The Beagle is a sturdy and hardy little dog of the hound group. It looks very much like a miniature Foxhound. The breed is recognisable by its square, medium length, muzzle, its large hazel eyes that are set well apart and its wide, pendant ears that are low set and long. It is believed that the ancestry of the hound goes back as far as 400BC, when Greeks and Romans used these dogs to hunt with. It wasn't until much later that hounds began to be classified according to their purpose; such as sight hounds and scent hounds. The modern day Beagle owes its ancestry to the Foxhound and a small bloodhound. The modern day breed originated in England.
With and even temper and gentle disposition, the Beagle is often described as a merry dog. They should show no signs or aggression or shyness. While they can be wary of strangers at first, they become friendly very quickly. The tendency of the Beagle to bark at all things unfamiliar makes the Beagle a great watch dog, but its amiable nature makes it a poor guard dog. Fantastic with children, the Beagle is a popular family pet around the world. The breed requires a firm hand when it is being trained and is ranked quite low on intelligence. However, with perseverance and an early start, the Beagle will grow up to be a loyal and obedient house pet.
Height: Dogs 14-16 inches (36-41cm) Bitches 13-15 inches (33-38cm)
Weight: Dogs 22-25 pounds (10-11kg) Bitches 20-23 pounds (9-10kg)
The Beagle can be prone to, and suffer from, heart diseases, epilepsy and both back and eye problems. They can also suffer from chondroplasia, a type of dwarfism which affects the front legs.
Will do fine indoors and in apartments if allowed plenty of opportunity to get outside. They are active indoors and will be happy if there is a garden or yard to run around in.
Because of its heritage as a working dog and a scent dog, the Beagle is very energetic, has high stamina and loves to track. It needs plenty of exercise and should be taken on walks every day. It does have a tendency to chase small animals and should therefore be kept on a leash.
Beagles live between 12 and 15 years, which is about the average for dogs of their size.
2 - 14 puppies. On average the Beagle will have around 7 puppies.
With a smooth, short-haired coat, the Beagle requires little grooming. The coat sheds an average amount and should be brushed with a firm bristle brush. Bathe with mild soap when necessary and make sure to check the ears carefully and keep the Beagle's nails trimmed.
Hound, AKC Hound
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR, DRA