Beagle vs Poodle (Which Is Better?)


beagle vs poodle

Before we delve deeper into this question, I’m going to present my case without taking any sides, so if you are here and you have already picked your side, this post is not for you. All the information posted here is for future dog owners who want more info into which dog breed they want for their home.

The factors that I’m going to evaluate are financial cost, personality trait, and outward appearance. Basically, you need to know how much it is going to cost you, and how satisfied your household will be after making your initial purchase.


Cost of Beagle vs Poodle’s Expenses

Even though we might not like to admit it, we all know that money is one of the key factors for building lasting relationships. If you can’t be financially responsible for your dog long-term, your pet will probably be going to an animal shelter after your money runs out.

To avoid such situations, it is vital that you know the estimated cost of keeping a pet, and if your income can’t support that cost in the long run, you can either wait or buy a pet that doesn’t cost that much.


1. Initial Cost (Buying Stage)

If you are just getting a free pup, then you can skip the initial cost and go to our next section regarding continuing cost. If you are not getting a pup for free, then stick around and take a peek of how much money that you need to spend for either a beagle or a poodle.

  • Average Price of Buying a Beagle – $300 ~ $900
  • Cost of Buying a Beagle of Superior Lineage – $1000 or Higher
  • Estimated Amount for Adopting a Beagle – $300 ~$600

Since the cost of buying and adopting is somewhat similar, you might be stuck between these two options. If that is you, I would personally recommend that you choose the latter option since it’s a win-win situation for both you and your dog.

  • Adoption Fees Include Vaccination and Registration (Saves Money)
  • A Pet Who Needs a Home Gets One Thorough Adoption (Saves Pet)

There might be people who view adoption as a last-resort option, but many adorable pets are found near animal shelters. If you prefer to bond with them from the beginning, getting a pup from a well-known breeder might not be a bad idea.

  • Average Price of Buying a Poodle – $700 ~ $1,000
  • Cost of Buying a Poodle From Exceptional Lineage – $1,500 or Higher
  • Estimated Amount for Adopting a Poodle – $300 ~ $600

When buying any dog breed with a superior pedigree, there is no set price ceiling. If you name it, then it can become the price, so if you have money to spend, be sure to conduct in-depth research on which dog you want to buy and the breeder that you want to buy from.


2. Continuing Cost (Annual Cost)

After the buying stage, the annual cost of maintaining your dog is mostly constant. The wild card that might disrupt your plan will be unexpected health emergencies that require a trip to a vet. That might cost a pretty penny, but if you can afford it, do so!

  • Food/Snacks for Beagle – $250 ~ $550 Per Year
  • Health Check-Ups/Vaccinations for Beagle – $200 ~ $400 Per Year
  • Training Sessions/Group Lessons for Beagle – $600 ~ $800 Per Year
  • Needed Supplies for Beagle – $200 for Only First Year
  • BEAGLE TOTAL ANNUAL COST – $1,250 ~ $1,950

Please remember that training sessions and lessons are not a must, and you can do them by yourself if you have time and energy to do it. If we further deduct the training cost, the annual cost of keeping a beagle drops down to $650 ~ $1,150, so it’s not too bad!

For beagles, food cost is not a problem since they come in small sizes. Even though they might have a big appetite, it will still be small when compared to appetites of medium dog breeds such as German Shepherds or Siberian Huskies.

  • Poodle’s Food/Snacks – $300 ~ $600 Per Year
  • Poodle’s Health Check-Ups/Vaccinations – $200 ~ $400 Per Year
  • Poodle’s Grooming/Maintenance – $250 ~ $400 Per Year
  • Poodle’s Training Sessions/Group Lessons – $600 ~ $800 Per Year
  • Poodle’s Needed Supplies – $200 for Only First Year
  • TOTAL ANNUAL COST FOR POODLES – $1,550 ~ $2,400

One exceptional thing that I have included with the poodle’s cost is the expenses related to grooming. For some dogs, it might not be a necessity, but for poodles, you need to cut their hair regularly to keep the coat from overgrowing.

If you can do the grooming part and the training part all by yourself, you will save up to $1,000 per year! However, if you don’t have the time nor the energy to do either, it is best to leave your dog to professionals who know what they are doing.


3. Cost for Emergency Situations

You shouldn’t want these situations to happen, but if it does, you need to be financially prepared. In this section, we will be covering the cost of health-related issues that each breed is known for. Please keep in mind that you might not face any emergency situations during your pet’s life, but you still have the right to know.

For both dog breeds, the expenses of going to a vet range from $2,000 to $7,000 per case. Don’t let this cost discourage you since situations like this rarely occurs! But you need to keep in mind that emergencies can occur, so be financially prepared.


When comparing the continuing and initial costs of both Beagle and Poodle, we can see that Beagle’s annual cost is about $300~$400 cheaper than Poodle-related expenses. If you want a cute, little friend who doesn’t cost as much, you should probably opt for a Beagle.

