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Learn about about Beagle basics like where Beagle come from, how many different types of Beagle you can find, and what other breeds mix with Beagle.
Beagles have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years, although individual longevity can vary. Providing your Beagle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and routine veterinary check-ups can contribute to a longer and healthier life. Genetics and responsible breeding practices can also influence their overall health and longevity.
The breeds that make up the Beagle we know today include the Talbot Hound, Northern Hound, Southern Hound, and Harrier. These different breeds, known as “scent hounds,” gave Beagles an amazing sense of smell, which makes them exceptionally good at finding and hunting rabbits and small animals.
No, Beagles are not hypoallergenic. They have a short, dense, double coat that sheds throughout the year, and this shedding can release allergenic dander into the environment. People with allergies to pet dander may experience allergic reactions when in close contact with Beagles.
Breeds that are commonly mixed with Beagles include the Labrador (Beagador), Bulldog (Beabull), Poodle (Poogle), and Cocker Spaniel (Cocker Spaniel Beagle). These mixes combine the Beagle’s friendly and sociable nature with the traits of other breeds, resulting in dogs with a variety of appearances and temperaments. Some other Beagle mixes include:
Puggle (Pug + Beagle)
Borkie (Beagle + Yorkshire Terrier)
Beagleman (Beagle + Doberman Pinscher)
Jack-A-Bee (Jack Russell Terrier + Beagle)
There are two types of Beagles: the smaller 13-inch Beagle and the larger 15-inch Beagle. These distinctions are based on the height of the dogs at the shoulder. While these two types are the most commonly recognized, unofficially, there is mention of English Beagles and North American Beagles.
Beagles originated in England, where they were selectively bred for their hunting abilities, particularly for tracking small game such as hares. The breed’s lineage can be traced back to ancient hounds used for hunting in the Roman and medieval periods, with further refinement in the 19th century. Beagles were brought by English settlers to the United States and mixed with local scent hounds to create the smaller American Foxhound-looking Beagle we have today.
Learn about about the Beagle general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.
Beagles primarily come in tri-color (black, white, and tan), lemon (pale yellow and white), and red and white colorations. While these are the standard color combinations, Beagles can occasionally exhibit other color variations, such as blue or chocolate, but these are less common and not typically recognized within the breed standard.
The rarest type of Beagle is often considered to be the “Blue Beagle,” which has a bluish-gray coat. However, it’s important to note that the term “Blue Beagle” is not officially recognized by breed standards, and these dogs are not typically found within the standard Beagle breed.
The rarest Beagle color is often considered to be “blue,” which refers to a bluish-gray coat. However, it’s important to note that “blue” Beagles are not officially recognized within the breed standard, and this color is more commonly associated with other breeds.
Beagles typically weigh between 20 to 30 pounds and stand at about 13 to 15 inches in height at the shoulder. Beagles are a small to medium-sized breed, and their size can vary slightly depending on factors such as genetics, diet, and exercise.
Yes, Beagles shed. They have a short, dense, double coat that sheds moderately year-round, with seasonal increases in shedding during spring and fall. Regular grooming and brushing can help manage a Beagle’s shedding and keep their coat healthy.
Learn about about the Beagle temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.
Yes, Beagles bark a lot. They are known for their vocal nature and tend to bark, howl, and bay frequently. Their hunting instincts and communication style involve using their voice to signal various things, including the presence of strangers, animals, or their desire for attention. While their vocal tendencies make them excellent tracking dogs, they may not be the best choice for those seeking a quiet or noise-sensitive environment. Training can help manage their barking, but it’s important to be prepared for their natural inclination to vocalize.
No, Beagles are not considered high-maintenance dogs, but they do require regular exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction to thrive. Their energetic nature and strong sense of smell mean daily walks and playtime are a necessity. Beagles can also be quite stubborn and may require consistent training and supervision, especially when it comes to obedience and following scents. Overall, Beagles require a moderate amount of maintenance.
No, Beagles are not considered easy to train, given their independent and sometimes stubborn nature. They have a strong nose and can easily get distracted by scents, so consistent, patient, and positive reinforcement-based training methods work best. Early socialization and basic obedience training are essential to help Beagles become well-behaved pets. While they may require more effort and consistency in training compared to some other breeds, Beagles can become obedient and well-trained with the right approach and dedication from their pet parents.
