Beago (Beagle & Golden Retriever Mix)

Height: 17-19 inches
Weight: 35-45 pounds
Lifespan: 13-17 years
Colors: Black, brown, white, cream, red, fawn, brindle, pied
Suitable for: Families that are active and love outdoors. Homes with other pets, and people who like to hunt.
Temperament: Intelligent and loving. Friendly, energetic, and affectionate. Playful and gentle.

Have you heard of the Beago yet? This adorable pooch is a cross between a Beagle and a Golden Retriever, and they have made one of the friendliest, sweetest, and family-friendly dogs around.

A Beago has all the cute qualities you hope for in a puppy. They are a snarling little beast that is ready to pounce, tackle, and wrestle with anything that looks fun. This little furball will keep you laughing with their adorable face and friendly manner. Like any puppy, though, you want to start teaching them the basics of canine etiquette as soon as possible. In their early years, you want to keep it short and fun. They are going to have a lot of energy to burn, smells to sniff, and bugs to track, so holding their attention for long may not be easy. In the long run, you will be happy you did, however.

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Beago Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Beago Puppies?

A Beago puppy will cost you anywhere from $200 to $800 depending on where you go to adopt them. Take a breeder, for example, they are going to cost on the higher side due to the background and health information they can provide. A rescue shelter, on the other hand, will be using any profit to help other animals that come their way.

Whichever way you choose to go, you want to research the facility to ensure they are a reputable kennel. Check your local legislation to see what type of license they should have. If you go through a breeder, ask to meet the parents and see their records. All of these things will ensure that you are adopting a healthy pet from a safe and secure environment.

The Extended Costs

Once you have found your perfect furbaby, you will need to budget out their care expenses. Pet-parentship can be costly depending on the dog and your lifestyle. Obviously, there are the basics that every dog needs such as food, toys, a bed, vet visits, anti-flea and tick drops, microchips, etc. After that, though, there may be other expenses you have to tackle.

Let’s say you have kids that are in high school, and you work away from home. When the kids go to college, you might have to hire a dog walker to come to take your Beagle out during the day. Another example could be space dividers in your home. You could need to close off specific areas due to construction or a new baby.

Many additional expenses can come into play. One of the most common reasons why someone surrenders their pet is because of financial hardships. We know this is never an easy decision, so planning for all eventualities is important.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Beago

1. Beago Looks

The Beago is a crossbreed bred from a Beagle and a Golden Retriever. Typically, they will look like a small Golden Retriever with big eyes and floppy ears. Their coat can also be completely golden, or it can be multi-colored like their Beagle parents.

2. Beagos Are Popular

The Beagle is the fifth most popular dog in the United States while the Golden Retriever is the third most popular breed. This makes the Beago in the top 3.75 percent in the favorite dog category; although, don’t ask us how we arrived at that number!

3. Hunting Dog

Both of these designer breed’s ancestors are hunting dogs with a keen sense of smell. This makes the Beago a very intelligent, alert pup with a sniffer that would rival a BloodHounds.

Parents of Beago
The parents of Beago | Left: Beagle, Right: Golden Retriever

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Beago

One of the most apparent and amazing qualities about the Beago is their friendliness. This is a happy and playful pet that makes a great family dog. They are super intelligent with a lot of energy. They also have a lot of spunk, courage, and charisma. This is a pup that is eager to get outside to run, play fetch, or just go for a ride.

You will also find this breed is very loyal and protective of their family. Though they are not aggressive in the least, they will stay close when they feel danger is around. They will also give a warning bark when one is warranted. Interestingly, you will find this happy pooch is more likely to bark in excitement than in anger.

The Beago doesn’t need constant human attention, but they do best when they are included in activities. Human connection is very important for this pooch, so we don’t recommend this breed if you are away from home for a lot of the day. That being said, this is not a pup who will have issues with anxiety, either.

