Usually stocky like a bulldog, but very loving like a beagle,
the hybrid Beabull is perfect for families with children!
Bulldogs can be quite docile and seemingly lazy, while Beagles are often just the opposite - full of energy and ready to be entertained. Crossing these two breeds will result in an unpredictable personality, but isn't that part of what's so much fun about having a family pet? Whether you're single or a parent with a household full of kids, the Beabull could be the perfect dog for your situation.
While there isn't really much information regarding the history of the Beabull since it is a hybrid dog, we will include facts about each of the breeds that make up the Beabull: the Beagle, classified as a hunter within the Hound Group and the English Bulldog, classified within the Non-Sporting Group.
According to the AKC, there is relatively little history regarding the Beagle's actual origin, however it is known that dogs from England which were considered a well-bred strain were imported into the U.S. in the 1860s. The National Beagle Club was formed in 1888. Throughout history, Bassets, Dachshunds, and other straight-legged breeds often referred to as Beagles at the time were tireless hunters. Today, Beagles are still used by countless hunters across the U.S. and often hunt in packs. Owners also prize these pets for their stamina, courage and companionship
The Bulldog is thought to have originated in the British Isles, and originally was said to be savage and ferocious because of its use in the cruel sport of bull baiting. When the sport of dog fighting was ruled illegal in England in 1835, the breed's days became numbered as those who participated in bull baiting determined the breed was no longer useful. Thankfully, other dog lovers who wanted to prevent the Bulldog from becoming extinct began developing a specimen of Bulldog without the viciously mean qualities of the original.
Both the DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club) and ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) have officially recognized the Beabull as a mixed breed, which essentially means that the combination of each breed can be 50/50, or more complex. For this reason, the appearance of the Beabull can vary greatly, as some may take on more physical characteristics of one breed than the other.
Generally speaking, the Beabull will grow to a height of about 12 to 16 inches as adults, and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. A Beabull puppy may have the underbite and wrinkles of the Bulldog, with ears that "droop" like the Beagle's. Beabulls come in a variety of colors with coats slightly prickly on the back and softer on the sides. Many of the features of the Beabull are those of the Beagle, particularly coloring. However, this hybrid breed is usually stockily built like the Bulldog, with the narrow hips common with the breed. Beabulls have a thick undercoat with a short outer coat, and most shed liberally.
Ultimately, the appearance of the Beabull can lean equally toward the Beagle or the Bulldog. There is no hard and fast rule.
Overall, the Beabull's temperament is calm and docile. On occasion, this pet will be energetic and active, enjoying a bout of play or exercise, although most can be stubborn, which is a characteristic shared by both breeds.
Beabulls are loving and not usually aggressive, a good choice for those with children. This dog will enjoy not only playing with you or your children, but getting lots of hugs as he or she will likely be an affectionate pooch! The Beagle Bulldog mix is one that loves nothing better than family, although it sometimes can be a bit more independent than other breeds. By properly socializing your puppy, it is possible to ward off undesired traits. Even-tempered, the Beabull is a good addition to households with other pets, particularly dogs.
The Beabull typically has an average lifespan of approximately 10 to 13 years, although taking exceptional care of your dog can extend its life span.
Some of the more common health issues with Beabulls include ear infections because of their long ears. Because they are usually outdoor pets, they may also have problems with ticks or other infestations which can lead to infection. Prone to joint problems, this dog should be screened regularly to detect any potential issues. Beabulls may also inherit breathing or digestive issues from the Bulldog breed.
Infections may develop in the wrinkles or folds of the skin, so regular cleaning is essential.
Because the Beabull will shed, regular brushing is essential to remove loose hair. Your pet will also need a bath on occasion to remove mud, dirt, and other debris, particularly if the dog spends a lot of time outdoors. Bathe only when necessary or every two or three months, as frequent bathing will deplete your dog’s skin of its natural oils.
Be sure to clean ears regularly, as well as areas with folds or wrinkled skin, to help prevent infection.
Beabulls don't need a substantial amount of exercise, so apartment living is suitable as long as you take your puppy or dog on a walk regularly. If you live in the suburbs, an outdoor fenced area is ideal. Because the Beagle breed of the mix is a great hunter, your pet will enjoy living on a farm or in a rural setting as well.
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