10-20 lbs
United States
Miniature Pinscher
The Meagle is a designer hybrid between the purebred Miniature Pinscher, sometimes called a Min Pin, and the Beagle, a compact sized hound dog.  The resulting hybrid is a fun, family-oriented dog that loves attention and is naturally curious.  The Meagle has an advanced scene of smell and is not afraid to use it to inspect everything.  They can be a little stubborn and need early socialization as well as proper attention to prevent any bad behaviors from developing.  Five hybrid and competitive clubs recognize the Meagle but the hybrid also goes by the name, Megie in the Designer Breed Registry.
Date of Origin
Miniature Pinscher and Beagle

Meagle Health

Average Size
Male Meagle size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Meagle size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Periodontal Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests

Meagle Breed History

The Meagle is a cross between the Miniature Pinscher and the Beagle.  Both parent breeds are popular and lively with detailed histories.  Unfortunately, the Meagle is not as well-known and does not have standards.  Its lack of standards means hybrid dogs may vary significantly.  The best way to understand the potential type of dog your Meagle may be is to review the histories, including health and character traits of the parent breeds. The Miniature Pinscher is, as his name suggests, a small dog. The name Pinscher is German for biter and this breed is the German version of a Terrier.  It first developed in Germany several hundred years ago as a vermin hunter and remained in relative seclusion until the late 19th Century.  Fanciers began breeding and showing the Min Pin and the breed's popularity quickly rose in the 20th Century.  The Min Pin was imported to the United States and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1929 as part of the Terrier group but later reclassified the breed as a Toy. The Beagle has a mysterious history with some people believing the breed comes from the Romans who brought small rabbit hunting dogs as they moved across Europe.  The rabbit dogs bred with native hounds, producing the smaller predecessor to the Beagle.  However, the modern-day Beagle that is so well-known today developed during the 19th Century in England.  The Beagle was bred for his scenting and hunting abilities, not his looks and caught the attention of American breeders who wanted a small fox hunting hound.  In the United States, the Beagle's height was further reduced to its current day stature and the American Kennel Club first recognized the breed as a Hound dog in 1885.

Meagle Breed Appearance

The Meagle is a small dog and smaller than the Beagle parent.  The head may have a slight dome or can be flat, and the muzzle is small.  The Meagle's ears hang down and are larger than the Min Pin but smaller than the Beagle's ears.  The eyes are amber to brown and slightly oval shaped with a playful expression.  The Meagle has a graceful form with long, thin legs, similar to the Miniature Pinscher.  The coat can be either course with short to medium hair or silky, but it usually dark with darker points on the face.  The tail of the Meagle is often held straight up and carried gaily. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Meagle eyes
amber Meagle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Meagle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Meagle coat
brown Meagle coat
black Meagle coat
red Meagle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Meagle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Meagle Breed Maintenance

Despite its short coat, the Meagle is a moderate shedding dog and not hypoallergenic.  Weekly brushing will significantly reduce the amount of loose and dead hair and help with shedding.  Hound mitts are effective tools for brushing the hair and this activity helps you bond with your Meagle.  The Meagle may suffer from periodontitis due to tartar and plaque build-up.  Brushing your Meagle's teeth two to three times a week as well as providing him with hard chew toys will help lessen the tartar build-up as well as bacteria.  The Meagle's ears are also long and may trap dirt and moisture.  While brushing your Meagle, check and clean his ears as needed with a veterinarian approved product made for cleaning ears to prevent infections and foul smells.
Brushes for Meagle
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Meagle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Meagle Temperament

The Meagle is a spirited, lively companion for the family, though they can be mischevious at times.  The Min Pin parent is not known to have great patience with children, but the Beagle parent loves kids.  The hybrid Meagle's kid-friendly personality may lean toward either parent breed, but early and consistent socialization with children will help this hybrid adjust well.  The Meagle is somewhat more naturally friendly towards strangers than children, but socialization will ensure the hybrid has healthy relationships with other people.  The Beagle parent is a pack dog and consequently, is very dog-friendly whereas the Min Pin parent may not be such a pet-friendly dog.  The Meagle will most likely share one parent's disposition toward other pets but it is not possible to predict with complete accuracy.  At best, the Meagle will be a good mix of both parents.  The energy levels of the Meagle are high and easy to predict given both parent breeds are as equally active.  The Meagle's high energy requires supervision and its sometime independent and stubborn nature can make training a little more challenging.  

Meagle Activity Requirements

The Meagle is an active dog with a lot of energy packed in a small form.  Daily exercise and plenty of mental stimulation is a must for this lively dog or he may develop mischievous behaviors.  A backyard is ideal for the Meagle who enjoys running.  However, the Meagle should be supervised while outside and the yard needs a secure fence.  The Meagle is a smart dog with a high potential for wanderlust.  They are also prey driven and will find a way to escape to chase small animals.  The Meagle can adjust to apartment living provided it gets daily exercise and this hybrid is more suited to warmer climates, though temperate environments are also ideal.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Meagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Meagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Meagle size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Meagle size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
12 Months
Male Meagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Meagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs
18 Months
Male Meagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Meagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs

Meagle Owner Experiences

6 Months
3 People
House & Yard
not much experience yet
4 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Abel acts like any other 4 year old puppy, he enjoys chewing on anything he can get ahold of and has high energy. He can sometimes be mischievous though and really likes to test you and your other animals limits! He’s super curious and loves to roam in our backyard and follows anywhere his nose takes him. He barks at strangers but when confronted loves getting petted. He can be a lot to handle at times so maybe not a good dog for first time owners.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
7 People
House & Yard
Izzy is a very regular dog, with the staple traits such as trying to please her masters, having a large appetite, and not being the smartest. She is very sweet but extremely shy. She has a terrible habit of eating too quickly and snapping at the cats if they get too close, especially while she's eating. She is full of energy. If all meagles are like this, I would say they make a good second dog for moderately experienced owners.
1 year, 3 months ago
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