We already put together a guide outlining 15 of the most popular German Shepherd mixes, and also a guide outlining things to know about German Shepherd mixes.
The German Shepherd Beagle mix is one possible ‘mix’ breed of the German Shepherd dog breed.
In this guide we look at some of the key aspects of the GSD/Beagle mix breed, including what it is, it’s origin and history, physical traits and temperament, colors, where to find puppies for sale from breeders, adoption, and more.
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
German Shepherd Beagle Mix: 15 Things To Know
1) Other Names For A German Shepherd Beagle Mix
2) What Is A German Shepherd Beagle Mix – Are They A Registered Dog Breed?
The German Shepherd Beagle mix is not officially registered with a major dog breed registry like the AKC.
So, they are not technically a breed of dog.
The best way to describe them might be a designer mixed breed dog.
You may find that the GSD Beagle mix may be registered with some alternate designer dog breed registries.
3) German Shepherd Beagle Mix – Origin and History
German Shepherds were bred out of Germany in 1899 from local non standardised German herding dogs.
They were bred to be the ideal working dogs with working bodies (appearance was not as much of a priority).
You can read about the history and the evolution of the German Shepherd dog breed from 1899 to now in this guide.
The beagle dog is a breed of hound that is used for hunting.
They are known to have been developed from the fourteenth century when they were bred to help those who hunted rabbit and hare.
The Beagle can first be traced back to around the 16th century in England, where they were used as smaller pack hounds in hunts (in part due to their scent abilities) for rabbits, hares, and similar sized prey.
The Beagle was first recognized as a distinct breed during the 1800s.
Due to their strong sense of smell, in modern times, Beagles can be used as a narcotics-sniffing dog in places like airports.
In modern times, German Shepherd and Beagle dog breeds are individually amongst some of the most popular individual dog breeds according to various ‘most popular’ dog breed lists.
4) German Shepherd Beagle Mix – Size, Height & Weight & Life Expectancy
An average German Shepherd might be 60-65 cms (24-26 in), and 30-40 kg (66-88 lb) for a male in height and weight, and a female 55-60 cms (22-24 in), and 22-32 kg (49-71 lb).
Beagles might be anywhere from 33-41cms (or, 13 to 15 inches), and 9-11kg (or, 18 to 35lbs), depending on whether it’s a smaller or bigger Beagle, and also whether it’s male or female.
A Beagle’s typical life expectancy might be 10 to 15 years, whilst German Shepherds can be anywhere from 10 to 13 years.
A German Shepherd Beagle mix can be anywhere in between these dimensions and life expectancy.
5) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Physical Traits – What Do They Look Like?
Like all hybrid and mixed breed dogs, there is only one thing that is guaranteed with a German Shepherd Beagle mix puppy, and that is that they will have a diverse mix of genes from both parents and breeds (read more about purebreed vs. mix breed dogs and puppies).
This means physically and mentally – you can be getting any mix of traits from either breed.
German Shepherds belong to the large sized breed classification, and are known for their black/tan or black/red markings, and erect ears.
The show line German Shepherds have angulated backs and appear more narrow in their body proportions.
The working line German Shepherds have straighter backs, darker sable coat colors, and thicker more sturdy heads, necks and bodies overall.
Beagles belong to the small to medium sized hound classification, with a range of colors, a stocky body, and they are known for their longer floppy ears.
A German Shepherd Beagle Mix could come out with a mix of traits from both breeds.
Just as one example, you might get a medium sized dog, that is mostly tan with some white, with floppy ears (from the Beagle), and looks like a German Shepherd in the face.
But, you could get a different combination of features too.
6) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Temperament & Personality
Temperament is usually determined by the parents of the dog (this is where knowledgeable breeders are important to breeding puppy’s with stable temperaments) – so it differs dog by dog – the same as physical features.
German Shepherds might be loyal and obedient, but protective of family members and be wary of strangers, especially those they are unsure of.
They are usually loving around those they know, but the well maintained working lines in particular have the ability to perform protective and guard type work which requires a certain drive.
So, it can be dependent on the German Shepherd’s breeding lines.
Beagles tend to have a friendly, happy and stable temperament. They tend to make good companion and family dogs for this reason.
A G Shep Beagle mix could possess any combination of these traits in their temperament.
Both breeds usually require daily exercise to keep them from get agitated or destructive from being kept inside for too long.
7) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Colors
According to beaglepro.com, for Beagles: ‘There are 25 AKC color combinations. Making up those 25 color combinations are 10 colors. There are also 6 distinct markings that a Beagle may have’
One of the most common color combinations for beagles might be either tan, white and black, or, fawn/red, white and black.
German Shepherd Beagle mixes can be any of these colors.
8) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Training & Obedience
Neuropsychologist Stanley Coren, PhD, wrote a book called The Intelligence of Dogs, where he focuses on trainability as a marker of intelligence in dog breeds.
He references the assessments of 110 breeds by more than 200 professional dog obedience judges who scored breeds based on working/obedience tests.
