Baseagle (Basenji & Beagle Mix)

Height: 13 – 17 inches
Weight: 20 – 26 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Colors: Black, Brindle, Tan, Red, White
Suitable for: Apartment dwellers, Active families
Temperament: Playful, Intelligent, Stubborn, Active

If you’re on the prowl for the perfect pup, there are a number of factors to consider when selecting the ideal breed. This includes your activity level, where you live, if you have allergies, and how big your kiddos are.

One such breed that could tick all of your boxes is the Basenji and Beagle mix. Also known as the Baseagle, the Basenji and Beagle mix is a designer hybrid that is the result of breeding the comedic Beagle with the loyal and protective Basenji.

If you want to learn more about this unique crossbred dog and see if he’s the perfect companion for you and your family, keep on reading this in-depth article to learn all about the Basenji and Beagle mix’s personality, health and training requirements, and much more.

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Basenji and Beagle Mix Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

As with all designer dogs, it’s critical to know where and who you are purchasing your new puppy from. Never be tempted by cheap puppy prices from an online ad. Though it may seem appealing to save a couple hundred bones, buying a Basenji and Beagle mix puppy from a low-quality, backyard breeder could haunt you for the rest of your dog’s life in the form of health and/or behavioral troubles.

By definition, a backyard breeder is an amateur dog breeder who puts little effort into the welfare of the parents or the puppies. Unlike puppy mills, they run small scale operations, typically in their own homes and with their own pets (hence the “backyard breeder” name). Typically motivated by monetary gain, they are not responsible nor reputable breeders and often times breed animals without the proper genetic screenings.

Some signs of a backyard breeder can include:

  • They sell the puppies before they are eight-weeks old
  • You are not allowed to meet the puppy before buying it, or the parents
  • You cannot visit the facility
  • They don’t ask you any questions about your home, family, or lifestyle
  • There is a lack of adequate vet care to the parents and puppies
  • Their puppies have been reported to have genetic disorders or undisclosed illnesses that aren’t evident to the buyer before purchasing
  • They do not have any knowledge on the breeds they’re selling
  • They always seem to have puppies for sale
  • They don’t have any vet records on the dogs
  • They don’t have any references from past clients
  • They don’t have you sign a contract

If you notice any of these aforementioned signs, it is best to run for the hills.

What’s the Price of Basenji and Beagle Mix Puppies?

Now that you know what not to look for, we can tell you that the average price of a Basenji and Beagle mix puppy from a reliable breeder will run between $800 to $1,200. But that is only going to be the initial price for just the puppy.

The average cost for the first year of owning a puppy can cost between $2,600 and $3,200. This will include the puppy’s first vet visits, his toys, crate, food, bedding, classes, grooming needs, and a leash and collar.

As you can see, buying a Basenji and Beagle mix is a huge monetary investment. But besides all of the money you are going to spend, you’re also going to have to invest time in your new pet to properly train and socialize him.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Basenji and Beagle Mix

1. The Basenji is a “barkless” dog.

That’s right! Basenjis don’t bark. Instead, they make yodeling noises.

2. The Basenji is a self-groomer.

One of their dainty, feline-esque habits is cleaning themselves!

3. Your Basenji and Beagle Mix comes from a long line of hunters.

Both the Basenji and the Beagle are hunting dogs. While the Basenji originated in Ancient Africa and was used to track and drive out small game, the Beagle is a scent hound and used primarily to hunt rabbits.

The parents of the Baseagle
The parent breeds of the Baseagle | Left: Basenji, Right: Beagle

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Temperament and Intelligence of a Basenji and Beagle Mix

In order to understand your Basenji and Beagle mix’s personality, it’s crucial to understand the disposition and intelligence of his two parent breeds.

The Basenji is a hypoallergenic dog that is an aloof yet very affectionate dog. If socialized from a young age, Basenjis can get along with people and other canines just fine. However, they can be argumentative at times.

They are smart, clever dogs yet not easy to train. Basenjis need patient, stern, and creative handling to bring out their best traits.

The Beagle, on the other hand, is a sweet, charismatic breed that loves to love. They have a strong sense of smell and are at their happiest when following a new scent. Sometimes stubborn, they require consistent, firm training.

Your Basenji and Beagle mix can inherit a combination of any of the above characteristics. Overall, he will be a loyal and loving companion that requires consistent training and handling to help him thrive.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, a Basenji and Beagle mix is great for families. However, as with any dog breed, early socialization and training is key to have a well-behaved pet.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes. However, due to his hunting lineage, the Basenji and Beagle mix most likely will try and chase down animals that are smaller than him, such as the family cat.

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Things to Know When Owning a Basenji and Beagle Mix

Now that we have explored the Basenji and Beagle mix’s personality and intelligence traits, let’s look at everything you need to know to help your new puppy flourish, including his diet, exercise and training requirements, health conditions, and grooming needs.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Your Basenji and Beagle mix will do best on a high-quality, grain-free kibble that is specially formulated for medium-sized dogs with high levels of energy. Roughly speaking, you’re looking at spending between $35 and $45 monthly on his food.

Exercise 🐕

The Basenji and Beagle mix loves to romp and play. This dog has a medium activity level and will do best with 45 to 60 minutes of exercise every day. Whether that’s a brisk jog around the neighborhood, romping in the backyard, or rough-housing inside, your Basenji and Beagle mix will need this daily dose of activity to stay fit, happy, and healthy.

Training 🎾

As we stated before, your Basenji and Beagle mix will need stern, consistent, and creative training with positive reinforcement. This type of dog can get bored with the basics rather quickly. Consider an agility or obedience class to keep him on his toes and forever occupied.

Additionally, he needs to be kept mentally stimulated throughout the day. Boredom can be bad for the Basenji and Beagle mix and can lead to unwanted behavior, such as barking or chewing. Keep him entertained with a puppy puzzle game or enrolling him in a doggie daycare while you’re at work.

Grooming ✂️

Basenjis are self-groomers that don’t need to be brushed. If your Basenji and Beagle mix inherits more of the Beagle characteristics and does not self-clean, he’ll need to be brushed weekly to keep his coat nice and shiny. Clip his nails and clean his nails as needed.

Health Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Cherry eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Fanconi Syndrome
  • Pupillary Membranes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Basenji Enteropathy
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy

Your Basenji and Beagle mix can inherit any of the genetic disorders that may afflict his two parent breeds. To avoid these issues, it is important to buy your puppy from a reputable breeder who can perform genetic testing on the two parent dogs to ensure you’re receiving a healthy pup.

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Male vs Female

While the Basenji and Beagle mix male tends to be a tad larger than the female, there aren’t any huge personality differences between the two genders. You’re sure to be happy with either a boy or a girl!

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Final Thoughts:

If you’re seeking an adorable, unique dog to add to your household, the Basenji and Beagle mix could be perfect for you. They do great with young kids and other pets, and are as happy to curl up on the couch with you as they are to walk, hike, or jog.

Due to their stubborn streak, this hybrid needs competent leadership and stern yet gentle training methods. Once you have sufficiently trained and socialized your Basenji and Beagle mix, he will be an amazing addition to your family for many years to come.


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