The Beagle is a friendly, curious, and outgoing dog breed from the scent hound family. The Beagle has nearly 220 million scent receptors which make them excellent at picking up scents. The Beagles are best suited for hunting small game. Due to its size, this dog cannot bring prey. Even a rabbit is too heavy for this medium-sized dog, but because of its pronounced urge to hunt and seek, it is a favorite companion for hunting. It is not afraid of water and works great in the pack. The Beagle is an intelligent dog who loves company and long walks with his owner. He is very caring and will know when you are in a bad mood and will do anything to bring a smile back to your face!
FUN FACT: A person who hunts with a Beagle dog is commonly known as a "Beagler".
13-15 in (33-38 cm)
20-31 lb (9-14 kg)
10- 15 years
The Beagle is one of the oldest dog breeds, and their origin and their name is a mystery. Some people think that the name derives from the French term „be’geule“ (sound hound make while hunting), while the others say it derives from the Gaelic word „beag“ meaning little. In England, before 55 B.C. most English gentlemen used Beagles as hunting companions. The larger hounds were used to track deer and the smaller hound to track hares. Beagle, as we know it today, is an ancestor of the smaller version. The Beagle dog breed is known as „foot hound“ because they could hunt on foot – no horse was necessary. They were popular among people who couldn't afford to feed and stable horses. After the Civil War was imported to America and gain immediate popularity by US rabbit hunters. The First Beagle was registered in the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Dog Breed Characteristics
This dog comes in two varieties: one is 13 in (33 centimeters) high in the shoulder and the other between 13-15 in (33 and 38 centimeters). The smaller type of Beagle weighs under 21 lb (9 kilograms) and the bigger type weights between 20-31 lb (9 – 14 kilograms).
FUN FACT: Snoopy - a cartoon Beagle was named the top dog in pop culture.
Grooming and care
The Beagle has a dense double coat that is weather resistant. His coat is easy to take care of. They shed moderately all year and you should brush your dog weekly to remove dead hair and to keep his coat clean and healthy. Because their coat gets thicker during the winter, they shed more in the spring. Any hound color is acceptable by the breed standard, but the most common color is tricolor. They don’t need to bath often, only if they get into something messy. Because they have dropped ears they can easily get ear infection because the air doesn’t circulate well. Check up his ears every week to make sure there are no infection or wax build-up. Beagles nails should be trimmed once or twice a month. Brush his teeth regularly to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
This is a very active and energetic dog who needs a minimum of one hour of exercise daily. They always need to have company because they were bred to work in packs. They have tendencies to become destructive if left alone for too long. They always need a human or canine companion to play with. It is a well-known fact that Beagles are escape artists so if you let them free there must be a fence so they can’t escape. Always walk your dog on a leash because they have strong hunting instincts and he will use every opportunity to go and pursue a compelling scent.
What makes this breed perhaps the most famous is their loud barking. This is one of the loudest dogs and that is the reason that some owners quickly start to bother with. Their barking can easily be controlled by training, but it takes a lot of exercise and effort. Their barking is the main thing why some people give up from getting a Beagle.
FUN FACT: The Beagle and Collie are the nosiest dogs.
Are Beagles good dogs?
The Beagles are ideal pets for first-time owners. They are a gentle, cheerful, and sweet dog that has a natural desire to please, but like every other dog, they need early socialization. Expose Beagle to many different people, sounds, and sights while they are young to ensure a well-rounded dog. Training is also essential. These dogs will do anything for a tasty treat. They don’t respond well to harsh treatment, so training with positive reinforcement is recommended.
FUN FACT: Beagle builds friendly bonds very easily with strangers and because of that he is not a very good guard dog.
Beagles and kids
As already mentioned Beagles are pack animals. They get very attached to their family and especially love children. The Beagles go along well with other pets also. They love playing with children’s but they need to be supervised because they can be rambunctious when playing. You should also teach your child how to approach the dog and make interaction.
This is a generally healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 10-15 years. They are prone to some health conditions such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, cherry eye, glaucoma (a painful disease in which pressure in the eye becomes abnormally high), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA - degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness), Beagle Dwarfism (a condition where the dog is smaller than normal), Chinese Beagle Syndrome (CBS - a condition that is characterized by a wide skull and slanted eyes), luxating patella, eye disorder, and Intervertebral Disk Disease.
There are a few recommended health tests you should perform to ensure the dog is healthy: Hip Evaluation, Ophthalmologist Evaluation, and MLS DNA Test.
These are very popular dogs so be careful when you decide to buy a one. Find a responsible breeder that will show you all the up-to-date health certifications of the puppy’s parents. Make sure you are not buying a dog from someone who put profit above the welfare of dogs. Finding a reputable Beagle breeder will ensure you get a puppy with the best genetic traits possible.
World Dog Finder team