What is a Beagle?
The Beagle is a lively, energetic, friendly, and intelligent dog with a strong sense of smell. They are very good with children and other animals. The beagle has been used for hunting in the past, but today it is more commonly kept as a companion or family pet.
Canis lupus familiaris
Adult – 10 – 11 kg
12 – 15 years
Lemon & White
Red & White
White & Chocolate
White & Tan
Orange & White
Male: 36 – 41 cm
Female: 33 – 38 cm
Amiable, Intelligent, Even Tempered, Determined, Excitable, Gentle
The Beagle was developed from the Spanish hound by crossing them with English foxhounds. It was first bred to hunt rabbits and hares but later became popular as a scenting dog. In England they were originally called “beaglers” because their ancestors were kept in packs of six or eight dogs that hunted together. Eventually, the word “beagle” came into use as an adjective describing these dogs.
The Beagle’s coat is short and smooth. Their ears are erect when alert. Beagles have long legs and a compact body. Their tail is carried low between their legs. A well-bred beagle will stand up on its hind legs when excited.
The Beagle is friendly and playful. They enjoy being around people and other pets. They are not aggressive toward strangers unless they feel threatened. They do best with older children and adults. They can become destructive if left alone too much.
The Beagle needs daily exercise and mental stimulation. They need to learn how to walk on a leash. They should also receive regular grooming. They enjoy playing games such as fetch and tug-of-war.
A Beagle learns quickly and easily. They respond to praise and rewards. They love attention and affection. If you want your beagle to obey commands, teach him or her basic obedience commands like sit, stay, down, come, heel, and wait. You can reward your beagle for obeying each command with treats, toys, or playtime.
Like all dogs, beagles may get sick. Some common health concerns include ear infections, skin allergies, eye problems, and respiratory issues. These conditions can be treated at home.
The average life expectancy of a Beagle is 12 years.
Beagles are smart and eager learners, but they don’t respond well to harsh methods of correction. Instead, they respond better to positive reinforcement, such as praise, treats, toys, and games. If you want to train your Beagle, you should start off slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your training sessions until your dog responds to commands easily.
Photo from: American Kennel Club