Can’t decide between a Beagle or a Labrador for your next family pet? Why not combine them both, and get the best of both worlds! The Beagador is a mix between Labrador Retriever and Beagle. The Beagador is one of the sweetest breeds you’ll find, and they make a great family companion and playmate. They’re kind-hearted, large lap dogs that just want to keep you company and love you forever.
The Beagle is considered a a hound dog. They have great tracking ability and have an extremely keen nose. The Labrador Retriever is a sports dog and is a great hunting companion and kind service dogs.
Both dogs are quickly trained and mild-tempered, so they are great for first-time dog owners. They have very few temperament issues and love families. Even if they aren’t specifically trained, both dog breeds will most likely be relaxed enough to not get into too much trouble.
Beagadors can get large but function fine in smaller spaces as well. Due to their relaxed generally behavior, you’ll most likely catch them lounging around the house. Could this beautiful cutie be the right fit for you and your family? In this guide, we’ll go through the daily lives of the Beagador.
Beagador Parent Breeds
A “designer dog” is any mix between two purebred parents. For any mixed breed to be classified as designer, the parents would have to be bred pure for generations up until the point of being bred with another breed. A true purebred dog will have puppies that have the same characteristics and temperament as their parents.
The benefits of owning a purebred with proper papers are you’ll have a reasonable estimate on how your puppy will act. With a designer dog, you don’t have that luxury, as the puppies could take characteristics from either parent. However, this is the only real negative to owning a designer dog (unless you care about coat color).
Although these two breeds are from different classes of dogs, they compliment each other well. They both have mild temperaments and prefer the simple, quiet life over a lot of excitement. They still need exercise like any other dog, though as the Beagle is more high energy than the Lab.
The Beagle originated in England and is notorious for tracking and hunting abilities. While we can track their lineage to the mid 1400’s, the breed name was used to describe hound dogs from certain families that are great for tracking. These pups often differed in appearance depending on what type of prey they were going to track. About 200 years ago, their appearance became more uniform as a purebred breed.
Beagles were imported to the US, and have been companions to many famous Hollywood celebrities and even former presidents. Some famous beagle pups include Underdog, Mr. Peabody from Rocky & Bullwinkle as well as “Poochie” from the Simpsons. While they are still freqently used by hunters for tracking, they make excellent family pets.
These pups are usually medium-sized dogs, although some of them are smaller when classified as runts. They are used for many different working tasks which include therapy dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and even working with law enforcement to track illegal activity and narcotics. This breed is highly intelligent and can be a challenge to train if you are a first-time dog owner. They make up for the challenges with their sweet temperament.
Beagles are a favorite in the United States and England. Because of their extremely solid tracking and hunting ability, they are often compared to foxhounds and basset hounds. They are often confused with basset hounds because they look similar.
The Labrador Retriever has its route in North America, specifically Canada in the 1800s. They were seen as a multipurpose hunting dog that was domesticated due to their ease of training and laid-back personalities. They aren’t just good hunting dogs; they’re excellent retrievers as well. Play fetch with them, and you’ll see what I mean. Labs are especially good at swimming and retrieving in water.
Later on, they were brought to England to be used as duck hunters because they excelled in all weather conditions. Labs have a huge need to be someone’s partner, so they love to follow you around as you do your work. Labrador Retrievers have been used in many professions including search and rescue, arson and customs, military, service and guide dogs, hunting companions and performance dogs as well as family pets. They’re the Jack of all trade.
Labradors are summed up in one word: wonderful. They are good at everything they do, but because they don’t have a specialty, there are better dogs for specific jobs. Still, they are strong dogs that are laid-back by nature. They want to play with you and lay with you at the end of the day.
Labs are the perfect companion, whether you have other adults in the house, children, or other pets. They get along with everyone. They are considered long-lived at 12 to 14 years. They have a low tendency to drool, snore, bark, and are overall well-mannered. Labs come in many different colors which include a very controversial shade of silver, and sometimes even shades of red. They are also often compared to other family dogs like the Chessie.
