Beagle

  • Beagle
  • Beagle

General description

The Beagle is a small-sized breed gifted with a lively, sociable and gentle nature. Beagles are valued as companion dogs because of their cheerfulness and their congeniality which makes them welcoming even towards strangers and affectionate with kids. Nevertheless, the temperament of a Beagle is definitely not compliant and it can be stubborn and disobedient. This breed requires constant training, attentions and patience. Other than this tendency to disobey, the main flaw of a Beagle is the inclination to bark and howl a lot. Beagles are known for their amazing sense of smell to the point that they are used to retrieve illegal substances in airports and train stations. Beagles are hunters which means they can easily run away to follow a scent. Sadly, this breed is subject to numerous genetic disorders.

Beagle in short

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: red, fawn, white, black, blue, yellowish, lemon, tan
  • Hair: thick, short
  • Coats: double color, tricolor, solid

This small-sized breed may barely reach just 30 cm in height. The Beagle has large ears and a sweet-looking face that makes it likable to everyone.

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Costs and maintenance

The cost of a Beagle puppy varies from 400 to 800 euro, depending on the pedigree. Many unreliable breeders will sell this type of dog for less but we absolutely advise against trusting them. These short-haired doggies don't need professional grooming and don't have special dietary requirements. However, a Beagle is easily subject to diseases and vet checkups can become a substantial expense.

Beagles are not really expensive to purchase but they may need numerous vet expenses

Characteristics Summary

Adaptability

Suitability to apartment life

The Beagle is a small-sized, sweet-natured breed and for this reason well suited for apartment life. Despite being selected as a hunting breed, the Beagle is also great as a companion dog and it doesn't particularly suffer within the four walls of the house. Nevertheless, this is an active breed that needs to be taken for a walk several times a day.

Beagles adapt well to apartment life but they need to move

Tolerance for solitude

A Beagle should never be left on its own. This type of dog is sociable, it enjoys living in a pack and amongst its human family. If Beagles are left on their own they will suffer, they may become anxious and bored to the point of being destructive by attacking sofas, curtains, rugs, shoes and so on. Moreover, Beagles tend to bark a lot which can disturb the neighborhood.

It suffers from solitude

Suitable as first pet

Despite its gentleness and social nature, the Beagle can also be quite stubborn and disobedient. This breed requires a firm and consistent type of training that works towards respecting its nature and interacting with it in a constructive fashion, something that's not always easy. This is why it is best that owners have some experience or at least look for a trainer to help raise their new furry friend.

It can be stubborn and a little disobedient

Temperament

As all affectionate and owner-dependent breeds, the Beagle has a sensitive temperament. In order to keep your Beagle happy you will need to respect it by giving it the attention it needs, but also demand respect by being a firm and resolute leader. Don't choose this type of dog if you have little time and patience to give.

A sensitive breed that requires attention and patience

Tolerance for cold temperatures

Beagles are small-sized dogs with a very short yet thick coat. This is why they don't tolerate low temperatures well and should be given shelter in winter. If it is very cold, a Beagle may even need to be dressed and if it's humid your pet should be dried before getting back in the house.

The Beagle doesn't cope well with cold climates

Tolerance for high temperatures

A Beagle's tolerance for heat is definitely stronger and this type of dog won't have any issues in summer. Obviously owners should always be mindful not to walk their Beagle in the hottest hours when the weather is especially scorching hot, to always leave a full bowl of water and provide access to a cool and shady shelter if the pet lives within a fenced space.

Quite tolerant towards heat

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

The Beagle may be just a little taller than a few inches but its love for family is huge. This type of dog has endless affection for its loved ones and it is also the ideal companion for children. A Beagle will never get tired of wagging its tail and greeting people, it loves to play and being showered with cuddles and attention.

A breed that is very affectionate towards the family

Friendly towards children

As mentioned, the Beagle is a perfect companion for kids. The breed is extremely playful, gentle and it loves being around children and following their games. Their compact size reduces the chances of "incidents" such as a kid being pushed on the floor by the dog by accident. Kids should however learn to respect a Beagle while it eats as this breed can be quite protective of food.

A breed that is very affectionate, even with children

Relationship with strangers

If you're looking for a guard dog, look for another breed. The Beagle (also called English Beagle) will always greet strangers with a wagging tail and will bark to ask for cuddles rather than defend the house. This breed is ideal if you have many friends and enjoy having a house full of guests because a Beagle will always be cheerful and sociable.

Friendly towards strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

Beagles are hunting dogs that work in pack, following tracks through their amazing sense of smell and coordinating with others to flush the prey out. This is why a Beagle is very friendly and enjoys the company of other dogs with which it tends to team up easily. If you own another pet and are worried of any conflicts, the Beagle can be a good choice.

