Beagle

Read our comprehensive guide to the Beagle breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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History of Beagles 

A lovable Hound dog, Beagles are a popular breed that originated in the USA and was created primarily as a hunting dog. As a scent dog, this breed literally follows its nose and its curious nature means that it excels at hunting out rabbits and hares. Of course, today they are more well known for being affectionate house pets. 

What to expect when caring for your beagle

Common Beagle Health Issues

Beagles are a generally healthy breed, but as an owner, it is wise to have the health concerns this breed is prone to on your radar:

 

Cherry Eye – This disease occurs when the third eyelid gland prolapses. As the name suggests, it is identifiable by a red or pink mass located in the bottom corner of the eye.

 

Umbilical Hernia – This is a genetic health issue that many Beagles are born with and will either heal on its own or with the help of surgery.

 

Obesity – Beagles are especially prone to obesity, so as a pet owner, it is advised to monitor your dog's food intake and measure out meals. 

How Much Grooming do Beagles Need?

With their short, smooth and manageable double coat, Beagles are a breeze to groom and require very little maintenance. Their coat is weatherproof, so you won’t need to bathe them after every wet or muddy walk. They need nothing more than a bath once in a while with no expensive trips to the groomers in store. This breed is prone to moderate shedding (especially in the springtime), so regular brushing is a must if you want to keep it under control. Beagles require more ear care than other breeds and you will need to check and clean your pet’s long and droopy ears regularly to avoid any unwanted infections or problems.

How Much Exercise do Beagles Need?

Beagles are active dogs and as a result, are best suited to families with an active lifestyle. Originally bred as scent dogs, it’s no surprise that they will love to explore different walks, hikes and any outdoor adventure. Like us, they love variety. Due to their tendency to put on weight quickly, they require lots of exercise to keep their weight in check. A Beagle owner can expect to commit to an hour to two hours walk per day as a minimum.

  1. Beagle Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Beagle

    If you ask us, whoever coined the phrase puppy dog eyes must have owned a Beagle. With their earnest dark brown eyes, floppy ears and sturdy form, this breed is instantly recognisable and hugely popular. This breed can be quite vocal, and this is all to do with their hunting instincts, but while your Beagle might alert you to an intruder, their friendly and affectionate nature means they aren’t great guard dogs, a bonus if you are already a dog owner.

  2. Are Beagles Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Beagles are bursting with adorable qualities that make them excellent family pets and their playful nature and love of games make them a great match for families with children of all ages. Their gentle nature also makes this breed a great choice if you have kids as long as they are socialised well from a young age. They can, however, be quite boisterous on occasion so special care and attention should always be paid if you have a newborn or a toddler. Being a pack dog, you will find they generally get on well with other dogs.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
13-15 inches
Weight:
9kg-11kg
Temperament:
Loyal and happy go lucky
Lifespan
10-15 Years
Average Cost:
£200-£900

Beagle FAQs:

Are Beagles Good for Novice Dog Owners?

Yes, due to their adaptable and versatile nature, Beagles make great pets for first time owners. This breed does have a tendency to bark but with the right training, this can be managed effectively.

Are Beagles OK to be Left Alone?

Beagles are prone to loneliness and will not react well to spending long periods of time alone in the house. They are curious and love to be in the thick of the action. Being by your side or playing games in your garden is when your Beagle is at its happiest.

 

Are Beagles Clever?

Yes, Beagles are intelligent but don’t expect them to be a doddle to train. This breed is notoriously challenging to housetrain but if you approach it with patience and consistency, you will be blessed with an obedient dog. Avoid using excessive treats to reward your Beagle when training as this breed is prone to obesity issues.

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