9-19 lbs
United States
American Rat Terrier

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.

Companion Pet, Sporting
Date of Origin
Beagle, American Rat Terrier

Raggle Health

Average Size
Male Raggle size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Raggle size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 9-19 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Misaligned Teeth
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Dental Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Skin Evaluation

Raggle Breed History

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.

Raggle Breed Appearance

Raggles are small but sturdily-built dogs weighing up to 20 pounds with a height of up to 12 inches. Common colors can include brown, white, black, cream and lemon and their coats are straight, short and thick making for fairly easy grooming. They have almond-shaped eyes which are very expressive and can be brown or hazel in color. Their noses are usually black and their soft, velvety ears flop down onto their faces. The Raggle has a medium sized muzzle and a tail that can be straight or curly. They have a small chest, strong back and their necks are quite well defined.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Raggle eyes
brown Raggle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Raggle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Raggle coat
brown Raggle coat
white Raggle coat
cream Raggle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Raggle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Raggle Breed Maintenance

This breed is fairly easy to groom and are regarded as low maintenance. They shed minimally and weekly brushing should be more than enough to get rid of any loose hair and keep the coat looking good. The Raggle does not have a strong doggy odor so it is not necessary to bath them very often. When you do make sure to use a recommended dog shampoo. Check the ears for any dirt or infection and brush the teeth daily if possible to prevent any dental problems. If the nails aren’t worn down with all the running around your pet is likely to do, then clip them when needed.
Brushes for Raggle
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Raggle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Raggle Temperament

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.

Raggle Activity Requirements

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.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Raggle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Raggle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Raggle size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Raggle size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Raggle size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Raggle size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Raggle size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Raggle size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 14 lbs

Raggle Owner Experiences

5 Years
2 People
Catch treats
I got him at 16 weeks old and he took to me very quickly, when he met my girlfriend, he fell in love just as fast as I did, she loves him so much, almost as much as I love him. He has been a bit excitable lately, but he has always been a very happy and active dog, he now has taken on the job of keeping my mom company and they have bonded well. But his strongest bond is with me and I just love that.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
8 Years
4 People
House & Yard
We got our raggle around age 7 from my aunt who no longer wanted him. He is a pretty stubborn dog. But we love him. I think he was the perfect addition to our family. We also have a yellow lab. Besides our lab he doesn’t interact with other dogs very well. We love him very much even though he is a bit of a struggle.
8 months ago
6 Years
1 People
House & Yard
I have dug good experience with raggles. I got one when I was 6 and his name is rosco and he is just so nice and loves to play.
11 months ago
4 Years
3 People
Buddy is 4 years old and was our second dog. He was a lot more energetic and playful than our older dog (puggle), but we lost our other dog about a year and a half ago. Buddy is about 26 lbs and in great health. He’s a barker when other dogs are around, but he plays well with other dogs. He’s a bit anxious, so if we leave him at home, we have to kennel him (even then, he once got a reusable bag next to the kennel and tore it apart!) He tears apart toys like a large dog, and only recently has he figured out not to eat his own bed! However, he sleeps with our 9 year old son every night, and when Buddy was younger (about a year) we were on a walk and my son was attacked by a dog-Buddy was new to the family but went into defense mode instantly (along with our other dog); I’ve never been so proud of them! Our life is so much richer with our Buddy!!!
1 year, 5 months ago
18 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Fiona was the best choice for our family. She is more quiet than most, but will bark from inside when something is going on outside. She weighs more than what is outlined (25lbs), but our Vet says she is perfect. Our Fiona is more submissive, constantly flopping on her back for a belly rub. She is VERY social. Walking her is a workout as she likes to run. She keeps her nose to the ground so we have to pay attention to what is on the ground. She developed a knack for finding chicken bones and devouring them in seconds. That said, I spend a lot of time prying her mouth open to get something out. She seems to have a metal stomach and is picky at all about what she eats, so we have to be mindful about what we feed her and how much. We LOVE Fiona! I couldn't not imagine my life without her.
2 years ago
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