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Lovable Hounds: The Beagle

By Tiffany Trent

Beagles are a medium-sized breed of hound with short legs and soulful eyes. The beagle comes in a wide variety of colors, though the most common appearance is tri-color with a black nose. These dogs are usually black and white when they are born and develop their brown patches as they get older.

Beagles are curious by nature and this may make them harder to train because they are intelligent and stubborn. The Beagle is a gentle dog, with a good temperament, making this dog breed great for any age child. These dogs are playful, energetic, and very loyal to their owners. Beagles, unlike other dog breeds, don’t just bond with one person in their home; they bond with the entire family.

Beagles are prone to separation anxiety because they are pack animals. If you are going to leave your beagle along for a long period of time, (ex. going on vacation) your pet would do best being kept with other dogs or a person they are familiar with. If you don’t have a family friend your beagle can stay with, you should consider taking your pet to a kennel while you’re away to lessen the anxiety of being separated from you.

Overall, beagles are a rather healthy dog breed, though they do have some common health problems. The beagle’s ears are floppy and very long. This can prevent air from getting into the ear canals and moisture can get trapped in the ear, which can cause ear infections in your beagle. Regular cleaning and a diet including lamb and rice dog food are good ways to prevent this in your pet.

Another common health problem in beagles is obesity. This occurs when people overfeed their pet or reward with treats too often because of their gentle, exuberant nature. In a healthy beagle, you should be able to feel your dog’s ribs and see an hourglass shape to your dog’s length when looking at it from above. This breed of hound can also be prone to congenital heart disease, seizures, and arthritis.

This breed of dog is very versatile. Beagles have an exceptional sense of smell, making them a great companion for hunters. Because they are loyal and very gentle, they make great family pets. These dogs are also often placed in dog shows because of their beauty and agreeable nature. The beagle is a lovable hound dog, that is low maintenance, and very hard not to love!

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Beagle Complete Profile

Beagle Complete Profile

by Dooziedog.com
Beagle

Key Facts:

Size: Small
Height: 33 – 40 cm (13 – 16 inches)
Weight: 9 – 14 kg (20 – 30 lb)
Life Span: 15 years
Grooming: Easy
Exercise: Considerable
Feeding: Reasonable
Temperament: Stubborn & active
Country of Origin: England
AKC Group: Hound
Other Names: English Beagle

Temperament:
The Beagle is alert, bold, active, eager and affectionate. Beagle’s can be stubborn dogs, but have the intelligence to be trained, if done in a firm manner. They still have pack instincts and enjoy being socialised with other dogs or beagles for pack activities. Beagles make great family pets with their cheerful and gentle nature and tolerance of other pets and children.

Grooming:
The coat of a Beagle is waterproof and is able to drip-dry easily and dirt can be sponged off with ease.

Exercise:
Beagles need a considerable amount of exercise. They are not recommended for a flat or apartment home.

History:
The Beagle is believed to have evolved from the old Talbot or Southern Hound in France, these hounds made their way over to Britain. Originally there were two kinds of scent hounds in England, large ones who hunted deer and small ones known as ‘begles’ who hunted rabbits. Thus, just as Harriers are a smaller version of the English Foxhound, the Beagle is a smaller version of the Harrier.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Well proportioned, compact, muscular, active and exuding strength and energy.
Colour: Any hound colour, except liver. Tip of the tail is white.
Coat: Short, dense and weather resistant.
Tail: Moderate length, set high, tapering, carried gaily but not curled over the back and longer hair on the underside.
Ears: Long, flat, set low, round tip and hanging.
Body: Short, straight, muscular back, muscular thighs, ribs well sprung, loin powerful and extending right back.

Additional Comments:

Beagles may become destructive and howl if bored and not kept occupied.
Beagles make great household members, as they naturally enjoy being part of a team and the family becomes part of their pack.

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