Bagel

History/Evolution:

The Bagel is a cross between the Beagle and the Basset Hound. Though not as popular as some of the more well-established mixes, the short-coated Bagel has the loving personality one would expect from two Hounds, plus the potential for some stubbornness. The crossing may prove beneficial to some problems associated with the long-backed Basset. Potential owners should ask about back problems as well as epilepsy, inherited in Beagles.


Size:

Small to medium; 10 to 15 inches, 20 to 50 pounds.

Color:

Tricolor hound colors.

Temperament:

Loving, devoted, even tempered. Also independent and willful. Usually good with children and other dogs and pets.

Energy level:

Medium.

Best owner:

Active family.

Needs:

Daily exercise, leash, fenced yard, early socialization, training, regular brushing.

Life expectancy:

10 to 15 years.