The Bagle is a hybrid dog made up of a combination of two pure breeds, i.e., Basset Hound and Beagle. As a hybrid dog, they inherit both physical characteristics and behavioral traits of both beagle and basset hound and they typically do not have a detailed history. The breed, however, is said to have been first invented around 1980-1990’s. Not all Bagle inherits the same trait, which means that some will have beagle traits other will have Basset Hound behavioral traits.
The Bagle breeds are medium to large dogs, has a square head with long ears hanging down and a large skull. Their eyes are usually slightly droopy and a deep chest. The feet are towed out and look more of the basset hounds. They typically weigh around 33-35 pounds and between 12-17 inches long. Their bodies are compact just like the beagle, and the coat is short and very silky to touch. They come with ranges of colors including lemon, tri color, black, brown and white.
Bagle are generally great family dogs since they are very calm, mild mannered, pleasing, and they are well known to follow a scent no matter where it leads to. They are incredibly playful, social, and they are sometimes sluggish and stubborn just like Basset Hounds. So, in most cases they prefer resting more than they love exploring. They hate being kept indoors, hence need long walks or play for stimulation. The Bagle temperaments make it an excellent companion for families with kids and especially when they are puppies. They are friendly and very welcoming of just anyone, but usually, bark at trespassers, however, they aren’t aggressive breeds.
Since they are a mixed breed, they are generally healthy and very strong. Some Badge may be prone to epilepsy and ear problems, but they are less prone to these problems less than their pure breeds. The best approach to avoid ear problems is to clean them at least twice a week. Brushing their coat twice n a week can also keep the coat free of loose hair and prevents dander from accumulating on your furniture. Their proportions also make them prone to back issues, therefore, needed to be handled carefully. Other problems that attack them includes eye problems, weight issues, and hip dysphasia.
If properly fed, housed and trained in basic obedience they can last for a long time. Their estimated average life expectancy is around 10 to 13 years.