Sometimes called the Beagleman, the German Shepherd Beagle mix is a hybrid dog that’s a mix between a purebred German Shepherd and a purebred Beagle. Since the two parent breeds are so different, it’s possible to get dogs that vary greatly in size, appearance, and temperament. The German Shepherd Beagle mix is not a very popular or well-known hybrid dog, but they do exist. While it’s difficult to know how these hybrid dogs will turn out, we can learn more about them by looking at each of the parents. Here’s a closer look at the German Shepherd Beagle mix, its origins, appearance, grooming needs, health, temperament, and other helpful information to consider before you add this dog to your family.
Origin and History
Since the German Shepherd Beagle mix is so rare, we don’t really know much about its origin and history. There’s a good chance that the Beagleman originated within the United States, although no one really knows where, when, or by whom. It’s likely that this hybrid appeared within the past couple of decades, but no one is quite sure. Although there’s not a lot of available information on the hybrid, it’s possible to learn more about the dogs by looking at the origin and history of the two parent breeds: The Beagle and the German Shepherd.
While the Beagle has a very long history, the exact origin of the breed is uncertain. Some believe that these dogs trace back to Roman times. In the 1700s in England, small hounds called Beagles were bred. Later a smaller dog would be bred in the southern part of the United States, and these dogs were mainly used for hunting. The American Beagle breed was eventually refined, particularly after being imported to England. In 1885, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed.
German Shepherds can be traced to Germany, and these dogs were created to aid with the management of flocks of sheep during the 1800s. Although we don’t know the exact ancestors of the German Shepherd, these dogs were likely bred from several different dogs that were native to northern and central Germany. In 1882, the dog we now know as the German Shepherd was first exhibited in Hanover, Germany. In 1899, the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany was started. During both of the World Wars, these dogs were used as war dogs. Later they would come to America and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America would be started in 1913.
The German Shepherd Beagle mix can vary greatly in appearance. Beagles are small dogs while the German Shepherd is a large dog, so the size of these dogs can vary greatly, depending on the parents. In many cases, these dogs may look a lot like Beagles with a German Shepherd color pattern. However, every dog will be different.
German Shepherd Beagle Mix Temperament
Beagles are known for being playful, friendly, curious, and affectionate, while German Shepherds are known for being obedient, strong, and courageous. The German Shepherd Beagle mix may end up with any of these personality traits. Since both dogs can make great family companions, the Beagleman will probably be a great pet for the family if it is well trained and socialized early. Since both parent breeds have plenty of energy, you’ll need to make sure these dogs get plenty of exercise. Not only will they need physical exercise, but they’ll need to be challenged mentally as well.
Since both the Beagle and the German Shepherd shed year round, you can expect your German Shepherd Beagle mix to shed year round too. This means you’ll want to make sure that they are brushed several times a week to prevent shedding throughout your home and mats. Usually these dogs will only need to be bathed as needed. Whether they have the upright ears of the German Shepherd or the drop ears of a Beagle, it’s essential to check and clean the ears weekly to ensure their ears don’t become infected. Regular teeth brushing is also important to avoid bad breath and other dental problems.
While the Beagle is often used for hunting and the German Shepherd is often used for police work and military work, it’s unknown if the German Shepherd Beagle mix is used in any working roles. However, it is possible that they would excel in working roles.
German Shepherds usually live to be 10 to 13 years old, while the Beagle usually lives to be 12 to 14 years old. You can expect the German Shepherd Beagle mix to have an average life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years. Even though hybrid dogs are usually healthier than both of the parent breeds, it’s still important to be familiar with the health problems of the parents. Some of the problems that affect the German Shepherd and Beagle may affect the hybrid. Potential health concerns to be aware of in the German Shepherd Beagle mix include:
- Nasal cavity tumors
- Tricuspid dysplasia
- Immune mediated thrombocytopenia
- Cushing’s disease
- Aortic stenosis
- Pituitary dwarfism
- Hip dysplasia
- Glycogen storage disease
- Cherry eye
- Persistent right aortic arch
- Myasthenia gravis
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Footpad disorders
- Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
- Mitral dysplasia
- Chinese Beagle syndrome
- Ear infections
- Beagle pain syndrome
- Corneal dystrophy
- Pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism
- XX sex reversal