Beacols are unique dogs that make great pets, so it is no surprise that this crossbreed has become so popular. But before you fall in love with one of these adorable canines and bring one home, check out the information below to learn more about the breed. Once you know that the Beacol is right for you, you will be guaranteed to have a lifelong companion that will love you unconditionally.
The Beacol is a cross between a purebred Beagle and Bearded Collie.
The Beacol is a designer dog breed whose origins aren’t entirely clear.
Food / Diet
You should always feed your pet a high quality diet that is nutrient-dense and species-appropriate. If you ever have any questions about what to feed your pet, or how much to feed and how often, you should consult with your vet.
When it comes to keeping your Beacol happy and healthy, as well as energized, choosing a high quality dry dog food is your first step. You can feed your dog anywhere from 1.5 to 2 cups per day, but divide this amount into multiple servings. If you choose to also feed your Beacol a good quality canned food for dogs, you should reduce the amount of dry food that you’re providing so that you can prevent unwanted weight gain.
Beacols make wonderful family pets.
Beacols will respond well when it comes to obedience training, but they may exhibit some stubbornness from their inherited Beagle traits. Always keep your training sessions short and engaging. Use a positive, consistent, and firm approach for the best results, as well as to establish yourself as the boss. If you need help training your pooch, you can enlist the assistance of a qualified dog trainer.
A medium-sized breed, the Beacol weighs between 25 and 55 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Beacols make wonderful family pets. They are affectionate and playful, and they are also loyal to the end. Although they will get along well with children and other canines, they may not be the best choice if you have other pets in the home, as they do have a hunting instinct (thanks to those Beagle genes) that could inspire them to chase smaller animals.
Common Health Problems
Like other hybrid canine breeds, the Beacol might be susceptible to developing the health problems that most commonly affect its parent breeds. These include intervertebral disk disease, eye problems like glaucoma and cataracts, hip dysplasia, ear infections, and hypothyroidism.
It is important to note, however, that hybrid breeds tend to be surprisingly hardy and healthy overall. Plus, there is no guarantee that your dog will inherit any health problems, and there is no way to predict an individual dog’s long-term health. Being aware of the potential problems, working to prevent them with the help of your vet, and purchasing your puppy from a reputable breeder who can prove the health of the animal’s parents are a few steps you can take.
The Beacol has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Beacols require plenty of physical activity and exercise in order to remain healthy and happy. These are energetic and active dogs, so if you have a yard that is fenced-in and safe, you can let your pooch run and play off-leash. You can also take your pet to the dog park, on long brisk walks, hiking, and more.
Also provide your pet with plenty of fun toys that he can play with even while he’s indoors. This, in combination with regular exercise, will help prevent boredom that could lead to destructive behaviors.
Beacols are affectionate and playful, and they are also loyal to the end.
The Beacol is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry (DBR) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
A Beacol’s coat will be medium in length, and it will also be shaggy and thick. Some dogs might have the smoother coat of the Beagle, though. Shedding is considered moderate.
You should brush your pet’s coat every day in order to keep it clean and smooth, as well as to remove lose hair. You can also bathe your dog when he gets too dirty. If the coat gets too long, a professional groomer can trim the hair as needed.
Like all other puppies, your Beacol puppy should be treated with care and gentleness, and you should supervise him when he’s interacting with children.
To ensure your pup will grow up to be a friendly, calm, and confident adult, start training and socializing him as early on as possible. Doing so will also help you establish your bond with your pet.
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Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.
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