Many people have probably never even heard of a Beagador, including myself before today. I love both the dog breeds, Labrador and Beagle. I wanted to know more about this mix, here is the research I have found.
What is a Beagador? A Beagador is a “designer breed” of dog, originally bred in the United States, made by mixing a Beagle and Labrador. They inherit their height from the Beagle side but have a longer torso. They have short hair and a longer snout from the Labrador side. They are very loving, loyal, and high energy.
That only ices the top of the cake. If you are interested in an in-depth guide that includes where Beagadors come from, what they look like, their temperament, how to take care of them, and more keep reading.
Where Do Beagadors Come From?
They were originally crossbred in the United States, but no one can pinpoint an exact “creator” of the dog. What we do know is that it was bred to create a dog that was obedient, loyal, and loving.
Because we don’t have much more information other than that, we can dive into the parents of the Beagador to learn more about the inherited qualities of the Beagador.
First, lets look at the Beagle.
Beagles were originally used as hunting dogs and can be traced back to as early as ancient Rome. They are known for their incredible sense of smell and are used by the military and police departments in many investigations because of it. They have a very loving personality.
They love attention, are very intelligent, and have funny/quirky personalities. They are also very stubborn and can have a hard time being obedient. Owners of beagles tend to get frustrated when trying to train them because they are not very willing to listen. Beagles are a smaller and shorter breed.
Then there’s the Labrador.
Labradors were originally bred to be retrievers for hunters, and are still used for that purpose today. Labradors are the number one selling dog breed in both the United States and the United Kingdom. They are a very intelligent, obedient, loyal, and loving breed, which makes them so popular. Unlike the beagle the Labrador is a bigger dog breed.
When these two amazing and widely loved breeds are combined you get the Beagador.
The Appearance of the Beagador
Because Beagadors are a cross between a Labrador and a Beagle, it’s appearance resembles both breeds. Each dog has slightly different characteristics, but for the most part, they acquire roughly the same from each parent breed.
Beagadors tend to have short coats that resemble that of their Labrador parent. This also means they shed regularly, but don’t have to be groomed as often. Common coat colors include tan, brown, black, red, and tricolored.
Their body shape is similar to that of the Beagle. They are shorter, only reaching about 20 inches in height and 30 pounds in weight. They do have a longer torso than a beagle.
They also have long and narrow snouts and floppy ears, which resemble both the beagle and Labrador.
The Temperament of a Beagador
Because the Beagador is a mixed breed, it can sometimes be hard to predict the exact temperament. It could take more after the Labrador, but it could also take more after the Beagle. It all depends on your dog. Usually it’s a pretty even mix of the two personalities.
Beagadors are very high energy dogs. They need to go outside and play, and get plenty of exercise to avoid the dog from turning its energy into unwanted or destructive behaviors.
They are also very big lovers. Beagadors want and need attention. They hate being isolated or left alone, and can often have separation anxiety from their families. They love to cuddle and be loved almost as much as they love to play. They are very loyal to their owners and their families.
They are very intelligent dogs. They can start being trained as very young puppies, but they can also be stubborn. Beagadors are very smart just like both of their ancestors’ breeds but, they are still half beagle which can make them disobedient at times.
Because they are lovable and loyal, they are also known to be good family dogs. They are high-energy and love playing which makes them good around children.
How to Care for a Beagador
Beagadors can be known to be fairly high maintenance dogs that need a lot of love, attention, and care. If you are someone who is looking for a dog that doesn’t take much time, or effort a Beagador probably isn’t the best choice for you.
As we’ve talked about in previous sections, Beagadors are very high energy dogs. They need to be played with and exercised to keep them out of trouble. It is recommended that they get at least an hour of exercise daily.
If Beagadors aren’t exercised, or given time to play they are known to get into trouble by focusing their energy on bad behaviors. The most common is chewing things up that they aren’t supposed to.
Beagadors are also prone to bad hips and joints, and can gain weight very easily. By exercising them, you can help reduce the chance of health problems and keep them in shape.
Below is an easy routine to allow for your Beagador to get at least an hour of exercise a day.
- Take them on a 15-minute walk or run in the morning. This allows them to get out of the house and see and smell new things. It gives them a chance to get out of a familiar environment and gives them a good start to the day.
