Breed Information

About Beagles

With a compact size, easy-care coat and happy nature, the Beagle has long had a place as one of the most popular breeds for families.It's no surprise that one of the most beloved fictional dogs in America is Snoopy the Beagle. Your Beagle puppy will make an amusing and lively addition to the family. Bred for hunting, he'll thrive on daily exercise and being a member of your pack. Beagles are easy-going and friendly comedians. Beagles are also used as scent detection dogs at U.S. airports, where their friendliness allows them to search for weapons, drugs, and illegal food items without making passengers nervous the way a larger “police dog” might. The breed was developed in England to hunt rabbits, and Beagles are still happiest when following their noses. For that reason, they belong to a category of dogs known as scenthounds. Don’t let the small size or undeniable charm of the Beagle fool you: these dogs are still born to hunt. They’ve been described as ``a nose with four legs,`` and they love following a scent trail. The minute they smell something interesting they're likely to follow their noses rather than their owners' requests..

Health

Beagles are generally a healthy breed. Some health issues include hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism, among others. Some Beagles may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of them are healthy dogs. Here’s a brief rundown on what you should know.http://cdn.akc.org/Marketplace/Health-Statement/Beagle.pdf

PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT

Beagles are happy, outgoing and loving. They are often described as having a merry temperament, but they are also known for their mischievous nature. Beagles like to have their own way, and they can be naughty, determined and stubborn in their efforts to get what they want, which is usually food. Start training early, be patient and be consistent, and one day you will wake up to find that you live with a great dog. But even so, there are a few Beagle behaviors that you should expect to live with throughout his life. They are part and parcel of being a Beagle, and nothing you do will change them. Beagles love good smells, Beagles howl, Beagles have selective hearing, and Beagles love to eat. Everything a Beagle does somehow leads back to his nose. His powerful sense of smell overcomes any good sense you might have tried to instill and tells the Beagle to escape from the yard or break into the dog food bag in the pantry or see what’s in the trash. When channeled properly, it’s also what makes him a great arson dog or termite detector, so it all evens out in the end. Just remember that when your Beagle’s nose is down, his “other brain” is turned off. Personality: Merry, friendly, and curious Energy Level: Very Active; This quick, energetic and compact hound dog needs plenty of exercise Good with Children: Yes Good with other Dogs: Yes Shedding: Seasonal Grooming: Weekly Trainability: Responds Well Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches) Life Expectancy: 10-15 years Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal

size and weight

Height:Male: 36–41 cm, Female: 33–38 cm. Weight:Male: 10–11 kg, Female: 9–10 kg)

Grooming

Beagles are easy-care dogs who don’t need a lot of fancy grooming. A good going-over with a hound mitt once or twice a week removes dead hairs and helps keep them from migrating to clothing and furniture. And that’s the bad news: Beagles shed year-round. The good news: unless your Beagle rolls in something stinky, which is a strong possibility, he shouldn’t need a bath more than three or four times a year. Keep your Beagle’s droopy ears clean with a solution recommended by your veterinarian. Don’t use cotton swabs inside the ear; they can push gunk further down into it. Wipe out the ear with a cotton ball, never going deeper than the first knuckle of your finger. Trim his nails regularly, usually every couple of weeks. They should never be so long that you hear them clicking on the floor.

Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Note: How much your Beagle eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don't all need the same amount of food. It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. The quality of dog food you buy also makes a difference — the better the dog food, the further it will go toward nourishing your dog and the less of it you'll need to shake into your dog's bowl. If you're unsure whether he's overweight, give him the eye test and the hands-on test. First, look down at him. You should be able to see a waist. Then place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without having to press hard. If you can't, he needs less food and more exercise.