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Beagle

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A Social Scenthound

Adventurous, loving, amiable

Beagles are ready for adventure, affectionate, and brave, medium-sized dogs. They are gentle with children and enjoy both human and canine companionship. This breed has a high food drive and loves to explore the outdoors. Beagles make great companions for suburban families, senior citizens, apartment dwellers, and those who enjoy the outdoors. These dogs need much more exercise that many owners think—long walks and a big yard to run around are crucial to their health and temperament. They should be either on a leash or in a fenced yard because they will follow their nose wherever an intriguing scent leads them.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:13-15 in. Weight:18-30 lb Lifespan:13-15 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Beagles are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. 

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.  

Dental: Beagles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need  to brush them at least three times a week!  

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how! 

The Beagle is lively, highly excitable, and known for her selective hearing, but with early training and socialization she will make a perfect companion for families with or without children. 

Positive Traits: 

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable 

  • Good with kids and other pets 

  • Alert, curious, and busy 

  • Intelligent, friendly, and easily won over 

  • Brave and ready for adventure 

  • Outgoing, playful personality

Negative Traits:

  • Has a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with the unfamiliar 

  • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain 

  • Single-minded and determined, which can make training difficult 

  • Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors 

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam 

  • Likes to dig 



Whether you are considering adding a new Beagle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Beagle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Beagle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Beagle could encounter:

The Beagle originated in Great Britain over 200 years ago. They were bred to track hare or rabbits in packs while the hunter followed on horseback; a true hunter at heart that lives to follow a scent. The melodic baying of a Beagle on the trail is music to a hunter’s ear, but can cause problems with your neighbors. Beagles have one of the best-developed senses of smell and a high food drive, helpful when trying to train this willful breed. The Beagle has consistently been one of the top-ten most popular US dogs since it was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885. Their convenient size, adaptability, and happy, loving nature makes them a wonderful family companion. The Beagle is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-15 years. 

Consult with a veterinarian if your Beagle shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye 

  • Cloudiness to eye lens 

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss 

  • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound 

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

  • Depression, poor appetite, yellowing of the eyes 

  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest 

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat 

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine


  • Care

    Routine Care: Beagles are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. 

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.  

    Dental: Beagles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need  to brush them at least three times a week!  

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how! 

  • Characteristics

    The Beagle is lively, highly excitable, and known for her selective hearing, but with early training and socialization she will make a perfect companion for families with or without children. 

    Positive Traits: 

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable 

    • Good with kids and other pets 

    • Alert, curious, and busy 

    • Intelligent, friendly, and easily won over 

    • Brave and ready for adventure 

    • Outgoing, playful personality

    Negative Traits:

    • Has a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with the unfamiliar 

    • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain 

    • Single-minded and determined, which can make training difficult 

    • Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors 

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam 

    • Likes to dig 



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Beagle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Beagle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Beagle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Beagle could encounter:

  • History

    The Beagle originated in Great Britain over 200 years ago. They were bred to track hare or rabbits in packs while the hunter followed on horseback; a true hunter at heart that lives to follow a scent. The melodic baying of a Beagle on the trail is music to a hunter’s ear, but can cause problems with your neighbors. Beagles have one of the best-developed senses of smell and a high food drive, helpful when trying to train this willful breed. The Beagle has consistently been one of the top-ten most popular US dogs since it was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885. Their convenient size, adaptability, and happy, loving nature makes them a wonderful family companion. The Beagle is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-15 years. 

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Beagle shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye 

    • Cloudiness to eye lens 

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss 

    • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound 

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

    • Depression, poor appetite, yellowing of the eyes 

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest 

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat 

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine


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