March 12, 2012 in Dog Breeds
The Beagle is a hardy, sturdy squarely-built, small hound. The Beagle comes from a French word “begueule” meaning “gape throat” which probably gave the Beagle its name . This dog has a sleek, easy-care, short coat, which can come in any hound color, for example, tri-color, black and tan, red and white, orange and white, or lemon and white. The coat is close, hard and of medium length. This dog looks like a small English Foxhound. The skull is broad and slightly rounded, and the muzzle is straight and square. The feet are round and strong. The black nose has full nostrils for scenting. The long, wide ears are pendant. The brown or hazel eyes have a characteristic pleading expression. The tail is carried gaily, but never curled over the back. Beagles have a distinct howl / bay of a bark when they are on the hunt.
The Beagle is a gentle, sweet, lively, curious and a very active dog that just loves everyone! A happy little tail-wagger! Sociable, brave and intelligent. Calm and loving.They are very fun loving and love to socialize they are very high in energy level. Excellent with children and generally good with other dogs, but should not be trusted with non-canine pets, unless they are socialized with cats and other household animals when they are young. Beagles have minds of their own. They are determined and watchful and require patient, firm training. This breed doesn’t like being left alone. Consider buying two if you will be gone a lot. A Beagle has a loud baying cry that was a delight to hunting horsemen, but can be disturbing to family and neighbours. Beagles have a tendency to follow their own noses. They may take off on their own exploration if let off their leash in an unfenced area. This breed is generally stubborn by nature and would need early training.
Height: Dogs 14-16 inches (36-41cm) Bitches 13-15 inches (33-38cm)
There are two height classes, 13-15 inches (33-38cm) and under 13 inches (33cm).
Weight: Dogs 22-25 pounds (10-11kg) Bitches 20-23 pounds (9-10kg)
These active medium sized dogs are very strong and generally do not need lot of medical attention. Some lines can be prone to heart disease, epilepsy, eye and back problems. Also prone to chondroplasia, aka dwarfism (warped front legs, like a Basset’s).
Beagles will do okay in an apartment if they get plenty of chances to be outdoors. Beagles tend to bark a lot so avoid a beagle if you have neighbours that would complain. They are very active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient.
Energetic and possessing great stamina, the Beagle needs plenty of exercise, including a brisk daily walk. It should have a fenced yard of reasonable size to romp in. Always use a lead when walking this breed or you will be running the risk of it disappearing in search of wild game.
About 12-15 years
2 – 14 puppies - Average 7
The Beagle’s smooth short-haired coat is easy to look after. 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 infection and keep the nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
According to many researchers, this breed was mainly and solely used for hunting. The Beagle is one of the most popular scent hounds because of his energy, willingness, and merry, sweet disposition. The breed probably originated as a cross between the Harrier and other hounds in England. The Beagle has been used in packs, alone, and in pairs, for hunting hare, pheasant and quail. Beagle dogs were originally developed as a cross bred between the popular Harrier dogs and the many other breeds in England that belong to the hound family. He has also served as an excellent narcotics detection dog and makes a fine family companion. Unfortunately, because they are fairly uniform in size and small, Beagles are often used for medical experimentation.
Hound, AKC Hound