Small, compact, and hardy, the Beagles are active companions for both children and adults. The Beagles have an estimated 220 million odor receptors, compared to a paltry 5 million in humans, which were bred specifically for hunting rabbits and hares. Comedian Dave Barry once described his beloved Beagle as “nose and feet.”
• Lifespan: 12-15
• Weight range: 9-11 kg
• Height at the withers: 36-41 cm
• Exercise requirements: 20-40 minutes / day
• Energy level: medium
• Propensity to snore: low
• Propensity to bark: high
• Needs in mind: high
• Bred for hunting rabbits and hares
• Coat length: short
• Colors: lemon-white, chocolate tricolor, tricolor, brown-white, white and tan, red and white
• General care needs: low
Beagles are gentle, cute, and funny. Beagles usually get along with other pets and children. However, they prefer company, and if left alone can howl and destroy things around them. According to the advice of some dog owners, Beagles also top the list for excessive barking. Beagles love good smells, howl, have selective hearing, and Beagles love to eat.
Owning a Beagle is a lot of fun as they are sociable and intelligent, and their natural desire to please makes them easy to train.
When it comes to food, these dogs will try to eat whatever they want. They are professional food thieves, and they eat anything that looks like food, even including things that you don’t think will interest them.
Never try to force a Beagle to do anything, and never expect him to be obedient if you cannot offer a treat as an incentive.
They will lie near the house all day while everyone is working at work or at school. In the case of the Beagle, the “teenage” years can start as early as six months and continue until the dog is three years old, and sometimes for its entire life. Some dogs just never lose that fun, happy puppy nature.
Like any dog, the Beagle requires early socialization – being exposed to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences – when they are young. The Beagles bond with everyone in the family, especially children. However, they can be overly emotional in play, so they need to be properly socialized and controlled with young children. Teach your child never to approach any dog while eating or sleeping. No dog, no matter how friendly it is, should ever be left unattended with a child.
Because of their genetics, the Beagles need company and don’t like being alone. Another dog or even a cat can help meet his companionship needs.
Recommended daily allowance: 3/4 to 1.5 cups of quality dry food per day, divided into two meals.
How much food your adult dog needs depends on its size, age, condition, metabolism, and activity level. The quality of the dog food you buy also matters. Best Beagle food is high-quality pet food, and since the breed can be obese it is worth keeping an eye on their portion sizes.
Beagles are food thieves. These dogs will sniff your pantry and litter daily if given the opportunity and are ready to eat until they burst. Keep your dog in good shape by measuring the amount of his food and feeding him twice a day, rather than leaving food all day long.
Beagle puppies may occasionally experience stomach problems, but following a feeding schedule as part of your daily routine will help keep your pet healthy.
Coat Color and Care
The most common Beagle color is the tricolor with a black loin, white legs, chest, belly, and a white tip on the tail, and tan on the head and around the loin.
The second common color combination is red and white in an Irish speckled pattern on the face, neck, legs, and tip of the tail. Regardless of their color, they usually have a white tip on their tail, so hunters can see them when they hunt in tall grass.
Beagles have a smooth, tough double coat that is rain resistant. They should be brushed with a medium-bristled brush or a hound glove at least once a week to loosen and remove dead hair and maintain new hair growth.
Beagles shed, but because their coat is short, it is not too noticeable. Their coats tend to thicken in winter, so they shed more in spring. They are clean dogs and generally do not require frequent bathing.
Since Beagles have drooping ears, the air does not circulate well and they can get infections. Check your ears at least every two weeks for signs of infection or dirt build-up. Check them also if you notice that your Beagle is shaking its head or scratching its ears. Never let water or oil get into his ears.
Trim your nails once or twice a month if your dog isn’t combing them off naturally. If you hear them clicking on the floor, they are too long.
On examination, check for wounds or signs of infection, such as redness, soreness, or inflammation of the skin, nose, mouth, eyes, and feet. Your thorough weekly review will help you identify potential health problems early on.
A fenced backyard is a must for dogs with a Beagle’s sense of smell. He is a traveler by nature, so the Beagle often runs away. Buy a microchip for a collar.
They love to walk with their family, or better yet, run well in the field to hunt rabbits (not recommended unless you have taught the dog to come back to you). They will enjoy running with you, but wait until they are at least 18 months old before starting them.
Brush your Beagle’s teeth at least two to three times a week to remove tartar buildup and bacteria lurking inside them. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Possible Health Problems
Not all Beagles can have any or all of these conditions, but it is important to be aware of them if you are considering this breed.
- intervertebral disc disease;
- dysplasia of the hip joint;
- cherry eye;
- progressive retinal atrophy;
- “Beagle dwarfism” – a condition in which the dog is smaller than usual. May be accompanied by other physical abnormalities such as extremely short legs;
- knee dislocation.
So, we can conclude that the Beagle is affectionate, good-natured, and affable, gets along well with children and other pets, quick-witted, inquisitive and businesslike, smart, friendly, brave, and ready for adventure. But it must be remembered that the Beagle also has a tendency to bark or howl when he is agitated or encounters strangers or animals. He needs regular exercise and dietary regulation to avoid weight gain. This breed is prone to anxious separation and associated barking and chewing. The Beagle also has a tendency to run and wander.