(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.
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Beagles are very small and they are good with children. They are very active and energetic. They love to play outside and go for walks. They love interaction with family members. Some may not do well with small pets like rabbits or other furry animals since they are bred to hunt these types of animals. Proper socialization can correct this behavior. Some Beagles are known to howl. The beagle is also believed to be the smallest hound.
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 require long walks if a large yard isn't available. If a Beagle smells an interesting scent they will follow it and never stop until they find it. They often get lost. They are really good at escaping so it is important to always keep them on a leash even when out back. They may start to climb or dig if they are left outside without mental stimulation or family attention. They are prefer to be indoor/outdoor dogs and enjoy sleeping inside with the family at night. For the first year or two they are extremely vulnerable of wandering away while tracking a loose scent. It's a good idea to keep your yard dog proofed to limit escapes.
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.
Most live 12 to 17 years on average. Obesity may become a problem if they are over fed. It's important not to feed this breed table scraps. High quality dog food is recommended that is carefully measured out. This breed loves to eat and it's not advised to free feed this breed.
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.
They were formerly used as hunting dogs in some areas of England.
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.
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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