The Chihuahua Beagle Mix dog, also known as the Cheagle dog, is a small sized cross-breed between one Chihuahua parent and on Beagle parent.
As of late, this dog has become increasingly popular due to the fact that it comes in such a heart-melting tiny size, yet has such an amazing, outgoing and energetic personality to it.
The Cheagle is not recognized by the AKC as its own breed, because it isn’t really a separate dog breed in and of itself, it’s rather a designer cross-breed.
For this reason, the Cheagle is recognized by the following entities as being a mixed breed dog.
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
Size, Height & Weight
Generally speaking, the Cheagle is a fairly small dog when it comes to size, one that’s not as small as its Chihuahua parent yet not as big as its Beagle parent.
Somewhere in between would be best to describe this dog.
An adult, fully grown Cheagle will generally weigh around 10-20 lbs and will generally stand anywhere from 10-15 inches tall.
With that being said, male Cheagle dogs are known to be a little bit larger in size than their female counterparts, which is true for the majority of other dog breeds out there.
The Cheagle is known for its fairly short coat that’s available in a vast number of different colors, most common of which are white, cream, white and black, tan and brown.
The coats of Cheagles are usually dominated by one solid, focused color, but exceptions do exist and you will come across a few of them that have coats with a mix of a few colors all over.
On certain parts of your Cheagle’s coat and skin, you may find certain spots that look like freckles.
Don’t worry, as that’s nothing problematic and is just something the Cheagle sometimes gets from its Beagle parent.
Beagle Chihuahua Mix Temperament
Coming from two parents that are some of the most outgoing and attention-demanding dog breeds out there, this dog will also require a whole lot of attention from you.
The Cheagle is one of the most friendly dogs that seems to always be in a good mood, something which it will expect you to always reciprocate with it in.
As soon as we say that a Chihuahua has been involved as part of the mix for this cross-breed, that’s your cue to immediately know for yourself that this dog will make an incredible watchdog for its high alertness levels and outstanding barking capabilities.
Anyone with a Chihuahua at home will attest to the that. 🙂
Exercise & Physical Activity
Just like its Chihuahua parent, this dog always seems to be packed with sky high energy levels which it needs to be given proper outlets for, which is something that always amazes anyone who meets this dog for the first time as to how a dog as small as this can have such high energy levels and be so active.
When taking the Cheagle out on a walk in the dog park, you have to make sure you have them properly attached to a comfortable leash, because of the fact that they will easily wander off in attempts to sniff things around and explore new places, and have you running after them in the process.
One of the most important things any potential owner/current owner of a Cheagle must pay very close attention to is training this dog how to control its energy levels and excitement.
As we established above, this dog is packed with a whole lot of energy (that’s much bigger than its size, by the way), something which can get very apparent when they get overly-excited at times.
When this dog gets overly-excited, it will unconsciously start to bark excessively in a very high pitched voice to let the world know it’s happy and jump around as if it saw a cockroach on the floor or a rat running by.
That’s all good, except for one thing, the fact that this dog also tends to get a little physical with other people/other animals when they’re overly-excited as well.
This can start with a little nipping and end up with something like a serious bite.
So the Cheagle has to be taught ever since a young age how to properly control their excitement when they get too happy and not to over-do it. Just like everything in life, moderation is key!
You should also note that this dog will prove much harder to be housetrained at an older age when compared to trying to housetrain them when they’re still young puppies.
So if you’re buying or adopting an adult Cheagle, make sure they’ve been properly housetrained before so you don’t get into too much of a headache.
Or, if you’re buying or adopting a young puppy Cheagle, take advantage of the opportunity while it’s still easy and housetrain them as soon as possible.
Chihuahua Beagle Mix Health
As long as you do your homework on what breeder you’re buying from, and you make sure that they are high-quality breeders with high-quality standards and a moral work ethic, then chances are you’re going to be fine and your Cheagle won’t suffer from any significant health problems during their lifetime.
With that being said, Cheagles are known to have a higher chance of suffering from some health problems which they inherit from either/both of their parents, most common of which are mentioned in the list below.
- Dental problems, something that Cheagles often get from their Chihuahua parent and something that may prove to be fairly costly down the road for you if your Cheagle eventually needs dental work or even surgery.
- Heart problems
- Eye problems
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Hip dysplasia
Assuming that your Cheagle goes on to live a healthy life that’s free from any significant health issues/diseases and whatnot, they will live for an average of 11-15 years.
Chihuahua Beagle Mix Living Conditions
Since the Cheagle is a relatively small sized dog, they will do perfectly fine living in an apartment and it’s not necessary that you have them live in a property with a large backyard in it, as long as you give them the necessary exercise and physical activity they need during the day.
With that being said, this dog will do just as fine if you have them live in a house with a large backyard as part of it.
As a matter of fact, they will love going out there and sniffing around, because they are just like their Beagle parents when it comes to their love of discovering new places they haven’t fully explored before.
Chihuahua Beagle Mix Care
When it comes to the Cheagle’s coat and how much it sheds, you’ll be happy to learn that the Cheagle has a very short coat that barely sheds and needs very low maintenance to keep in check.
So brushing the Cheagle’s coat around 2-3 times every week should do the trick most of the times and should keep excessive shedding away.
If you were to notice that 2-3 times a week isn’t enough (which is a very rare instance), then gradually up that frequency until you start to see results.
As for giving this dog a bath, the Cheagle should only be given a bath when they need one (meaning no giving them a bath just for the sake of it or because you have nothing better to do), and should be bathed with a special dog shampoo formula and not any shampoo that you and I would use during bath time, because that could possibly irritate their skin.
Unlike other dog breeds that make grooming a much more frequent process than it needs to be, the Cheagle’s nails aren’t particularly known to grow way too fast, which means that you’re probably looking at having their nails trimmed once every couple of months.
Unless you have necessary previous experience with trimming a dog’s nails, don’t try to do this job on your own, and leave it to a professional groomer instead.
Also, and due to the fact that this dog’s eyes are much more prone than other dog breeds to suffer from certain problems and diseases, you have to get their eyes checked on a much more regular basis than you would with other dog breeds that aren’t susceptible to such risks.