This article will introduce you to the Beaski, a crossbreed or designer dog of Beagle Husky Mix origins. Initially, the two dogs don’t appear to have much in common, except they are both working dogs. But surprisingly, they are more compatible than you would think.
Both the Siberian Husky and Beagle are known for their energy levels, so if you’re thinking about adding a Beaski to your family and you love an outdoor lifestyle, then this designer breed could be the dog you’ve been seeking.
Beagles are hound dogs and have been involved in the hunt for centuries; they have an uncanny ability to track scents over many miles, and they prefer to work in packs. Huskies are working dogs, pulling sleds over miles of snow and icy terrain; Huskies are lithe, athletic, and with incredible stamina.
Both these dog breeds are fiercely intelligent and can be incredibly stubborn when they want. Neither of these two breeds is suitable for novice dog owners. But in the right hands, make fantastic pets. So let’s get down to discovering more about the Beagle Husky Mix.
Beagle Husky Mix
1. Beagle Husky Mix At A Glance
Personality: Independent, lovable, stubborn, high-energy, playful, protective, intelligent, and sweet
Life Expectancy: 11 to 14 years
Size & Weight: 35 to 45 pounds and up to 20 inches tall
Coat Colors: White, sable, brindle, cream, brown, red, and black
Exercise Requirements: Beaskis need plenty of exercise, runs, hikes, playing in the park, etc.
2. Beagle Husky Mix Parents
The Beaski is a so-called designer dog where the Siberian Husky and Beagle have been crossbred. Designer dogs are all the rage these days but cannot be a “designer dog” unless they come from two purebred dogs. The purpose of crossbreeding in this way is to try and create a dog with the best characteristics of both parent dogs. Another excellent reason to crossbreed dogs is “hybrid vigor,” or to call it by the scientific name heterosis. Breeding dogs of the same breed is actually ‘inbreeding,’ and while it gives rise to the predictability of what the puppies will look like and their temperament, all Beagles, for instance, look like Beagles.
It can mean that diseases or health conditions can be inherited. Also, over time the various purebred breeds suffer from an effect known as “loss of vigor.” The results are so tiny they’re hardly noticeable, but over many generations, the difference is apparent; there is a term for this, “inbreeding depression.” It’s now thought that by crossbreeding two purebred dogs, the reverse happens. The result is “Hybrid vigor” (heterosis) which means the offspring will be healthier and not pass on hereditary illnesses.
The history of Siberian Huskies goes back centuries to the Chukchi, Siberian nomads, who are thought to have bred the original Huskies. The tribespeople valued the Husky both as a family dog and as a means of transportation.
During the Alaskan gold rush in the early 1900s, Huskies worked as sled dogs and competed in the many sled races that took place during those times. Borders between the United States and Russia closed in 1930, and that was the last year Huskies could be imported into the States. However, the AKC officially recognized the Siberian Husky in the same year and was registered with the Kennel Club.
Beagles also can trace their origins back hundreds of years, so far, in fact, there’s no documentation anyone can find. But there were accounts of Beagle type dogs as far back as the 5th century BC in Greece. No one probably thought to give names to dog breeds back in those times, but it’s thought they might be the earliest ancestors of the Beagle.
Moving forward to the 8th century and records tell of a dog called the St. Hubert Hound. Breeders at the time used the St. Hubert to create the Talbot Hound. William of Normandy brought the dog with him when he decided to conquer England. The Talbot Hound was a hunting dog, although pretty slow. To create a faster dog, hunters bred the dog with local greyhounds.
The early Beagle was a tiny dog only standing about 8 inches. So small, in fact, their nickname was ” Pocket Beagle.” By the middle of the 18th-century, hunting was an incredibly popular sport, and the Pocket Beagle was just too small; the dog was extinct by the early 19th century.
By 1840 breeders created the Standard Beagle and four varieties: the fox Beagle, lapdog Beagle, terrier Beagle, and the medium Beagle. The Beagle’s popularity waned, and by the 1880s they were very few packs left alive. However, the dog had its admirers, and they founded a Beagle club in the early 1890s and increased the Beagle numbers. Beagles were imported to the US in the 1870s, and AKC officially recognized the Beagle in 1884.
The exact origins of the Beaski are sketchy, but they originated in the 1990s to 2000s, when the craze for designer dogs began to take off. There isn’t enough history regarding the Beaski to give a thorough rundown on the dog’s temperament or personality. But the point of designer dogs is, so they inherit all the best traits from the parents, it’s safe to say this Beaski will be a very intelligent dog. Both the parent breeds are known for a certain amount of stubbornness, so it’s likely the Beaski will inherit that trait once again.
It’s reasonably safe to assume that where the personalities of the Husky and Beagle overlap, the Beagle Husky mix will have similar tendencies. Beagles and Huskies require a good amount of exercise every day. When they don’t get the exercise, they can develop undesirable behavior traits, think, digging, and being destructive, especially the Husky. A Beaski is very likely to have a similar nature and require one hour to one and a half hours of exercise each day.
Remember, Beagles are hunting dogs and have a high prey drive, so it’s fair to assume that the Beaski will inherit that from his Beagle half; it might be best to keep him on a leash when you take him out. Plus, Huskies love to run, and they try to escape when they can.
Put those two personalities together, and you can see why we say keep the Beaski on a leash. If you plan to adopt a Beagle Husky Mix puppy, you’ll need to consider early training and socialization; this will be crucial with a dog like the Beaski.
3. Beagle Husky Mix Training & Socialization
One of the most crucial elements to bringing up a dog is early socialization and obedience training. Unfortunately, not enough owners take this seriously enough. It’s essential for all dogs, and the Beaski is no exception. Both parent breeds in this mix are intelligent, stubborn, and independent thinkers; this can make training especially challenging. Initially, this means you have to give them reasons for doing something at first, not because you order them.
Happily, both these dogs love their family and want to please, so motivating them isn’t difficult with lots of praise and treats. Ignore when the dog gets it wrong and focus only on when things go as they should. The Beagle Husky mix doesn’t take kindly to harsh or unkind training, and it will not deliver the results you’re trying to achieve.
Early socialization will help prevent anxiety or nervousness around strange people, sights, and sounds. Socialization is also crucial if you want a well-balanced and calm dog. Beagles and Huskies both need plenty of quality exercise that satisfies them mentally and physically; the Beagle Husky mix is the same. Ignoring the dog’s needs can mean they’ll develop behavioral issues.
4. How Much Should You Exercise Your Beagle Husky Mix?
This mix is undoubtedly high energy. A walk around the block for 10 minutes just isn’t going to cut it for a Beaski. You’re going to have to spend a minimum of one to two hours each day providing quality exercise.
If you have a house with a secure backyard that will help with some of his exercise needs, he can entertain himself outside. Intelligent dogs need mental challenges and puzzles to solve. The Husky part of the mix likes to run, so he would make an ideal partner if you’re a jogger.
Joining local clubs where you can enter your Beaski into agility or obedience classes and down the road competitions are good options for keeping your Beagle Husky mix satisfied and content.
5. Is The Beagle Husky Mix A Good Family Dog?
Both the Husky and Beagle make excellent loving family dogs, so you would expect the Beaski to be much the same. However, they are sensitive to the treatment they receive, and young children can be over-enthusiastic. While the Beaski isn’t likely to turn aggressive, he could become timid and hide away from the children.
The Husky Beagle mix is a protective dog and will make an excellent watchdog alerting you to any strangers approaching the home.
The Beagle Husky mix is a fantastic dog, full of energy, curiosity, and love for family. They love to be doing something, and if your family loves the outdoor life, a Beaski would be an excellent choice.