Cheagle

9-20 lbs
9-14"
United States
Chihuahua
Beagle
Chi-Bea, Chibeagle

The Cheagle is a mix of a Beagle and Chihuahua. Though this crossbreed is too small and independent to be a hunting and tracking dog like the Beagle, they do make perfect companions that love being with their pet parent, like the Chihuahua.  

In this quick guide to the Cheagle, you’ll learn:

  • The Cheagle is a mix of the Beagle from England and the Chihuahua from Mexico 
  • Cheagles are friendly and playful 
  • Their type of fur will depend on whether the parent is a short or long-haired Chihuahua 
  • They have lower exercise and grooming requirements than many other dogs


Cheagle breed overview

The Cheagle is a popular designer dog — the perfect combination of the friendly and affectionate Beagle and the loyal and spunky Chihuahua. The mix of the two is typically a playful and loving little pup. 

If you’ve been looking at Cheagle puppies, they’re likely to cost you anywhere from $500 to $1,200 when buying from a reputable breeder. You can, of course, rehome a rescue dog instead; this gives a pup a second chance and will be significantly cheaper for you. 

The life expectancy of a Cheagle is 10 to 14 years which is similar to the Beagle and shorter than the Chihuahua, which can live up to 20 years. 




Cheagles are a relatively healthy breed but you still want to know you are covered should anything happen to your beloved pup.  It’s quick and easy to compare the best pet insurance plans from top providers to give you peace of mind.




purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
Chihuahua, Beagle

Cheagle Health

Average Size
Male Cheagle size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 9-20 lbs
Female Cheagle size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 9-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Heart Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Molera
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Heart
  • Skeletal
  • Skin Scraping
  • Physical Examination

Cheagle Breed History

In truth, not much is known about the history of this relatively new hybrid. The Cheagle is believed to have originated in the late 1990s, possibly from North America. 

The parent breeds, however, have a long history. In fact, the Chihuahua is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. They originated in Mexico and get their name from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. They are descendants of the Techichi which dates back to 300 BC. The modern Chihuahua was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904. 

The Beagle is believed to date back to the 1800s when they originated in England. They were a rabbit tracking dog and a popular hunting companion. The Beagle came to the United States in the 1840s and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. In 1888, the National Beagle Club was created and the dog was categorized by size.

The Cheagle dog breed isn’t registered with the American Kennel Club but they are registered with clubs such as the American Canine Hybrid Club. 

Cheagle Breed Appearance

This Beagle Chihuahua mix is a very small dog, although slightly larger than the Chihuahua. They have a broad, round head and sometimes molera — which they inherit from the Chihuahua side, if it’s present at all.

Their muzzle tends to be short and pointed like the Chihuahua but some do have the longer, wider muzzle of the Beagle. The ears usually hang down at the sides of the head, but the upright triangular ears of the Chihuahua are also seen on occasion. 

There are both short and long coated varieties of the Chihuahua, so there can be some variation in the type of coat that the Cheagle ends up with. Beagles have a double coat, but both long and short fur Chihuahuas can have either a single or a double coat. This  means that most Cheagles will also have a double layer coat — but not all of them. 

The Beagle and the Short Coated Chihuahua generally produce puppies with coats that are short, shiny, and soft. But, when the Chihuahua has a longer coat, the Cheagles are more likely to have medium length fur with feathering, particularly around the ears, legs, and tail. 

Their fur is often brown, white, black or cream. This can be a solid color but usually it’s a combination of colors. 

Cheagle Breed Maintenance

The Cheagle dog requires very little grooming. They will need to be brushed around two to four times a week. Those with longer hair may need brushing more regularly to make sure their fur doesn’t get tangled. 

They’re prone to dry, flaky or irritated skin if they’re bathed too often, so only do this if you really need to. 

Make sure to check their ears frequently, then clean and dry them regularly as hanging ears can be prone to infection. You should also brush their teeth and clip their nails when needed. 

This crossbreed isn’t as active as other breeds and it’s best if their exercise is broken up into several smaller sessions. But, that said, they do have high energy and would prefer to be playing than cuddled up on your lap. They’re a type of dog that will be quite happy to live in apartments, as long as they get out for their daily stroll. 



Cheagle health

Cheagles are generally a healthy breed. However, they can, of course, be affected by the health conditions that affect the parent breed. A couple you need to be aware of, are: 


There's also a chance of intervertebral disc disease, demodectic mange and molera — although these are only minor concerns.  

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Eye Problems

There are several different types of eye and vision problems dogs can get. These can affect one of both eyes, can be temporary or permanent and can result in partial or total loss of sight - that can sometimes happen gradually. 

The various types of eye problems include cataracts, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy.  

Eye problems can be hereditary, congenital (puppies are born with it), due to a trauma or simply due to old age. Symptoms to look out for are red, weeping or inflamed eyes, pawing at the eye or bumping into things. 

Heart Problems

There are a number of different heart problems that dogs can get — including heart disease, heart failure and heart attack. 

A few of the most common types of heart disease are mitral valve dysplasia, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy.) Symptoms of heart disease can include low energy, breathlessness and coughing. 

Puppies can also be born with a congenital heart defect. 

