Beagles and Goldendoodles are two hit breeds with dog lovers all over. With loveable and intelligent temperaments and a sense of play and adventure, these two dogs are a great fit for any family looking to bring home a new four-legged friend.
But what do you get when you cross one of the most famous hunting breeds with a superb service dog? Read on as we reveal all!
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The History of the Parent Breeds
Riding on the coattails of the widely popular Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle was first bred as an attempt to create some variety in the low-shedding service dog market. The result of two breeds already beloved for their loyalty and intelligence – this mix serves as an option for those looking for a dog that is both smart and level-headed, without all the hair-based debris left around the house.
While this hair issue may seem negligent to some, it is one of the main points of contention with Golden Retriever owners. While these dogs do make an incredible service animal, thanks in part to their work ethic, loyalty, and intelligence as a breed, they are notorious for malting.
For this reason, the Poodle was added to the mix. In both size and temperament, the Poodle and Golden Retriever share many of the same traits. Both bred initially for hunting or working with livestock, these two dogs are ideal candidates for a companion for those in need.
The main difference is the Poodle’s coat, which is incredibly low shedding due to the denseness of its curls. Therefore, crossing the two may only mitigate the undesirable facets of the Golden Retriever, bringing the breed closer to being the ideal dog in all scenarios.
Beagles actually follow a similar history to Poodles. These dogs, thought to be popularised by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, are famous for their efficacy in rabbit hunting – so much so that Beagling became its own subsection of the sport.
Originally Beagles were much smaller than they are today. Believe it or not, they were initially favored by hunters as they could easily be transported in their pockets. Today you’d have a much harder time trying to fit this breed in your pocket, and that is thanks to the popularity of Foxhunting, necessitating an increase in size to the Beagle we know and love today.
How is the Goldendoodle Beagle Cross Achieved?
This cross can be achieved in a variety of ways. While today we are talking about the Goldendoodle Beagle variety, this parentage can be changed based on the mix of the cross parent, depending on which breed you favor in both temperament and physicality.
It should come as no surprise that if your dog is 50% Beagle, it will align closely with that side of its lineage, so for those that may want a curlier coat, for example, you may want a Beago (Beagle and Golden Retriever) Poodle cross.
If you are after a dog that is closely aligned with Golden Retriever, you can look at getting a Beaglepoo Golden Retriever cross, but this will inevitably depend on factors such as your living situation and dog preferences at large.
Is a Beagle Goldendoodle an Ethical Cross?
Another point that must be considered when breeding is ethics. Mixing and matching breeds to ensure your dog’s happiness in your family is great in theory, but in practice, careful consideration must be taken to ensure your dog and its parents are in no danger as a result of breeding.
It’s no secret that crossbreeds have the advantage of being more resilient when it comes to potential genetic conditions, however, when choosing your cross you must consider whether underlying health conditions may compound.
In some instances, inherited health issues may cause the proposed cross to be incredibly at risk, and therefore entirely unethical, however for others it may just be a point to keep note of when caring for your dog.
An example may be found in this breed, as Poodle ears are notorious for getting infected, due to the amount of hair on them proving fertile ground for the growth of harmful bacteria. This, coupled with the fact that Beagles are known for their proclivity to infections of the skin, may raise some alarms prior to breeding.
Of course, there are ways to negate such illnesses, such as considering varying coat types (which we will talk about later), however, it is better to be aware of these potential issues and their ethics prior to breeding rather than having a potentially unhealthy litter.
What Name is the Goldendoodle Beagle Cross Given?
As of yet, the Goldendoodle Beagle cross has no official name, so here at Know your Doodles, we feel that the Beagodoodle is the perfect fit for this unique breed.
Because of its nicheness among dog breeders, little information is online about this specific cross, so with context out of the way, let’s take a closer look at what you can expect as a Beagodoodle owner.
The Benefits of the Beagodoodle Cross
One benefit of this breed is that it inherits all of the fun-loving playfulness and sociability of the Goldendoodle, however, the sensitivity of the Beagle parent makes the dog a better fit around children. That is not to say that Goldendoodles are a hazard with kids, but they may lose track of boundaries when in the moment. Therefore, the Beagodoodle is a safer bet for those with young children looking for a new furry friend.
