The Beagle Basset Hound mix, also known as the Bagle Hound, is a well-balanced family pup who adores his family very much. While the Beagle and Basset Hound both belong to the Hound Group and are both considered to be the best hunting dogs in the world, they are very different in appearance and temperament.
Before you welcome either breed into your home, you’ll need to understand what you can expect from this particular mix. Many people actually confuse this breed for the other because they do have similar looks and traits.
Both breeds are quite friendly and make great hunting companions, so there are some commonalities. These pups when crossed can draw on many of the positive attributes of each breed, making a great designer dog. Let’s take a look at what you can expect.
To fully understand a designer dog and what genes he can expect to inherit, it is vital to learn a little about his parents. Unless you are working with a breeder who breeds second and third generation pups, it is likely that he will inherit a mix of genes that no one can 100% predict, so you need to be sure that you are happy with both of his parents and all of their characteristics!
Originally bred in Great Britain, the Beagle traveled to America after the civil war, and soon became a popular hunting companion. Known as the ‘foot hound’, he was the favored hunting dog for those who hunted on foot rather than on horseback.
The Beagle’s impressive nose has since been put to good use in other areas of employment, such as sniffer dogs in some of America’s largest airports. The Beagle Brigade is a team of over 100 Beagles and their handlers from the US Agriculture Department, and they work in airports and other ports of entry into the US, ensuring that prohibited items do not cross the border.
In 2019 he is ranked as the 6th most popular breed in America by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and is an increasingly popular family pet. He is described as merry, friendly, and curious, and his big brown eyes and gentle nature captivate the hearts of all he meets. Being a pack animal he gets along with other house pets, just as long as there aren’t any rabbits about, and he is gentle with children and the elderly. He is very adaptable, and as long as he is not left alone for too long, he is a very easy pooch to please.
Because of the laid-back temperament and lovable demeanor of the Beagle, they’ve become an extremely popular breed to match as 50% of many different designer dog breeds. The Beagador is one of the most popular, and some additional popular mixes include the Boston terrier beagle mix, the Beaglebull, the Doxle, and the Puggle.
The Basset Hound, just like the Beagle, was also bred across the pond in Europe. This French hound is named after his short stature, with the word ‘Bassett’ meaning ‘low’ in French. The Basset Hound is also an avid and skilled hunter and being low to the ground means he can track underbrush.
His long ears also serve a purpose, because when he hunts his ears help to bring the scents to his nose. Alongside being a hunter, he has also found employment in politics, and Victoria the Basset was elected as co-Mayor of a town in Ontario who raised thousands of dollars for the local shelters.
In 2019 he is ranked as the 39th most popular dog breed by the AKC, and while not as popular as the Beagle, he makes for an equally affectionate and charismatic family pooch. He is described as being charming, patient, and easy to care for, and gets along with all house family members and non-rodent pets alike. He is not very energetic at all, and 30 minutes of strolls will do just perfectly for this inactive pup.
The Bagle Hound Mix
The Bagle Hound is a relatively new designer dog, and it is unclear where his exact origins lie. Whilst this guide focuses on the typical Bagle Hound, you should expect him to inherit the characteristics of either parent.
The Bagle Hound is a family-friendly dog that is very gentle, and very affectionate. He loves nothing more than to snuggle up on the sofa wedged in between his humans, and welcomes belly rubs at all hours of the day. Because he is so gentle and very tolerant of younger children, he makes a perfect choice for young families who are seeking a canine who is not boisterous and too energetic.
With both of his parents being pack dogs he is almost guaranteed to be friendly with other canines, and other household pets. He might not get on well with rodent-type animals, however, if he is not used as a hunting dog and socialized with animals of all kinds from a young age then he may be able to be placed with them, just be sure to test this in a secure environment before you let him loose. His thick and heavier weight make him one of the best canine hot water bottles around, albeit a very noisy one with his loud snoring.
