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Last updated: June 12, 2023
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The Meagle has an incredible sense of smell.


Meagle Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Meagle Facts

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The Meagle has an incredible sense of smell.
Active, energetic, and sometimes stubborn

Meagle Physical Characteristics

  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Cream
  • Chocolate
Skin Type
10 to 15 years
20 lbs

Meagle as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Tendency to Chew
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Separation Anxiety
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Friendly With Other Dogs
Pure bred cost to own
$150 to $500
Dog group
Male weight
10-20 lbs
Female weight
10-20 lbs

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The Meagle is a hybrid breed with an advanced sense of smell that is classed as a hound.

The Meagle, a crossbreed between Miniature Pinscher and a Beagle, is a compact-sized hound that is fun to be around and makes a good pet for families. Their inquisitive nature is one of their most interesting characteristics, leading them to inspect everything they come across with their advanced sense of smell. However, they can sometimes be stubborn and would need early socialization to avoid behavioral issues. You should check with the breeders for information about your Meagle to learn more about the parents before selecting one.

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3 Pros and Cons of Owning a Meagle

Before owning any pet, you should make sure that you know the pros and cons of having it in your house. This would not only better prepare you for their arrival into your family but would also make sure that you can create accommodating and comfortable conditions for them. Here are some pros and cons of owning Meagles:

Active: The Meagle is very active and energetic, keeping any owner entertained and up and running on their feet.Shedding: Tend to shed moderately, which could be a problem for the owner.
Independent: If you love an independent dog this would be a perfect choice for you.Interaction with children: Meagles might not be very good around children especially if they have not grown up with them.
Friendly: These dogs are friendly in nature and make great family pets.Stubborn: These dogs can sometimes be very stubborn, which can be a problem for the owner in the long run.
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The Meagle is friendly in nature, independent, and will keep any owner entertained and busy.


Evolution and Origins

As the Meagle is a hybrid, and relatively rare, there is not much known about its origins. However, looking at its parent breeds’ histories can help to show the Meagle’s lineage.

Health and Entertainment for your Meagle

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While the exact origins of the Meagle’s parent breed the Beagle are not known, it’s thought that the ancestors can date back to 5th century Greece, where they were used to hunt rabbits and small game. Beagles are believed to be descended from Talbot Hounds, scenthounds that William the Conqueror brought to Britain in the 11th century. By the 16th century, English nobility commonly used smaller hounds referred to as Beagles to hunt deer, rabbits, and foxes in packs. Modern-day Beagles were developed in the 1830s by crossing breeds including the Talbot Hound, Southern Hound, and North Country Beagle. Due to their keen sense of smell, tracking abilities, and intelligence, Beagles are the most popular breed to use as detection dogs to sniff out prohibited items in quarantine around the world.

Meagle parent Miniature Pinscher’s precise origins are also uncertain but it is known that this breed, also called the Zwergpinscher and the Min Pin, originates from Germany, where it was used to hunt rats and vermin in homes and stables. Due to similarities in name and appearance, some mistakenly think these dogs are mini Doberman Pinschers, but breed historians believe them to be a cross of the Dachshund and Italian Greyhound, possibly with the German Pinscher. Min Pins, known as “the King of Toys,” are popular pets, particularly in Europe and the U.S.

Types of Hunting Dogs

Meagle parent the Beagle was developed to be a hunting dog and is one of the best tracking breeds in the world.


Size and Weight

These dogs are compact in size, following the same build as the Beagle and Miniature Pinscher that precedes them. The males are generally 12 to 16 inches in size and weigh about 10 to 12 pounds. The females, on the other hand, seem to be similar, reaching 12 to 16 inches in size and weighing the same as well.

Height (Male)12-16 inches tall
Height (Female)12-16 inches tall
Weight (male)10-20 lbs, fully grown
Weight (female)10-20 lbs, fully grown
Miniature pinscher - red min-pin portrait

The Meagle is of a similar compact build to its parent breed the Miniature Pinscher.


Common Health Issues

Whenever a new breed is developed, there are health risks that the pet inherits from both parents. With the Meagle, the health risks that it often faces come from the Miniature Pinscher and the Beagle.

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common issues that this dog faces. The condition presents as a misalignment of the hip bone. Dwarfism is also a common issue, but it is a catalyst for further health problems (like back problems), and epilepsy.

The Meagle is also at risk for hypothyroidism, which can impact their hormones. Make sure to bring your pet to the veterinarian if you notice issues with their weight. You may also have to bring them to treat their allergies. The breeders of your particular puppy can bring more attention to any other health concerns that your pet might have or might be prone to.

The common health issues faced by the Meagle include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Back problems
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Dwarfism
  • Other allergies.
Female vet using an otoscope to examine the ear of a beautiful beagle dog. Sick cute pet sitting at the examination table at the animal clinic

Health risks that a Meagle faces can be inherited from its parent breed the Beagle.

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These dogs have a fun personality, are naturally curious, and make great family dogs. Their parents can give them rather mischievous and inquisitive characteristics within their families. While it is possible that this dog will be rather good with children, their disposition will primarily depend on which of the breeds it inherits more of its personality traits from. Socializing the pet early would be the best way to promote bonding with younger children and adults alike, reducing the risk of depression and aggression.