If you want to spend a lot of time with your pet and be involved in your pet’s life, you can buy one of the poodles since they require more time and attention. If you can’t make up your mind, please keep on reading for more information regarding this topic!


Personality Traits of Beagle vs Poodle

In this category, we will be looking at three main points, which are historical records, personal temperaments, and living patterns. First, we are going to start off by looking into their past ancestors, and then, keep on going with their personal characteristics that makes each breed special. Then, we will end with their living patterns to see if this dog is a great fit to your home!


1. Historical Records of Beagles / Poodles

First developed in Great Britain, beagles were popular foxhounds and great hunting companions for the English people. As fox-hunting grew less and less popular, people saw the potential of these little dogs and began to adopt them as family pets.

For poodles, they originated in Germany but began to grow in popularity in France. Contrary to their outward appearances, poodles were used for duck hunting since their fur was resistant to water. After a hunter has shot down a duck, poodles would go and retrieve the ducks by going across the water

While beagles grew in popularity as a family pet, poodles began to grow in fame when French royalty used them as walking companions. As words got around, more and more people got on this fashionable trend of using poodles as their everyday companion.


2. Personal Temperaments of Poodles / Beagles

After getting a short glimpse into the historical records of poodles, there are several characteristics that set poodles apart from other dogs. In the list down below, I will list the key personality traits of poodles followed by a short explanation.

  • Active – Love Running and Doing Exercise (Natural Hunting Dogs)
  • Intelligent – Understands Command and Very Easy to Train
  • Fun/Friendly – Likes Socializing With People
  • Sensitive – Needs Frequent Grooming and Careful Attention

Being a good family dog, poodles can be a great choice for your home, but please be mindful that you need to spend time and give attention to this dog in order to make everything work. Next up, we are going to look at the key characteristics of beagles and what they are best at!

  • Very Friendly – Friendly to Everyone (Can’t Guard Your House)
  • Affectionate – Needs Attention and Companionship
  • Active/Curious – Natural Hunting Dogs / Likes Roaming

If you want a guard dog, then beagles should not be your choice since they can’t be trusted with protecting your house. If you want a dog that can protect your house while providing you with companionship, this post about German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies might be the one for you!


3. Living Patterns of Beagles / Poodles

In this short section, we will be covering more about their shedding rate, grooming frequencies, and individual living conditions. By spending time with time, you will get to learn and shape their personal preferences, so don’t worry about that too much!

  • Beagle – Low Grooming Maintenance / Low Shedding Rate
  • Poodle – High Grooming Maintenance / Low Shedding Rate
  • Exercise Level of Beagles – Average (20 ~ 40 Mins Per Day)
  • Exercise Level of Poodles – High (More Than 40 Mins Per Day)

Even though they both have short hair, poodles require more maintenance due to their curly hair and even have higher exercise levels. If you don’t have much time to spend with your future companion, then go for a beagle rather than for a poodle!


After reading through all these sections, you might or might have not came to a decision. As always, the final decision is up to you, but please make it a wise one since both dog breeds can live more than ten years! I hope that all information posted here helped you, and thank you for reading.

Before we end, we are going to end with some popular questions asked by future dog owners. If you want to stick around till the end, please do so, and once again, thank you for reading and have a great day!


What Is the Life Expectancy of Poodles Compared to Beagles?

If you get the dog from a reputable breeder, the life expectancy of both poodles and beagles will be longer than average. Laying down the bare facts, the longevity range of poodles is around 10 ~ 14 years while the life expectancy of beagles is around 12 ~ 15 years.

When comparing the longevity range of both dog breeds, the difference is just about 1~2 years, so it is quite small! I don’t think it will have a big impact on your choice, but beagles are known to live just a little longer than poodles.


What Is the Size Difference Between Poodles and Beagles?

Since poodles have three distinct categories, the size difference will depend on which category of poodles that you choose, but it won’t be a big difference. Poodles will be slightly taller or slightly shorter than a beagle, so the height and weight difference are minimal.

Also, one of the reasons that I didn’t talk about outward appearances is because you can easily figure them out by yourself by looking at pictures posted online. I really didn’t want to spend time talking about a topic that you can easily figure out!


Do Poodles Shed More Than Beagles?

Quite the opposite! Beagles shed more than poodles since poodles are one of the top dog breeds that shed the least. When we look into the beagles, they have a double coat that sheds less in the winter and way more in the spring. If you live in a cold climate all year long, beagles would shed even less!


How Well Do Poodles Get Along With Beagles?

If we take a quick look at poodle’s history, we know that they used to hunt and be a part of a pack. Being a family-friendly dog, poodles can get along nicely with beagles since beagles love companionship with other dogs. If you want to get both a beagle and a poodle, I would personally recommend it!

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