The Raggle is a designer dog comprised of a mix between a purebred Rat Terrier and a purebred Beagle. They are small but energetic dogs who can be a bit willful and have a strong prey drive. They will need a firm confident handler but if socialized early they make great family pets who love their owners. They get on well with children but can be a bit aggressive with other dogs, another reason for early socialization and training. They need a lot of exercise to burn off all their energy and after a busy, active day are more than ready to snuggle with their family. Common colors include brown, white, black, cream and lemon and their coats are straight, short and thick. When it comes to grooming they are low maintenance dogs.
The Raggle is a hybrid breed and a mix between a purebred Rat Terrier and a purebred Beagle. The earliest Beagles were known as “Pocket Beagles” because they were so small they fitted into the pocket of a hunter. They were later bred to be bigger and the modern Beagle is believed to be descended from the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle and the Southern Hound. Farmers in England, Ireland, and Wales used them to hunt rabbits. The Reverend Phillip Honeywood is credited with developing the modern breed in the mid-1800s while another Englishman Thomas Johnson focused more on breeding dogs that were both attractive and good hunters. The dogs arrived in America around the same time and were also used for rabbit hunting. One of the most famous Beagles is Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. The Rat Terrier is an American breed developed for catching rats. Some say they got the name from President Theodore Roosevelt after his own terrier wiped out the rat population at the White House. They share much of their ancestry with small hunting dogs known as feists. Between the 1920s and the 1940s just about every farm in America had a Rat Terrier but numbers dwindled when farmers opted for using pesticides. But the breed survived thanks to some breeders and are popular companion dogs today as well as working dogs. They are used by the police to search for narcotics and also as therapy dogs in hospices and hospitals.
The Raggle is a small, very lively breed that loves to play and is very affectionate to their family. They are great with children and can play for hours with seemingly boundless energy. They may be a little wary around strangers, but if it is a friend they will soon warm up. Raggles make great watchdogs as they are extremely alert and will bark if they spot an intruder. When it comes to training they need some commitment from their handler as they are stubborn and have a strong prey drive which makes them prone to chasing other animals. They need an owner who will have time to be patient with them while training and provide plenty of praise and positive reinforcement. They will get along with other family pets provided they are introduced early. They are enthusiastic, curious dogs who need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy and content.
The Raggle is full of energy and will need plenty of exercise to burn this off. They will love going for long walks to the beach or the dog park but make sure they are leashed on the way there as they are known to chase other dogs. The Raggle will love balls games and will enjoy dog sports like agility training. They would adapt to apartment living provided they get plenty of outdoor exercise but ideally would thrive in a house with a fenced in garden where they can run around. Raggles do better in the heat than cold so don’t leave them outside for any length of time in winter.