He is also known for being a happy-go-lucky dog who will accompany his master on all outdoor adventures. In the home, when he is not exercising or sleeping, he is known to be merry and has a playful streak that will keep you and the family entertained. It is likely that he will retain his affinity for howling and mimicking sirens, but with his Basset’s lazier side he’ll probably do it laying on his back with his four paws to the sky. Overall, the Bagle Hound is a cool canine who is a great mix of calm and energy, playfulness and gentleness, and as long as he is with his master he is content.
It is important to know that as both of his parents have a super nose, so you can expect that his nose will be just as powerful, or maybe even more so. His skill to lock onto scents, high prey drive and select deafness mean that if he does lock onto a scent, it is very unlikely that he will come back to you. For this reason, no matter how obedient he is, we wouldn’t advise letting him off-leash, because there is a high chance that he will gallop off into the horizon.
Size & Appearance
Both of his parents descend from the St Hubert Hound, and as such, they have some similarities in their appearance. You can be sure that the Bagle Hound will have longer ears compared to most dogs, and he will have large brown colored eyes and a square fleshy nose. His body frame will be a mixture of his parents, so you can expect him to be longer in length than a Beagle and shorter than a Basset. His legs will be much shorter than a Beagle too, and he may or may not inherit paws that turn outwards.
The Bagle Hound will measure between 13 and 15 inches in height, from paw to shoulder, and he will weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. Whichever parent he takes after, both of his parents are adorable, and so you can be sure that he will be just as cute.
Coat & Colors
The Bagle Hound will sport the traditional hunting colors, which are white, brown, and black, with patches, spots, and different markings across his body. His coat will be short to medium length and is silky and smooth to the touch. He is a moderate shedder, and his double coat means that he is not suited to families with allergies.
Exercise & Living Conditions
Every day, the Bagle Hound will need between 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, and as such he will need to be placed with a moderately active family who can guarantee this. It is not guaranteed what end of the scale he will find himself on though, so you need to be prepared for either.
Because the Bagle Hound is neither seriously energetic, boisterous, or large, he is adaptable to most living conditions. If he finds himself living in an apartment, he will be just as happy there compared to a larger home, just as long as he gets his exercise and interaction with his family, and access to a cozy sofa of course! He will suit young or old families, single pet or multi-pet households, and this versatile pup is very easy to please, which is one of the many reasons why he is so popular.
This will depend entirely on whose attitude he inherits. If he inherits the Basset’s independent and stubborn streak, then training will be difficult, whereas if he inherits the Beagles trainability, he will be more amiable to training. The Beagle is slightly more intelligent and eager to please his master, however, he still has a stubborn side so you should never expect a fully obedient Bagle Hound.
What can be guaranteed is that the Bagle Hound will be incentivized by food, so be sure to utilize positive reinforcement training, and use small treats to your advantage during the training process. It’s also recommended that the Bagle Hound be trained using a harness that fits the breed instead of a regular collar because this mix can have a high prey drive and be difficult to train.
As with any dog, early training and socialization is the key to ensure that he transforms into a polite pooch. Socialization is particularly important for the Bagle Hound if you wish to introduce him to a family home with other pets, particularly smaller ones who he may otherwise see as prey.
The Bagle Hound is a relatively healthy dog and considering both of his parents’ lifespans it is estimated that he will live for a healthy 10 to 15 years. As with any dog, the Bagle Hound will be susceptible to the health concerns that affect both of his parents, and whilst this list is not exhaustive, here are the following concerns to be aware of:
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia – this is caused by an abnormal formation of the hip and elbow joints, which over time, because of continuous grinding, can cause painful arthritis in later life. In addition to this, Luxating Patella is also another joint and mobility concern that can affect him too, and this is essentially a dislocated kneecap.
Blood disorders – Thrombopathia is a bleeding disorder that is characterized by abnormal platelet function, and Von Willebrand’s Disease also affects his blood and its ability to clot.
Eye conditions – unfortunately, there are a variety of eye conditions that affect both of his parents, and as such he is at risk from them all. An ophthalmologist test should be conducted by reputable breeders, where conditions such as Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and Cherry Eye should be screened for. Primary Open Angle Glaucoma also affects the Basset, which can lead to blindness.
