Meagle (Miniature Pinscher & Beagle Mix)

Height: 11 – 14 inches
Weight: 10 – 20 pounds
Lifespan: 11-15 years
Colors: Black, tan, white
Suitable for: Active families, families with young children, multi-pet households, those seeking a watchdog
Temperament: Loyal, happy-go-lucky, friendly, vocal, affectionate, fun

The Meagle is the merry cross of the Miniature Pinscher and the Beagle. The Beagle has long been a favorite breed of Americans, finding himself in the top 10 most popular dog breeds year after year. The Miniature Pinscher is less well-known. So the Meagle is the perfect cross for those who love the Beagle but want a canine that is a bit more quirky and different.

The Meagle concoction takes the best of both breeds, and he is a well-balanced pup who is both fun and calm, cheeky yet polite, and friendly but not too in-your-face. He is small enough to fit into most people’s homes, and he gets on well with other animals. So, what’s not to like?

Absolutely nothing! But, there are a few things that might put a few people off. Here in this guide, we are going to look at everything about the Meagle. We’ll discover his adorable side and what kind of family he is looking for. And we’ll also highlight the areas where you need to think carefully about whether you can handle or tolerate him.

So, let’s take a closer look at the regal Meagle in all of his glory.

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Meagle Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Meagle is a particularly stubborn pooch who needs a consistent owner, and one who is not going to give in to his diva demands. This is easier said than done with those gorgeous big forever-puppy eyes, but it’s important! Because one slip and he will know that he can get away with anything, and you’ll forever be paying the price. We’ll discuss training in more detail later, but you need to be strict!

The Meagle is also a very energetic dog, more so than most other dogs of his size. If you are seeking a lapdog, the Meagle is not the one for you. Both of his parents are energetic hunting dogs, and you can expect this boy to be doubly so. You’ll need to set aside around 45 minutes of exercise every day for this little one.

He is super loving, caring, and very in tune with his family’s feelings. Because he craves human company, this guy hates to be left alone. This means that he needs to live with a family who can spend a lot of time with him. Crate training is a fantastic way to alleviate his anxious mind.

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Meagle Puppies?

The price of a Meagle puppy, from a reputable breeder, is around $600. This is a reasonable price for a designer puppy, especially one who is the pup of such a popular dog, like the Beagle.

It’s vital that before you work with a breeder, you check their credentials. It is essential to work with a reputable breeder because they will do everything they can to make sure their puppies are as healthy as possible. Look for a dedicated website that shows their practices, meet them and the puppies in person in their environment, and look for reviews from other customers.

Whereas puppy mills do everything they can to ensure that they make the biggest profit, even if it means breeding unhealthy or sick dogs. So please avoid them at all costs and do your research.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Meagles

1. The Meagle makes a great tracker and hunter

Despite being a super cute happy-go-lucky pooch, the Meagle is every vermin’s worst nightmare. Not only will he inherit the incredibly skilled nose of the Beagle, but he will also inherit the tenacity of the rat-hunting Min Pin.

2. The Meagle is courageous

Don’t let this guy’s small frame fool you because if he thinks someone is up to no good, he will tell his master, as well as the whole neighborhood. This barky and howly chap is not the best option for those that live in apartments. He is a great choice, however, for those seeking an alert watchdog.

3. The Meagle doesn’t grow into his ears

But we don’t want him to! He usually looks a lot like his Min Pin parent, but slightly stockier. Because of his Min Pin’s parent’s ears, his are likely to stand erect, but they also flop at the end and hang down like his Beagle parent’s ears. This gives him a quirky appearance, and if you know of Harry Potter, imagine Dobby the House Elf.

The parents of the Meagle
The parents of the Meagle. Left: Miniature Pinscher (Source: Marko Pennanen, Flickr), Right: Beagle

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Meagle

This guy is so much fun, and he is a little pocket rocket that is enough to brighten anyone’s day. No one is allowed to be sad on his watch! He is cheery and in tune with his family’s feelings, and he knows when to give his humans extra special cuddles when they are feeling sad.

His lovely personality makes everyone swoon, and he always has a cheeky smile on his face. He is very mischievous, and will always be off exploring and looking for a squirrel to chase. If you can’t see or hear your Meagle, it’s safe to say that he’s probably up to no good!

His curiosity does lead him to trouble, but it also leads him to a lot of fun and games. He is a fantastic companion to have around the house, and he is always on the lookout for something to do. His active mind and body need to be stimulated, otherwise, he’ll find something to chew or tear up. Invest in lots of fun toys for him to choose from.

The Meagle is so intelligent, but also very independent and stubborn. If he doesn’t feel as though he is getting everything at home, he will look elsewhere. If his needs aren’t met, don’t be surprised if he disregards you. We’ll talk about training later, but keeping things exciting and challenging is the key to his happiness.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, the Meagle is a fantastic canine option for the family. As long as you can meet all of his requirements in this guide, he will be happy with whatever family he ends up with. Keeping him company and entertained are his two most important requests, and he is quite adaptable.

