Group: Hound Group
Purpose of Breed: Hunting rabbits and hares
Country of Origin: England
Average Size: Beagles are typically from 10-16 inches tall. In the United States, Beagles are divided into two distinct heights for competition-under 13 inches tall and from 13 to 15 inches tall. Most Beagles average between 18-30 lbs.
Color(s): The color most people associate with Beagles is white and tan, with a black saddle marking, but they can be any combination of "true hound" colors.
Coat Type: Beagles have a short, shiny, hard coat.
Grooming: Beagles are minimal shedders and their coats are easy to care for. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: Beagles need companionship and daily exercise to prevent them from becoming bored. They possess a pack mentality and do not enjoy being left alone for long periods. Because they have a tendency to "follow their nose," they should be exercised on a leash and have a fenced yard. Beagles make good apartment dogs, but they are prone to howling and barking, especially when in pursuit of prey or suffering from boredom.
Temperament: The Beagle has a cheerful disposition and is good with children. Beagles have an independent nature and instinctively always "follow their nose", sometimes ignoring your commands to come back. Early obedience training is recommended.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to glaucoma, epilepsy, intervertebral disc disease and congenital heart disease.
Life Expectancy: Averages 10-15 years
Trivia: The most famous Beagle is perhaps, 'Snoopy", who was first introduced to the public in the 1950s comic strip "Peanuts" created by Charles Shultz.
More Information: National Beagle Clue
Hooray for beagles! Currently, we have 7 beagles and 1 basset hound. Our dogs live together in pairs in large pens in our yard. Some like to dig, but most of them do not. Our furry friends go rabbit hunting, and they absolutely live for this.
Like all dogs, they each have their own personalities. But all of our beagles are FANTASTIC with our children and even children they don't know. Beagles are patient, funloving companions. Please be kind and keep them in a fence or on a leash, they will follow their noses and wander if you don't.
Our first beagle, Buddy, made us beagle-lovers for life. After he passed on and we were ready for another dog, we found Bogart at an animal shelter. He gets into things if I'm not careful, and he sometimes tests my patience. But he also completes our lives and loves us unconditionally. Words of advice:
1. Be careful NOT to allow beagles too close to an open exit. They will follow their noses from one end of the country to the other. And they're fast!
2. Do not walk away from an accessible food source (don't leave coffee on your coffee table). Beagles will help themselves.
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