Beagle and Lab Mix (Beagador)
Similar to most designer dogs, the origins of this breed are unknown. The Beagador was likely bred around the time most designer breeds came to be, the 90’s and early 2000’s. Breeders probably wanted to give the Lab what it lacked – the Hound dogs tracking abilities. Labradors are impressive trackers on their own, but the Beagle beats them out.
The Beagador hasn’t been studied enough or bred long enough to have a specific temperament, so you never know what designer dogs will turn out to be like. The Labrador is friendly, excitable, and love people genuinely. They’ll run-up to the door to meet you. Beagles are similar to Labs in that they’re great sporting dogs and like to spend their time with you.
Whereas the Beagle has boundless energy, the Lab does not. Their exercise requirements will be different depending on who the Beagador takes after. Be prepared for a potentially high energy dog, but regardless, their exercising needs will be similar regardless.
If you want a more energetic Lab, the Beagador is the dog for you. They require a little more patience than their parents, but these breeds together make for a fantastic Jack of all trades. The size of the Beagador will vary, but they’ll fall between 30 and 80 pounds and could be as tall as 24 inches.
Appearance & Grooming
The way your Beagador looks will be determined by their parents and who they take after. If they take after their Beagle parent, they could be tan, brown, white, lemon, blue, red, bluetick, black, fawn, or redtick. If they take after their Lab parent, they could be yellow, chocolate, or black.
The size of the Beagador will vary, but they’ll fall between 30 and 80 pounds and could be as tall as 24 inches. Their ears are likely floppy and large, and their snout will likely be medium-sized. Brown eyes are probably going to be on your Beagador pup.
The Beagador will have a double coat that’s short and dense. If you notice a smell coming from your dog when they got wet, they have inherited the water repellent Lab coat. This smell will go away once they dry.
Make sure to trim their nails frequently, as their large nails could easily scratch up the furniture. It’s also uncomfortable for large dogs to have their nails scrape across the ground. Brushing their teeth isn’t necessary, but likely appreciated once your dog gets used to it.
The Beagador is a highly intelligent breed that can be trained quickly for all kinds of work. Left alone the Beagador is unlikely to cause you problems, though training is encouraged as big dogs prefer to jump on people as their “hello!”
Positive reinforcement is the best method with any dog. Do not try to slap them or scold them when they do something wrong as your pup will grow to resent you and make them harder to train. Giving them treats or toys for a job well done will train them up fast.
Obedience training should be done as soon as they’re puppies so they can tell the difference between what you consider right or wrong. Dogs look up to their alphas for guidance and are less likely to disobey if they see you as an authority.
Most large dogs are easy to train to pee outside due to their larger than average bladder. They can also handle being alone for a longer than average between potty breaks. Take care to socialize them when they’re young, so they will grow to trust people.
Exercise & Living Conditions
If you expect your Beagador to be low energy because of the Lab mix – think again! Your pup will likely inherit their energy from the Beagle parent, meaning they’ll need strenuous exercise to relax by the end of the day.
You’ll need to exercise them daily for 30 minutes to an hour. They fare better in larger homes with backyards so they can run around and stretch their legs. If you do live in an apartment they won’t mind too much, just make sure they get out a lot.
Beagadors will do fine outside for long periods of time. They are working dogs, after all! We always recommend not to leave them outside overnight, because they could get sick. Always get your pup a nice warm place to stay – preferably in the bed beside you.
As with most designer breeds, the Beagador is less likely to have health problems due to the mix of two purebreds canceling out most inherited illnesses they’ll get when they’re older. This doesn’t mean they’re immune, so make sure to watch their weight and feed them a healthy diet.
