The Australian Shepherd Beagle mix has one purebred Australian Shepherd parent and another Beagle parent. This hybrid designer dog combines two hard working, hunting and herding, breeds. They are very intelligent, incredibly active and bags for fun in the right family homes. Aside from its fun-loving, high octane personality, a mix of the luscious locks of the Australian Shepherd and the classic hound-dog appearance of the Beagle, make for a very good-looking dog indeed. Today we’ll share the typical breed traits, characteristics and behaviors of a Beagle Australian Shepherd hybrid. We’ll also look at the care needed to raise a happy, healthy Australian Shepherd Beagle mix.
Where Does The Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Come From?
As is the case with many mixed breeds, information about where this mix had its beginnings is scant. We can find out plenty about the parent breeds, the Australian Shepherd and the Beagle, however.
The Australian Shepherd is not really that “Aussie” at all, the breed had its beginnings in Europe, where it was used by the local herdsmen in the Pyrenees Mountains. In the 1800s these dogs were taken to Australia and spent some time there where their amazing herding ability and work ethic was further honed. From there the Aussie Shepherd made a trip to America where this hard working and talented dog was further admired and refined to become the “Aussie” we know today.
The Beagle’s history is so long that its exact origins are murky. There are reports of dogs that could well have been the Beagle’s predecessors as far back as the year 55BC in England. Small hounds, most likely these early Beagles have had a place in England’s history ever since, due to their ability to hunt rabbits on foot, without the need for horses.
Fun Facts About Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix
- Aussie Beagles have talent and fame in their gene pool.
- Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s trusty companion, is in fact a Beagle!
- As for the Australian Shepherd side of the family, one Aussie Shepherd in the 70s called Hyper Hank was a talented Frisbee performer.
- He even performed at the opening of the Superbowl XII and got to visit President Carter and his family at the Whitehouse.
Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Size
As with any mix breed, these dogs could take after either parent. So, you could end up with a dog which is shorter thicker like the Beagle, or a little finer like the Australian Shepherd.
You can expect an Aussie Beagle to grow to be a medium-sized dog, reaching anywhere between 13 and 20 inches at the shoulder and weighing 20 – 60 pounds.
Coat Colors and Type
The Australian Shepherd has a longer, double coat which comes in grey, black, white and caramel. Often their coats are ‘merle’, or marbled, in appearance. The Beagle has a shorter coat and comes in a wide variety of colors and color combinations. Colors include:
- Blue tick
- Red tick
- Blue and
It is not uncommon to see Australian Shepherds with mismatched eye colors. An Aussie Beagle mix may even produce a dog with the piercing blue eyes common amongst Australian Shepherds, along with the ‘eyeliner’ of the Beagle.
Grooming, Shedding and Allergies
This mix will benefit from grooming at least twice a week. If a pup has taken after its Aussie Shepherd parent, a little more care will need to be taken with grooming due to the thick double coat.
They are high shedders, and will molt all year around. Brushing will reduce this, but you’ll still need a good vacuuming routine. Sadly this cross is not an ideal choice for those with dog allergies.
Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Temperament
It is important to be familiar with the dominant traits of both parent breeds, as there is a good chance your pup will pick up some of these. The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, tireless worker that loves to herd. As a result, you need to keep these dogs busy, or they will become bored and restless.
Aussies are also loyal companions, so once you have a bond with these dogs, expect that they will want to accompany you just about anywhere. Beagles are hunting dogs, and as such they are also energetic and need lots of time to play. They are intelligent just like the Aussie and are easily trained. Beagles are also known for their happy and outgoing personalities.
Any combination of these two breeds is not going to be a couch potato, and they are likely to be whip smart. This intelligence means that an Aussie Beagle Mix is likely to be easy to train and will thrive on the attention and mental challenge.
Training Your Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix
Before you start teaching your puppy fancy tricks, you will likely be keen to potty train them. If you don’t quite know where to start with potty training, check out this article, which includes a handy training schedule.
Both these dogs were bred to work and have high energy levels, so an Aussie Beagle will need 1-2 hours of exercise a day. And to be clear, leaving them in the yard all day won’t count as ‘exercise’ – these dogs need to be engaged.
