Deciding between a large dog and a small dog is something that every dog owner has had to do at least once. While both kinds of dogs have their pros and cons, some people can’t be swayed.
If you love small dogs, I’ll be covering a breed that you will likely adore: the Raggle.
While this breed’s name may sound strange, the Raggle is a charming little dog that is a mix of two relatively popular dog types.
One of this breed’s parents has to be a purebred Rat Terrier, while the other one has to be a purebred Beagle.
Some varieties feature further mixing, but they are not considered actual 50/50 Raggles.
In this guide, I’ll be letting you know everything that you need to about this breed, and perhaps a little bit more.
While this guide is primarily geared towards those looking to purchase a new dog, it is also perfectly useful for dog enthusiasts who are just looking to learn more about this small dog breed.
Raggle Puppies – Before You Buy…
It can be hard to make a choice when you are faced with a bunch of mewling pups at a breeder’s home, so I would recommend doing your research about Raggle pups in advance.
There are a few things that you should know about puppies of all breeds before you visit a breeder, starting with price.
What Price are Raggle Puppies?
Knowing how much you can expect to pay for a dog can be the determining factor in whether or not a breed is right for you.
If you can’t justify spending a large amount of money on your pet, then all of the other characteristics will be irrelevant, so I figured that we should get this out of the way first.
The Raggle is a relatively affordable hybrid dog breed, as with most smaller dogs. Most dogs of this breed will cost somewhere around 300 to 600 dollars, depending on the breeder.
Prices will rise based on many factors, including the dog’s size, heritage, and much more.
Where to Find Reputable Raggle Breeders?
You will also want to be sure that your breeder is not running a puppy mill, as that is a possibility (however heinous it is).
Since you are on this site, it is likely that you are a dog lover, and no person who cares for canines would ever consider supporting the terrible things that are done to dogs by some breeders.
Once you have found a promising breeder on the internet, you will want to make sure that you can trust them.
One of the best ways that you can do this is by asking other breeders in the area what they think of the people you are buying your dog from; dog breeder communities tend to be closer than most.
3 Little-Known Facts About Raggle Puppies
- If you neglect to socialize and train a Raggle puppy, you may be surprised by just how vicious they can get. The Raggle fills the stereotype of the small dog that refuses to acknowledge its own size. This flaw can get the Raggle into altercations with other dogs that are best avoided.
- While these dogs may not get along well with other canines, they have nothing but love for their families and they would never try and bite someone that they live with. I would recommend introducing these puppies too young children from an early age, however.
- If introduced to friends from a young age, these dogs will typically treat them like family. You should take the opportunity to get as many friends over as possible early on in your Raggle puppy’s life, especially if you don’t want it to treat them with any degree of suspicion.
Physical Traits of the Raggle
The Raggle is a small dog that has a short coat that is one of the densest that I have ever seen on a smaller dog breed.
Though the fur is straight, you will typically have to brush them at least once a week to ensure that their fur remains in order, but it is not an absolute necessity, as with other dogs.
There are a few different colors that are possible for the Raggle, but white with darker spots (on the head, the body, or both) tends to be the most common coat for this breed.
The Raggle has floppy ears that tend to remain surprisingly clean, so you won’t have to check for infection as often.
When most people look at these dogs, they see a small terrier with a Beagle’s head, and this is not entirely inaccurate.
This breed inherits most of its body from the Rat Terrier, while the beagle is only evident in the spotting and the head of the breed, especially the ears.
How Big is a Full-Grown Raggle?
The Raggle is a smaller dog that tends to have more variety in weight than in height.
Many examples of this breed will weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, while there is usually a three-inch variation in their expected height. Most Raggles will be around 7 to 10 inches tall.
Male dogs are usually a little bigger than female Raggles, though it is often barely noticeable. The Raggle is ideal for any living situation due to its smaller size.
Whether you live in a house or an apartment complex, you should have few issues with your Raggle feeling confined.
What is Raggle’s Life Expectancy?