- After the walk let them out in the backyard or take them to a dog park and let them run around off the leash for 15 minutes. Run around with them, play tug of war, play fetch, or sit outside with them.
- Later in the day when they start getting rowdy again, take them outside again and play with them for another 15 minutes. Chase them, or play their favorite game.
- At the end of the day take them on a 15-minute cool down walk. This lets them get their last little bit of energy out and lets them know its time to settle down for the night.
This is just an example of a routine that can be done, but it can also be changed or adjusted depending on what’s best for you and your Beagador. If you have a big backyard and a crunch on time, you can even let them run around by themselves, but most dogs like playing with someone else better and it is a more efficient method.
Grooming your Beagador
Beagadors don’t require much grooming compared to other dog breeds. They have a short coat, which means they don’t need to be professionally cut that often. You can get away with only brushing them once or twice a week because the short coat doesn’t tend to get super dirty or tangled.
They do shed on a regular basis, which can be hard for some people, so if you are planning on getting a Beagador plan on the hair around the house.
Just as any other dog they also need to get their nails cut, their ears cleaned, their teeth brushed, and be bathed on a monthly or bimonthly basis. This helps reduce health problems, infections, and makes sure your dog is clean and comfortable.
Feeding your Beagador
Beagadors, if given the chance, can easily overfeed themselves and can’t usually pace themselves very well when it comes to food. They aren’t the type of dog you can leave a big bowl of food out for and expect them to just eat when they are hungry, or use automatic feeders with.
They need to be paced, and their food needs to be portioned especially since they can become overweight very easily.
The recommended daily portion for your Beagador is about 2 cups a day. This can be portioned throughout the day as you best see fit, but the most common is one cup in the morning and one cup in the afternoon.
They can eat your preferred brand of dry dog food, as long it is suitable for medium sized dogs. You can check the packaging or ask a vet what they think the best for your dog is.
Beagador Health Concerns
Any cross-breed of dog is going to have it’s health problems. As long as you are aware and dedicated to helping them they should be fine.
The most common health problems for Beagadors are hip dysplasia, obesity, degenerative eye conditions, and other genetic diseases such as dwarfism.
Hip dysplasia and obesity can be avoided by giving your Beagador plenty of exercise and making sure they are eating right. This will not only help with weight but also keep there hips and joints strong and healthy.
The other conditions such as degenerative eye conditions and dwarfism are genetic and can’t be stopped or prevented. It is important to talk to the breeder before buying a Beagador to check their family tree and history of these conditions in their line.
Is a Beagador Right for Me?
Now that you’ve read the guide for Beagadors, is this dog right for you?
If you are looking for a family friendly dog:
Beagadors are very family friendly. They are loving, loyal, and need a lot of attention. Being apart of a family with a lot of kids to pay attention to it and play with it, is an ideal environment for a Beagador. They also don’t like to be alone, so the more people around, the better.
If you are looking for a low-maintenance dog:
Beagadors need a lot of care and attention. They are very high energy and needy. Many of them develop separation anxiety, and can’t handle their owner being gone for more than a couple of hours at a time. They also need to be exercised and groomed regularly. If you are looking for a dog that doesn’t require a lot of attention, a Beagador probably isn’t the right fit for you.
If you are looking for a companion dog:
Beagadors make great companions. They have the characteristics of both Labradors and Beagles making them very loving and loyal. They love to cuddle as much as they love to play. Even though they can tend to be disobedient at times, Beagadors love to gain the approval of and please their owners.
If you are looking for your first dog:
This depends on the amount of time you are willing to spend on your dog. While they are a wonderful breed, they can be a little more high maintenance and high energy than other dogs. The Beagador would be a great dog for someone who has past experience with dogs and knows how they work. For a first dog they may be a little tricky, but if you are willing to put in the work and really care for them then it wouldn’t be impossible.
If you are looking for a calm dog:
As mentioned before, Beagadors are very high energy. They are not for someone who wants a lazy and calm dog. They do love to cuddle and can calm down at times, but that is not a trait they are particularly known for.
How long do Beagadors live? A Beagadors life span is between 10 to 15 years. A Beagadors life span can compare to that of their parent breeds, Labradors and Beagles.
How big do Beagadors get? Beagadors are classified as a medium sized dog. They average around 20 inches tall, and 30 pounds. They can range a little bit in these categories, but this should be about the height and weight of a healthy Beagador.