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The Beagle is a scent hound that was developed in Great Britain for hunting hare. Today, the Beagle is one of the most popular recognized breeds.

He is a sturdy small to medium size, is fairly active, and incredibly friendly. 

Beagles get along very well with children and with other dogs; though they may chase after small pets such as hamsters. 

Found in traditional hound dog colors and with a white tipped tail, Beagles are no strangers in the show ring. 

Full of energy and with a natural propensity to be close to his humans, the Beagle is an amazing canine family member. 
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New Right Now:

Helping a Beagle Overcome Anxiety - If your Beagle panics if you just leave the room or gets nervous every easily when at home, this article is for you. 

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Top 7 Beagle Care Tips - These are 7 of the most important care elements to help ensure optimal health, happiness, safety and comfort. How many are you following? 
Beagles That Act Hyper - This is a very active, energetic breed; however, many owners can be surprised with how hyper a Beagle can get. What is normal and how to help your puppy or dog calm down.

Interesting Facts

  • Alongside the Bloodhound, the Beagle has one of the best developed senses of any breed.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson owned three Beagles named "Him," "Her," and "Edgar."
  • Beagles carry there moderately-long tail like a flag above the back, providing a marker when they follow scents through tall grass.
  • This breed has a loud baying cry that used to be a delight to hunting horsemen.
  • Beagles are a loving and popular family member, but sadly this dog breed is used more often than any other in medical experimentation.
  • Because of their gentle nature and unimposing build, Beagle dogs are frequently used in pet therapy, visiting the sick and elderly in hospitals.
  • In June 2006, a trained Beagle assistance dog was credited with saving the life of its owner after using his owner's cell phone to dial an emergency number 
  • This breed has been among the top 5 most popular breeds for years.
  • The Beagle received official recognition by the AKC in 1885 and by the FCI on definitive basis in 1955

Stats

Breed Group: Hound - Read about Hound dogs
Purpose: Rabbit/Hare Hunter;  Scent dog; Family Companion
Weight: Approximate weight for 13” and under: 22 to 30 pounds (9.97 to 13.60 kg). Approximate weight for 13 to 15”: 25 to 35 pounds (11.33 to 15.87 kg).
Size:  Considered a medium sized dog. Most clubs recognize 2 sizes. Per the AKC & CKC (Canadian Kennel Club):
  • 13 inch: for those not exceeding 13 inches in height (33 cm)
  • 15 inch: for those over 13 inches in height but not exceeding 15 (33-38 cm)
With some other registries including FCI:
  • One size: 13 -16 inches (33-40.6 cm); both male and female
Life Span: 12-15 Yrs, 13.5 on average
Origin: Ancestors date back to Ancient Greece, the modern Beagle was developed in Britain
Origin of Name: Beugler, a french term meaning "to bellow"
Common Misspellings: Beegle
Maturity: Adult at 18 months; may still show puppy-like tendencies

Does Your Beagle Stay Home Alone?

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And does he have a hard time with it? Separation Anxiety is a very common issue with this breed. 

The deep desire to be with his humans and the innate need to be part of a pack can cause a Beagle to struggle with feelings of isolation, whether he's alone for 1 hour or 10.

Fortunately, there are things you can do that can make a huge difference. 


Puppy... to Adolescent... to Adult

Time will go by quickly and before you know it, your little puppy will be a adolescent who understands commands & is completely trained...to that senior dog who needs will change. 

We cover all topics for you, so that you can stay informed...whether you just brought a Beagle into your home, you already have this loving dog as a family member or if you are thinking about bringing home one of the cutest canines in the world. 

Just look to the navigation which is in alphabetical order...So that you can read about the topics that are most important to you. 

Description

This breed is a sturdy squarely-built, small hound that makes a wonderful family pet. This dog has a sleek, easy-to-maintain short coat, which can come in any hound color. Colors include such unique names as Bluetick, Lemon and Red.

The long, wide ears are one of the most famous features. The brown or hazel eyes have a characteristic pleading or sad expression, despite the fact that this dog is generally very happy, outgoing & friendly. 

