Beagle

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22-25 lbs
13-15"
England
English Beagle

The Beagle is considered to be one of the most happy-go-lucky, nonchalant breeds in the field. His disposition is that of a humorous nature. The Beagle originated in the early 1800s in England where his original purpose was to trail and hunt rabbits. The Beagle is happiest when he is able to follow his own nose, which can often lead him into trouble. He belongs to the group of dogs known as the scent hounds. The Beagle was originally developed from the Talbot Hound, North Country Beagle, and Southern Hound. The Beagle is a solid, muscular breed of a convenient size. The Beagle is known for its floppy ears and adorable expression. The Beagle has a short and smooth coat, making maintaining his coat relatively easy. All you have to do is maintain his coat by brushing him weekly with a rubber curry brush and he is all set to go.

Purpose
trailing rabbits
Date of Origin
1300s
Ancestry
talbot hound, north country beagle, southern hound

Beagle Health

Average Size
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 22-30 lbs
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 22-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Minor Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • MRI

Beagle Breed History

It is believed that the word “beagle” was derived from a French word meaning “open throat”. This is believed to have been a direct reference to the way the Beagle bays. While his history is not well-documented, it is believed that the Beagle may have originated from pack hounds before the Roman era. The current Beagle is known to have been developed in the 1800s, bred between the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, and the Southern Hound. The Beagle was also developed to be an easy-going breed with a strong hunting feature. In the early 1900s, there was a push to modify the breed by attempting to create a uniform size and temperament in the Beagle. There are even reports that the Beagle may have originated from the Harrier. While his heritage dates back to the packs of hunting dogs used to hunt deer and hare, the Beagle originated from England. The Beagle is said to have been used by hunters due to its compact size. There are some known Beagles in the pop culture world. For example, Snoopy is the most well known Beagle. The Beagle has also lived in the White House when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office. In the 1840s, the Beagle was exported to the United States strictly for hunting purposes. In 1885, the Beagle was officially recognized by the AKC. In 1888, the National Beagle Club was created and the Beagle was categorized by size: under 13 inches and 13 to 15 inches. The Beagle became popular as a family pet due to its friendly and happy disposition. 

Beagle Breed Appearance

The Beagle has a strong, lean but muscular appearance. The front legs are straight and contain much bone. The legs are proportionately sized and the feet are round and contain hard pads. His hips and thighs appear strong and well-muscled. The Beagle appears to have a stance of power at his normal pose. The Beagle has large hazel or brown eyes. His expression is usually that of a pleading nature. His long, broad ears are rounded at the tip and set low. His muzzle is medium-length and shaped square and straight. The Beagle's neck is medium-length, blending into sloping shoulders. His tail has a slight curvature when wagged excitedly while in action. The coat is short and smooth. The Beagle's colors consist of black and tan, black red and white, black tan and bluetick, black tan and white, blue tan and white, brown and white, brown white and tan, lemon and white, red and white, tan and white, and ticked markings.

Beagle Breed Maintenance

The Beagle's short and smooth coat is easy to maintain. Weekly brushing will help remove dead hair and promote growth. A rubber curry brush is recommended for the brushing. The Beagle should be bathed every 4 to 6 weeks, if necessary. Showering him more often can lead to overproduction of oil on his skin. The Beagle is not considered hypoallergenic and a medium-level shedder. Due to his floppy ears, it is important to regularly wipe and clean his ears to avoid debris from infecting them. The Beagle has a low smell level and is relatively clean. His nails should be trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks to prevent them from overgrowing. The Beagle should be provided with walks and playtime in order to maintain his stamina. While the Beagle can get away with living in an apartment, he would thrive best in an environment where he is free to run around and follow his nose.  If he lives in an apartment dwelling, it is essential to allow him to take long walks and track with  his nose. The Beagle likes to remain active and can become destructive if left to his own devices. This breed is not known to have any special dietary requirements.

Beagle Breed Activity Requirements