Beagador (Beagle Lab Mix): Breed Facts & Temperament
Since human beings have had dogs as their trusty companions, there has always been an interest in the different breeds and their individual characteristics. And then people began realizing that you could cross the breeds and create entirely new ones. This is exactly what has happened with the Beagador, which is a cross between two of the most popular canine breeds on the planet: the beagle and the labrador.
However, before you decide that now is the time to get one of your own adorable little Beagador puppy, you need to know a little bit more about them, so you know what owning one entails. And in this blog post, we will be offering up a whole host of information on this subject, starting with their history and moving onto some practical advice that will help you in the task of looking after a Beagador.
History of the Beadadors
Let’s kick things off with a quick overview of the history of Beagadors. Well, before they became the beloved canine of professional trainers and dog show entrants, they started life in the USA. The central idea was to cross two of the most popular breeds in the country to create a dog which was both highly lovable and highly intelligent. This would make them a great family pup, as well as a dog who could be trained easily in various different ways.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information on where exactly it was that the Beagador first originated from. Much of the information that we have gleaned about them is based on the mountains of pre-existing data that we have on the other dogs. Looking first at Beagles, these can be traced back all the way to the Roman era, but they became especially favored during the 1800s when they were bred for their hunting abilities. As for Labradors, these originated in Newfoundland, Canada, where they were often used as fishing dogs. Visiting Englishmen admired their abilities and they appeared in the UK in the 1800s, and they introduced them into America in the 1920s.
Quick Facts About the Beagador
Beagadors are actually known by four other names: Beagle Lab Mix, Labrador Beagle Mix, Labbe, and Labbeag. We’ll let you choose your own favorite!
This medium-sized dog can either have an appearance which is closer to a Beagle or a Labrador. The body height and head tend to come from the Beagle parent, but they have a longer body. In terms of this so-called ‘designer dogs’, this makes them quite unique as they essentially look like a very big version of a Beagle. Their ears are floppy and they can range in color from black, brown, orange, and even white. Some people say that they still resemble puppies even when they are fully grown.
As for their personality, they are very loving and enjoy a lot of playtime, which makes them the ideal family dog. However, this level of energy means that they need to be taken out for long walks and play sessions. You need to be wary when you are letting them off the leash as they can jump over fences and be off with very little warning!
If you are looking for a dog that you can train easily, you have certainly made a good choice as they are both highly intelligent and quick learners. Unlike some other dogs who can appear disinterested at times in seeking your approval, this is certainly not the case with Beagadors who will do everything that they can to show off! Also, you don’t have to worry about them barking too much, which makes life a lot more peaceful at home.
Things You Should Know
When it comes to crossbreeding dogs, the first question that many people ask is one regarding their health. However, they have a reputation for being healthier than other purebred dogs, which is certainly good news. You should watch out for conditions that tend to typically affect either Beagles or Labradors as these issues could be passed through gene inheritance. A few of these include eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.
Before you adopt your dog, you should ask for as many details as you can get about the health history of both parents as this will prepare you in the best way possible for any issues that may arise in the future. Always be wary of breeders who cannot provide you with the information that you are looking for. You should also visit the puppy beforehand so you can meet them and spot any obvious health issues.
Beagadors often live long lives compared to other dog breeds – between 10 and 15 years is standard. This puts them in line with other Beagle dogs and above Labradors, who tend to only live a maximum of 12 years.
As we have discussed earlier in this blog post Beagadors come from two very smart parents who love pleasing their owners, which means that training should be a lot easier than with other dogs. However, some people do report issues of stubborness from time to time, which can make following instructions a little tough for your pup.
Dog training is always best when you use positive reinforcement rather than anything that is overly negative. The use of treats and other rewards is always bound to be a popular choice with your dog! As for your tone, you should stick to being firm but not too harsh. Consistency is key in the command that you issue, your gestures, and what you expect of your dog. And you are also going to need to demonstrate a fair bit of patience to see your training through to its conclusion. Beagadors can get a bit distracted from time to time, especially if there is some food nearby or the neighborhood cat wanders past the window!
If you are struggling to make things happen on your own, or you don’t have enough time to properly train your dog, another option is to enrol your pooch in a professional trainer’s course. If you have a little more to spend, you could even sign them up for one-or-one sessions. If you can, it is best to get a personal recommendation to ensure that you are hiring a trained professional who knows what they are doing.
Life is always easier if you get a Beagador from a young age as you can properly train and socialize them easier with both people and other pets. Though you can complete this task when they are older, the challenges start to mount up. ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ as the old saying goes.
Just like Labradors, Beagadors are full of energy, which means that they need to have plenty of physical activity to stay happy and healthy. Not only does this help to stave off common health issues like obestiy, but it also helps to reduce any problematic behavior that they may otherwise display. This can manifest itself in a number of different ways including digging up your back yard or tearing your favorite pair of sneakers to shreds! It can also lead to noisy howling and barking. If you keep your dog stimulated both mentally and physically, this plays a big part in having a happy and well-behaved hound at home.