One of their prominent characteristics is their tendency to engage with strangers. Socialization can greatly help them, furthering this positive interaction with time. The Meagle is incredibly active and energetic, though it will need to have a way to express that energy.

Sometimes they can also be stubborn during training sessions.

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Meagles are naturally curious, fun, and active.


How to Take Care of a Meagle

Before you adopt the Meagle from a rescue shelter, you must know how to take care of one. You would also need to contact breeders to understand what kind of issues your dog could face. Here are a few tips on how to take care of the Meagle:

The Best Dog Food for Meagles

You would need to see these dogs with 1.5 cups of high-quality dog food. This would ideally be split into two meals across the day. The only foods that you need to avoid are the same that other dogs cannot digest, like onions, garlic, and chocolate.

This breed can suffer from allergies, but luckily there’s a broad range of allergy-alleviating and limited-ingredient dog foods.

The A-Z Animals recommendation of the best dog food for Meagles is Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach, High Protein Dry Dog Food.

This food is optimized for dogs with sensitive skin or stomachs, especially dogs like Meagles that are prone to allergies. The recipe uses salmon as its main protein source to work around the more common meats like beef and chicken. And the natural fish ingredients are a natural source of glucosamine and omega-3s, so your Meagle won’t miss out on this important nutrient for stable joints.

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Maintenance and Grooming

Even though these dogs have short coats, they can shed moderately. Brush their coat weekly to remove loose and dead hair from their body. You can use a hound mitt to brush their fur, helping you to bond deeply with your pet.

You would also need to brush their teeth two to three times weekly to avoid any dental problems. Also, check your Meagle’s ears for any possible infection.

Beagle looking up

Like parent breed Beagles, Meagles need their ears checked regularly for signs of infection.



It is moderately easy to train these dogs. They might not be the quickest to learn but they are also not the slowest. Sometimes, training these dogs could be difficult for first-time owners, since they tend to have independent personalities.

Consistency is key with these dogs. Use positive reinforcement in the process of training them (as scolding could be detrimental to their mental health).

Young woman with Beagle dog in the summer park. Obedient pet with his owner practicing paw command

Using positive reinforcement when training your Meagle is as beneficial as it is with parent breed the Beagle.

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Even though these dogs are small and compact they have a lot of energy stored in them. It requires a lot of exercise and mental stimulation daily to keep them content. They can easily be left for hours in a backyard, enjoying the excitement of free play. Make sure your fence is strong and secure to prevent them from escaping during this playtime.

miniature pinscher laying on grass

Like its parent breed Miniature Pinschers, Meagles are energetic dogs that enjoy exercise and playtime.



Taking care of the puppy is essentially the same as taking care of the adult dogs. However, the puppy’s meals would be divided into smaller and more portions throughout the day since their little stomachs are not used to digesting so much food at once.

Miniature pinscher puppy

A Meagle puppy, like this Pinscher puppy, may be small but has a mighty personality.

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Meagles and Children

If these dogs are properly socialized early on in life, they will likely be good with the children of the family. As a responsible pet owner, you should teach the children how to safely play with these dogs. Every dog requires supervision with any young children to ensure that their playful impulses don’t get the better of them.

Beagle dog showing signs of an injured knee

If socialized early, Meagles like parent breed Beagles will likely be good with children.

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Dogs Similar to a Meagle

Even with the benefits allotted to any Meagle, some owners may find that it doesn’t quite give them the new family member that they wanted. Here are a few other breeds that may be better suited to your home.

  • Beagles: These dogs are friendly and energetic. They are relatively easy to groom and very adjustable. They are also kid-friendly.
  • German Pinscher: These dogs are eager and intelligent. They do not shed and make great family pets.
  • American Foxhound: These dogs are gentle and friendly and are known to be great hunters.
American Foxhound in a public park

The American Foxhound is similar to the Meagle in its friendly temperament.

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Famous Meagles

As of now, there are no known famous Meagles in the world, but they still have plenty of time to make it big!

There are a few popular names for your Meagle:

  • Daisy
  • Cooper
  • Bailey
  • Buddy
  • Bella

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Meagle FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a Meagle?

Meagles are hybrid hound crossbreed dogs. They are a mix of a Beagle and a Miniature Pinscher.

What does a Meagle look like?

The Meagle is a compact size, and can have hanging ears and oval or almond-shaped eyes.

How big will a Meagle get?

These dogs are about 12 to 16 inches in size when fully grown.

What is the lifespan of a Meagle?

The lifespan of these dogs is about 10 to 15 years.

Is a Meagle a good family dog?

Yes, these dogs make good family pets. They are active and energetic in nature.

How much does the Meagle cost to own?

You can get them at a price of $150 to $500. You can also expect an additional price of $2,000 for the annual maintenance of these dogs.

Is the Meagle good with kids?

If socialized well, these dogs are great around children. However, no matter how small or big a breed may be, supervision is always recommended if the pup is around the infants or small children in a family.

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