Beagles are scent hounds, and if they are bored they will busy themselves following any smells they come across. This has left them with the reputation of being highly skilled escape artists.
An Aussie Shepherd, once fully grown, makes a great jogging or hiking companion, keeping you fit and your dog happy. If you don’t have the time to spend 1-2 hours each day playing, training and interacting with an Aussie Beagle, one of these dogs might not be the best choice for you.
Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Health
Both dog breeds enjoy a relatively good level of health. However, as with most purebreds, there are some health problems that can crop up.
Hip Dysplasia is a common problem in many breeds of dog. It is the result of the large bone in the upper thigh not fitting properly into the hip socket. This leads to arthritis and mobility issues. We recommend that both Beagles and Aussie Shepherds be tested for hip dysplasia.
Similarly, both parent breeds have a predisposition to epilepsy. It is important that both parent dogs are screened for this potentially serious health condition.
Beagles are known to have issues with their thyroid, most notably hypothyroidism. This results in weight gain and the loss of fur. Beagles can also develop eye problems, Musladin-Lueke Syndrome, and can also experience trouble with dislocated kneecaps.
Australian Shepherds can be susceptible to some forms of cancer and cataracts. Both dogs should have their ears checked regularly for infections and foreign bodies.
How Long Do Australian Shepherd Beagle Mixes Live?
If healthy, both breeds live up to around 15 years of age.
Are Mixed Breeds Healthier?
They point to scientific studies which indicate that dogs with a genetically diverse background are healthier than purebreds. They also claim that breed standards, which dictate the desirable physical attributes of purebred dogs, often have more to do with aesthetics than the welfare of the dog.
This has led to dogs with flattened faces and breathing difficulties, back and joint problems, and difficulty giving birth. As far a bettering the breed, advocates of mixed breeds state that a truly responsible breeder will encourage traits that make the dog healthier and happier. Even if that means the dog strays from the expected standards of the breed.
Do Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Make Good Family Dogs?
An Aussie Beagle mix can make a good family dog, but not for all families. These dogs are the product of two high energy breeds that like to work.
For an active family that has plenty of time to play and train their dog, an Aussie Beagle mix could make a great pet. However, if you are part of a busy family short on time who is after a laid-back dog, then this is not the mix breed for you.
Pros and Cons of Getting Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix
- Will need plenty of time put into training and exercise.
- Can become bored and destructive.
- Can be escape artists.
- Great for active people who would like a companion to take on adventures.
- Fun loving, friendly and loyal.
- Easy to train.
- Similar Australian Shepherd Beagle Mixes and Breeds
If you like the sound of these dogs, but aren’t sure you will find one in your area, here are some other breeds or mixes that you might like:
- Aussiedoodle – (Australian Shepherd Poodle mix)
- Border Collie
- Beaglier (Beagle King Charles Spaniel mix)
- Cocker Spaniel
Rescuing an Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix
Being a relatively uncommon mixed breed, you may not find a rescue group dedicated specifically to the Aussie Beagle cross. However, if you are looking to rescue one of these dogs, check local rescue groups dedicated to the parent breeds. Sometimes these groups will help find homes for crosses as well as purebreds.
Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Puppies
When looking for a mixed breed pup, steer clear of puppy farms. The dogs in these establishments are housed in appalling conditions and often suffer untreated injuries and health problems.
Not only are they often neglected physically, but mentally these dogs are deprived of the chance to socialize and play. Sadly, those cute puppies you see in the pet shop window often come from puppy mills too. If you would like to know how to avoid getting a puppy from a puppy mill, check out this article.
Raising an Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Puppy
If you are ready to introduce a new member into your family in the form of an Aussie Beagle cross pup, then you will find these resources helpful when it comes to raising and training your new puppy.
Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Rescues
If you have read and considered carefully the information in this article and think this is the right dog for you, then consider rescuing one.
Here is a list of rescue organizations dedicated to the parent breeds.
Is an Australian Shepherd Beagle Mix Right for Me?
These dogs can make great companions for the right family or individual. Judging from their parent’s characteristics, you can expect Aussie Beagles to be smart, energetic loyal, hardworking and fun-loving dogs. However, they are both high energy breeds which need time put into their training.
