Beagle

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General Description


(English Beagle) The Beagle is a comparatively small hound with a square-shaped,sturdy build. They have broad, slightly domed skulls and a straight,square muzzle. Their noses have full nostrils and their eyes are brown or hazel in color. Many people say the Beagle is reminiscent of a small English Foxhound. Beagles have long, wide, pendant-shaped ears and round, strong feet. Their tails are carried freely and gaily. Beagles have a glossy, short-haired coat that exists in a variety of hound colors including tri-color, black and tan, red and white, lemon and white, or orange and white. Beagles are also very small and they are good with childern and they are also good with other animals in your house Beagles are very active and energetic. They love to play and go walks all the time. They get along with any other thing. Such as, family members, other dogs, and maybe even cats.

They don’t always get along with smaller pets like rabbits, as rabbits were the prey they originally hunted.

They are known to howl.

Character


Beagles make excellent pets because of their sweet disposition and kind, loving nature. They are very social and warm towards everyone, and they have a very cheerful demeanor. This breed is great with children and rarely aggressive towards other dogs. They shouldn’t be left unattended with other pets unless they are socialized with them from a very young age. Because Beagles are determined and have a mind of their own, so they need firm, patient training and shouldn’t be left alone. If owners of this breed are gone for extended periods of time, it’s a good idea to have more than one Beagle. This way, the dogs can keep each other company and not become lonely. Beagles have a loud, baying cry that can bother neighbors and they will follow interesting scents without
warning. Beagles are also very energetic, so you will have to take them for long walks…If a Beagle smells an interesting scent they will follow it and never stop until they find it. They often get lost. beagles are really good at escaping so it is important to always keep them on a leash even out back , once they get loose they will never come back, Beagles can track up to 3 miles and tend to wander.


Size


13 – 16 inches

13-15 inches


Weight


20 – 25 pounds

beagles weigh 20-25 pounds

18 – 30 lbs

General Health


Certain lines of Beagles are prone to heart disease, eye problems, back problems, and epilepsy. The breed is susceptible to chondroplasia (dwarfism) that causes the front legs to become warped. Typically, Beagles live for 12 to 15 years. They average 7 puppies per litter.

12 to 17 years

11 to 15 years

Obesity is also a problem, so dont feed them people food no matter how hungry they make themselves look!

Feed high quality dog food(kibble) carefully measured and fed twice a day as Beagles don’t know when to stop eating. They will gorge themselves if free fed. Do not feed table food to a Beagle. Watch giving too many
treats as these will also cause them to get fat.


History


The Beagle is one of the most popular scent hounds. They are known for their outstanding personality and playful energy. It’s believed the Beagle originated as a cross between the Harrier and other hounds in England. Beagles are utilized in packs, alone, and in duos for hunting purposes. They have also served as narcotics detection dogs. Because of this breed’s uniform size, Beagles are often used for medical testing and experimentation.


Maintenance


Beagles have a smooth, short-haired coat that is easy to groom and maintain. This breed’s coat should be brushed with a firm bristle brush and washed with mild soap as necessary. Ears of this breed should be checked regularly and nails should be kept clipped. Beagles are average shedders.


Ideal Environment


Beagles are full of stamina and energy, but they will be content in a small household or apartment if properly exercised. They are very active indoors and are happy with a small yard. As long as this breed is given the chance to play outside on a regular basis, they can thrive in a number of living situations.

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