Beagles are adorable medium-sized dogs that have steadily been a favourite choice of family pet and dog companion for many years. This dog breed has always been favoured in the show ring by the judges and crowds. While they have maintained its strong hunting nature, the reliable Beagles are well-known for being laidback and cheerful in a home. There is nothing that would make a Beagles happy than being in everything that goes on inside your household. Because of this, Beagles can quickly become one of the most cherished members of the family. Beagles are known to being kind, gentle, and loving dog companions. They love and enjoy life and are a real joy to have them around.
Beagles are compact dogs. It means they have strong and robust bodies with a good level topline and well-sprung ribs. But it is in their hind legs that Beagles claim a lot of power with sturdy thighs and impressive looking back legs. Moreover, their feet are well-knuckled and with strong pads and short nails. Beagles have medium-long tails set high and carry merrily in the air adding to their joyful and fun-loving looks. When it comes to their beautiful coat, Beagles have a short and extremely waterproof coat that provides the dog with a considerable amount of protection against the outside elements.
- Exercise Needed Daily: 1 hour 6/10
- Training: Medium 6/10
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Medium 6/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Watchdog Ability: Medium 6/10
- Barking Level: Intensive 10/10
- Environment: City & Countryside 6/10
- Type of home: Apartment 2/10
- Good with Children: With Supervision 6/10
- Good with Other Animals: Yes 10/10
- POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS: No 2/10
In the 5th century BC, there were dogs in ancient Greece that were identical in size and had the skills and capabilities of a modern Beagle. These dogs were utilized for hunting hares by following their scent. In England, it is believed that beagle-type dogs were present as early as 1016. Within the same century, King William I is thought to have carried the Talbot hound with him to England. Within those years, the Talbot hound offsprings were bred and developed with Greyhounds to reproduce dogs with an added turn of speed. From these litters, they produce the Southern Hound that is believed to be the Beagle's ancestor.
Although, we have to note that the development of the modern Beagle today is from the efforts of Rev. Phillip Honeywood in the 1830s, in which he kept a pack of pure white Beagles. Thomas Johnson polished the breed and shaped the litters that were both attractive and outstanding hunters. Numerous decades have passed, and the first standard for the Beagle was established in the 1890s.
Beagles are compact, medium-sized dogs that always look attentive and prepared to get involved in anything. They have a fairly large head compared to the size of their entire body. While the female Beagle has somewhat fines heads than their male counterparts, they have short muzzles with a full nose, which is preferably black. Note that a lighter colour is also acceptable in Beagles with lighter coloured coats. Beagles have good, wide nostrils that complement their friendly appearance and appeal.
The eyes of a Beagle can be either hazel or a darker colour, and they are set apart on the head of a dog, which gives these dogs a beautiful kind expression for which they are so well known. Their ears are long and fall on both sides of their head and are rounded and very soft to touch. Also, their mouth is sturdy with a perfect bite. Beagles have long necks, and it holds somewhat arched that gives these dogs a noble expression about them. Their front legs are straight, well-muscled, and well-boned.
Beagles are regarded to be very sociable and often have playful characters by nature. These are just two of the reasons why they make such great pets to have around. Moreover, Beagles have pleasing temperaments, and they enjoy being around people and other animals. Moreover, Beagles do not like being left alone.
This dog breed is very gentle, loving, and sweet-natured. There is no surprise why many people select Beagles in their homes.
Beagles are intelligent dog breeds. To enhance their skills and capabilities as a dog companion, whether in a family of older children or toddlers, it is best to start early between 3 to 6 months young. But be careful not to strain their growing muscles, joints, and bones. Shorter but consistent sessions of playtimes and walks work the best.
Remember that being reliable, trustworthy, consistent, and giving plenty of time to train a Beagle is a vital element in developing well-behaved, housetrained dogs.
Beagles generally have mottled coats, with a mix of white, black, and light brown colors. Their grooming is low maintenance, because their fur is short and waterproof, protecting from different elements.
While a Beagle’s coat is easy to clean and care for, they should still be groomed at least once a week. Fortunately, most Beagles love being brushed as they love the extra contact and attention from their owners.
Beagles can suffer from some genetic and acquired health issues you should know if you plan to share your home with one of these high-spirited and lovely dogs. Health issues the dog breed is prone to suffer are:
- Canine Epilepsy
- Cherry Eye
- Steroid Responsive Meningitis (SRM) often known as Beagle Pain Syndrome or Stiff Beagle Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Musladin-Leuke Syndrome (MLS) - Chinese Beagle Syndrome
- Catalase Deficiency
- Factor VII & IGS
- Beagle Tail - also known as Limber Tail or Limp Tail
Beagles, just like other medium-sized dog breeds, may not be ideal for small children or toddlers. It is recommended that an adult should always attend any interaction between a Beagle and a toddler. Beagles are very intelligent and can be watchful over toddlers and smaller kids because they seem to know just how unprotected they are instinctive.
This breed is generally good around other small to medium dogs because of their very kind nature and how much they love attention and adore other animals if they are correctly socialized at an early stage. Similar to cats and other smaller pets, they could live fine together. However, note that some bigger and dangerous types of dogs can be hazardous to your Beagle's well-being. Always make sure to have an adult attending any encounter with these kinds of dogs.