Facts about Beagle Puppies
Are you unsure how to care for Beagle puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?
Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?
No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!
History of Beagle Dogs
Hounds that resemble the modern breed appear in ancient Greek drawings and texts and can be traced to around the 5th century BC. These dogs were later brought to ancient Rome and probably, like many other breeds, to Roman Britain.
Whether those dogs were true ancestors of the modern Beagle is not clear.
More likely, the breed was developed from a cross between the Harrier and other hounds in Britain.
The breed as we know it today dates back to 1500s, when most English gentlemen had packs of hounds, including Beagles. Larger dogs tracked deer, while smaller ones went after rabbits, pheasant and other small game.
Today the breed is commonly used as a narcotics detection dog. The U.S. Department of Agriculture employs these dogs to sniff out smuggled fruits and vegetables.
The breed was introduced to the US around 1876 and was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Cub) in 1885. Today it is one of the most popular breeds.
Physical Characteristics of Beagle Puppies
This is a small to medium size dog with a muscular body, medium-length neck, a broad chest, and a short and slightly curved tail. The front legs are straight while the rear legs bend at the stifles.
It has a smooth and slightly rounded skull, medium square-cut muzzle, strong jaw, large brown or hazel eyes, and large, low-set ears.
The coat is hard, medium in length and comes in a range of colors, with tricolor (light brown with white and black areas) being the most common. But any color common to hounds may occur. Some Beagles will change their coat color as they mature.
The Beagle has one of the best developed senses of smell (probably the second best after the Bloodhound).
There are two height classes -- under 13 inches, and 13 to 15 inches.
|Male||< 13 inches||17 - 20 pounds|
|13 - 15 inches||20 - 25 pounds|
|Female||< 13 inches||17 - 20 pounds|
|13 - 15 inches||20 - 25 pounds|
The Beagle is a friendly and gentle dog. It has a pleasant disposition and is excellent with children. It gets along well with other dogs but can't be trusted with small animals, including cats, unless it's socialized with them at an early age.
Because they get along well with almost everyone, including strangers, they make poor guard dogs. When confronted with unfamiliar, they tend to howl and bark, making them excellent watch dogs.
With all its positive qualities, this is not a breed for everyone.
While intelligent, a Beagle may be independent-minded. It also has a loud baying cry that may be disturbing not only to your neighbors but to your family as well.
Being a pack animal, it's prone to puppy separation anxiety when left on its own for extended periods of time.
But one of his most annoying traits is his love to follow his nose. Once his nose is on a scent, his mind is locked. He will follow the scent and may not even hear you calling him. And once a Beagle is out of sight, he may be gone forever.
This breed has such a strong desire to explore the outside world that not even an invisible fence or a shock collar may stop him. When not on leash, make sure your pet is confined in a secure area.
Best Owner / Living Conditions
This breed requires a firm, patient and dominant owner willing to establish himself or herself as a pack leader.
While this breed can adapt to any environment, including an apartment lifestyle, it requires an active owner. Be prepared to provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation to prevent numerous behavioral issues.
Some Beagle breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.
Activity and Exercise
The Beagle is a very energetic breed and needs plenty of exercise.
When outside, keep your pet in a fenced or contained yard. When going for a walk, always keep him on leash, or you will be running the risk of him disappearing by following a scent or running after some small animal.
At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.
These dogs are average shedders. Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush to remove dead hair.
Bathe or use dry shampoo when necessary.
One area you need to pay attention to are their ears because they are subject to yeast and other infections. A foul odor may signal an infection.
Check your pet's ears regularly and wipe them with a piece of cotton soaked in warm water, but make sure the ears are dry after you finish. Or use a specially formulated solution such as this Ear Cleansing Solution.
Like all dog breeds, the Beagle is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms.
Additional health concerns include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart problems, and several types of dwarfism. Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health problems.
Buy only from reputable AKC Beagle breeders to reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).
No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.
The average life expectancy for a healthy Beagle puppy is between 12 and 15 years.
Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?
If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Beagle rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.
Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Beagle Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.
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Still Have Questions?
You'll find answers to all your questions at the following site dedicated to Beagles:
Beagles on the Web
All About Your Favorite Breed. Articles on Beagle rescue, training, and health. Also adoption listings of dogs available through shelters, rescue organizations and private individuals.
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