A Frengle is a cross between a Beagle and a French Bulldog. These dogs are lively, energetic, loving, and playful. They also tend to be even-tempered, affectionate, and have big, charismatic personalities.
Although they are not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other registries. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Designer Breed Registry, and more all recognize the Frengle.
Frengles are loyal dogs that are devoted to their families. They are affectionate and love nothing more than receiving attention and affection from their favorite humans. They get along well with children and other dogs, but their high prey drive can mean extra socialization when it comes to other small pets in the household.
Although they are generally open and friendly with strangers, they will bark to alert you. This can become a nuisance behavior later if you do not work on training your dog to stop barking early on.
A Frengle is a highly adaptable dog. As long as they get enough daily exercise and attention, they will do well in apartments as well as larger homes. A home with a fenced yard will definitely be a bonus for them as they will love running. But, their high prey drive also means only letting them off-leash in secure areas.
They do well in most climates. As with any dog, they are sensitive to the heat. They also have a short coat, so if you live in an area with cold winters, they will need some winter dog products to stay warm while out on walks. Frengles also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Potential health concerns to be aware of in the Frengle can include intervertebral disk disease, epilepsy, luxating patella, and hypothyroidism. If they take more after their Frenchie parent, they will be a brachycephalic dog that can be prone to breathing problems. They are also prone to developing allergies.
Reputable breeding practices make a big difference. Good breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues to puppies, so make sure you ask about the parents and about any tests that have been done.
Although a Frengle is intelligent, picks up on things quickly, and does want to please their owner, they can also be a bit stubborn. They like to do things on their own terms, which may not always be what you are trying to get them to do.
Plenty of patience and consistent training based on positive rewards and praise will go a long way with this dog. But, the stubborn streak can sometimes be a challenge for first-time dog owners. There are several benefits of puppy training classes, and they can help with this too.
A Frengle will have a short coat that sheds moderately year-round. Brushing a few times a week is usually sufficient, but daily brushing is ideal and your Frengle will probably love it too. In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Frengle’s nails, ears, and teeth.
Nail trims once or twice monthly keep nails from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with careful cleanings when needed can help prevent ear infections. Daily brushing or daily use of an enzyme toothpaste, in addition to cleanings at the vet when needed, covers basic dental care. If your Frengle has some facial wrinkles, you will also need to check, clean, and wipe them regularly.
Frengles may not be high-energy dogs, but they are energetic and will require a moderate amount of daily exercise. Daily walks, playtime, and some time to run are usually enough for this dog, but they will probably be up for more if you are.
A fully-grown Frengle usually stands 8-15 inches tall and weighs 18-30 pounds.
Frengles generally live for 10-15 years.