Beagle Training and Temperament
The Beagle is a gentle, tail wagging, lively and curious dog that loves everyone! Sociable, fearless and intelligent. A Beagle has a loud baying cry that was a delight to hunting horsemen, but can be disturbing to neighbors.
Excellent with children and generally good with other dogs, but should not be trusted with non-canine pets unless brought up with them.
Beagles have minds of their own and are determined and watchful. They require patient, firm training and dislike being left alone. Consider buying two if you will be gone a lot. As with all dogs, Beagle training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
Looks just like a miniature version of the Foxhound, which is not surprising because that’s just what it is.
The History Of The Beagle
The Beagle originated in Great Britain during the 14th century.
Beagles have been the rabbit hunter's breed of choice since the time of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I of England. They were bred for sportsmen to follow the pack on foot. The Beagle can be worked singly, as a couple (2 dogs) or in a pack.
Packs of these gregarious little hounds have been in the United States since the Revolutionary War and are one of the foundation breeds of the American Kennel Club. They are the most popular of the hound breeds in the US. The Beagle is actively used for hunting. There are more competitive field events for Beagles for any other hunting dogs.
Description Of The Beagle
The long hanging ears are not altered and the tail is carried above the level of the back and is not altered.
The breed averages 14-16 inches for dogs and 13-15 inches for bitches. Dogs weigh from 22 - 25 pounds and bitches 20 - 23 pounds.
There are two height classes, 13 - 15 inches and under 13 inches.
A hardy, sturdy stocky small hound, the Beagle has a sleek, easy-care, short coat in tri-color, red and white, orange and white, or lemon and white.
The coat is close, hard and of medium length. The skull is broad and slightly rounded and the muzzle is straight and square. The long, wide pendant ears. Brown or hazel eyes with a characteristic pleading expression. The tail is carried gaily but never curled over the back.
Beagles have a distinct bay when they are on the scent.
Coat & Grooming
The short shiny coat is easy to care for and can be any of the hound colors but a combination of black, tan and white is the most popular.
Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe with mild soap only when necessary. Dry shampoo occasionally. Be sure to check the ears carefully for signs of burrs or infection and keep nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Beagle is around 12-15 years.
Generally healthy breed. The Beagle will become overweight over fed.
Glaucoma, epilepsy, congenital heart disease have been reported. Some lines can be prone to heart disease, epilepsy, eye and back problems.
Prone to chondroplasia, aka dwarfism (warped front legs, like a Basset's).
Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Beagles will be fine in an apartment as long as they are given plenty of opportunity to be outdoors. They are very active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient.
The Beagle needs plenty of exercise, but a yard of reasonable size will take care of most of its requirements. A brisk walk each day will cover the rest. Always use a lead or you will be running the risk of it disappearing in search of game.
For More Information on the Beagle
To get more information, check out the Beagle web site:
There may also be rescue dogs available. Check for details on:
Snoopy, of Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, is probably the world's most famous Beagle.
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