Spreagle

41-65 lbs
14-25"
United States
English Springer Spaniel
Beagle
The Spreagle is a hybrid mix of the Beagle and the English Springer Spaniel.  This breed combination mixes two pure breeds which have been developed for hunting and tracking...and...oh what a wonderful combination has resulted! With the world famous nose of the Beagle parent and the versatile talents of the English Springer Spaniel parent, if you have a hunter in the house, this medium-sized canine will fit in perfectly.  Even if there are no hunters in this family, maybe he can help you find your car keys or little Tommy's backpack or Susie's special blue sweater or even hubby's long needle-nose pliers that he hasn't seen in months.  He will also find his way into the hearts of each and every member of the family (any maybe the neighbor's, too?).
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog, Hunting
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Beagle, English Springer Spaniel

Spreagle Health

Average Size
Male Spreagle size stats
Height: 14-25 inches Weight: 41-65 lbs
Female Spreagle size stats
Height: 14-25 inches Weight: 41-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Ectropion
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Spreagle Breed History

The Spreagle is a hybrid mix of the Beagle and the English Springer Spaniel.  The place and approximate date of origination is unavailable on this hybrid, but we can most likely assume that the Spreagle was developed in the United States, sometime in the late 1900's or the early 2000's when interest in mixing pure breeds for numerous reasons became more popular.  The histories of the parent breeds will shine more light upon this interesting and lovable hybrid mix.  The Beagle is a breed which can be traced back to the days of King Arthur in Britain (before the time of the Romans) and is believed to be a contributor to most, if not all, hound breeds who came after.  The Beagle has a world renowned reputation for having the most scent sensitive nose in the whole canine world.  He is now and always has been a scent hound, those instincts still being extremely strong in the Beagle that we see today. He was bred to hunt hares and rabbits then and, today, he continues to be utilized, not only in hunting and tracking activities and competitions, but also as a beloved companion and furry family member. The Beagle was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and he is the 5th most popular breed in that registry.  The English Springer Spaniel originated, as his name implies, in England and can be traced back to images depicted in a variety of artwork during the 16th and 17th centuries.  Hunting back then was much different than it is today, since guns hadn't been invented yet, hunting with hawks or nets to capture and kill their prey.  The English Springer Spaniel was bred to hunt and flush or spring out game and then to retrieve them.  Today, the Springer is bred for different functions; one variety being bred for conformation shows while the other is bred for performance in the field.  There are few Springers who are found to perform in both areas.  The English Springer Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 and is the 26th most popular breed in their registry.  The Spreagle hybrid itself is recognized by the Dog Registry of America.

Spreagle Breed Appearance

Your Spreagle hybrid is a mix of the Beagle and the English Springer Spaniel and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits of one or both parent breeds.  Breeders and owners of the Spreagle hybrid describe him as weighing about 40 pounds and standing about 21 inches tall, having a thick, silky coat which is quite prone to shedding with the common colors being brown, black and white. His tail can be varying in length and carried curled over the back or hanging down. His eyes could be brown or hazel, his nose black and his ears can be medium or long in length and flop down close to the head.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Spreagle eyes
Hazel
brown Spreagle eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Spreagle nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Spreagle coat
White
brown Spreagle coat
Brown
black Spreagle coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Spreagle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Spreagle Breed Maintenance

Your Spreagle hybrid falls into the moderate category of maintenance and shedding.  His coat is not hypoallergenic.  Since he's in the moderate shedding category, you should expect to need to brush him several times a week and probably increase your vacuuming frequency a bit.  He won't need to be bathed unless he needs it due to accumulated dirt or doggy smell.  He'll need to have his ears checked on a weekly basis, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Be sure to check his toenails at least once a month, trimming them as needed unless he is able to keep them worn down with his normal exercise activities.  He has a high tendency to hunt and wander, so be sure to keep him on leash for his own safety when he's outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure.  He can be a frequent barker; this could be an issue for those who live in noise restricted areas.  He is an active canine who will need at least 2 hours per day of moderate exercise to keep him fit, healthy and happy.
Brushes for Spreagle
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Spreagle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Spreagle Temperament

Your Spreagle hybrid is a mix of the Beagle and the English Springer Spaniel and, as such, can have the temperament and personality traits of either or both parent breeds.  Owners and breeders of the the Spreagle hybrid describe him as fun-loving, loyal and a great companion for children.  Additionally, his parent breeds can contribute traits like: friendliness, affection, gentleness, alertness, energy, independence, intelligence, liveliness, sweetness and socialness. Your Spreagle hybrid is known to bark an alert when people approach his home, this trait makes him a great watchdog.  He comes from active parent breeds, so he'll need to be exercised regularly to manage those energy levels to avoid the annoying and frustrating destructive behaviors which are known to accompany boredom in a clever canine.  Because he is an intelligent canine, he will need to be challenged both physically as well as mentally when you consider his exercise regimen.  He has an independent streak so, for those of you who are new or novice dog owners, be aware of the importance of firmly and lovingly establishing who's in charge as early as possible in your relationship with him. This independence will likely cause him to be a challenge in training.  Just be patient, kind and encouraging, beginning with the basics and building upon them using positive training and encouragement methods.  He will need to be appropriately socialized to ensure that he's good with the kids, the family cat and other dogs.  Expect that he will alert you of the approach of strangers and be wary of them until he senses there is no danger to his human family, though once that has been established in his mind, he will likely warm up to them quite nicely.

Spreagle Activity Requirements

Your Spreagle hybrid is an active canine who will need at least 2 hours of daily exercise to stay fit, happy and healthy both mentally and physically.  That exercise can be in the form of several long daily walks or jogs, playtime in the dog park or fenced yard or other safe enclosure, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flyball, earth dog activities, agility training, obedience training and seek and find games both inside the house as well as outside.  He is a canine who has a high degree of hunting/prey instinct coupled with a high tendency to wander.  So, keeping him on leash when outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure is highly recommended, unless, you have figured into your exercise regimen the energy and time needed for chasing him down the street, through the neighborhood backyards or through the woods and streams as he pursues a small animal or interesting scent which has caught his attention.  Depending on which breed parent has the most influence in his size in the bio mix, he may or may not adapt well to apartment or condo living, his barking tendency also needing to be considered in these types of living arrangements.  He can adapt quite well, however, to a family home with or without a fenced yard, in an urban or rural setting in a temperate climate in which he is provided with ample additional protection in the temperature extremes. 
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Spreagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Spreagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Spreagle size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Spreagle size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 40 lbs
12 Months
Male Spreagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 53 lbs
Female Spreagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 53 lbs
18 Months
Male Spreagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 53 lbs
Female Spreagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 53 lbs

Spreagle Owner Experiences

Doodle
12 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I love Doodle. So does Sophie.
6 months ago
Wilson
11 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
friendly, bark a lot, has a high degree of hunting/prey instinct coupled with a high tendency to wander. He has a difficulty with walk next to you:)
7 months, 1 week ago
Book me a walkiee?
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