In recent years, designer dogs have become very popular among pet owners and breeders alike. The Boggle (sometimes spelled Bogle) is a designer dog that is in high demand amongst dog lovers. This breed, also known as the Beagle Box or the Beagle Boxer mix, originated in the USA and is a cross between beagles and boxers.
Known as a lively, cheerful, energetic dog, the Boxer Beagle is a great addition to any family. Here are some facts about them.
Boggles are muscular with long bodies and drooping ears. Their coat is smooth and dense with moderate to low shedding. Considered a medium-sized dog, they are usually 50-60lbs and 23-25 inches in height. Their coloring may be black, white, tan, brown or any combo of these.
What is the temperament of the Boggle?
Boggles can inherit any of the traits belonging to their purebred parents.They are known to be playful, cheerful, alert, social and loyal. They can also be quite funny and clownish in their antics, and therefore will provide you with hours of amusement.
Due to their Beagle ancestry, Beagle Boxers have sharp noses and natural instincts when it comes to tracking and hounding. This makes them great police dogs due to their ability to detect narcotics.
The Boxer lineage in the Boggle makes him prone to having an aggressive personality. This is why socialization with children, people, and other animals at a young age is imperative. Jumping on people can be an issue with this breed, but through proper and consistent training, this tendency can be stopped.
Boggles are very protective of their humans, and although they do not bark often, they will bark if a stranger approaches the home. They are always weary of those they don’t know but are usually quick to warm up.
How should Beagle Boxers be cared for?
Boxer Beagles are energetic dogs and need an outlet for all of their natural energy. Daily 45-60 minute walks are recommended. They will also benefit from having a fenced in yard where they can run around freely.
Boggles require weekly cleaning of their ears because they are prone to ear infections. They also need to be brushed every other day and should be bathed only when necessary using a sensitive dog shampoo.
Due to their activity level, it is important that they are fed adequately to keep them energized throughout the day. Their daily food requirement is 2-3 cups of high-quality dog food.
What is the best way to train your boggle?
The Beagle Boxer mix is a smart dog, and he will quickly understand commands and behaviors if given consistent training. This breed does not respond well to being treated harshly, so patience is required throughout training.
As with most breeds, it is important to begin training as soon as you bring your Boggle home. Establish the rules, keep it simple and remain constant. Your new companion will become confused if you do not provide consistency in training.
Simple and direct commands are a good starting place. Due to the Beagle heritage, fetch is a good training technique to do initially. Their natural tracking abilities, and fondness for chasing will help them learn quickly; therefore, they will understand further commands quicker.
During training, it is important to be firm and show that you are the leader, but positive reinforcement, such as treats for good behavior, and encouragement will garner better results than anger or punishment. Boggles do have a stubborn side and will try to challenge you, but it is essential that you remain calm and steady in your training.
Check out this adorable video of a Boggle playing, relaxing and riding in the car.
As with temperament, Boggles could inherit the health concerns common to either of their parent breeds. These concerns include the following:
- Eye problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Ear infections
The Beagle Boxer mix is also prone to obesity, so his diet and weight should be closely monitored. Their expected lifespan is 12-15 years, and with proper care, they are much more likely to live to 15.
Costs of Owning a Boggle
The initial cost of a Boggle ranges from $300-$700(US). The annual medical cost for this breed is usually $485-$585; this covers shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and vet check-ups. The annual cost for non-medical needs is $510-$610; this is for food, toys, treats, training and their license.
As evidenced here, you can see that a Beagle Boxer would be a fantastic addition to any family if given the right amount of care and attention. He would require daily exercise, and preferably needs a fenced in yard to run, explore and burn off energy.
The Boggle is good with children and other animals as long as he is socialized to them when he is young. He will require dedicated training, and will give you affection and entertainment in return. This fiercely loyal breed will be a protector of your family and will remain by your side as a constant companion throughout his life. If you are looking for a social, playful, cheerful, loyal dog, a Beagle Boxer is a wonderful choice!