|In loving- memory of- Lilo|
Support bully- love. Ban BSL.
|Barked: Wed Dec 23, '09 4:17pm PST |
|Personally, I'd call it a mutt.
I've heard of a lot of designer breeds... this is a new one.
Honestly, when I think of a pit bull x beagle mix dog, I wanna bang my head against the table and make it stop. Not because I would never own one. I might, actually, because I love the hounds and the terriers, both are a fit and I think I could handle a hound x terrier mix. Really, I wanna bang my head on the table thinking about the people that would own one that can't.
It seems a dangerous combination. Both breeds are very intense. My neighbor, and elderly lady, has a beagle. That is one intense dog. If he's left alone too long, he never shuts up. Seriously. There have been days I had to talk myself out of calling animal control on her. He barks at everything. He barks if a leaf blows past him. He barks at people walking down the street. He barks at his toys. He barks at his owner. He barks at me. He barks at cats, dogs, squirrels... you name it, he's probably barked at it. He needs a lot of exercise but, sadly, his owner- being a senior- can't always provide it for him. I've offered to walk him if she can't every now and then, maybe one day she'll take me up on that offer.
Beagles get bored if left to their own devices. In my experience with beagles, this isn't a good thing. I've known beagles to tear up their owners couches, shoes, pillows, tables, boxes, anything in sight. It isn't just separation anxiety for them, either. It's boredom. They can be stubborn, hard to train, even. That's not to say they're not intelligent, they are, but they are very stubborn. Which is what makes me think Sandy has beagle in her. She is a very bright dog but if she doesn't wanna do something, by dog, she is not doing it. A beagle, like many hound and sporting breeds, needs an owner that is willing to exercise more than most small dogs (because all small dogs need a lot of exercise, but the ones that were and sometimes still are working breeds need more) and a lot of training.
Seems a good way to water down some of those beagle traits would be a good ol' family dog like the American pit bull terrier... but, when I think of the exercise requirements, that's when I want to bang my head against the table.
Pit bulls are very active dogs. Some of them are content just sleeping on the couch, but many of them (especially those from working lines, like Lilo, if I remember correctly, her parents were weight pullers and from "game lines") possibly have Gatoraid in their genetic make up. Much like beagles, if they don't get that exercise they need, they can get bored. Lilo can go on eight or more hour walks a day and still want to go for more. I do my best to keep her tired which is very hard. Just like it's hard for my neighbor to keep her beagle tired. A romp around the yard just doesn't cut it for her. I do all kinds of things with her. I play fetch, I spin her (this is a fun thing to do... gives her jaw and teeth exercise and gets me dizzy, gotta be careful doing this, though... I won't bring her more than a couple centimeters off the ground), I play tug (even though some people discourage it, she has boundaries), I play chase, I take her to the park (not the dog park, the park that allows dogs as long as there's not many people there, but it's not a dog park)... if it got her tired, I would go hiking with her! That's how energetic she is. Being from the lines she's from, I honestly think she'd be happier if she had a job to do. Sometimes, I feel bad being unable to provide her with that job... but I do my best to keep her tired. Because a tired pit bull is a happy pit bull. This isn't too say there aren't mellow pit bulls. In recent years, pit bulls have been bred for working less and less and for shows and pets more and more and the result is a calm pit bull. Which, I suppose could water down the intenseness of a beagle... but, going by the majority, I have to say, if I owned a beagle x pit bull mix and didn't know what I know about hounds and terriers, I would need a lot of Prozac.
Pit bulls are just as intense. And, just like beagles, if left alone for too long can get loud. Very loud. Lilo gets as loud as my neighbors beagle sometimes. I thank dog that our neighbors love dogs or I'm sure they would've called animal control on her long ago.
A beagle pit bull mix might actually be a good dog. Odd combinations sometimes are. One would think that a border collie x chihuahua mix would require Prozac but I knew someone with one and the dog was the perfect match for her. Hyper as all heck, but the perfect match for that person. That's the beauty of mutts. There's something for everyone. Like, Sandy, for example, was perfect for me because she's a little of everything that I like. A little toy, a little herder, a little hound and possibly, even, a little terrier. If you like hounds and terriers, a pit bull x beagle mix might be perfect. Just remember, check your local shelter or rescue. The number of pit bull mixes such places have is usually large. I can't think of a single reputable breeder that would purposely breed such a strange combination, to be honest.
ETA: As far as having one with children, pit bulls are generally very good with children. Some beagles are, some aren't. I think it would be a good combination for children... it depends on the individual dog, though.
Edited by author Wed Dec 23, '09 4:18pm PST
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