Also referred to as the Beaglier, the Keagle is a super cute pooch that will win you over in no time at all. However, these dogs can be a little stubborn and difficult to train, and they have a strong hunting instinct, so they aren’t for everyone. Before bringing one of these canines home, continue reading to learn more about them and their needs.
The Keagle is a cross between a purebred Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Keagle is a designer dog breed from Australia that was developed in the 1990s.
Food / Diet
Keagles should be fed a canine-appropriate diet that will provide them with the nutrition and energy they need to thrive. There are a variety of high quality dog food brands that you can choose from, and you can always discuss your pet’s nutritional needs with your vet to be sure you’re making the best choices for him.
A good place to start is feeding your Keagle anywhere from ¾ cup to 1.5 cups of a high quality dry food every day. Split this amount into at least two servings per day. If you are also going to feed your pet some high quality canned dog food, you should reduce the amount of dry food accordingly to prevent excess weight gain.
Keagles are gentle, curious, good-natured, and playful animals who will bark to alert you of suspicious activity.
The Keagle isn’t known as a breed that is particularly easy to train. In fact, these dogs can be difficult when it comes to learning the rules. For this reason, the Keagle is often recommended for experienced dog owners who have already trained other canines.
When training your pet, always use positive tactics, including giving your dog plenty of praise and rewards, such as treats. Starting early will help you achieve the best results, but these pooches do have a stubborn side that could be hard to work with. Remain patient, consistent, and firm. If you are really struggling, you can enlist the help of a professional dog trainer.
A small-sized breed, the Keagle weighs between 10 and 25 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Keagles are gentle, curious, good-natured, and playful animals who will bark to alert you of suspicious activity. They are also loving and affectionate, as well as calm, and they can get along well with kids who are older and already know how to treat animals with care.
These energetic dogs like being around people, so they will become anxious when they are left alone for extended periods of time. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to your pet and to give him loads of attention, the Keagle probably won’t be a good fit.
Although the Keagle could get along with other dogs, this breed does have a hunting instinct that makes it a poor choice for families who have other pets.
Common Health Problems
Like other hybrid breeds, the Keagle might be susceptible to the health problems that commonly affect its parent breeds. However, it’s important to know that hybrid dogs can be hardy and surprisingly healthy, and there’s no way to predict an individual dog’s long-term health.
Although there is no guarantee that your dog will inherit any of these health problems, it is good to know what they are so you can keep an eye out for their symptoms. It is also a good idea to purchase your dog from a reputable breeder who has healthy animals in a clean and safe environment.
Keagles might be prone to developing ear infections, epilepsy, eye problems, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Beagle dwarfism, intervertebral disk disease, heart ailments, syringomyelia, and episodic falling.
The Keagle has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
Because the Keagle is an energetic breed, you will need to provide your pet with some time to play and exercise every day. You can, for example, let your dog run in your enclosed and safe backyard, take your pooch for daily walks, let him play at the dog park, and give your canine companion toys to remain occupied indoors.
Keagles are loving and affectionate, as well as good natured.
The Keagle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
Keagles have moderate grooming requirements, as they will shed often. The coat can be anywhere from short to medium in length. Brushing your pet daily, or at least several times a week, will help remove loose hair and keep the coat smooth and clean. You should also be prepared to clean up dog fur left around your house.
As is the case with all other tiny puppies, you’ll need to handle your Keagle with care and provide him with a safe environment where he can learn and grow. Supervise children who interact with your puppy to ensure injuries don’t occur.
Early socialization and training is important with the Keagle, especially if you are planning on having smaller animals in the house that these dogs are inclined to chase as prey.
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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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