Another advantage of this cross is its versatility as a service animal. While it should go without saying why Goldendoodles are an amazing service breed (if you are unsure read above), Beagles are also highly versatile and have a number of skills that may prove helpful in day-to-day situations.
They have a great sense of detection, and are fiercely loyal, with many Beagles being cited as rescuing owners from dangerous situations or helping to alert their owners to impending issues. Along with this, their sweet and loveable personality makes them a great fit as therapy dogs.
The Cons of the Beagodoodle
There are, however, a few caveats to the cross. The first of which is the hard-headedness you may encounter.
Goldendoodles are a great option for first-time owners due to their intelligence and obedience making them a breeze to train, but Beagles can have a one-track mind and be set in their ways. For this reason, it is better you have experience when it comes to training, to ensure your dog is listening to what you have to say.
The Beagodoodle is also an avid digger. If you cherish your lawn, then your dog’s fox hunting past may cause some issues down the line – as it is in their nature to burrow.
Along with burrowing another side effect of a lineage of hunting is the barking and howling. These are two issues that relate to Beagle temperament and so while they can be mitigated by training, you cannot expect to eliminate these behaviors completely.
What Can be Expected from the Goldendoodle Beagle Cross:
Height & Weight
A fully grown Beagodoodle will range from 15″-20” in height, and with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, you can expect your dog to weigh 25lbs-35lbs. So, unlike a pure Beagle, which sits at the larger end of small dogs, this cross is a firmly medium size breed.
Of course, this is subject to mix percentages, with a pure Golden Retriever parent resulting in a larger dog. So, if you are looking for a smaller dog it is important to factor in the parents’ physicality. If you are interested in how big Goldendoodles can become you can read all about it in our F1b Goldendoodle Size guide.
Colour & Coat
Beagodoodle coats come in multiple styles. Coats can range from curly, wavy, to straight, and with a pure Beagle parent, you can expect a shorter to medium-haired coat most of the time. Of course, there may be exceptions, but one advantage of this breed (and Goldendoodle in general) is the range of coats.
Along with this, you can also expect a single, bi, or tricolor coat color. These can be in the standard light brown, white, and black Beagle coat, or if your Beagodoodle takes after the Golden Retriever parent then it may have the signature blonde coat.
With a shorter coated parent, matts and tangles are reduced compared to that of a pure Goldendoodle, however, it is important you give your dog a brush a minimum of once every couple of days. This will prevent any painful or hazardous hair issues in-between trips to the groomers, which you should be aiming to visit every 8-10 weeks to keep your dog in check.
As mentioned above, checking your dog’s skin is another vital part of maintenance for a breed like the Beagodoodle which has increased susceptibility to infection. A light inspection when brushing should be all that is needed to identify any issues before they become a danger to your dog.
Some health issues to be mindful of are epilepsy, meningitis, and hyperthyroidism. Other than this (and any injuries that may occur through the rough and tumble of daily activities) the Beagodoodle is a remarkably healthy dog, so they are at no immediate risk of serious health issues.
You can expect your dog to be intelligent, sensitive, and affectionate at the best of times – if not somewhat stubborn and curious. This breed has a great sense of adventure due to their need to be busy, and the fierce attachments they form will mean they are at their happiest exploring by your side.
Exercise Needs and Feeding Requirements
To keep your dog fit and healthy you should be aiming for an hour of exercise a day. While this can involve playing in parks and walks, playtime indoors also factors into their exercise regime, so be mindful to take it easy if your dog has had a fun-filled day indoors.
In terms of diet, 1.5 to 2 cups of dry food should suffice in sating your dog without the risk of overfeeding.
Whether you are a new family or old, the Beagodoodle is as loveable as it is adventurous, and is one of the most versatile and caring breeds on the market. Good with kids, and always looking to help out in any way they can – with a Beagodoodle you can’t go wrong!
But with a breed with such a history in hunting, there are bound to be some questions arising. Looking for answers? Then be sure to check out our article ‘Are Labradoodles and Goldendoodles Good Hunting Dogs?’.