The Beagle and the Labrador Retriever are two extremely popular dog breeds. They’re friendly, gorgeous and loved in countries all over the world.
So it’s no real surprise that there’s a new crossbreed that’s experienced a surge in popularity in recent years: the Beagle Lab Mix. This people-loving breed makes a great family dog and generally gets on well with everyone he meets.
Whether the Beagle Lab Mix is right for you? We’ve put together this comprehensive Beagle Lab Mix breed profile.
Meet the parents
If you want to know how to care for a Beagle Lab Mix, you’ll first need to learn a little more about its two parent breeds: the Beagle and the Labrador Retriever.
The Beagle was originally developed in England to track hares for hunters. Known for their loyalty and excellent sense of smell, Beagles have developed a well-earned reputation as excellent hunting companions.
But they’re better known today for making excellent family pets. Friendly and outgoing, these happy dogs love spending time with their people. They boast a curious nature, gorgeous good looks and a nose that can sometimes get them into trouble, and Beagles have millions of admirers all around the world.
Despite their legions of adoring fans, Beagles still aren’t as popular as the Labrador Retriever. This instantly recognizable breed can trace its origins back to Newfoundland, where it was tasked with retrieving waterfowl and performing the varied jobs of a fisherman’s helper.
Labbies are famous to this day for their love of the water, but it’s their friendly and loving nature that really helps them stand out from the pack.
Origins of the Beagle Lab Mix?
Unlike recognized purebred dogs, the origins of the Beagle Lab Mix aren’t widely known. Like most designer dogs, they’ve risen to prominence in recent decades as people have looked to combine the best features of some of the world’s most-loved dog breeds.
The Labrador Beagle cross is generally thought to have been developed in the United States, perhaps as early as the 1990s. It’s become a lot more popular in recent years, however, as more and more people have begun to discover the many charms of these family-friendly dogs.
Predicting what a crossbreed puppy will grow up to look like can be a tricky business. That’s because they could take after either parent, so there can be plenty of variations in the appearance of Beagle Lab Mixes.
Let’s take a closer look at the key physical characteristics of both the Beagle and the Labrador.
Height: 13 inches and under, 13-15 inches
Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches and under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
With his adorable expression and drooping ears, the Beagle is easy to pick out from a crowd. He’s also compact in size and surprisingly muscular — the official breed standard describes the Beagle as “solid and big for his inches” — and boasts a smooth double coat. Fascinatingly, the Beagle can come in a massive 25 different color combinations.
Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
The lovable Lab is a medium-large breed clad in a yellow, black or chocolate coat. This short coat offers good protection against the elements, while the Labrador is also strongly built, athletic, and boasts an intelligent and friendly expression.
Beagle Lab Mix temperament and behavior
Quite simply, this is a breed that gets on well with people and other dogs, and is not known to be aggressive. If you welcome a Beagle Lab Mix into your life, expect to be rewarded with a dog that loves human company.
No matter where you are around the home or what you’re doing, your Labrador Beagle cross will want to be involved. He has a friendly and curious nature, a definite playful side, and plenty of affection to share with his human family.
One thing you will notice is that the Beagle Lab Mix is full of energy, so this is not the sort of dog that can just be left to its own devices all day long. These beautiful canines need lots of activity, attention and love, so you’ll need to be willing to accept your dog as a crucial part of the family to make him as happy as possible.
Beagle Lab Mixes are easy to train
Searching for a dog that’s a breeze to train? Here’s another reason why you’ll love the Lab Beagle cross.
Intelligent and eager to please, these dogs generally respond very well to training. Not only do they love the time spent with their humans that training involves, but they also relish the mental workout it provides.
Positive reinforcement works best, while harsh or punishment-based methods should be avoided at all costs. Beagle Lab Mixes are also highly motivated by food, so make sure you’ve got a few treats ready for each training session.
Other than that, the main thing to remember is to let your dog learn at their own pace. Keep sessions short and enjoyable to prevent boredom becoming a problem, and stay patient and consistent to help your dog learn exactly what you want them to do.
Caring for a Beagador
Regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential
Beagle Lab Mixes are highly energetic dogs, so they’re best suited to owners who enjoy an active lifestyle. Your pet will love going for walks and jogs with you — not just for the exercise but also for the company — and will also enjoy regular trips to the dog park. When not in a securely fenced area, make sure to keep your pup leashed to stop him wandering off to investigate any interesting smells he comes across.
Dog sports are also a great way to give your pet’s body and mind a workout. Nosework is perfect if you want to put your Beagle-Lab cross’s excellent sense of smell to work, while agility and tracking can be favorite pastimes too.
A balanced diet is also important to prevent obesity, so choose a premium food that’s appropriate for your dog’s size and life stage.
Beagle Lab Mixes are easy to groom
Both of this dog’s parent breeds have weather-resistant double coats, so you can expect your pet to enjoy good protection against the elements. Brushing once or twice a week will keep that coat looking its best, while a bath when necessary will also ensure a shiny coat and prevent any nasty odors.
However, both the Labrador and the Beagle shed, so be prepared to find stray dog hairs all around your house.
Beagle Lab Mix health problems
You can generally expect your Beagador to live for 10-15 years.
To find out about the health issues that could potentially affect your Beagle Lab Mix, we need to look at the genetic problems that both the Beagle and the Labrador are susceptible to.
The Beagle can be susceptible to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Musladin-Lueke Syndrome
- Luxating patellas
Labradors can also be prone to suffering from a number of genetic health conditions, including:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Heart conditions
- Eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy
- Exercise-induced collapse
From a more general point of view, you can help give your Beagle Lab Mix the best chance at a long and happy life by keeping him in a healthy weight range. You can also check his ears regularly for signs of infection, brush his teeth to prevent dental disease, and get his health checked out once a year by your vet.
The Beagle Lab Mix is an excellent family pet
Both the Labrador and the Beagle are widely regarded as wonderful family pets, so it’s no surprise that the Beagador has the same reputation.
This is largely down to the breed’s gentle, steady temperament and love of people. These are dogs that thrive on human companionship, and their friendly, outgoing nature ensures that they get along well with people of all ages.
They’re playful and energetic, so they’re always keen for a game with kids. Beagle Lab Mixes can get a bit boisterous at times, however, so keen supervision is essential — especially when playing with younger children.
Finding a Beagle Lab Mix puppy
With some designer dog breeds, the scarcity of puppies means you may need to wait a little while before you can find a pup to call your own. That’s often not the case with the Beagle Lab Mix, however, as this is one of the most popular crossbreeds you’re ever likely to meet.
But you shouldn’t just buy the first puppy you come across. It’s important to search around for a responsible breeder to ensure that you aren’t buying from a puppy mill.
As a general rule, a responsible breeder will:
- Be happy to give you a tour of their home and show you where their puppies are kept.
- Allow you to meet one (or both, if possible) of the puppy’s parents.
- Answer any questions you have about how to care for the breed.
- Take steps to make sure that all of their puppies go to responsible, loving homes.