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Beagle

The Beagle is a small to medium-sized dog breed. They share a resemblance with foxhounds but have shorter, small legs and softer ears. They’re scent hounds that excel at tracking small game and prohibited agricultural imports across the world. Back in the 1950’s, researchers tested the smell sensitivity of several dogs by putting a mouse in a one-acre field. The Beagles found the mouse in less than one minute. Fox Terriers took 15 minutes to discover the mouse. And Scottish Terriers were unable to locate the mouse. However, their strong sense of smell is limited following ground scents and their abilities to track air scents is less impressive. For this reason, they are not used in mountain rescue teams.


Beagles have a gentle temperament. They enjoy the company of humans but may be reluctant to warm up to strangers. Their tendency to bark at unfamiliar things in their environment make them ideal for watch dogs. However, their diminutive size and lack of aggressive behavior makes less than desirable for guard dogs.

Beagles make good house pets for families with small children. However, they can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. The dogs have high stamina but don’t need to be exercised to the point of exhaustion before they will rest. (Regular exercise is recommended to prevent the dogs from gaining weight.)

The dogs are intelligent but single-minded, especially when discovering an interesting scent, which makes them a challenge to train. They are easily bored and distracted.

Beagle-like dogs have existed for over 2,000 years. However, the modern variation originated in Great Britain circa 1830 from several breeds including the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and the Talbot Hound.

The dogs weight between 18 and 35 pounds and stand around 13 to 16 at the withers. Beagles live 12 to 15 years.

Coat and Color

Beagles have a coat that comes in a variety of colors with tricolor being the most popular. The most popular two-color version is tan and white. Other colors include: light tan, red, orange, brown, liver, black and dark brown.

His coat should only needs an occasional brushing. Pet coat: Clipped short every few months. Show coat: Stripped (dead hairs plucked out) every few months.

Height 13-16" at the withers
Weight 18-35 lbs
Life Span 12-15 years
Temperament Gentle
Hypoallergenic No
Beagles have few inherited health problems. Some of their ailments include: weight gain, epilepsy, reverse sneezing, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and ear infections.

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