The Beagle Chihuahua mix is better known as the Cheagle, and it is his blended name that we will refer to him as throughout this breed guide. This mixed breed pup is actually one of the more popular crossbreeds to come out of the designer dog movement and with his friendly demeanor, it’s easy to see why.
He is an energetic little guy who is feisty, curious, and fun to be around. Not only will you fall in love with your new family canine addition, but you will also find yourself a new four-legged shadow that will never leave your side!
If you love both the Chihuahua and the Beagle then you are bound to love this guy, and if you are not familiar with either one or both of his parents, then you really need to learn as much about them as you can in order to make sure that the Cheagle is the dog for you and your lifestyle. So, let’s take a closer look at the Cheagle is all his great glory!
Before we look at the Beagle Chihuahua Mix, it is important to take a brief look at his parents and what they are all about. Both the Chihuahua and the Beagle are extremely popular breeds in their own right, so it only makes sense that these pups would be crossbred at some point. Let’s dive in and look at the two parent breeds and what you can expect from each.
In 2020, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has ranked the Chihuahua as the 33rd most popular dog breed in America. He is described as charming, graceful, and sassy, and he is one of the most iconic handbag toy dog breeds. Despite his elegant nature, he is certainly feisty and you wouldn’t want to mess with him or his family, because he’ll take you down a peg, or three!
He usually measures between 5 and 8 inches tall, and weighs 6 pounds or less. His coat can either be short or long in length and his head could take the shape of an apple or a deer. His big bug eyes are adorable and he’ll utilize them if he feels that you are about to leave him alone, so don’t leave him for too long or he’ll guilt you into staying! Because of their breed popularity, Chihuahuas are often mixed with other dogs, both intentionally and unintentionally.
The Beagle’s popularity was also ranked by the AKC, and in 2020 he came out more popular as the 6th most favorite dog breed in America. He is described as friendly, curious, and merry, and he is known as one of the best hunting dogs in the world. Not only does he love hunting, he also loves food, so you’ll have to keep the kitchen cupboards locked up with this guy around!
The Beagle takes two different sizes. The first is the standard beagle size, where he measures between 13 and 15 inches tall, and weighs between 20 and 30 pounds, and the other size is sometimes referred to as the pocket Beagle, and he measures 13 inches and under, and weighs under 20 pounds. Because of their calm nature, and how good they are with kids, it’s not uncommon to see many different mixes with the Beagle as a parent.
The Cheagle is a great option for those families who cannot decide between the Chihuahua breed or the Beagle breed, but why choose just one when you could combine them and have the best of both worlds?!
While you can be certain about some things, such as he will not be as tall as a Great Dane, you can never be fully sure as to what genes or characteristics he will inherit from either parent. So, you need to be a little open minded with newer designer dogs, but this is all part of the fun, right? Thankfully, we can narrow the possibilities down a little, and so here is what you can expect from a typical Beagle Chihuahua mix.
His parents could not be more opposite from one another when it comes to their temperament, and as such their designer puppy product is a well-balanced mixture of them both (hopefully!) You should expect a much easier going dog than the Chihuahua, and with that comes less anxiety and less protectiveness of his master and family. While he will probably still be protective of his family, it is unlikely that he will be overprotective, which is great news.
What you can expect though, is that he will be a great watchdog, and one that will let you know as soon as something, or someone, enters your estate. His Beagle parent is one of the noisiest dogs on the planet with his howling skills, and while I personally find it adorable some do not, so you need to consider this and whether your home is controlled by noise restrictions.
He will be a curious little guy, and while there is the chance that he might follow his nose and wander out of sight, he is more likely to want to stay with his master. Always up for a game of fetch or a good ol’ romp in your garden or doggy park, he will keep you on your toes for sure.
He will return the favor of playtime with being an affectionate pup who loves nothing more to snuggle into the crook of your arm, and Netflix and chill for as long as you want. So, if you want a loving small-sized pooch then the Cheagle is a great option for you!