Beagles are known for getting epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, eye disorders (cherry eye and glaucoma) and luxating patella (dislocated kneecap). Labradors are more prone to hereditary myopathy (muscle weakness), heart disorders, eye conditions, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
Since dysplasia runs in both the parents DNA, make sure they don’t become overweight and are taking supplements or fortified foods. Try to get them to exercise in the water so that all pressure is off their hips.
Beagadors need a proper diet of mostly protein and fat with low carbs. A Beagador mixed puppy should have a diet of 22% protein, while the adult should have 18% according to the American Feed Control Officials. It’s also recommended to feat your Beagador whole meats like fish, beef, and chicken.
There isn’t a recommended calorie plan for your pup, so it’s best to go see a vet. They’ll determine how much your Beagador needs at eat development cycle. A holistic dietary plan is usually the best for all dogs; just make sure to watch their weight, so they don’t develop chronic problems.
As Family Pets
Beagadors are fun-loving cuties who like to sniff out crime, but are they the right fit for your growing family?
- The Beagador is independent, loyal, and hardworking companion that is very fond of kids.
- Beagles are not as fond as their Labrador Retriever parent.
- However, if appropriately socialized at a young age, they will warm up to anyone.
- They are big and require a lot of room.
- A large house with a backyard will be essential to their happiness.
- This isn’t the best breed for those living in an apartment.
- Grooming requirements are very low.
- You won’t need to do much to keep them clean or your house.
- It’s also unlikely you’ll have to bathe them unless they receive the Labs oily coat.
- Beagadors barely shed at all.
- They aren’t hypoallergenic, but are great for people who want low grooming requirements.
- Jogging, hiking, cycling, and playing are great ways to exercise your Beagador.
- They need a lot of exercise; about 30 minutes to an hour a day.
- You won’t be able to skip this step or else they could develop behavioral problems.
- Energetic is the best way to describe your Beagador.
- They’ll want to play with you regularly and move with you throughout the house.
- A personality that’s full of spunk, Beagadors will make sure you never have a dull moment with them.
- Make sure to pet them often and give them positive reinforcement.
- Health problems are more common with large breeds, but mixes are less likely to develop them.
- Watch their hips and elbows as they age and keep their weight low to prevent health problems.
- Find a breeder that can show you the parent’s health issues.
- This is important for large breeds as hip dysplasia runs in the family.
- You need to be confident you’ll be able to help your pup with this disease should it occur.
Do you think the Beagador is the right dog for your family? Let’s look at the different ways you might find one!
Breeders & Puppy Prices
Finding a breeder that specialized is Labradors and Beagles will be easy. With Labs and Beagles being some of the most popular family pets, a good breeder won’t take long to find.
A well-bred Beagador could cost you $300-$600, which is an excellent price for such a large dog. The cheaper pups will likely not have papers for their breeding dogs, while the higher priced ones will.
Always do research on the breeders you want to buy from as you don’t want to be sold a sick puppy (unless you have the funds to make them better). Beagadors are not known for having detrimental health issues and are relatively healthy, though. If you aren’t interested in buying from a breeder, searching for a rescue in your area is another option.
Contact your local Beagle and Labrador Retriever clubs for local breeders and rescues.
Labrador Retrievers and Beagles are surrendered often, and it isn’t because of their temperament. These breeds are very easy to find in pet stores and breeders, so the likely reason for surrender is inadequate care, a child being born or because the pet parents were moving.
This option is cheaper, with the only negative not knowing the parents of the dog. Still, these pets will need loving homes and will be great companions, whether they’re purebred or not. Check out the American Lab Rescue or this list of resources for Beagle Rescues for more information on how you can help.
Although the Beagador got their energy and spunk from their Beagle parent, they are amazing companions who want to bring out the best in you. Beagadors have so many great qualities that we’ve already named and so much more.
Not only are they great hunting companions, but they work great in families as well. Make sure to take them out for a run daily, so they don’t get bored, and out of shape. If you are in the market for a new dog, it’s hard to go wrong with this friendly and lovable mixed breed pup.