Yes, Beagles are typically good with cats and are friendly to other animals. However, their strong prey drive and hunting instincts may pose challenges. Early socialization and training are key to fostering a positive relationship between Beagles and cats. Some Beagles may have a higher tolerance for cats and adapt well, while others may require more supervision and gradual introductions to ensure the safety and comfort of both the dog and the cat.
Yes, Beagles are known to be good with kids. Their friendly and sociable nature makes them a popular choice as a family pet. Beagles often have a gentle temperament and can form strong bonds with children, enjoying playtime and companionship. However, it’s essential to supervise interactions between Beagles and young children to ensure that both the dog and the child are comfortable and safe. Proper socialization and training are also key factors in promoting a positive relationship between Beagles and kids.
Yes, Beagles are good family dogs. They are known for their friendly, outgoing, and affectionate nature, and often get along well with both children and adults. Their adaptability and moderate size also contribute to their popularity as family pets.
Yes, Beagles can make good house dogs because they are social and affectionate animals, often getting along well with families and other pets. They require regular exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and potential behavioral issues. However, their strong sense of smell may lead them to follow their noses, so a secure yard or leash when outside is crucial.
Learn about about the Beagle health outlook and what diseases they may be prone to at various stages of their life.
Yes, you need to groom a Beagle but it is very minimal. Regular brushing can help control shedding and keep their coat in good condition. While they are not high-maintenance in terms of grooming, it’s important to clean their ears, trim their nails, brush their teeth, and maintain good overall hygiene.
Beagles are prone to a few diseases, including:
Intervertebral Disc Disease: Intervertebral disc disease causes a bulge or rupture in the discs between the vertebrae. When that happens, it can cause pain, nerve damage, and paralysis. Sometimes IVDD is mild and may be relieved through crate rest and medication, but dogs with severe cases could need surgery or the use of a wheelchair cart. If a Beagle is having trouble walking, refuses to jump, is incontinent, won’t eat, or appears anxious, they should be taken to the vet as soon as possible.
Beagle dwarfism: Also known as chondrodystrophy, Beagle dwarfism is a genetic disorder that causes extremely short legs. Dwarfism can also affect the spine and cause it to degenerate prematurely. Dwarfism in dogs can eventually lead to IVDD.
Hip and/or elbow dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are two of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. They are similar diseases in which either the hip or elbow joint has grown abnormally or is misshapen. The abnormal shape prevents the joints and sockets from properly meeting one another, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly. Unlike in hip dysplasia, where the main problem is joint instability, the abnormalities seen in elbow dysplasia often result in pieces of bone and/or cartilage breaking loose and irritating the joint tissues. Over time, the rubbing from dysplasia can cause a variety of issues such as pain, lameness, and secondary osteoarthritis.
Chinese Beagle Syndrome (CBS): The scientific term for Chinese Beagle Syndrome is Musladin Lueke Syndrome (MLS). This syndrome is characterized by a flat head and slanted eyes. A Beagle with CBS will also have turned out toes that make them look like a ballerina. Though their different look won’t have much of an effect on their lives, dogs with CBS are more likely to have heart problems.
Distichiasis: This condition occurs when eyelashes (known as distichiasis) grow in an abnormal location on the eyelid. In some cases, a dog may have an entire row of extra eyelashes. Eyelashes can also grow near an oil gland in the dog’s eye and stick out along the edge of the eyelid. The extra eyelashes and abnormal location can irritate the eye, and you may notice your Beagle squinting or rubbing their eye(s). Distichiasis can be treated by freezing the excess eyelashes with liquid nitrogen and then removing them.
Eye problems: Corneal ulcers, cherry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and scratched corneas are all issues that may affect a Beagle.
Others: Skeletal disorders, patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap), epilepsy, thyroid disorders, and ear infections commonly affect floppy-eared breeds. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend skeletal and eye tests for your Beagle.
Learn about about acquiring a Beagle – the pros and cons of adopting versus going through a breeder, and associated costs.
The lowest price for a Beagle is around $100, which can likely be found at a rescue organization or shelter. Depending on whether you adopt or get your Beagle from a breeder, prices can range from $100 to $1,500.
The cost to adopt a Beagle is around $300 to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, getting a Beagle from a breeder can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,500. It’s essential to consider not only the initial cost, but also ongoing expenses like food, healthcare, and training when budgeting for a Beagle.
The easiest way to adopt a Beagle would be through a rescue that specializes in Beagles. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt a Pet. The search will show you all the available Beagles in your area.