Since the Raggle is so small, you can expect it to live longer than many other dog breeds of larger stature.
Though this breed often suffers from many medical issues, you can expect a relatively long lifespan if your Raggle doesn’t have too many complications that result from those problems.
With a competent vet, many of the problems that trouble the Raggle should not dramatically shorten its lifespan. Most of these dogs will live between 12 and 15 years.
If you want a breed that you can expect to live a long and fulfilling life, there are worse choices than the Raggle.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Raggle
As with many other small dogs, the Raggle is a highly energetic breed that will need enough exercise to keep from causing problems at home.
You can expect a Raggle to play for hours, so these dogs are an excellent breed for those who have children that aren’t quite so small.
If you want your Raggle to be compatible with other pets and other people, you will have to socialize it from a very early age.
Should you neglect to train or socialize this breed, you may run into quite a few troubles further down the line which could have been avoided with the right routine.
Keep in mind that these dogs may be small, but they still have predatory instincts so you may have to hold them back from squirrels and other critters.
While they may not look like it, Raggles are fast enough to catch even the quickest of small animals, so you will want to avoid leaving them off the leash very often.
The Raggle’s Diet
As with most small dogs, you won’t have to feed the Raggle very often, but the type of food that your dog consumes is more important than the amount.
With small dogs, you want to ensure that they are getting the best nutrients since they don’t eat that much in the first place. About a cup a day is enough food for this breed.
How Much Exercise Does the Raggle Need?
Being a small, energetic dog breed, the Raggle will need quite a bit of exercise, but the bright side is that it tends to do so as it runs around the house and plays with you.
As a result, you will find that you don’t have to take the Raggle out quite as often as other dog breeds with large energy reserves.
30 to 45 minutes of running or jogging per day should be more than enough to get your Raggle’s little heart pumping.
While getting obese is not much of a health risk for these dogs, insufficient exercise has a sure way of degrading their mental state due to their extreme energy levels.
Raggle Health and Conditions
As mentioned before, the Raggle has quite a few issues to contend with when it comes to its health. You may be paying several visits to the vet when you decide to purchase one of these dogs.
I’m going to cover some of the most common medical problems that these dogs are faced with.
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Congenital Heart Defect
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Eye problems
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
- Color Dilution Alopecia
What are the best types of toys?
The Raggle is a dog with a bit of a giving personality, all told, and so this pet tends to be one who prefers toys that he or she can play with you with.
That ticks a lot of the boxes as far as classic toys go, so you really can’t go wrong there.
Throwing a ball in the park will be as relevant a way to have fun with a dog, including a Raggle, a hundred years from now – it’s a timeless right answer.
However, that quick wit of the Raggle is also something that you’ll want to keep in mind when toy shopping for your dog.
This is a breed that does very well in having puzzle toys and similar games that have hidden doors and levers, or little mysteries to solve that promise something tasty or rewarding at the end.
But of course, physical activity is hugely important to this breed.
Giving your Raggle the means to run around and play is hugely important, but it also gives your pooch the means by which to burn off some of that excess energy.
Something like a tug of war rope can really work wonders here, but some specialist toys can also work.
For instance, a lot of Raggle owners swear by using a digging box for their pets, letting them get any urges to scurry up dirt and the lawn out of their system in a safer, nicer way.
My Final Thoughts on the Raggle
While the name may not be quite so endearing, the Raggle is an affectionate (though mischievous) small dog that will never run out of energy.
I hope that this guide has given you all of the info that you need about this dog, and I hope that you have been able to decide whether it is right for you.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Raggle Puppies – Before You Buy…
- What Price are Raggle Puppies?
- Where to Find Reputable Raggle Breeders?
- 3 Little-Known Facts About Raggle Puppies
- Physical Traits of the Raggle
- How Big is a Full-Grown Raggle?
- What is Raggle’s Life Expectancy?
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Raggle
- The Raggle’s Diet
- How Much Exercise Does the Raggle Need?
- Raggle Health and Conditions
- What are the best types of toys?
- My Final Thoughts on the Raggle