Both breeds will get bored easily if left to their own devices. If you have the time and the energy to put into training and exercising the Aussie Beagle, then you will surely find them to be a much-loved addition to your family.
Do you have an Australian Shepherd Beagle mix? We’d love to hear about him or her in the comments below!
References and Resources
- MSD Veterinary Manual
- Beuchat, C. “The Myth of Hybrid Vigor in Dogs is a Myth.” Institute of Canine Biology.
- Ekenstedt and Oberbauer. 2013. “Inherited Epilepsy in Dogs.” Topics in Companion Animal Medicine.
- Benjamin et al. 1996. “Associations between Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, and Thyroid Neoplasia in Beagles.” Veterinary Pathology.
- Bloeme and Perry. 2008. “Disc Dogs – The Complete Guide.” Hyperflite.
My Merlin is an Aussie Beagle mix and I adopted him from my local shelter when he was around 5 and a half years old. He is missing a leg and I’m not really sure of his history (we believe there was some abuse or neglect or both) but he’s the sweetest thing ever. He’s snuggly and he sleeps about 16 hours a day. He’s got a touch of anxiety but it’s manageable. He’s my best friend and I’m so excited to be his momma.
We only recently found out that our 5 year old rescue (~34lbs) is an Aussie beagle when we did a DNA test. She 56% beagle and 17% Australian Shepherd (and 9% Border Collie and
7% Miniature American Shepherd). She is the sweetest dog who wants to cuddle all the time. She is incredibly good at escaping fences. You can watch her analyze our backyard privacy fence for possible escape routes. However, when her prey drive isn’t kicked in, she is very obedient to commands and gets along with all dogs. She does have a lot of energy, but as long as she gets a walk everyday, she is calm in the house.
Sarena Campbell says
I think its hilarious that I have read the description on two sites and they both said this mix wouldn’t be a couch potato, yet so many of these comments say otherwise!
Our two year old girl loves to hop in our laps with a toy and binge watch some TV.
I’m relieved to hear that it’s not just ours that has a problem being off leash when outside. All the other dogs in our extended family can run around and no one has need to worry, but her—she’d be down the street or off in the woods in a second!
She does dig, but not for fun, she wants into our neighbor’s yard to play with her friend, a big mastiff puppy. They run up and down the privacy fence, and shove their snouts through holes that seem to be getting bigger in the wood. Totally haven’t witnessed the mastiff nibble a chunk away!
But I can say for both my husband and myself that she is the best dog that we have ever had. She loves other dogs and can’t get enough of being around kids when she gets the chance. She even listens to almost every we say! Just not ‘Come here’!
Oso was at the Humane Society of Missouri. My ex wanted to see tbe puppies. He put a lock on me with his eyes and that was that. The girl came to get him out and when she walked padt us to show himto a woman who got therebefore us we just couldn’t believe it. Five minutes later his would be new owner walked over to us and asked if we really wanted him. That was June 19th 2019. His name on the papers was Oso. Its Spanish for Bear. We kept the name as my ex is Spanish. My farite book from grade school was “Nobody listens to Andrew” The plot is that Andrew has someting in his bed and he rushes aroud trying to tell everyone. They’re all to busy. Turns out theres a bear in Andrews bed. Eventually they listened and the bear is carted off to the Zoo. Im 58 and today I can actuallysay, “Hey everybody, Theres a bear in my bed. Who Knew ??? Wouldnt trade him for anything. Hes everything this article has mentioned. Super Loyal and Loving. Cheers !!! Andrew R.
Terri Kilsby says
i own a beagle aussie mix she looks like aharrier hound but is merle, she has a great nature but is very much a hound when it comes to behaviour, she gets a scent and her ears switch off and, given the chance she can disappear for miles. so i’m very cautious about off leash exercise. Around the house you couldn’t ask for a nicer dog, super friendly, full of affection and never far from you. she also loves other dogs. She does havea high prey drive and anything small and furry must be chased. If you want a great house companion and like long on leash walks fantastic dog to have, i wouldn’t be without mine, and she is definitely unique looking with her mottled coat and blue spots in her eyes.