Ear infections – because the Bagle Hound has long ears he is susceptible to increased ear infections, mainly because the warm, sweaty, and enclosed conditions are perfect for the growth of bacteria.
Musladin-Lueke Syndrome – this condition is unique to the Beagle, and whilst it is rare it is a serious condition that affects his skin and organs that can shorten his lifespan significantly, so be sure to ask your breeder about this condition.
With the Bagle Hound, it is important to ensure that you do not overdo it with the Scooby snacks, because both of his parents are partial to filling their cheeks up like a hamster, so obesity can be a risk with this guy. Because he loves to gobble up his food quicker than you can say sit, bloat is also a risk, so be sure to feed his recommended food across at least 2 different sittings, and do not feed him immediately before or after exercise.
Dependent on his size and energy levels, the Bagle Hound will consume anywhere between 1 ½ and 2 ½ cups of food a day. It is always advised to feed your pooch a high-quality kibble as nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep him healthy. The Bagle Hound would do well on a high-protein diet, and one that is not too high in fat content or calories considering that he is prone to easily piling on the pounds.
The Bagle Hound should be brushed several times a week with a deshedding tool, because even though he does not have the longest coat, he is a moderate shedder and because of his low frame his coat picks up dirt much easier than other canines.
If he takes after his Basset parent, he might give off a stronger odor, and as such he should be bathed once a month to keep that dirty doggy smell away. If he has wrinkly skin or skin folds, then these will also need extra care during bathing, and special ointments should be used to ensure that they are kept clean.
His ears require extra attention because he is more prone to developing ear infections. It is advised to clean his ears once a week, and do not be tempted to clean them any more than this, as this can also irritate his ears and lead to infections. Additionally, because it is unlikely that he will be running or grinding his nails during long hikes, you will need to use a tool to maintain your pup’s nails and ensure they don’t get too long.
Breeders & Puppy Costs
Now that you’ve learned all about the Bagle Hound and whether he ticks all of your boxes, the next step is to find a breeder. Beginning your search online, and joining social media communities such as the Bagle Lovers Facebook Group, is often the best way to research reputable breeders and to ask other Beagle lovers for breeder recommendations. Once you have identified a potential breeder, then be sure to meet them in person and ask to see his parents and their health certificates before committing to getting him.
The average cost of a Bagle pup is anywhere between $500 and $1,000, as he is a relatively new mixed breed who is not in high demand, just yet! As with any dog, if you want to ensure that you have a healthy pup avoid puppy mills and be sure to work with a reputable and ethical breeder. Ask to see all of the relevant health certificates, especially relating to the health concerns mentioned above, and ensure that you see his parents.
Rescue & Shelters
Because the Bagle Hound is a relatively new breed it will undoubtedly take you a lot longer to find your Bagle soulmate, but he will be worth the wait when you find him. Visit and speak to your closest rescue shelter, as they might be able to point you in the right direction of a particular Beagle or Basset Hound rescue shelter, or if not then check out the Beagle Rescue website or the Basset Hound Club of America’s rescue page, where dedicated centers can be found, and they also welcome breed mixes too.
As Family Pets
- The Bagle Hound is a well-balanced pooch who is very adaptable.
- He enjoys warm snuggles and relaxed afternoons inside, as well as a good romp around the garden.
- The Bagle Hound is very affectionate and does not like to be left alone.
- He needs about 30-60 minutes of exercise per day.
- The Bagle Hound can be challenging to train and has a higher prey drive.
- Early training and socialization will encourage him to get on well with all animals and humans.
- He will need brushing 2 to 3 times a week, and his ears will need cleaning weekly.
- The Bagle Hound’s food intake should be monitored to ensure that he does not become too porky.
Overall, the Bagle is a gentle and loving pooch who just loves to be with his humans. If you are seeking a well-balanced dog for the whole family then look no further than this guy. He is gentle, fun, affectionate, and relatively easy to care for, and with his big puppy eyes what’s not to love?