The Bagle Hound is a cross between two widely recognized hound dogs, the Beagle and Basset Hound. This mix has only been around since the early 2000s but both of the parent breeds can be traced back to before the 1500s. Although they gained their English ancestry from the Beagle and French ancestry from the Basset Hound, both of them are known for their extraordinary hunting abilities of rabbits and hare. Beagles were one of the preferred dogs of choice for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert because of their temperament, while the Basset Hound is known for their short legs, low-to-the-ground body, and excellent sense of smell due to their Bloodhound ancestry. Regardless of the Bagle Hound's heritage, many of these natural born hunters are seen mainly as companion pets rather than avid hunting partners.
Having two parent breeds from the hound family, the Bagle Hound shows some similarities that both the Beagle and Basset Hound share but also some obvious differences. This mix tends to have longer legs like the Beagle and a more compact, well-proportioned appearance unlike the Basset Hound while keeping the long, wide ears and larger body. Bagle Hounds have a square-shaped head and large dark-colored eyes but they typically do not have the unique drooping look that Bassets are known for having. Since the Bagle Hound is a cross between two different parent breeds, they will inherit physical traits from both the Beagle and Basset Hound. Some dogs may have more of a Beagle appearance while some may have more Basset Hound features.
Like the Basset Hound and Beagle, Bagle Hounds are a very sociable and loyal companion that does excellent in a variety of households. Beagles are considered to be a very active breed known for their love of barking, while the Basset Hound is a laid-back type of dog who enjoys their quiet time lying on the couch. The Bagle Hound makes for a perfect mix that has an average activity level but they can be a bit stubborn during training since these natural hunters can become easily distracted by interesting smells. Positive reinforcement obedience training is very important for these persistent hounds to enforce reliable recalls when outdoors. This medium-sized breed can make a great family pet, hunting partner, and enjoyable playmate for children and other pets who need a friend! The best way to understand the temperament of the Bagle Hound is to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of both the Beagle and Basset Hound, any combination of these characteristics can be found from either breed.