He is fantastic with children, probably because children know how to have lots of fun without letting the serious adult stuff get in the way. Despite being small, he is tolerant of excitable hands. Just be sure to socialize him, and if he is polite, he will fit himself into most types of families.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes, the Meagle gets along with other pets, just as long as it isn’t a rodent or something small and furry. Remember his nose tracking skills and ratting instinct? They aren’t a good combination for rabbit or guinea-pig siblings. Anything bigger than him is usually okay.

As long as he is socialized well, he would thoroughly enjoy the company of another dog, given his Beagle parent’s pack dog mentality. This is particularly important for those rare occasions where you’ll have to leave your Meagle at home for a few hours.

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Things to Know When Owning a Meagle:

For the Meagle to be his cheeky and happy-go-lucky self, he needs a few things from his owner. Here we are going to look at what these are, so take note!

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Meagle only needs to eat around 1 cup of kibble every day. The amount he consumes is dependant on his age, size, and energy levels, so be sure to change it according to your own Meagle’s needs. However much you feed him, you should give him a high-quality kibble that provides a well-balanced diet.

If the Meagle inherits his Beagle’s appetite, you need to keep all edibles under lock and key. His nose will track whatever it is, including naughty and toxic foods such as cheese and chocolate. Many Beagles are overweight for this very reason. Hopefully, he will inherit the Min Pin’s metabolism, but either way, you still need to monitor his treat intake.

Exercise 🐕

As you already know, the Meagle is an energetic small dog who needs around 45 minutes of exercise every day. The exercise doesn’t have to be super intense, but he needs his activity come rain or shine. He is an agile and speedy dog, and he would make an excellent agility course participant or flyball partner. If it’s fun, the Meagle is up for it.

His talented nose can cause an issue when exercising, so we would advise that you keep this guy on a leash at all times. No matter how obedient he is (and we would love to hear from you if yours is!), he will always follow his nose over his master’s commands. So, buckle up your Meagle to avoid his hasty getaways.

Training 🎾

The Meagle is stubborn and independent, and if there is something better on offer, he’s probably not going to participate in your training sessions. So, the trick with stubborn canines is to keep training short and fun. Thanks to the Meagle’s love of food, using treats will increase your chances of success, so use these to your advantage.

The Meagle can become very anxious if left alone for too long, and the best way to soothe his worries is to create a safe haven for him. And this is where crate training steps in. Be sure to research how to incorporate this into his everyday life, and before you know it, he will voluntarily step in for a snooze. Anxious dogs can become problematic, so be proactive with crate training and start him early.

Socialization is key to ensuring that he grows into a well-mannered pup. Although he is a happy dog, his Min Pin parent has the potential to have what is known as ‘little dog syndrome’. This can turn into overprotectiveness, and mixing him regularly with other dogs and unfamiliar humans can prevent this altogether.

Grooming ✂️

The Meagle is a straightforward dog to care for when it comes to his grooming schedule. His coat is short and sleek, just like his Min Pin parent, and he only needs a quick brush once a week to remove any dead hair or dirt. He also only needs a bath once every 12 weeks. Use a gentle oatmeal shampoo as both of his parents are known to suffer from sensitive skin.

The Meagle is also known to suffer from a variety of eye concerns. So be sure to keep these clean and note any changes in his eyes. Clean his teeth twice a week to ensure that his compact mouth is clean and free of plaque buildup.

Health Conditions 🏥

The Meagle is a relatively healthy dog who enjoys an average lifespan of 11 to 15 years.  Being a mixed breed, he can inherit the conditions that affect either of his parents. Below are the health concerns most likely to affect the Meagle, so be sure to research them and understand what symptoms to look out for.

Minor Conditions
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Periodontal diseases
  • Musladin-lueke syndrome
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation
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Male vs Female

There isn’t a great deal of difference when it comes to male and female Meagles. Just like all dog breeds, males tend to be on the larger end of the height and weight scale, but being a small dog anyway, this is hardly noticeable.

Training and the Meagle’s environment is the most influential factor on their personality. So, be sure to invest time and effort into their early puppy stages, and you will reap the rewards later on in their life with a polite and happy Meagle.

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Final Thoughts:

The Meagle is a happy-go-lucky dog who just loves to have fun with his family. He needs a family that isn’t going to let him get away with his potential princess behavior. But, with training and company, this shouldn’t be an issue. This super energetic dog is a pocket rocket who isn’t a fan of the lapdog life. Instead, he would much rather entertain you and the whole family all day long.

Remember that being a mixed dog, he could be more like one of his parents over the other. But overall, he usually inherits the best of both Beagle and Min Pin worlds and is a well-balanced and lovable family pet.


Featured Image: Karen Dole, Shutterstock