The top dogs absorbed commands in less than five repetitions and obeyed them 95% of the time or better.
He lists the top 10 breeds that met that criteria, and German Shepherds came in at number 3, whilst Beagles came in at number 73.
Having said that, Beagles are fully able to be trained to be working dogs and do high level detection work – so, it can’t accurately be said that Beagles can’t be trained, or lack intelligence to do high level tasks.
When focusing on training any dog, you want to put a time into:
Early socialisation (puppy pre school, dog parks etc.)
Building a bond with your dog through exercise, play time and relaxation time
Basic commands – sit, stay, come, drop, leave it etc.
Standard obedience classes
Positive reward training
Being a consistent and strong leader (calm, patient and fair)
9) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Working Ability and Versatility
As mentioned above, German Shepherd’s were bred from German non-standardised shepherds to produce to ideal working dog – German Shepherds belong to the herding group.
Beagles originated as hound dogs to help hunt, and use their scent.
When you combine these dog breeds, you get an extremely varied and strong mix of working type characteristics.
German Shepherds would probably be the more versatile of the two breeds overall, but Beagles are probably better with their ability to smell, track and detect scents and items (hence their use at airports as sniffer dogs).
10) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Shedding & Grooming
German shepherd differ from Beagles in that they tend to shed a lot.
They have a double coat – a soft undercoat for insulation from the cold, and an outer more wiry coat that protects them from weather, dirt, bugs and other external environmental factors.
Double coat dogs like these usually shed all year around consistently, and then twice a year very heavily between certain seasons when they are losing their undercoat for the warmer months.
Beagles on the other are a short hair breed, and are considered moderate shedders i.e. they don’t tend to shed as much as a GSD.
Depending on the type of coat your GSD Beagle mix has, you’ll want to look at a good dog brush to groom your German Shepherd Beagle mix’s coat
This will help minimise hair dropped inside and the amount of vacuuming and cleaning you have to do.
A slicker brush is usually used for general brushing, although some like to use a comb or deshedding tool.
11) German Shepherd Beagle Mix – Health Concerns
On average, German Shepherds may be one of the breeds to be affected more by hip dysplasia and joint problems – which can be why it can be smart to certification that your dog’s joint are OK before you buy it from a breeder
Beagles may be one of the breeds to be more affected by obesity, epilepsy, hyperthyroidism, and can also be affected by hip dysplasia.
So, be wary of these potential health problems that might surface down the track if you get a mix of these breeds.
12) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Adoption – Where To Find A Rescue or Shelter Near Me?
Adopting a German Shepherd Beagle mix is a potentially great option to start looking before you go to a breeder.
There’s many homeless dogs out there in shelters and rescue out there (maybe due to owner abandonment and overpopulation due to breeders), and because of a lack of room, time, support and funds there are dogs being euthanised every day.
Contrary to the stigma, there are many dogs in shelters and rescues who are loveable and social, and just need a new owner to give them a chance to restore their self esteem.
If that sounds like something you are interested in, here’s some great guides to help you in knowing where to start with that process:
13) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Puppies For Sale – Where To Find Breeders
Because German Shepherd Beagle Mixes are designer type dogs, the types and quality of breeders out there are going to vary.
Yes, there are going to be people out there who just want to make quick money and they might not have the best interests of the dogs or the owner at heart.
But, there are also breeders out there who might have knowledge about dog breeding, and make an effort to do the right thing by the dog and the owner.
When looking to buy german shepherd beagle mix puppies from breeders, you’ll want to make sure the breeder places an emphasis on the good physical health of the dog, breeds from parents with no temperament issues, offers a guarantee on the dog and makes sure the owner is a right fit for the dog.
If you’re not sure where to start in finding a breeder, you may contact a designer breed registry and ask for a list of recommended breeders.
In addition to that, we wrote some helpful guides which help you identify good and ethical breeders, and where to find them.
They are written for German Shepherds, but you can find some very useful principles and tips you can use to find German Shepherd Beagle mix breeders in your area:
You can use them as a starting point for filtering and screening breeders – to sort the ethical from the unethical.
14) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Price – How Much Do They Cost?
It really depends on the quality and knowledge of the breeder, the quality of the dogs, location, demand of the market and other factors (like pedigree, titles etc.).
You do have to consider that these mix breeds are a ‘designer breed’ – so unethical breeders may be out to charge exorbitant prices and extort buyers.
Consider this, for a regular German Shepherd puppy you might pay between $500 to $1500 for a family pet type dog, and for a Beagle in the United States right now, you might be looking at between $500 to $1000, with some sites saying the median price right now is close to $600.
This is a rough estimate though.
Do your own research on the where the dog is coming from, and the prices across the majority of the market before you buy.
When buying from an adoption centre, you will usually still pay money for a mix breed – which covers the cost of bring in and caring for the dog (adoption centres aren’t usually out to make a profit).
15) German Shepherd Beagle Mix Puppy & Dog Photos & Pictures
More Information & Facts About The German Shepherd Dog Breed
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