One of most popular breeds in the United States, the Beagle originated sometime in the 1500’s to hunt rabbits, hare and other small game. Today’s Beagle was developed in 1830’s England from the Talbot Hounds, the Southern Hound, the Harrier and the North Country Beagle. With an extremely keen scenting ability, the Beagle is an excellent search & rescue and narcotics detection working dog.
Small, 13-16” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 20-25 pounds. The Beagle has a well-built, muscular body with a medium-length smooth coat that comes in colors of blue tick, red tick, lemon, tri-color, lemon and white, orange and white, red and white, and black and tan. When “on the scent” a Beagle uses a “bay” or howl rather than a bark.
The Beagle has a life expectancy of 12-15 years and is prone to epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart disease, back issues and eye problems.
The Beagle is gentle, loving, happy, and good-natured. This breed is also curious, bold and intelligent with an independent streak. Beagles are a hunting breed and “where the nose goes, so goes the body.” When they pick up a scent all else, including you calling them, is lost to their hunting task. Beagles need humane and consistent leadership, patience with training and lots of practice with you. Their mild and easy going manner makes them excellent family dogs.
Beagles are high-energy dogs and need plenty of daily exercise including brisk daily walks, aerobic running, and dog day care (when available). Keep your Beagle in a yard with at least a 6’ fence; Beagles have been known to climb fences. When walking, keep your Beagle on a leash. Once they pick up the scent of something interesting, Beagles take off on the hunt.
Grooming Requirements: Requires occasional brushing and regular bathing.
Coat: Medium, smooth, hard
Shedding: Average shedding.
Hypoallergenic: No, due to shedding
Apartment Living: Not good for apartment living due to the “baying” vocalizing they make.
Lap Dog: No
Good With Children: Good with all children when socialized at an early age.
Good With Other Pets: Generally good with dogs; not trustworthy with other non-canine pets due to hunting instinct unless socialized well at an early age.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
American Canine Association
Continental Kennel Club
Universal Kennel Club International
American Kennel Club
United All Breed Registry
America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club