This breed is known for its distinct bark, which is a howling. This can be controlled with proper training.  

Proper Grooming

This breed has thick, dense coat with moderate shedding. Attention must be paid to bathing with the correct shampoos to keep the fur healthy and to prevent dry skin.

Paying attention to the dog’s nails , ears, anal glands and teeth is very important, as well. Although you will be spared some of the extra grooming that a long haired dog requires, you should still prepare to take time to ensure that proper grooming is done. This is not only so that your dog has a nice appearance, but also for health reasons. See: Grooming.

Health

We know how important it is to you to keep your canine family member healthy. Each breed of dog is more susceptible to certain diseases than other breeds. Keeping an eye out for the early symptoms of these health issues is a huge step toward a good prognosis. 

Possible health complications for Beagles may be heart disease, epilepsy, eye issues, back problems and chondroplasia (otherwise known as dwarfism.) Regular veterinarian checkups are vital. Learn about each disease that the Beagle is prone to and how to keep your pet healthy with details of symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. See: Health

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We are dedicated to the health and happiness of the Beagle breed and will always be here for your puppy, dog or senior.

Beagle Popularity

It's no secret how awesome the Beagle is!

The AKC waits a good year before releasing results. Here are the latest rankings :

2015: #5
2014: #5
2013#4

Quote of the Month

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”

—John Steinbeck (author, The Grapes of Wrath)

That Famous Howl

Yes, Beagles are known for their howl; a type of bark that its hunting ancestors were known for. 

In fact, throughout the centuries, great care was taken to create a "perfect" hunting dog and that included one that could alert its masters from long distances. 

Now a family pet, most of us could do without that howling or baying. And many owners are looking for ways to help stop excessive barking. 

While you can't completely silence a Beagle, many types of unjustified barking can be controlled with proper training. For more detailed information on this, see Barking.

Colors

There are 10 Beagle colors that make up 25 different possible combinations that are accepted by the AKC. In addition, there are 6 standard markings. This makes every Beagle truly unique. 

All purebred Beagles have white-tipped tails, even if that white is just a few hairs. This was an important element that was perfected in the bloodline, as the upheld tail served as a marker as Beagles moved through fields of tall grasses. 

Read more about Beagle colors

Female Issues

Having a female Beagle will come with its own set of care responsibilities; however, these are only valid if you do not have her spayed.  Articles of interest include:
Beagle Heat Cycle -When this starts, signs and what to expect. 
Beagle Pregnancy - First signs, how long gestation lasts, and whelping. 
Spaying and Neutering - Recommended age and important facts.

Important Dental Care

Dogs will develop decay just as humans do if their teeth are not cleaned. Many dogs may resist having teeth cleaned; however with proper training you can have Beagles that actually look forward to this. Grooming time with your Beagle can be a great way to bond with your canine family member.

It is a fact that dogs can die from dental disease that is left untreated. Some dogs, when finally brought to the vet for a dental cleaning , will have decay that is so bad their teeth need to be extracted. Never believe that chewing on bones or hard dog treats will clean a dog's teeth properly. It will be a combined effort between proper home care and professional dental cleanings to keep your dog's teeth healthy. See: Dental Care

Age Related Info

It's really a shame that dogs do not live as long as humans do. However, there are a lot of steps that you can take to help extend your Beagle's life span and make his senior years comfortable. 

You may be interested in:
Beagle Life Span - How long Beagles live, leading causes of death. 
Senior Beagle Care - Taking care of an older Beagle.

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We have the cutest clipart for you, both animated and still, fun sayings, quotes, popular items & more. Check out: Super cute Beagle Stuff

Feel Like Browsing Around?

If your not quite sure what you want to read about, a great place to start is the Beagle Question section.

There, you'll find a roundup of some of the more popular issues that surround the Beagle breed, both for puppies and adults.

This covers such topics as health, care, some behavior related issues and other common elements that seem to pop up every now and again. 

We work to continually add to this site, so do be sure to keep checking in. 

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