If you suspect your Cheagle has any problem with their heart, it’s important to get them seen by a vet as soon as possible. The treatment will be dependent on the type of problem they have but it’s likely they’ll require medication and potentially surgery. 



Feeding a Cheagle — what’s the best diet? 

Cheagles should be fed high-quality dry food. Look out for food that is specifically formulated for small dogs and high-energy breeds. 

A Cheagle puppy should be fed three to four times a day and this can be reduced to two meals a day for adults. 

This hybrid is prone to gaining weight. So make sure to keep an eye on their portion sizes and, if you give them treats, take this into account when serving up their meals.  

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Cheagle Temperament

The Cheagle is typically a friendly little pup with a playful nature. They’re slightly more outgoing than the Chihuahua but, like their parent breed, are protective and loyal.

This hybrid is usually fairly quiet, but may occasionally exhibit the traditional Beagle howl or tend towards nervous barking.

Early socialization and training is essential to prevent aggression towards other dogs. 

While they’re generally well-behaved and polite, they do have a tendency towards stubborn independence when training and they may resist house training. 

Their attitudes towards children can vary. Those that take after the Beagle will typically be open, playful, and affectionate towards children of all ages, whereas those whose behavior reflects the Chihuahua may be less inclined to tolerate loud or erratic behavior. These dogs are quite small, and can be fragile, so all interaction with children should be carefully monitored. 

Cheagle Owner Experiences

Theo
26 Months
3 People
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He is so cute he is so friendly he likes big toys
1 year ago
Rietta (short for Henrietta)
1 Year
3 People
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Rietta is the sweetest dog I have ever been around. She loves children, other dogs, people and our cat. She and our cat play together all the time. Loves cuddling especially under the blankets. She is a rescue and was not house trained or knew any commands. She nows responds correctly to sit, stay, up and down (we have only had her for 3 months). Everyone who meets her says she is the sweetest dog they have ever met. She loves being with us and we love being with her.
1 year, 11 months ago
leo
2 Years
6 People
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my dog is sweet loving and hiper but amazing
2 years, 7 months ago
BEN
2 Years
2 People
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We are in our mid 70s to be honest he is a lot of dog. He's a rescue we've had a year and BEN never got the normal puppy training. He's a high energy dog and or mantra is "no jump" and "no bite"(playful). He should be with a younger family .... having thought it would be the right thing for him ... there was no way we could give him up. Since he ages 7 times faster we hope it all works out even.
6 years, 2 months ago
Cupcake
3 Years
9+ People
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Fetch
Play
Run
Laying in the sun
Learn a new trick
Very active and lovable. Loves kids and does not really make for lends with other dogs. Loves to wag her tail when she sees me or a family member.
6 years, 2 months ago
Coco
2 Years
5 People
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BEAUTIFUL! AWESOME! WONDERFUL! NICE! AMAZING!
5 years, 12 months ago
Pete
13 Weeks
2 People
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We just adopted him yesterday and are totally in love with him
5 years, 7 months ago
Riley
16 Weeks
2 People
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Indoor play
Tug of war
Hikes
Riley doesn't like the cold. Once it hits 50 degrees or less, he will refuse to pee without a coat on! So he has winter coats for this season. He also isnt big on going outside. He is much more of an inside pup. Tug of war is his favorite game. He loves playing with the cats, is great with meeting new people, and likes warm weather, short walks :) He is very cuddly and loves sleeping under the covers.
5 years, 5 months ago
Ruby
7 Months
4 People
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Great family dog with a lot of heart. Although we have tried to socialize Ruby on several occasions she still barks at all dogs & people. House training was what I’d consider to be normal for any puppy but I will say overall the anxiety level with this breed was something we were not prepared for but have learned to adjust to.
4 years, 9 months ago
Snacks
8 Years
3 People
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Fetch
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Snacks is a rescue and we have had her almost three years now. She is a wonderful, loving dog who is very attached. She gets visibly upset and shakes when she knows we are leaving the house. She loves to cuddle and burrow under blankets, and although she gets along fine with my other two dogs- she barks profusely when she sees any other dogs. She was already house trained when we found her, but I have attempted to teach her other tricks and she isn't interested (although extremely food motivated). I adore her and she loves people, everyone that meets her instantly falls in love. I have found a breed of dog that I will forever want in my home.
3 years, 11 months ago
milouh
10 Weeks
3 People
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watching netflix on the couch
my cheagle is cute when he is calm and falls asleep but sometimes he is wild and he bites everyone in the house sometimes he makes actual cuts with blood. so i am working on that so he can become a well behaved pup or else i might have to give him up because i have a neice that is only 2 years old and he can be scary when his teeth show.
3 years, 11 months ago
Toast
3 Months
6 People
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Fetch and cuddling
He is a good dog. He is friendly but has a mischievous side
3 years, 7 months ago
Max
18 Months
2 People
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Walk
Nap
Max is a rescue that we have had for 6 months. He is very fearful of men and children but my kiddo has won him over, he has a lot of anxiety from his life before us. He hates being in the car. He loves walks. He is very loving once you can break thru with him. He is quiet and rarely barks. He sheds a lot more than I was prepared for. He loves his crate and does not have an aggressive bone in his body. He is very sweet.
3 years ago
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