Beacol

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Bearded Collie
The Beacol hybrid is a cross between the Beagle and the Bearded Collie breeds. They are a small to medium-sized dog with large expressive eyes that most commonly sport a medium-length shaggy coat, although a shorter coat more reminiscent of the Beagle is also possible. These intelligent and independent canines can make great family pets, but may be a challenge to train due to their stubborn natures and can become destructive if not given enough exercise and attention. If adequately exercised and properly socialized these dogs are great with kids and other dogs although their high drive to hunt and chase may make them unsuitable housemates for smaller animals like cats.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Recent
Ancestry
Beagle, Bearded Collie

Beacol Breed History

This hybrid was developed recently, a cross between the Beagle, a tracking dog, and the Bearded Collie, a herding dog. The Beagle is a rabbit tracking dog that has been a popular animal both as a hunting companion and a family dog for several centuries, and it has been noted by name frequently in writings from the 15th century on. There have been a few changes in the Beagle breed since they first became popular however, including a period of time in which a tiny version of the Beagle known as a “Pocket” Beagle was bred. The breed standards were set in the late 1800s, around the same time that The Beagle Club of England and the National Beagle Club in the United States were being formed and was recognized in the Hound category by the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Bearded Collie is also a rather old breed of dog with a murky past, it originated in Scotland and although the first breed description was not written until the early 19th century, dogs closely resembling the Bearded Collie were depicted in artworks from the 18th century. Employed to herd sheep, these dogs nearly became extinct during World War I and II, but shortly after the war, interest was rekindled and the breed was recognized in England in the 1950’s and accepted in the Herding group by The American Kennel Club in 1983. The resulting hybrid is typically somewhat less vocal than the purebred Beagle, easier to keep groomed than the average Bearded Collie, and tends to be affectionate and playful.

Beacol Breed Appearance

As the two parent breeds that are combined to create this breed differ quite a bit in size and appearance there can there can be a great deal of variation, sometimes even within the same litter. They should have a relatively square muzzle of medium length, with hanging ears and large expressive eyes in various colors of brown. The skull itself may vary, ranging from the wide flat shape of the Bearded Collie to the slightly narrower and rounder shape of the Beagle. The Beagle tends towards a square body shape, and the Bearded Collie is more rectangular, with a back that is slightly longer than the dog is tall, as measured at the shoulder and the hybrid may inherit either trait. The Beacol has a double layered coat, with a soft dense undercoat that is typically covered by a protective layer of medium-length, shaggy fur, more reminiscent of the Bearded Collie than the Beagle. Occasionally however, the protective outer layer will mimic their Beagle parentage instead, short and smooth, and both coats can come in a variety of colors and color combinations.

Beacol Breed Maintenance

Bathing is not a frequent need, generally required just every two or three months, but daily brushing and combing is an absolute must for most Beacols. The dogs whose coats favor the Bearded Collie are prone to tangling and matting, and although the comb is unnecessary for dogs with shorter coats, daily brushing helps to distribute healthy oils from the skin to the coat and to remove loose hair. In order to reduce the time spent daily on the coat, owners of Beacols that sport particularly long coats may chose to take the dog to a groomer for a trim on a regular basis.

Beacol Activity Requirements

Overall, the Beacol mimics its parent breeds in temperament and these small to medium dogs are typically Intelligent, independent, and lively. Those that favor the Beagle may tend to be a little more on the sweet and friendly side while those that take after the Bearded Collie may lean slightly more toward alert and playful. The Beacol can respond well to obedience training, but it should be started early as these canines can be a little stubborn. Interactions between Beacols and children are typically playful and affectionate, and with proper socialization and supervision, they can become excellent family pets. They generally get along well with other dogs, however, the hunting drive that is inherent in the Beagle is often found in the Beacol as is the herding instinct of the Bearded Collie. Unless they are socialized at an early age, this hybrid may be unsuitable for homes with smaller animals.

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