Friendly towards other dogs

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

The coat of a Beagle is short and easy to keep clean with simple brushing. The fur tends to grow longer and thicker in winter, especially if your Beagle spends lots of time outdoors and therefore shedding in spring can leave some traces in the house, although nothing too noticeable. Obviously, unless you're a clean freak that can't stand the sight of one single hair on a rug...

The Beagle sheds especially in spring but it has a short coat

Salivation and drooling restraint level

Beagles don't drool and are generally clean dogs that don't cause cleanliness issues at home. If anything, the problem in a unit will be the breed's destructive nature when it is bored or left alone, but this is another story.

A breed not inclined to drool

Easiness to clean

This type of dog equipped with a nice short fur doesn't require much cleaning and will only need regular brushing (especially in spring when moulting is heavier) and a bath now and then to remain beautiful and clean. Remember to check your Beagle's large ears quite often as they can easily host parasites.

This breed can be kept clean with little effort

Health and diseases

The Beagle has generally a long lifespan (they can even reach 15 years old) however this breed is sadly subject to various and quite serious genetic diseases. Amongst these we can count disk diseases, hip dysplasia, glaucoma, retinal atrophy, epilepsy and hypothyroidism. Basically, Beagles must be often taken to the vet for regular checkups.

Unfortunately, the Beagle is subject to many genetic diseases

Tendency to gain weight

If they were human beings, Beagles would be considered "bon vivant" that enjoy the pleasures of life, having fun and especially good food. Food is definitely one of the main passions for a Beagle as this type of dog can eat to exhaustion. A reason why your pet's diet should be monitored or it may easily gain weight.

This breed easily puts on weight because it tends to eat a lot

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

A Beagle's gentleness and affection are out of debate however they absolutely don't guarantee its obedience to the owner's commands. In fact, this breed has a tendency to do as it pleases. Food rewards are especially useful to train Beagles. A Beagle would do anything for a delicious treat. Bad manners don't work at all and can actually reinforce a Beagle's disobedience.

This type of dog tends to disobey and do as it pleases

Loyalty and inclination to escape

We can't assume that hunting dogs will stay next to their owners, despite their love for them...if they have the opportunity, Beagles will sprint to follow a lead and run away in the woods or in direction of hen-houses and rabbit hutches. Always keep your Beagle on a leash in unfenced spaces and, if you have it in a fence ensure it is sturdy and deep enough as this breed can dig.

Strong tendency to escape

Inclination to bite

The Beagle doesn't have a strong tendency to bite or nip however it can engage in this activity if it's bored by attacking objects in the house. The breed is never aggressive towards people or other dogs however if not properly trained or if left home alone (which they hate) they could cause damage to furniture, shoes and garments.

They can chew objects, sofas and rugs if they are bored

Hunt drive

On top of eating, playing and sniffing a Beagle loves to hunt. This was the breed's "job" before their main duty became being a companion for their family. Beagles have an amazing sense of smell - so much so that they are used in airports to locate illegal or dangerous substances - and they cannot resist to follow a scent.

Hunting breed that can't resist following a lead

Inclination to bark or howl

Other than a tendency to disobey, the Beagle has another flaw: it barks and howls a lot. This type of dog will engage in this activity to express a desire to play, receive attentions or to ask for food. This can be an issue for you and your neighbours if you don't train your pet to respect your peace at least a little, although even a well trained Beagle will hardly be silent.

It barks and howls a lot, especially if not trained properly

Exercise requirements

Energy level

Forget about adopting a Beagle if you enjoy spending time relaxing on the couch. This small breed can adjust to life in apartment however it doesn't tolerate a lack of exercise. Beagles must walk, run, play and exercise their amazing sense of smell or they can become anxious and misbehave at home.

An active breed that needs to exercise

Strength

As previously mentioned, the Beagle can be disobedient, a little disrespectful of the owner's commands, it can pull on the lead and be overly boisterous during playtime. Moreover, food can make your Beagle very excited and bring it to bark a lot. Luckily, this is a small-sized breed that is easy to manage on leash.

It has a tendency to pull on the lead and being boisterous

Exercise requirements

In order to be peaceful and tame a Beagle needs to move, walk, run and keep its mind busy. This type of dog is especially fond of following tracks and sniffing around simply makes it content. If you are planning on adopting a Beagle you must keep these needs in mind and provide it with stimulation suitable for its (and consequently your) peace of mind.

A breed with strong need to exercise and keep busy

Tendency to play

Beagles are very fond of games and for this reason they love children with whom they can have fun for hours. This breed also loves playing with other dogs and always behaves in a friendly and welcoming way towards them. Make sure your Beagle is having fun in order to keep it physically and mentally healthy.

This breed is very fond of playing and it needs it in order to be happy

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