You can also count on this hybrid to be a watchdog. As mentioned, they will give an alert if they are started or something is fishy. Then again, they are very friendly, so a quick pat will have them eating that bark quickly. You should also be aware that they have a very sensitive nose that they will follow into some trouble if not watched carefully.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

If you have young kids, older kids, grand-parents, roommates, or any type of other friends or family in your home, this designer dog will be more than happy. Although we mentioned it above, this is a very social and friendly pup who will get along with everyone.

Another great quality that makes this breed an excellent family companion is their patience. They can take quite a bit of poking, whisker pulling, and tail tugs without becoming annoyed. This makes them a great choice if you have toddlers. Even better, they will also follow the kids around like a worried parent.

Single and the Beago

If you live alone, Beago is also a good choice. In this case, though, you want to make sure you have a lot of time to spend with them. If you work from home or can bring your furball along with you is best. Though they will not suffer from separation issues, they can become lonely and depressed with the lack of connection to their family.

It is interesting to note that the Beago tends to be more protective of single pet-parents than they do in a family setting. They are more apt to be wary of strangers, and they like to stay close at night. Of course, this could be due to the development of a stronger bond when your attention is mostly on them. On the flip side, they are also more likely to become depressed when left alone.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Indeed, they do. As a social animal, they will get along well with other canines whether they be pets or just friends they meet at the local park. These dogs are also good at helping the “shy” pup let loose. You will find your Beago is eager to run up to other dogs to make friends and start a game to chase.

They are also rarely aggressive to other canines, jealous of your attention, or have territorial issues with their space or food. That being said, it is with smaller animals where things can get a bit hairy on time. With a strong hunting background, this pup has a fantastic sense of smell and a well-preserved prey drive.

They are likely to chase squirrels, chipmunks, or any other smaller animals. You may also see this behavior with other pets like cats or gerbils. Again, they are not likely to hurt them, but they will give them a good chase up a tree; or your curtains. That being said, with early socialization, it is very possible to have a multi-creature, peaceful home.

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Things to Know When Owning a Beago:

This breed sounds great, right? What else is there to know? Trust us, a lot! There is still the matter of the Beago’s care requirements. It’s important to know their diet restrictions, possible health concerns, grooming needs, etc. Not to fret, however, that is what we will cover next!

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Beago’s diet requirements are pretty basic. They need to have nutritious meals that contain all the vitamins, minerals, and supplements appropriate for their age, weight, size, and health. Although we can give you a bunch of tips (and we will), the best place to get a detailed meal plan is your vet. Especially as this pup is prone to weight gain.

That being said, you want to keep your dog’s diet as natural as possible. With that goal in mind, some people prefer to cook their pet’s meals as it is technically the most nutritious if done right. Of course, not everyone can do that, so here are some basic tips for giving them healthy meals and treats.

  • Single Lean Protein: Some of the best recipes are made with a single lean protein source. Whether it’s duck, salmon, beef, or whatever you prefer, it will be the best way to keep them slim and energized. A single protein is also recommended for dogs with food allergies, though the Beago typically doesn’t suffer from this issue
  • Healthy Fats: Canines do not utilize fat the way we do. Simply put, they use fat for energy to boost protein to strengthen their muscles. That being said, you want to find healthy fats like fish oil or chicken fat. This allows them to be flexible, strong, and able to keep up with their active lifestyle.
  • Gut Health: Many canine experts believe that gut health is a barometer for how everything else is doing in the body. This is why you want to find food that has good levels of fiber, probiotics, and other healthy digestive ingredients.
  • Artificial Ingredients: This is what you want to stay away from. Artificial ingredients like food color and preservatives are unhealthy for your pet and should be avoided.
  • Sugar and Salt: Both of these ingredients can cause serious health issues for your pup including fatal conditions. That being said, they can and should eat a small amount of both. Just make sure you are not giving your pet table scraps that are high in either ingredient.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Both vitamins and minerals are important for your pet. What these specific nutrients are will depend on their age, weight, health, and lifestyle, so you should consult your vet.
  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants are important for your Beago’s fur, immune system, and overall health. Keep an eye on your pet’s food labels to get a better idea of what type of antioxidants it provides.

