The Beagle is excellent for families and pet therapy. It is calm, endearing and very gentle. It is not aggressive by nature and very sociable with humans and other dogs. It always displays great cuteness which makes everyone want to adopt it.
Quick Overview of the Beagle
- Pleasant and intelligent
- Peaceful and kind
- Gentle and appreciated by children
- Highly sociable
- Obedient yet can sometimes be stubborn
- Short-haired and resistant
- Three choices of coat color (uni, bicolour and tricolour)
- Large head and short muzzle
- Robust constitution
Naturally quite robust, the Beagle may sometimes be affected by numerous diseases. It will be important to ensure your dog gets to do an appropriate level of physical activity on a daily basis.
Temperament of the Beagle
The Beagle is generally very friendly, intelligent and displays a positive attitude. This peaceful and very kind dog is an endearing life companion. It is gentle and appreciates both children and adults. Greatly sociable, it can nonetheless sometimes be distant with strangers. However, it enjoys the company of other dogs.
The Beagle has long been used in hunting and this origin still influences its temperament. It greatly appreciates exercising and playing is part of its daily routine.
This dog is generally obedient but can readily be stubborn. The presence of smells in its environment will often distract it from its training or playing session. Its hunting instinct is still present in its personality.
The Beagle is perfect for all families. It is very playful and likes company. Sometimes, it may be less gentle when carried away while playing but it is never aggressive. It maintains its dignified attitude at all times. This dog is not meant for guarding even though it will readily bark when something unusual happens.
The size of the Beagle is greatly appreciated by families!
Between 36 and 41 cm (14.17 to 16.14 inches) for the male
Between 33 and 38 cm (12.99 to 14.96 inches) for the female
Between 10 and 11 kg (22.05 to 24.25 pounds) for the male
Between 9 and 10 kg (19.84 to 22.05 pounds) for the female
There are three coat color options: unicolor (white), bicolor (white and beige) and tricolor (white, black and brown).
Its short hair is very resistant and allows the Beagle to spend time outdoors under almost any weather conditions.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #161
Characteristics of the Beagle
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A dog full of vigour
The Beagle is a dog that is always ready to play and hunt. Thanks to its highly developed sense of smell, it is obviously an ideal choice for hunters. Very active, it will appeal to sporty families. To properly develop, the Beagle requires expending energy, running, sniffing out odors, adapting to its environment and being in contact with humans or other dogs.
Reconsider the idea of adopting a Beagle is you have little time to devote to your pet. Alone in its garden, it will have a tendency to dig a hole under the fence to go play with children and dogs or to search for a prey. This dog is very gluttonous, hence the need to make it move regularly to avoid obesity.
Stubborn but not disobedient
Qualified as calm and affectionate, it nonetheless requires a firm hand in training. The Beagle is known for its tendency to run away sometimes. During its outings, it will sniff in different directions and if it locates a prey it will be very difficult to make it change directions. Due to its hunting instincts, ambient smells will likely make it lose its concentration.
It will be important to teach it the concept of dog recall and to regularly call it to order. Its stubborn temperament requires his or her owner to provide regular training and to keep persevering. The Beagle is a very greedy dog. Food rewards are an important source of motivation for this dog.
However, training should not rely sorely on food rewards because the dog will not respond to your orders when your hands are empty…
Health of the Beagle
The Beagle is robust by nature. It can sometimes be subjected to epilepsy, hypothyroidism (malfunction of the thyroid gland), meningoencephalitis (disease afftecting the brain), pulmonic stenosis (narrowing of the connection between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery)and hyperadrenocorticism (excess of cortisol). Many diseases are genetic so it is essential to adopt from a reputable breeder.
Its long ears can sometimes cause problems. It is important to pay attention to your dog’s ears to prevent infections.
This active dog will sometimes be subject to injuries such as sprains . Inactive Beagles will be prone to obesity so it is important to ensure a minimum level of physical activity to avoid this problem.
History of this breed
Originally from Great-Britain, this small to medium sized dog is the best hunting partner. Thanks to its keen sense of smell, the Beagle is an excellent detection dog. Highly appreciated as a pet, it is also often used in pet therapy for the sick and the elderly.
The Beagle is also a very popular laboratory animal because of its robust health, adequate behavorial characteristics, size and docile temperament. In certain countries, Beagles are bred specifically for science research.
The Beagle is also often used in cinema and on TV. It is now famous thanks to the crowd-pleasing show "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz where Charlie Brown, an awkward and depressed boy, develops a profound friendship with its dog Snoopy who is often found sleeping on its back on top of its doghouse.
A miniature Beagle also exists and is called the "Pocket Beagle". Queen Elizabeth used it to entertain her guests. Barely 20 to 23 cm long (8 to 10 inches), the Pocket Beagle can fit in a purse or a bag. Hunters employed it to finish off the search initiated by larger dogs on the Royal Palace grounds.
There also exists a cross between the Beagle and the Pug and it is named the Puggle. This breed is less active than the Beagle and, as such, is an ideal choice for city-dwellers.