The Bogle dog is a relatively large breed and so, it will need plenty of room to run around and play. This means they are not suitable for those living in small apartments, but rather for those living in homes and preferably have a yard where the dog can run around freely.
When it comes to families, these dogs may not be the best when young children are involved. Although they will love their favorite human unconditionally, their Boxer side makes them a little bit rambunctious and prone to rough-house. Should the Bogle come into the home as a puppy and grow up with children, the chances that they do well with kids when they are older goes up significantly. However, introducing kids into the mix when the Bogle is an adult could prove to be tricky.
Bogles are alert dogs who are ever-watchful of their home and family, but will warm up to strangers after a few minutes of having them in the house. Also, due to their Beagle parentage, Bogles have an excellent nose and are therefore useful dogs when it comes to narcotics detection and tracking.
The Bogle is a designer breed of dog that combines both the Boxer and Beagle to bring you a playful and loving pooch.
The Beagle is a rather old breed of dog, dating back to the 5th century in Ancient Greece. Here, they were used mostly as hunting and tracking dogs. A Southern Hound (the Beagle’s ancestor) was brought to England by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, By 1840, the Beagle we all know and love was beginning to develop and in 1884, General Richard Rowett imported the first Beagles to America where it was not only still used as a tracker and hunter, but now also as a loving family companion.
On the other hand, the Boxer was a man-made breed born in the 1800’s in Germany. His ancestor was a Brabant Bullenbeisser, which is a dog that shares similar characteristics with the Mastiff, and the Bulldog, originally an English breed. By 1900, the Boxer breed had been introduced into the United States and by 1904, it became a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club.
Designer dog breeds have been all the rage for the past two decades. Breeders often take two purebred dogs (in this case, the boxer and the Beagle) and allow them to mate. The outcome is a litter of puppies that hold characteristics of both breeds- the Bogle breed is the perfect example of a designer dog breed.
Food / Diet
As this is a rather large breed of dog, they need plenty of food to keep them going throughout the entire day. Two and a half to three cups of premium-grade dog food divided into two or three meals should be more than enough to keep them energized for the whole day.
When they aren’t playing fetch or horsing around with their favorite human, Bogles can be seen happily hanging out around their family, enjoying the good times.
While not as easy to train as the Poodle, Bogles are still relatively stress-free to train. They don’t require much repetition or effort to understand how sitting when you say “sit”, for example, will earn them a treat or a well-deserved belly rub. When training, remember never to loose your cool and always keep your voice level and firm. Your dog will recognize when you’re losing your patience, so be consistent and always reward correct behavior.
Beagles usually weigh no more than 30 pounds, while Boxers can weigh up to 80 pounds. Depending on how much the dog takes from its parents, Bogles can weight anywhere between 50-60 pounds.
It’s important to expose Bogle puppies to other people, children and dogs as early as possible in order to become well-rounded dogs who aren’t aggressive towards other people and animals. Their Boxer side makes them a little bit more wary of strangers, so barking at the sound of a doorbell or when strangers come into the house is not unheard of. However, once they realize the stranger at the door is a friend and not foe, they warm up to them and respond in a friendly manner.
Being a large breed of dog means owners should be cautious of bringing a small child into the mix. Should the dog be well socialized, it should do well with children but always have an adult to supervise should the dog not take well to the child. Remember to tell kids not to be around your Bogle when they are eating their food and when they’re gnawing at their preferred toy, as they can be a little aggressive.
With adults, this dog is patient, loving and an absolute joy to play with. They love to run around playing fetch with balls, Frisbee or just roughhousing with their owners in the grass. When they aren’t playing around, they can be seen happily hanging out around their family, enjoying the good times.
Common Health Problems
Bogle dogs can inherit any one of their parents’ health problems. Beagles can suffer from obesity, epilepsy, allergies, cherry eye, skin growths, ear infections, hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism.
Common health issues for Boxers can include heart issues (such as aortic stenosis and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy), hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, degenerative myelopathy and cancers including lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumors.
Also important to note is the fact that Boxers are intolerant to acepromazine, which is one of the most common sedative drugs given in veterinary medicine. If they are given this drug, it can cause a heart arrhythmia that can lead to collapse or cardiac arrest. Because of its Boxer parent, Bogles are also at-risk of having this drug intolerance.
This designer dog breed can live from 12-15 years.
Despite being a large breed of dog, Bogles don’t need an incredible amount of daily exercise to keep them happy compared to other similarly-sized dogs. Daily walks (30-40 minutes) and regular indoor or outdoor games (such as tug of war with their favorite rope toy or playing fetch) should be more than enough to keep them in shape.
Due to their Beagle parentage, Bogles have an excellent nose and are great dogs when it comes to narcotics detection and tracking.
The Bogle is recognized by the the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHCH), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America (DRA) as well as the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
Bogles can have a variety of different colored coats such as black, white, brown or tan. They often have a combination of colors, the most popular being white and tan and black and white, but they can also be tricolored (white, brown and black, for example). Their fur is short, smooth, soft and doesn’t shed too much. They don’t need to be brushed often, as their short is quite short, but the occasional bath or wet towel pat-down should keep their shedding to a minimum.
Should you wish to housetrain your Bogle, be sure to begin training at a young age. The same goes if you want your Bogle to grow up to be affectionate and welcoming towards younger children and other dogs – socialization is key.
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