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared, but both breeds are happy, cheerful, friendly dogs who are almost permanently waggy. The Beaglier is a small to medium-sized, affectionate companion dog who will enjoy games, family life, and being part of everything their owner does.

The personality of a Beaglier seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Beagle or Cavalier personalities) or else be bred to another Beaglier - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

History and Origins

Where the natural occurrence of the breed may have happened centuries prior, the intentional breeding of the Beaglier began in the 1990s in Australia. Breeders wanted to create a small, healthy and energetic dog that didn’t have as much of a ‘hound’ instinct as the Beagle, so the Cavalier King Charles was selected as the perfect match due to its even-temper and good manners.

Where the Beaglier can only be traced back by a few decades, the two combined breeds have a much deeper history. For one, the Beagle is the smallest of the British pack-hounds - and was developed many centuries ago to hunt hare - and also when hares were scarce, rabbits. They were created as ‘foot hounds’ i.e. for hunters to follow on foot rather than horse-back, hence their diminutive size when compared to larger pack hounds such as the Foxhound. Most hounds were owned by nobility and the Beagle was no different, and in fact for a while was known as the ‘Royal Beagle’, but the ability to be able to follow them without a horse, made them become more popular with less regal sportsmen. Their happy cheerful disposition won them many devotees from outside of the sporting field and they moved from the hunting field to the show ring with ease at the end of the 19th century, becoming one of the most popular of the hounds and a much-loved companion dog.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on the other hand is a fairly recent breed and is the latest of the English Toy Spaniels, firstly being bred in the 1920s in an attempt to recreate the famous dogs of King Charles. The name Cavalier was added to distinguish them from the older King Charles Spaniel.

Up until the 19th century, the King Charles Spanaiel had a pointed muzzle, but in the Victorian era it became fashionable to breed dogs with shorter faces - and before long the King Charles became a flat-faced breed (as it still is today).

In 1926 however, an American called Roswell Eldridge visited England and was upset not to be able to see the dogs he had admired in art - and so for five years running he offered prizes at Crufts for the best ‘long faced King Charles Spaniel’. This started a movement which led to the formation of the Cavalier King Charles Club in 1928, although it took until 1945 for the two breeds to be separately recognised. As the years passed, this new breed became far more popular and went on to become the UKs best loved toy breed.

The Beaglier can have any combination of the two breeds in their appearance, behaviour and temperament.

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Beagliers

Training Beagliers

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Did You Know?

  • As the Beaglier is a mixed breed, it currently isn’t recognised by the UK Kennel Club
  • It’s difficult to determine how Beagliers will turn out as they’re a combination of two breeds, even in the same litter some puppies may be more like Cavalier King Charles and others may be more like Beagles – both in personality and appearance
  • If your Beaglier takes after the Beagle in its breeding, they may be excellent escape artists, it’s a good idea to install good fencing just in case
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