Going back to the issue of obesity, it is one of the most preventable states for a dog to get into, but it is an all-too-common trap that many dog owners fall into. Labradors and Beagles are both breeds who are known to love their food, and, as you would expect, the offspring of the two of them is just the same! As a general rule of thumb, your Beagador dog should enjoy around 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day. If you have a back yard, this obviously makes your task that little bit easier.
Beagadors love all the standard dog exercises like tug of war, frisbee, and fetch, but if you are looking for something a little different, your dog expends a lot of energy when they go for a swim. However, Beagadors that are more Beagle than Labrador may not be as strong swimmers. If you have a home with kids, you can rest assured that Beagadors are good family dogs, so there is plenty of chance for your little ones and your furry friend to bond.
As we discussed in the ‘training’ section, Beagadors are highly intelligent dogs, so it is worth taking the time to ensure that they are mentally stimulated, as well as physically. You can do this with games like hide and seek. You may even be able to teach your dog the names of their toys with a little more effort. There are also plenty of puzzle games out there, many of which dispense treats to hold your dog’s enthusiasm level.
You are likely to find that your Beagador tries to eat everything in sight! This is a quality that they have inherited from their Labrador parent. So, you need to make a special effort to ensure that they don’t consume too much as it is very likely that they will become overweight.
Your dog should enjoy a diet that mainly consists of protein and fat, with a small amount of carbs thrown in for good measure. As much as possible, you should feed them a diet that is largely comprised of whole meats like beef, chicken, and fish. Many owners decide that a high quality dry food is best. You can also add some fruit and vegetables to their regular diet – taking special care to make sure that they are dog-safe, of course.
One of the best ways that you can develop a proper diet plan is with your vet, as they can provide more specific information on how many calories to feed your dog and some more detailed dog food suggestions.
As your dog gets older, it is likely that their calorie requirements will start to drop as they are less physically active. You need to be the one controlling this, as well as ensuring that they get enough exercise to prevent obesity from becoming a creeping problem.
Beagadors have a coat which can be described as being short and dense. As such, you shouldn’t have to worry about doing too much maintenance on it. As long as you brush it around once a week, this should be fine to maintain that health and shine.
For many Beagador owners, the toughest part of looking after their dog is trimming their nails, as they can grow quite long. However, this depends on what surfaces your dog move on most often. If this is a hard surface like concrete, it is more likely that the nails will wear down naturally.
Then, there are the other aspects of grooming your dog to keep them in tip-top condition. This includes checking and cleaning their ears t ensure that there are no build-ups or bad smells that you need to have checked out. You should also get into a good habit of brushing your dog’s teeth, which is another thing that is easier when your pup is younger. There are plenty of finger brushes and regular toothbrushes out there to choose from. Always pick a brush and paste that has been specially formulated for canines.
Beagadors make great family dogs as they are friendly, happy, and loveable. Plus, they are good with other pets and children. However, this only comes with proper socialization training. Since Beagadors are natural-born hunters, they may try and chase off other dogs when they first encounter them. Proper training is essential in helping them integrate into your household, but Beagadors don’t tend to have the same stubborn streak that their Beagle parents are known for.
They are also known to be protective over their loved ones. However, this can come with its downsides as well. Your dog may have the desire to put themselves in harm’s way to protect you. So, this means that you need to be especially vigilant to keep them safe, using firm commands and their leash where necessary. We already know about how intelligent they are and how easy it is to train them in contrast to other dogs. As they descend from two hunting dogs, they are known to like to pick up a scent and follow it wherever they can. Paired with their intelligence, this can make them very adept hunters indeed.
Beagadors love to play and will make the most of the outdoor situations that you offer them. And as we have already mentioned, you need to give them plenty of outdoor fun as they are likely to become bored otherwise, and this can lead to exactly the kind of destructive behavior that you would like to prevent at all costs. Make sure that you play plenty of games of fetch to satisfy their natural hunting instinct. Otherwise, they may end up hunting things that they shouldn’t – and you don’t want the local wildlife population to suffer if you can prevent it!
As Begadors get older, their energy levels are likely to drop. This is when you need to be especially vigilant in preventing overweightness. For the first time, you may be the one forcing your dog to go outside rather than the other way around!
By combing the Beagle and the Labrador, breeders created a fantastic dog with plenty of positive personality traits. They are highly loyal to their owner, fun loving in their nature, easy to groom, and don’t have too many health risks to speak of. Their outgoing and playful personalities make them a hit with kids. If you are going to go to a breeder to get one, check their credentials as closely as possible, and expect to pay a price that is reflective of the breed. These dogs are quite rare and you prices tend to be around the $600 to $900 mark. Be wary of anything that seems too good to be true as the likelihood is that something is wrong. And don’t forget that you are going to need to shell out for all the other costs associated with owning a dog such as taking them to the vet and buying the mountains of food that they get through!
You need to think carefully before inviting a Beagador into your family, however. As previously mentioned, they need a lot of exercise, and you need to be around to give it to them regularly. Also, since they are so friendly and companionable, you need to give them plenty of attention to keep them happy. If all of this sounds A-OK to you, a Beagador may prove to be the ideal canine companion for you!
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