The original purpose of Beagles was to track and hunt small game such as hares and rabbits. Times have changed and Beagles are mostly companion dogs these days. However, Beagle is still a tracking and hunting dog in many countries.
Beagles are small dogs, but that small package is a combination of great personality, looks, and scenting ability which is almost impossible to resist.
Beagle: Dog Breed Info
Beagle is an ancient breed. Therefore, the exact origin of the breed is still not fully understood. Also, we don’t know how Beagles got their name in the first place.
However, Beagle found its way into becoming one of the most popular hunting dogs during the middle ages. Even King Edward II and Henry VII, as well as Queen Elizabeth, had Beagles.
First Beagles arrived in the USA after the Civil war, and they took the USA by storm. Beagles were an instant favorite of the US rabbit hunters.
Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the USA. Currently, they are sixth in AKC Breed Popularity.
Beagles are small, but compact and sturdy dogs
There are two types of Beagles. Those that stand at 13 inches and under, and those that stand between 13 and 15 inches.
Smaller Beagles (under 13 inches) weigh around 20 pounds, while the larger ones (13-15 inches) weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.
Beagle’s coat is dense, smooth, and rain resistant. As for the color of the coat, the most common are Black Tan, and White, Black, and Tan, Blue Tan, and White, Brown White and Tan, Red and White, Lemon and White. Generally, any hound color is acceptable.
Personality & Temperament
Beagles are happy, funny, sweet, gentle dogs. They were bred for hunting in company, so they enjoy the company. On the other hand, Beagles are also very naughty. Therefore, a Beagle owner will have a tough time making him obedient.
Health & Lifespan
Beagle is generally a healthy dog. However, like all dog breeds, they are prone to certain health issues.
The most common health issues in Beagles are:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Chinese Beagle Syndrome
- Patellar Luxation
- Beagle Dwarfism
- Cherry Eye
Beagles are energetic dogs bred for work in the field. Therefore, Beagle needs plenty of exercises and physical activity during the day. Also, remember that Beagles are very social dogs bred to hunt in packs. Therefore, it’s not enough to let your dog into the yard and let him play. If left alone for long periods, Beagle will become destructive.
So, make sure that your Beagle, besides walking, has at least one hour of exercise every day. Also, never walk your Beagle without a leash. Due to their hunting instinct and excellent sense of smell, Beagles will run away to find prey.
Beagles shed moderately throughout the year. Therefore, a weekly brushing will help remove dead hairs and make a place for new ones. Also, there is no need to bathe Beagles too often. When bathing a Beagle always cleans his ears and makes sure there is no water left in them.
Beagles have drop ears, which means the air doesn’t circulate well inside them. Lack of air circulation combined with moist inside ears creates a perfect platform for the development of bacterial infections.
Trimm the Beagle’s nails once or twice a month and brush his teeth every day.
Beagles need high-quality, nutrient-rich food to satisfy their needs and ensure the proper functioning of their bodies. Therefore, make sure you find quality food your dog loves and stick with it.
Feed your Beagle 3/4 to 1.5 cups a day divided into two meals.
When training a Beagle, focus on positive reinforcement and treat-driven training. Generally, Beagles won’t respond well to harsh training methods. However, with a lot of patience, persistence, and a bit of creativity you will succeed.
Commonly Asked Questions
Are Beagles good house pets?
Beagles are primarily hunting dogs. However, their independent nature, low maintenance, and good temperament make them good house pets.
Why do Beagles stink?
Yes, the Beagles can sometimes stink really bad. This is because hair follicles produce oil which protects their coat from water. Unfortunately, this oil has a pretty bad smell.
Do Beagles like to cuddle?
Yes, Beagles love to cuddle. In fact, Beagles enjoy the company of humans and other dogs.