These are only the basics, but they give you a good place to start with your pet’s diet.

Exercise 🐕

This is where you will need to take a look at your lifestyle to make sure this pet is right for you. The Beago requires at least two 45-minute walks per day plus some additional exercise in the backyard or dog park. This equals about six to seven miles of walking or jogging per week.

This designer breed has a lot of energy to burn, yet they also need attention and connection with you. Playing games like fetch or tug of war is great. Going on hiking trips or swimming is also fun. If you are a hunter, even better, as this canine will be very helpful.

On the other hand, you want to keep your pup on a leash when out for a walk. Between their sense of smell and prey drive, they are likely to take off in excitement before you know what happened. Though they respond to commands well, their baser instincts can take over.

Toys and Games

If you are not a hunter, your dog will benefit from other games that put their mental abilities to work. Games of hide and seek with a stuffed animal or an agility course is great and will give them a lot of satisfaction.

Besides that, you also want to give them toys to play with. Like most dogs, the most important toy is something to chew one, but you can also try tug ropes, stuffed animals, and puzzles. Regardless of what you pick, they will enjoy playing with them when you are not available to play.

Training 🎾

Training your Beago is one of the easier aspects of their care. With their intelligence, eagerness to please, and patient nature, they will not only catch on quickly but they can stand longer training sessions than most. This is also a pooch that does not require a strong “alpha” to follow.

That being said, they must know you are in charge. This pup can have a stubborn side, but it is usually more prevalent when they are mistreated or frustrated. Like with most dogs, they respond well to positive reinforcement. Praise and treats will go a long way to smoothing the road for a well-behaved pup.

Also, consistency and repetition are good guidelines to follow. You need to start training your pet as early as possible in their puppy years. When young, they are not as likely to focus for extended periods, so keep the training short and exciting when they are super young.

Grooming ✂️

Depending on what side your Beago takes after will determine their coat grooming routine. Still, it is pretty basic. They will need to have their fur brushed several times a week, maybe more during the shedding season. If they have shorter fur like the Beagle, you can use a slicker brush to smooth their coat. With longer fur, however, you want to go with a pin brush to make sure they are not getting any tangles or knots.

The Golden Retriever can have a decent amount of shed, so people with allergies to pet dander may have a more difficult time. That being said, bathing your Beago can also help reduce excess fur, yet it’s not required regularly. Keep baths on an “as needed” basis so as not to strip the natural oils from their fur.

Ear, Teeth, and Nail Care

Another important aspect of their care is to keep your pup’s ears cleaned. This breed is prone to ear infections, so you want to check them twice a week for redness, mites, wax, and signs of irritation. You also want to swab the ears clean once a week with a soft cloth and approved ear cleaning solution for dogs. You can also use warm water, but avoid using soap.

Teeth and nail care is pretty basic. As the rule of thumb goes, if you can hear the pitter-patter of nails on the floor, it’s time for them to be trimmed. A guillotine nail clipper usually works best. As far as their chompers, you want to attempt cleaning as often as you can. You may also want to consider dental treats or gels to aid in keeping plaque to a minimum. Of course, annual vet check-ups are recommended, as well.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Designer breeds tend to be healthier than their purebred ancestors. That being said, each canine can develop different ailments depending on their lifestyle, age, weight, and genetics. Below, take a look at some of these issues that are predisposed to their parents.

Minor Conditions
  • Minor ailments include weight gain, ear infections, entropion, cataracts, and retinal dysplasia
Serious Conditions
  • Some serious conditions to look for are pulmonic stenosis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and Von Willebrand’s disease

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Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed this article, and it has given you all the information you need on this terrific designer breed. The Beago is a great family companion with a lot to offer their human family. They are playful, loving, and loyal. Their patience and gentle nature make them a great pet for families with small kids, while their unwavering devotion to their humans is astounding.

You will also find the Beago to be fairly easy to care for. They don’t have a lot of restrictions, although they will require a good amount of exercise. If you are looking for a fun and spunky pal to go on jogs and relax in the yard, you have found your match with this breed.


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