Cheagle

Cheagle Breed

 
 

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Characteristics

Physical Characteristics:
Height: 9-14”
Weight: 9-20 lbs.
Energy Level: High
Colors:
The Cheagle is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • White
  • Tan


Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-14 years
The Cheagle is a mixed breed between the Chihuahua and the Beagle. Like all hybrid breeds, he is less prone to hereditary health issues than his purebred counterparts. However, he may inherit health conditions that are common to either parent breed.

Joint problems like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation may impact the Cheagle. Hip dysplasia occurs when a malformed hip joint does not allow the thighbone to fit properly into place, often leading to discomfort, pain, or limping. In more severe cases, it can cause arthritis or even lameness, possibly needing surgery to correct the condition. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not breed, so ensure your prospective puppy’s parents have no history of the condition. Although it is hereditary, hip dysplasia can be triggered by rapid weight gain or injury, such as falling on a slippery floor or landing incorrectly after jumping. This is something to be especially mindful of with young puppies. Patellar luxation involves the knee joint sliding easily into and out of place. This dislocation of the knee may also cause limping, pain, and lameness, which is often intermittent. Surgery can correct patellar luxation, but it may not be a possibility in all cases.

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, may be an issue for some Cheagles. Symptoms may include weakness, anxiety, heart palpitations, extreme changes in appetite, confusion, and sometimes loss of consciousness. Episodes of hypoglycemia can be treated with consumption or injection of glucose, depending on the severity of the episode. Your veterinarian will also try to treat the underlying condition of the disease, which may involve medication or removal of tumors.

The Cheagle may also experience various eye problems or heart problems, and he is likely to snore. Like his Chihuahua parent, he may be prone to shivering or trembling.

The average life expectancy for a Cheagle is 10-14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

Like all hybrid breeds, the Cheagle’s temperament may vary, because he can be any combination of characteristics exhibited by his parent breeds. However, the average Cheagle is affectionate, loving, playful, and friendly. He is also loyal, protective, and energetic. The Cheagle is a combination of an active pet and a lap dog.

An apartment is an acceptable home for the Cheagle, but he will need at least thirty minutes of exercise each day, as well as plenty of playtime. If he is not adequately exercised, the Cheagle is likely to bark and chew destructively. He loves playing games and running freely, so access to a large yard is a bonus. When he is outdoors, the Cheagle does need to be securely fenced or on a leash, as he will certainly pursue interesting scents if given the opportunity. The Cheagle does not like extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures. If he must go outside in cold weather, a dog sweater is recommended. He should not be outdoors in overly hot weather unless he has adequate shelter; ideally, he should be kept indoors around fans and air conditioning.

The Cheagle is loving and very affectionate, making him an excellent family companion. He may form a particularly strong bond with one member of the family. He does not like to be left alone for long periods of time and may become destructive if not given enough companionship. He is typically quiet, but some may bark occasionally. The Cheagle can have a high-pitched yap like the Chihuahua or more of a howl like the Beagle. Teaching a “Quiet” command during training may be a good idea.

The Cheagle typically gets along well with children, but it is best to supervise them very closely around younger children due to their small size. Additionally, the Cheagle may nip a bit when he is excited, and they will not handle teasing well if they are more like the Chihuahua parent. Older children who know how to properly and gently handle a dog make better companions for the Cheagle. They will generally get along well with other pets, especially if raised with them. However, socialization is important to keep the Cheagle from becoming dog-aggressive. Reactions to strangers range from polite to friendly with the Cheagle. He is an excellent watchdog who tends to be protective of his family, but he is too small to make an effective guard dog.

This highly energetic breed can be a challenge to train. The Cheagle needs consistent, firm leadership. You must establish yourself as the authority figure early on, and ensure that you are not lenient or inconsistent because the Cheagle may take advantage. Use positive reinforcement such as favorite treats, extra playtime, and encouraging verbal praise. House training is particularly difficult with this breed, so begin right away. Crate training is recommended.

Grooming

The Cheagle typically has a short, shiny coat that sheds moderately, although this may vary. You should brush his coat weekly. If he sheds more than average, you may want to brush more frequently.

Bathe the Cheagle as needed, and trim his nails regularly to prevent overgrowth and cracking. Check his ears weekly for signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, and odor. Pay special attention to dental care, because smaller dogs are more prone to periodontal disease, and the Chihuahua tends to have dental problems. Brushing his teeth daily is recommended.

Diet

On average, the Cheagle should consume ¾-1.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food daily, preferably divided into smaller meals. A dog food formulated especially for small breeds is recommended for the Cheagle.

Because this breed may have a tendency to become overweight, it is important to monitor his eating habits and weight. If he begins to gain excessive weight, be sure to scale back his food, as an overweight Cheagle is likely to have joint issues.

Clean, fresh drinking water should be available for your Cheagle at all times, especially in hot weather.
 

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Cost

The average cost of a Cheagle puppy is $300-$650. Pricing will vary according to factors such as breeder location and reputation, gender, and lineage of the parents.

If you adopt a Cheagle, expect adoption fees to cost up to $175, depending on your location.






Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Cheagle ranks a 2. He does need plenty of socialization and companionship, and he may be somewhat challenging to train. However, he is low maintenance in regards to grooming, has moderate exercise needs, and can adapt to life in an apartment. He is generally healthy and sheds only moderately.

 

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