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What are the characteristics of a Boston terrier and Beagle mix?

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Predicting characteristics of mixed-breed dogs is difficult. Members of crossbreed litters do not always look alike, and they can have different temperaments. Some characteristics can be determined by studying the traits of both parents. Boston terriers and beagles have some similarities, which their pups are likely to reflect. Dog Breed Info Center explains that each of the breeds can be challenging to train, as they were bred to act independently.

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Beagles are hounds that were trained to help hunters find game by tracking scents. Terriers were used to chase away rodents and other animal intruders. Owners of both types of dog must act as strong pack leaders. Dog Breed Info Center recommends that dog owners start training early and enforce rules and boundaries consistently, with these type of dog breeds. Boston terriers and beagles are intelligent dogs, so they require exercise and mental stimulation to prevent destructive behavior from developing.

Both breeds are playful and good with children. They tend to get along well with other dogs, and greet strangers enthusiastically. If properly socialized, Boston terriers and beagles can even live with cats. Both dogs have been praised for their loyalty and affectionate nature, so their puppies usually display such characteristics.

The size of the offspring is relatively easy to project, as these two breeds are of similar size. Boston terriers reach 16-17 inches tall (at the shoulders) and weigh 15-25 pounds. An adult beagle is typically 13-16 inches tall and tips the scales at 20-25 pounds. Both have been described with terms like "sturdy" and "well-muscled."

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