I have a Aussie beagle and his eyes are the most beautiful blue, hence his name. This dog is incredibly intelligent!! I wish more people out there had his degree of it. I can literally train him to do something different by the third or fourth time I try it. He learns it the first time…you can tell, he just trys to differentiate when he needs to perform it for you. We have 4 in our family and he really takes 2 me. He lives to please me and on command will find the nearest rabbit, squirrel, Javalina, elk or dear with his unbelievable sense of smell. What a great hiking, biking and hunting partner. He is 11/2 years old and weighs 68lbs. He has saved my life after we saved his….a rescue dog. We were in the Bush in AK and he smelt a stalking grizzly when we were hiking in the Kenai Peninsula. The bear proceeded to rush me at 50 meters. I stood my ground with my heart pounding in my chest. Bleu went at him full bore which slowed the charge and the bear to 20 meters from me giving me plenty of time to draw my sidearm 50cal. I was in fear of Bleu getting hurt and was trying to call him off while the bear was on his hind legs. Bleu has never shown ANY aggression before in his life, but it was like he new I was in trouble….thank God! I shot a round in the air and the bear dropped down and turned away. I finally got a hold of Bleu to calm him down. He still wanted to go at him and it took me a while to calm him down. He and I were ok and I was glad I didnt have 2 take that bears life. He provided me with enough distraction to get the upper hand. I love Bleu….we all do.
Andrew Dale Emerald says
Do you think the breed can be train to find truffles??
I’ll let you know. Love them Truffles.
Mark O'Hara says
I am raising a Beagle/Aussie mix male. My son got him from a rescue when he was in the Army. When he went to Afghanistan, My wife and I took him from Texas to Oregon when he was less that one year old. Needless to say, he was not going back to my son. He is my best friend! He whines for me if I am outside, he sits by the door and watches me if I am outside. We do not have a fenced yard and he will take off if give the opportunity. He goes to the neighbors house to visit the lab. He has an incredible nose and fun to watch him work it on our daily walks. He is very loyal, very trainable, friendly animal who has accepted and made friends with two cats. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and is sad if you exhibit any kind of raised voice. He is ready for bed too around 9:00 PM and sleeps with me sharing his 1/2 of the bed. I would recommend this breed to anyone who wants a loyal companion to share time with.
I rescued a Aussie/Beagle mix over a year ago and she is the most loving and well behaved dog I’ve been around. She isn’t hyper or destructive. She is a bit passive with other dogs till she gets to know them and she does want to be with me all the time. She is so sweet. She is very smart but also a bit of a couch potato also. She is very friendly with kids and adults.
Is this mix an inside dog? Outside dog? Or a blend? I was raising my male aussie beagle puppy mostly on his kennel when inside home, and “free” when in the backyard. But i noticed a destructive digging started to show on my yard. So, i decided to give him a better chance being free inside (all bedroom and bathrooms closed) and he’s loving it and behaving better everyday.
He’s so smart and always stand by the backdoor to “say” i need to do my business!
Jan Quick says
We recently rescued an Australian Shepherd/Beagle mix. She is about one and half years old. She is extremely smart and obedient. She gets along well with our senior dachshund and Siamese cat. She tends to be possessive of me. She is well mannered and kind of a coach potato actually. I am hoping for her to be a good hiking companion when warmer weather arrives. We love her to pieces. She is the best girl ever. She has one blue and one brown eye and only weighs 27 lbs. Super affectionate.
I have an australian shepherd beagle mix. She is a bit like described, whip smart, potty trained in three days, agile, eager to please. However, she does indeed have a sort of couch potato-esque side to her. It could be because she’s around two young children all day (lots of stimulation) but around 8 pm she’s indeed ready to retire and head to bed. She’s the smartest dog I’ve ever known. She’s easy to train and very much has a selected “person”, which sounds like an Aussie trait. I’m her selected person- even if I get out of bed in the middle of the night she’ll follow me to see where I go. If my husband gets out of bed, she could care less. She is the perfect mix of both breeds. If she hasn’t had enough “stimulation” in the day, she IS however prone to digging holes in our backyard, which thank goodness is fenced because I’d fear she’d follow her nose and wander. Anyway, just thought I’d add my insight into these awesome dogs.