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.

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

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Flat

Colors: Any true hound color

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

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


Beagles are a healthy breed without any exceptions. Their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. 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. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. As with all breeds, a Beagle’s ears should be checked weekly, and their teeth should be brushed regularly to avoid dental diseases.


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). Add a high quality multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog becomes over-weight. Supply clean and freshwater regularly.


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.


Beagles are active, energetic dogs who need at least an hour of exercise every day. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. 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.

Fun Fact

Beagles have about 220 million scent receptors compared to 5 milling for humans.


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