Beagle vs. French Bulldog

*Beagles as well as French Bulldogs are popular small breeds. These breeds should be at the top your list if you’re thinking about adopting a smaller dog. Both breeds are loving and intelligent .. Both breeds have a great relationship with children and can adapt to almost any environment.

Owning two breeds can result in two very different experiences s. It all comes down to their temperaments as well as their health and behavior.

So how do these two dog breeds compare? You should know what to expect before you welcome one or the other pup into your home. Let’s take a closer look at the similarities and differences between these companionship dogs.

Beagle vs. French Bulldog

Breed History

Beagles have remained one of the most popular dogs since they came around in the 1800s. They are intelligent and social but need strict training to tame the more stubborn parts of their nature. They are affectionate and playful, but their owners claim they are mischievous and often in trouble.

French Bulldogs have been beloved pets since their start in 1890s Paris. They were conversation starters back then in the back streets of Paris. These little, snub-nosed dogs became favorites for the European royals ..

They eventually crossed the Atlantic Ocean to America. These diminutive dogs, bred from the English Bulldog have been loved all over the world.

Beagle

Beagles have been around so long , experts don’t know when they started. The records from ancient Greece describe similar breeds which were helpful during hunts. In 8th-century England, descriptions mention “hounds” that royals used for hunting. These dogs, although they may have been the ancient ancestors, were not fast runners.

The modern Beagle emerged in the 19th century in England. Dog breeders sought a breed that could hunt, as hunting was becoming a very popular sport. The Beagle was born from successful cross-breeding. The popularity of the Beagle has not waned.

French Bulldog

In the 1800s, the Bulldog was a beloved breed in England. English lacemakers travelled to France with their Bulldogs in the Industrial Revolution. They bred a French Bulldog ,, also known as the Frenchie. They are flat-faced and squat.

The breed thrived in urban areas due to its small size and low exercise requirements. They are also adept at catching vermin and have been embraced by the French.

Travelers brought the breed to America and Europe over time. They became loved family pets quickly. They are now also very popular as show dogs.

Appearance

Beagles can be any colour or pattern ,, but they are mostly a mixture of brown, black, and white. Their most distinctive marking is their white tail ,, which was once used to help hunters find them in the grass. They are a small, flexible breed with floppy ears and a strong, muscular frame. The different varieties may stand either 13 or 15 inches at the shoulder.

The Frenchie is a miniature version the English Bulldog. Their large ears , are the most distinctive difference. They are tall, strong and have thick bones and muscles. Their skin is thickly wrinkled. Their faces, particularly their snouts, are flattened, which leads to the characteristic snorts.

Temperament

Beagles are wonderfully social and friendly. They love their family and are highly intelligent. This means that they can be trained. Beagles are stubborn and difficult to train. They are very prone to getting into trouble.

They make excellent family dogs. They are great for families with children or other pets due to their strong pack instinct. Beagles love to be accompanied. However, socialization early on is crucial to teach them how to play gently.

Frenchies are affectionate, mischievous dogs that enjoy socialization and companionship. Their stubborn nature can hinder their ability to train. They are highly loyal loving dogs and can adapt well to their family life.

Their need for socialization is so intense that they should not be left alone for prolonged periods of time.

Frenchies are ideal pets . for apartments. They are naturally alert and look out for unusual behavior. They prefer to patrol silently, despite this instinct.

Exercise

Beagles are energetic and require a lot of exercise to keep them happy. Because they are strong and energetic, they make the perfect dogs for running or hiking ,. Beagles should never be left unattended when they are outside. Their instincts make them prone to wander after sounds or smells.

Beagles age more slowly and become less energetic. Beagle owners should make it a priority for them to have a regular exercise routine .. Without exercise, the breed can become obese which can lead to other health problems.

Frenchies don’t need to exercise . They are known for doing the “Frenchie 500,” which involves patrolling the house and often jumping across the furniture. To keep them healthy and active, owners should take them on a short walk each day.

However, your Frenchie shouldn’t be taken for a long hike or on a long walk. Heatstroke and fatigue are common in this breed so it is important to keep your exercise routine moderate.

Training

Beagles can be a challenge because of their stubborn nature that can make them balk. Training is important because it helps them to learn how to work with people and their place in the family.