Size & Appearance
His size will be dependent on whether his Beagle parent is a standard or a pocket Beagle, and if size is an important factor for you then be sure to meet his Beagle parent and see the size of him for yourself. If his parent is a pocket Beagle then you can expect a pooch who measures between 8 and 10 inches tall, and 10 to 15 pounds. If his parent is a standard beagle, then you should expect him to measure 9 to 13 inches tall and weigh 15 to 20 pounds.
Typically, the Cheagle will look like a big Chihuahua with the smaller Chihuahua head shape, who often has the large drop-down triangle-shaped ears, and the traditional hunting colors of the Beagle. He usually inherits the large round darker eyes of the Beagle too.
He will likely inherit the long and thick tail of the Beagle, but it will probably curl up slightly much like the Chi’s tail. This is common in many Chihuahua crosses, with another example being the Jack-chi. He will usually inherit the smaller pointy-out paws and skinny legs of the Chihuahua too.
Just remember that as he is a mixed pup, he can take any combination of either parent’s appearance, and while his parent’s appearance will play a big factor in this, he can turn out any which way. With both his parents being gorgeous and popular breeds, you can be sure that all Cheagles are just as adorable.
Coat & Colors
His coat will be entirely dependent on his Chihuahua parent’s coat, as they can have both short and long-haired coats. If his parent is a short-haired Chi then he will have short hair, and if his Chihuahua parent has long hair then he will have a medium-length coat. The Cheagle will have a thick double-coat, and he will be a moderate shedder all year round, shedding heavily in shedding season.
His coloring will be a mixture of white, brown, black, red, fawn, cream, chocolate, tan or blue. It is quite common for the Cheagle to inherit the typical hunting colors of the Beagle parent.
Exercise & Living Conditions
While the Beagle Chihuahua mix will be full of energy, he doesn’t need anywhere near as much exercise as the Beagle does, and this is an appealing factor for many families. You can expect that the Cheagle will need around 30 to 45 minutes of exercise every day. His exercise doesn’t need to be particularly intense, and he will happily mix up a neighborhood stroll with playtime in the garden. The Chihuahua does a good job of calming the temperament of this mix, unlike the Beagle Lab mix or the Beaglebull which are both higher energy crossbreeds.
Being a smaller pup and one that needs just an average amount of exercise, he could live anywhere from a smaller apartment through to a larger home. If anything, he will not be fussed where he lives, just as long as his family spends as much time with him as possible. For this reason, he should be placed with a family that can offer this, and not a family that will be out working for most of the day.
Because he loves his family, and his personality is much more laid back than his Chi parent, he will be much more tolerant of children. For this reason, the Cheagle would make a great family pet. If he is socialized well as a pup then he should also do well in a multi-pet household too.
It is important to ensure that your yard is secured with fencing so that your Cheagle cannot escape, for if he is like the Beagle, he may catch a scent and chase it, or if he is like his Chihuahua parent he may not take kindly to a stranger coming in.
I’m going to come straight out with it and tell you that this guy is going to be a little tricky to train considering that both of his parents are independent (read stubborn) and as such he might be double the trouble! So, if you are seeking an entirely obedient dog then the Cheagle is not for you. Instead, see this cheeky independence as an alluring part of his personality and the two of you will be the best of friends.
When it comes to training the key with independent dogs is persistence and consistency, for the moment you give in will be the very moment that he realizes he can wrap you around his tiny paws. Utilize positive reinforcement training, and if he inherits the Beagle appetite then be sure to use yummy treats as this will be his drive. If you intend to train with a harness, make sure you stick to harnesses suited for smaller dogs.
Due to his potential to become overprotective because of his Chihuahua genes, it is important that you socialize the Cheagle with other animals of all shapes and sizes, and humans, both inside and outside of the home. Not only will this ensure that he is a polite dog, but it will also increase his confidence which in turn will make him a much happier dog, so as they say, everyone’s a winner!
