Beagle Dog Breed Profile

All About the Joyful Beagle

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Meet the Beagle, one of the most popular and recognizable dog breeds out there. Beagles are energetic, carefree, optimistic dogs with a sometimes charming stubborn streak. Did you know that Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon is a Beagle?

Beagle Details

Breed Group: Hound

Size: 20-25 pounds

Color: All hound colors, including but not limited to the following:

  • Tri-Color (tan, black, and white)
  • Red and White
  • Lemon and White

    History of the Beagle

    Beagles can be traced back to 16th century England, where Englishmen often owned packs of hounds. The smaller hounds were the Beagles, which hunted rabbits and other small prey. Over time, the breed was developed in England and later in North America. Beagles became more refined and widely recognized in North America by the late 19th century, eventually becoming one of the most popular breeds. Though still used in packs for hunting today, Beagles are commonly seen as wonderful companions and family dogs.

    Caring for Your Beagle

    Beagles have short, water-resistant coats with a moderate to high rate of shedding. Routine basic grooming is all that is typically necessary to keep Beagles looking their best. Be sure to keep their floppy ears clean to prevent ear infections. Also, remember to trim their nails regularly to prevent overgrowth, which can affect the gait.

    Though they may sometimes act lazy on the surface, Beagles have loads of energy and need regular exercise to use up that energy.

    Otherwise, the buildup of energy may release that mischievous nature inside. Walk your dog once or twice daily and give him plenty of chances chance to run and play every day.

    These fearless hounds are well-suited to both hunting and companionship, but proper obedience training is an absolute necessity.

    Without it, Beagles can be become unruly and defiant due to their strong-willed nature. Beagles can be wonderful companions and great family dogs when properly trained and socialized

    Beagle Health Problems

    Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. In general, Beagles are usually healthy dogs. However, they can still develop health conditions. The following are some conditions to watch for:

    Is a Beagle the Right Dog for You?

    The Beagle has a big personality and a high energy level, so it is an ideal breed for active households. The comical and even-tempered demeanor of this breed makes it a great choice for families with children, but remember that not all dogs get along with kids, regardless of breed.

    You should know that Beagles are known for their tendency to vocalize, especially with their signature "bay," which is much like a howl. Some Beagles vocalize out of boredom, but many bay just because they want to, no matter how much activity they get.

    As with any breed, if you think the Beagle is right for you, be sure to do plenty of research before you get one. Talk to other Beagle owners, reputable Beagle breeders and Beagle rescue groups to learn more.