*Keep the training process exciting and enjoyable to train your Beagle. They love to play and solve puzzles . They often rebel when they are punished and prefer positive reinforcement.

Frenchies may also be somewhat difficult to train. They are a stubborn personality and housetraining is notoriously difficult. To help them be more cooperative, obedience training should begin in puppyhood. Training games that challenge their intelligence and crate training are effective methods.

Both breeds should learn to walk on a harness and not a leash. This will reduce pressure on their necks and allow them to breathe easier. Frenchies are notorious for breathing problems, so training them to walk in a Frenchie-sized harness will help improve their quality of life. Beagles can train with any harness suited for medium-sized dogs.

Health

Due to the small gene pool, purebred dogs are more likely to develop health problems. Both breeds are prone to developing health issues .. Some are manageable with medication while others may require surgery.

Beagle Health Concerns

Beagles are highly susceptible to many diseases and other health conditions. Purebred dogs are not necessarily more susceptible to illness. This means your dog is more likely to develop one of these conditions.

Beagles face the following main problems:

  • Eye conditions
  • Bone and joint conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Hypothyroidism

Frenchie Health Concerns

*)Frenchies can also be genetically predisposed to certain health issues. Because of their flat faces, it is difficult for them to breath . This causes their distinctive grunting and snorting.

The breed is more likely to develop hip dysplasia which can lead to arthritis. They may also develop other conditions. These are

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Spine or leg bone problems
  • Clotting disorders
  • Palate issues

Lifespans

Both dogs are smaller which means they don’t have as many problems with their joints and organs. Both of these breeds can enjoy lifespans of 10-15 years if well taken care of from a young age. These pups require a lot of commitment so be aware when comparing them to other breeds.

Nutrition

Your vet should give you directions on what food and how much food to feed your Beagle. The size and fitness of your Beagle will determine the proper diet. Beagles love to eat table scraps but should not be allowed to do so often. As they get older, they are at higher risk of becoming overweight ,. High-quality dog food in moderate amounts is a healthier way to eat.

The Beagle will consume 1.5 to three cups per day of dog food, while the Frenchie will eat less. Frenchies usually consume 0.5 to 1,5 cups dry dog food each day.

A French bulldog’s diet also depends on their unique health needs, weight, age, and fitness level. Your vet will be able to give you advice on the right food for your dog.

Frenchies are more likely to be overweight than other breeds. This can lead to health problems and breathing difficulties

.. You should eat in moderation and give only occasional treats. Table scraps should be a rare treat, and fatty foods should be avoided.

Grooming

*Beagles require a very simple grooming regimen. Their short coats are double coated, and can be prone to seasonal shedding. They don’t tend to have much dirt and debris. To prevent bacteria-causing buildup ., their floppy ears need regular cleansing. They will also require periodic dental cleanings and nail care.

Frenchies have a lot of grooming requirements. This is due to their distinctive skin wrinkles. Wrinkles can be a breeding ground for bacteria

,, which can lead to infections.

Fur owners should brush their Frenchie’s hair every day. The wrinkles can be reduced by using less shampoo. You can also wipe their hindquarters with an everyday wet wipe.

*Frenchies should also have their nails clipped every other week. Baths should be taken once per month if they are bathed daily by their owners. Do not allow them to bathe more than once a month, as they could become irritable and lose their skin oils.

Puppy Prices

A purebred Beagle puppy will range wider in price . It all depends on the lineage, age, registration and breeder. On average, however, you can probably plan to spend between $1,000 and $1500 on a Beagle puppy.

Frenchie puppies considerably less expensive . You will also find a larger price range, depending on many factors, including the coat pattern, lineage, age, registration and other health information. You can expect to spend a minimum of $1,000 on a French Bulldog puppy with costs climbing as high as $8,000.

Final Thoughts

Both of these breeds make wonderful family dogs. Each breed has its own pros and cons that may make it better for you.

*Beagles can be stubborn and hard to train but they eventually learn to be obedient dogs. Frenchies can be a little more difficult to train. Frenchies are more suited to apartments than Beagles, and require less exercise.

French Bulldogs can be more susceptible to health problems, which can lead to expensive treatment. These problems can be avoided if the French Bulldog is genetically predisposed.

Consider all these factors before you decide to adopt one or the other breed. You will make the best decision for your family if you consider all aspects.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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