The Pitbull Beagle mix is a very uncommon mixed breed that is often known as the Beaglebull. This hybrid dog is created by breeding a Beagle and an American Pit Bull Terrier. While it’s not as popular as some other types of mixed breed dogs, this designer dog is recognized by the Dog Registry of America as an official mixed breed. If you’re unsure whether this dog will be a good addition to your family, here’s a closer look at the Pitbull Beagle mix, its history, appearance, grooming needs, temperament, health issues, and other essential information to help you make that decision.
Origin and History
The Pitbull Beagle mix isn’t a purebred dog and since this hybrid is quite young, we don’t know a lot about the hybrid’s origins or history. It’s thought that the Beaglebull was probably created in the United States within the past couple of decades, since designer mixed breeds have become popular within the last 20-30 years. In order to learn more about these dogs, it’s essential to look closely at the history and origins of the two parent breeds.
The Beagle has a history that is a bit uncertain at times, although Beagle-like dogs are reported throughout history as far back as in Roman times. However, these dogs were not the exact Beagles that we’re familiar with today. They were used for hunting for some time, but they fell in popularity during the 18th century, a time when foxhounds became quite popular. However, farmers kept using these dogs and they were imported to the United States in the 1800s and bred to a much smaller dog. They became more popular, particularly in the southern states, during the 1940s and 1950s.
Originally created in England, the Pit Bull Terrier was specifically bred to be involved in bear and bull baiting, which were sports that were very popular at the time. However, after these sports became illegal, then these dogs were used for dog fighting, which is why the breed has been known as an aggressive breed. Through the years, they became more well known as being protective and strong, and they eventually were brought to America. In the United States, these dogs were bred to be larger, and they were named American Pit Bull Terriers.
Expect your Pitbull Beagle mix to be a medium size dog that grows up to weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and stands at between 18 and 20 inches tall. When these dogs are puppies, they often are light brown with some skin wrinkles. Once these dogs become adults, they usually have brown eyes, a muscular build, floppy ears, and square hindquarters. The coat of the Beaglebull is usually short and it’s often tan or brown with a white underbelly. They often have a mix of coarse and fine hair.
Pitbull Beagle Mix Temperament
Usually the Pitbull Beagle mix is sociable and friendly, although they can be quite protective of their territory and family. These dogs have plenty of energy, so they enjoy being active regularly. They may become difficult to deal with if they don’t have a way to release all of their energy. While they are steady and strong, they also can be playful and affectionate with their family. Since the Beaglebull has the ability to be stubborn, they do need to be trained and socialized while they are very young. However, since the Beaglebull is extremely smart, you’ll just need to establish leadership and make sure you’re consistent with the training for the best results. Treats and praise can be very motivating to these hybrid dogs.
Your Pitbull Beagle mix will need plenty of mental and physical exercise to stay healthy and out of trouble. A couple walks each day is a great start, and you’ll also need to ensure they get some playtime as well. It’s a good idea to have a nice yard for these dogs where they can run and play. The Beaglebull enjoys mentally stimulating games like fetch, Frisbee, and tug of war.
Since the Pitbull Beagle mix has a short coat, this dog doesn’t require a lot of grooming. Make sure the coat is brushed once a week. If the dog is shedding, then you may need to brush more often. You’ll only need to bathe the Beaglebull as necessary, and it’s essential to only use a dog shampoo designed for a dog’s skin. Regular nail clippings will be needed if your Pitbull Beagle mix doesn’t wear down his nails naturally. Their long ears should be checked for irritation and infection weekly, and you’ll need to wipe them clean as well.
Generally, these dogs are not used as working dogs. However, they may be talented as hunting dogs, watchdogs, and guard dogs.
The Beagle generally lives to be between 12 and 15 years old, while the Pit Bull generally lives to be between 10 and 12 years old. This means that the Beaglebull will probably have an average lifespan of somewhere between 10 and 15 years. In general, hybrid dogs are healthier than the two purebred parents. However, they still may develop some of the health problems inherited from either breed. Some of the potential health concerns that may come with a Pitbull Beagle mix may include:
- Cherry eye
- Ear infections
- Beagle pain syndrome
- XX sex reversal
- Pulmonic stenosis
- Corneal dystrophy
- Chinese beagle syndrome
- Pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism
- Invertebral disk disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Actinic keratosis
- Cranial crutiate ligament rupture
- Cutaneous histiocytoma