The Cheagle is a small statured designer breed developed by crossing the Chihuahua and the Beagle. These cute looking dogs are mostly broad-headed as the Beagle also having a snout similar to its Chihuahua parent. They may also have long, floppy ears, dark brown, round-shaped eyes and a curved tail similar to the Beagle or erect high-set ears and a sickle-shaped tail curled at the back as the Chihuahua that might straighten when it is alert or excited. These energetic, amicable and loving dogs are gradually becoming a popular pet choice because of their pleasing disposition.
|Coat||Short, smooth, straight and shiny|
|Color||White, brown, cream, black|
|Group (of Breed)||Designer|
|Lifespan||10 to 15 years|
|Size and Height||Small; 9 to 14 inches|
|Weight||9 to 20 pounds|
|Litter size||About 9 puppies|
|Temperament/ Characteristics||Brave, loving, affectionate, loyal, protective and playful|
|Good with Children||Better with older children|
|Barking||Occasional to moderate (yelling and howling when excited or even out of boredom)|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, IDCR, ACHC|
These excitable and active dogs are great attention seekers desiring to be in the company of their owners or family members, loving to snuggle into the lap of people they are close. The playful, fun-loving nature of the Beagle may be highly observed in them. These loyal dogs might follow the footsteps of its Chihuahua parent in displaying protectiveness or inclination towards a particular member of their family over other people. This behavioral trait may also make the Cheagles jealous. Being bred from two different dogs that possess varied attitudes while interacting with children, it may be friendly and loving towards kids like the Beagles, or show intolerance towards them like the Chihuahua who detests teasing. Thus, it is advisable to keep younger ones out of their reach till they have attained socialization training. Parents should also pay attention to ensure that the kids do not mishandle these small-sized dogs.
Although they are well-behaved in nature, they tend to get excited while playing resulting in a high-pitched, loud yell like the Chihuahua or a Beagle-like howl. In spite of their small size they love going out, also having an intense smelling instinct, adept at tracking scents just as the Beagle. It is better to keep them indoors for longer durations as their fragile nature do not make them suitable for extreme weather conditions.
This highly energetic breed might be a little difficult to train, also having chances of developing the Small Dog Syndrome. Therefore, a patient and tactful trainer is essential who may train them with a firm hand. Socialization and obedience training are to be imparted to the Cheagle puppies to refrain them from being aggressive towards other dogs, a trait visible in the Chihuahua. As they are sharp at smelling and tracking a scent like the Beagle, owners must channelize this skill of theirs in a positive way. Housetraining or housebreaking these puppies may indeed be difficult, thus, their masters should follow a proper schedule from a young age to help them house break with ease. Adopting harsh methods may make them stubborn, rather make the training process exciting through positive reinforcement techniques.
The Cheagles approximately need three-fourth to one and a half cup of dry dog food on a daily basis. Apart from this, make it a point to incorporate sufficient amount of vitamins, dietary fibers, and protein in their diet. You can at times treat your dog with a tasty snack for all the good deeds it does.