Are you looking to buy a compact, athletic family dog? Perhaps you should consider a dog mix you’ve never heard of!
Crossing a Basenji and Beagle gives you a unique dog with a great temperament. To help you decide if your family would do well with one of these dogs, we’ll analyse both breeds in this article.
We’ll also break down the details of a Basenji/Beagle mix, including factors like grooming difficulty, intelligence, size, and temperament.
By the end of this article, you’ll know all about the Basenji and Beagle mix, and will be able to decide if you should adopt one.
About Basenji Dogs
A relatively small dog that originated from the Congo region of Africa, the Basenji was originally bred as a hunting companion. Because of this, they have a high prey drive.
This natural hunting instinct also means they’ve got a lot of energy, so they’re best suited for owners who can exercise them for at least 60-90 minutes per day.
A Basenji may also become stubborn, so it’s best to train them while they’re young. They respond well to positive reinforcement.
Because of their stubbornness, people often mistake Basenjis for being dumb. In truth, they’re actually a pretty intelligent breed and will learn quickly with the right motivation.
As mentioned earlier, Basenjis aren’t a large breed. They usually measure about 17 inches from the ground to their shoulders.
Basenjis have short and fine hair that’s easy to groom. In addition, they have a skinny, curly tail and a face that expresses their emotions very clearly.
The most unique thing about the Basenji is their bark – or lack thereof. They’re known as the ‘African Barkless dog’ because they actually can’t bark. They make an odd sound that’s more akin to a yodel, instead.
If that wasn’t unique enough, Basenjis also groom themselves like cats and trot like mini horses!
On average, a Basenji lives 14-16 years.
Beagles are a classic breed of dog. They come from England, and were originally bred as tracking dogs.
This means that, like Basenjis, they have a high prey drive and love to chase rabbits and other small critters. They also have a great nose that’s designed for tracking prey.
Beagles are a happy and undeniably cute little dog. They come in a convenient size, standing only 13-17 inches at the shoulders.
Beagles have floppy ears and a smooth coat that’s relatively easy to maintain. A simple brushing once per week is enough to keep them groomed.
Thanks to their outgoing and friendly disposition, Beagles are very popular dogs among families with children.
In general, Beagles live for about 12-15 years.
What’s a Basenji/Beagle Mix?
If you’re looking for a unique dog breed, you’ve found it. By crossing a Basenji with a Beagle, you get a Baseagle!
Because this breed is relatively new, its history isn’t fully clear. It’s possible that they were bred in order to produce a ‘quieter’ version of a Beagle, since Basenjis can’t bark.
Regardless, Baseagles are still vocal, and will often howl or bark depending on which parent gene they inherit more of.
It’s an athletic and compact breed of dog that’s great for families. They tend to be real goofballs and love to play and run around in open backyards.
What Does a Baseagle Look Like?
Thanks to the Basenji’s athletic build, Baseagles have a compact but graceful appearance. Usually, a Baseagle will more closely resemble a Beagle than a Basenji.
Carrying the traits of Beagles, a Baseagle will often have a tricolor coat and short legs. Appearance can vary depending on which of the parent’s genes your Baseagle inherits more of; generally, however, they’ll have a strong but small build.
Adding to the variable appearance, their tail can either come out curly like a Basenji’s, or stand straight up like a Beagle’s. Their ears are usually a mix between both parent breeds’, standing half-pricked and being half-floppy.
How Big are Baseagles?
A Baseagle will usually weigh between 20-26 pounds and be about 13-17” tall when standing on all four legs. This places them in the ‘small dog’ category.
What is a Baseagle Temperament Like?
A Baseagle is the result of mixing two hound-type dogs. Since both parent breeds are designed for hunting and tracking, Baseagles have a high prey drive.
Their hunting instinct and keen sense of smell, hearing and sight means you should never let them off the leash unless you’re in an enclosed dog park. Otherwise, they will chase any small critter in sight.
While a Beagle is usually quite hyper, a Basenji is a calmer dog. Thanks to this, you tend to get a healthy middle with a Baseagle. They can be pretty vocal, however, so take that into account.
Baseagles tend to be friendly with strangers and children, so they make for a great family pet.
Do Baseagles Need a Lot of Exercise?
While Beagles are known for getting into all sorts of trouble thanks to their high energy level, Basenjis are quieter and smarter. Thanks to this mix, a Baseagle’s energy level isn’t too hard to manage.
Still, they love to run and chase, so it’s great if you can give them a fenced backyard to run around in. Otherwise, taking them for a few walks per day and getting them around 60 minutes of exercise should be sufficient.
Are Baseagles Hard to Groom?
Baseagles aren’t exactly hypoallergenic, but they may not cause allergic reactions like other breeds. This is because one of their parent breeds is hypoallergenic.
Maintaining a Baseagle’s coat isn’t hard at all. In general, they’ll tend to take care of their coat themselves. You can still brush them once per week to remove dead hair.
If your doggy gets bored and isn’t mentally/physically stimulated enough, they may start to over-groom themselves, so be wary of this.
Are Baseagles Hard to Train?
Basenjis are a notoriously stubborn dog, and while they’re pretty smart, a Beagle isn’t. Beagles aren’t the dumbest dogs, but they also need a lot of training to catch onto things that other breeds pick up quickly.
Because of this, you’ll need a lot of patience to train your Beagle/Basenji mix dog. Bringing them to puppy school while they’re young is a great idea.
If you choose to use food as a reward for training, make sure you don’t over-feed them treats; this breed can gain weight easily if you’re not careful.
How Long Do Baseagles Live?
A Beagle/Basenji mix dog will live around 10-15 years on average.
Beagle, Basenji, and Baseagle Comparison Table
|Average Weight||18-25 pounds||22-24 pounds||20-26|
|Grooming Difficulty||Relatively easy. Brush once per week.||Easy to groom.||Usually easy.|
|Shedding Level||Medium||Low||Moderate year-round|
|Temperament||Friendly, curious, can be stubborn if untrained||Calm but athletic, smart, curious||Athletic, curious. Usually calmer than a Beagle.|
|Exercise Needs||Medium – 60 minutes per day||Medium – They’ll do well with an hour of exercise or more per day.||60 minutes per day. A good long walk or a few short sprints will be perfect.|
|Intelligence||Not the brightest, but can learn||Very bright||Nothing impressive|
|Trainability||Relatively hard. They’re easily distracted.||Can be stubborn and hard to train||Medium, will require patience and lots of treats.|
|Friendliness to Strangers||Very friendly with strangers||Normally friendly with strangers||Usually friendly with strangers but may be aloof|
|Friendliness With Other Dogs||Very friendly with other dogs if socialized||Usually open to other dogs||Usually social with other dogs.|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years||13-14 years||10-15 years|
|Common health Issues||Intervertebral Disc Disease, Congenital Heart Defect, Glaucoma||Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD), Corneal Dystrophy, Patellar Luxation||Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy|
In Conclusion: Adopting a Basenji/Beagle Mix
If you’re looking for a great and unique family dog, a Baseagle is a great choice. If you plan on adopting one of these special dogs, however, make sure you take all the above information into account first.
While a Baseagle can be stubborn, remember that training them while they’re young and being patient will pay off. They make awesome companions and are very loving.
Make sure to get them enough exercise and room to run around, as they can be rowdy at times. This is especially true when they’re young.
We hope you’ve found this guide to Baseagles useful!