The Beagle Chihuahua mix is likely to be a healthy dog, who will typically live between 10 to 16 years. As he is a mixed breed pup he could inherit health concerns of either parent, and as such you should be aware of the following:
Eye conditions: Both the Chihuahua and the Beagle are known to suffer from a variety of eye concerns such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts.
Hip Dysplasia: This is caused by the abnormal formation of the hip joint, which can cause pain and paralysis in later life.
Cardiac concerns: The Chihuahua is susceptible to Patent Ductus Arteriosus, which is a heart defect that essentially sends blood to his lungs rather than his body after birth, and it can be fatal if not corrected with surgery.
Patella Luxation: This is where his kneecap becomes dislocated from its normal position, which is uncomfortable and often painful.
Nutrition is the easiest way to keep your Cheagle healthy, but just be sure not to overfeed him because his Beagle parent is known to become overweight if left to his own devices. If you notice any weight gain, then be sure to switch him to a weight management kibble.
The Cheagle will eat anywhere between 1 cup and 1 ½ cups of food a day, this is entirely dependent on his size and energy levels. High-quality dry kibbles are best for the Cheagle and his tiny and compact mouth, as the kibble pieces will help to break down plaque and keep periodontal diseases at bay.
Again, the Cheagles grooming routine will be dependent on whether he inherits the long or short coat of his Chihuahua parent. If he inherits the short coat then he will only need grooming once a week, and if he inherits the long coat then it is likely that he will need brushing at least twice a week as well as the occasional de-shedding.
Because he has a small mouth you should clean his teeth once a week with doggy toothpaste, and be sure to give his eyes and ears a clean too, especially if he inherits the large drop-down ears of his Beagle parent.
The Cheagle should be bathed once every 8 to 12 weeks, and be sure to wash him with natural shampoos designed for dogs otherwise you risk irritating his skin and natural coat oils.
The average price for a Cheagle from a reputable breeder is around $800 and up. Some parents with legacy breeding lines can fetch higher prices, but since the Cheagle isn’t an AKC recognized breed, anything too far north of that might signal a red flag. We always encourage you to adopt before you shop, as Cheagles can find their way into rescue centers.
As Family Pets
- The Cheagle is an energetic dog for his size.
- This breed will need 30 to 45 minutes of exercise every day.
- While he’s smaller, his energy level will do better in a big yard.
- He can live almost anywhere, as long as his owner is home frequently.
- He will make a great watchdog, who loves to bark when on alert.
- He will also be sociable once he is introduced to strangers.
- Being an easy-going pooch and well-suited fo multi-pet households.
- It is important to socialize him well as a pup.
- As with all Chihuahua mixes, early socialization will prevent reactivity.
- Most Cheagles will not have significant grooming needs.
Finding a Cheagle Breeder
The Beagle Chihuahua mix is becoming quite a popular mixed breed, so while you may have to travel a little to find a reputable breeder, he is not the most difficult to find. Simply start your search online, and be sure to read reviews of other customers and meet both them and the pups in person.
When meeting with your breeder, ask to see the parent’s health certificates to make sure that they are healthy, which is a great sign that your pup will be healthy too. If they cannot produce them then this is a big sign that you should walk away!
Rescues & Shelters
Sadly, as designer pups become more popular the chances of them finding their way into rescue shelters becomes more likely too, so always be sure to visit your local shelters.
If you cannot find a Cheagle there then check out dedicated rescue organizations as this will increase your chances of finding your soon-to-be rescued Cheagle. The Beagle Rescue website and the Chihuahua Rescue website both rescue breed mixes. If you cannot find a Cheagle on their website then be sure to make contact with the staff or volunteers listed, as they will be more than happy to help you find him.
There is no doubt about it, the Beagle Chihuahua mix is a canine catch for sure! With the best of both breeds the Cheagle is likely to suit more families, as he is nowhere near as protective and demanding as the Chihuahua, and he does not need as much exercise, or food, as the Beagle does. By choosing the Cheagle you are choosing a best friend for life, and you and your whole family will love him.