Beagle

Breed summary

 

The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound, that’s why called a miniature Foxhound. Beagles are muscular, solid, and big for his inches, with a slight domed skull. Their muzzle is squarish and the nose broad. Ears are long and droopy. Their chest is deep, back is straight and they have a moderately long tail that is carried high.

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Health care

 

The Beagles are a healthy breed without any exceptions. Responsible breeders need to screen their breeding stock for several health conditions such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, luxating patella (a dislocated kneecap), and eye disorders like glaucoma, retinal atrophy, etc. As with all breeds, a Beagle’s ears should be checked weekly, and their teeth should be brushed regularly to avoid dental diseases.

Nutrition

 

Adequate nutrition provides the best health care for your Beagles. The Beagle should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog becomes over-weight. Supply clean and freshwater regularly.

Coat

 

Length: Short

Characteristics: Flat

Colors: Any true hound color

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

 

Training

 

As with all dogs, early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended for all breeds, but given the Beagle’s bountiful energy, intelligence, and penchant for mischief, they are a necessity. Their training is easy and they love treats that give huge aid in training. Beagles do not respond well to harsh techniques, but patience, positive reinforcement, and even a little creativity will win out in the end.

Exercise

 

Beagles are active, energetic dogs who need at least an hour of exercise every day. They were bred to work in packs and are happiest to get the human companion. This breed can be highly destructive and bark excessively if left alone. This can be avoided if he has a companion (whether human or canine) to play with. They are escape artists, so an exercise area must have a fence at least five feet tall that extends underground to prevent their escape. A Beagle should never run loose, because they have an instinct to hunt, and the dog might not be able to resist the urge to run off on a chase.

 

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 6 of 196

AKC Classification: Hound

UKC Classification: Scent hounds

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 13 inches; Male: 15 inches

Weight: Female: 18-30 lbs; 18-30 lbs

Physical traits: Small, Solid, Muscular

Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Curious, Merry

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: High

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

 

Fun fact

Unlike humans who have only about five-million scent receptors, Beagles have about 220 million.