The Beagle is the smallest of the pack hounds and was developed to hunt hares, with huntsmen following on foot. His convenient size and merry nature have also made him deservedly popular as a companion breed. Like all scent hounds, he has a strong hunting instinct and will follow a scent regardless of his owner’s calls. He is more amenable than most of his kind and fits in well with family life. Lively and affectionate, he is friendly toward everyone and gets along well with children. As long as he has company and exercise, he is an easy dog to live with, sensible and well-behaved at home, low maintenance, and generally robust and healthy. Dedicated hunter, loving companion, and smart show dog, using his keen nose to detect anything from drugs or fire accelerates to termites.
Original purpose: Hunting hares in packs
Males height: 13 --15 in. (33--38 cm )
Female height: Slightly smaller
Weight: 18 --30 lb (8 -- 14 kg)
Life span: c. 14 years
Any accepted hound color, such as lemon and white, red and white, tricolor (black, tan, and white), and mottled – never black and tan.
WHAT grooming does the coat need?
The short coat is easy care but benefits from regular brushing (at least once a week) with a hound glove or bristle brush to remove dead hairs. Grooming sessions should include checking that the floppy ears are clean to prevent infections.
HOW suitable are they as family dogs?
This is an ideal family dog for an active household. He loves to be part of the family and is generally very good with older children. His bounciness and tendency to mouth hands and clothes in play mean he may be too robust for the comfort of toddlers. In any case, few households with preschool children will have the time and energy to cope with the mischievous whirlwind that is a Beagle puppy.
WHAT type of home?
The Beagle is best suited to a country home but can be just as happy living in a city provided his exercise needs are catered for. He is not a suitable apartment dog as je should have access to a yard—with a good, secure fence as he is quite an escapologist when bored.
WHAT type of owner?
This is a breed for an active, easy-going owner who wants an affectionate companion and enjoys long walks Beagles are happy as part of a lively family or living alone with an active older person. Not a breed for those who are out at work all alone for long periods, not for those who want strict obedience.
HOW compatible with other pets?
These friendly dogs get along well with other dogs and with pets of different species within their own household. However, they were bred to chase, so expert them to do just that.
HOW much exercise?
Moderate, Beagles are built to run and can keep going for miles, but a couple of half-hour walks each day plus active playtime will keep them fit and happy. A stroll around the block is not enough! Without sufficient regular exercise, they easily become obese and unhealthy.
HOW easy to train?
Moderate. Training needs to start early and trainers need to be patient and persistent as Beagles are naturally both stubborn and easily distracted if they pick up a scent. They respond well to reward-based training, but don’t overdo the tidbits. Its strong chasing instinct means that extra attention must be paid to teaching the recall.
WHAT good points?
Intelligent, playful, loving, friendly, energetic, non-aggressive, happy, bold, even tempered physically very sound.
WHAT to be aware of?
May be hard to control off lead. Tends to be greedy and prone to obesity. Some are very vocal. The short coat has a noticeable “doggy” smell and sheds surprisingly profusely over carpets, furniture, and clothes.
WHAT medical problems?
Generally free from major defects, but epilepsy and seizures, eye problems, and “Beagle pain syndrome” (neck pain and fever in youngsters) have been reported.