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Beagle Puppies for Adoption

Beagles are one of the most popular breeds in the United States and in many other countries. In the U.S., Beagles are ranked as the fourth most popular breed registered with the American Kennel Club. Beagles are in the top 15 most popular dogs in Canada, and in the top 30 most popular dogs in the UK. However, whenever a breed is very popular, there are likely to be dogs that end up in animal shelters This article will provide information about Beagle puppies for adoption.

Why Dogs End Up In Shelters

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, people turn in pets to pet shelters for the following reasons:

  • They ask for euthanasia because their pet is ill (7.4 percent)
  • They are moving (7.3 percent)
  • They found the animal (6.6 percent)
  • Their landlord won’t let them have a pet (5.3 percent)
  • The owner says they have too many pets (4.8 percent)
  • The animal is old (4.6 percent)
  • It costs too much to keep the pet (4.1 percent)
  • The animal is sick (4.1 percent)
  • Someone in the family has allergies to the pet (3.98 percent
  • The pet is not housetrained (3.37 percent)

Other reasons include behavior problems and things like the owner dying or a divorce in the family.  These reasons account for about half of the dogs in shelters in the U.S.

Puppies In Shelters

If you have ever tried to find a puppy at an animal shelter then you probably already know that it’s usually hard to find one. It can be nearly impossible to find a purebred puppy such as Beagle puppies for adoption. Puppies are cute and everyone wants one, so when there are puppies at an animal shelter, they are taken quickly. Plus, there are relatively few purebred dogs and puppies at animal shelters. Breeders can sell purebred puppies and people are willing to buy them, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to take them to an animal shelter where the breeder won’t get any money for them.

You should know that many people who work at animal shelters often label dogs as purebreds when they are not. They do this in an effort to make the dogs and puppies more appealing and try to get them adopted. They may call a dog a purebred Beagle when it is a mixed breed.

In some cases animal groups illegally raid breeders and seize dogs so they will have purebred dogs and puppies to sell in animal shelters. You may occasionally find purebred puppies for sale in a shelter if an animal organization has done this. However, Beagles are not usually one of the breeds seized by animal groups. Animal groups can get more money by seizing and selling cute Toy dogs and puppies.

Beagle Mixes

You have a much better chance of finding mixed breed Beagle puppies for adoption. These puppies often look like Beagle puppies, for the most part. They are cute and they will probably have a good temperament. They just won’t be purebred Beagle puppies. However, it can still be hard to find puppies in a shelter so you may have to keep going back to the shelter to see when puppies are brought in. Or try to become friends with someone at the shelter and ask them to call you if they have some mixed breed Beagle puppies brought in to the shelter. Then you can get a puppy before they are all adopted.

Conclusion

It’s often hard to find purebred Beagle puppies in an animal shelter. You may need to look for mixed breed Beagle puppies for adoption. Visit the shelter often and try to make friends with the shelter staff so they can call you if they get in some puppies you may like.

Beagle Dog Training

Beagles are considered to have average or above average intelligence. However, Beagles are hunting dogs and they are used to working in the field on their own, making their own decisions. They do not always listen to their owners or check with them before doing something. Beagles can be quite independent and this can make them hard to train. They are sweet, loving dogs but Beagle dog training can take some patience.

Early Training

Ideally, training your Beagle will begin when he is a puppy. Beagle puppies, like all puppies, should be well-socialized. Take your puppy with you to places where he can meet some friendly people who will pet him. Let him meet some friendly puppies and dogs. Allow him to go places and see things so he won’t be scared of new things. These experiences will help to build your puppy’s confidence. Puppies who are well-socialized when they are young have fewer behavior problems when they are adults.

You can also enroll your Beagle puppy in a puppy preschool or puppy kindergarten class. These classes are often offered by pet stores, animal shelters, kennel clubs, and dog trainers. You puppy can meet friendly people and play with some other puppies. He can learn some manners. And some classes also teach some basic obedience.

Beagle Dog Training

You can begin formally training your Beagle with some basic obedience lessons when he’s 8 to 12 weeks old. By this age your puppy will be old enough to start learning some commands such as Sit and Come.

There are a couple of different approaches you can take to training your Beagle. You can sign up for a dog training class. These classes are usually offered by pet stores, animal shelters, kennel clubs, and by training centers run by dog trainers. Or, you can train your dog yourself. There are lots of DVDs, CDs, and good books on training dogs available. If you run into trouble with your training you can always join a class with your dog later.

What Your Dog Should Learn

Basic obedience commands that your Beagle should learn include Sit, Come, Lie Down, Heel, and to walk on a loose leash. Once your dog knows these basic commands you can work on doing them off-leash, but this will come later, after your dog can do the commands every time you tell him. A dog has to be very reliable before you start trying to train him off the leash. When training off leash you will need to start training in an enclosed area so your dog won’t escape or get out into traffic. Most people start off leash training inside the house.

Training Methods

There are several different training methods you can use for Beagle dog training. The most popular kind of training right now is positive reinforcement. This method uses praise and rewards for the dog. When the dog does what you tell him to do you give him lots of praise and a reward, such as a food treat. If the dog doesn’t do what you tell him, or he doesn’t understand you, you ignore what he does and keep repeating the lesson. This method doesn’t rely on correction or punishment but it encourages the dog to want to please you. Clicker training is one kind of positive reinforcement training.

Traditional dog training, exemplified by the Koehler Method, is another dog training method. This method was popular prior to the 1990s and it is still used by some trainers. This training method uses a slip chain collar. The dog is given slight corrective jerks with the collar. At times you need to use your hands to position your dog for sitting or lying down by pushing on his hips or shoulders. This is not a cruel method of training if done properly.

Some people also combine methods or just use whatever works for their dog. And other people try to use dog whispering for their dog. However, dog whispering is not really a training method. It is an approach to handling dogs that tries to make the human the “alpha” or leader in the relationship, but it doesn’t offer any specifics about training your dog for obedience.

Conclusion

Beagle dog training should start by socializing your Beagle well when he’s a puppy. Teach him good manners at home and start basic obedience training. You can teach him basic commands yourself or sign up for a good obedience class. Choose a training method that works for you and your dog.

Beagle Dog Information

Beagles are one of the most popular dogs in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. They are known for being cheerful, loving, friendly little dogs. They are also quite curious and they have a great sense of smell. They will follow wherever their nose leads them. They usually love children and they make a great dog for kids. Read below for more Beagle dog information.

History

Dogs of beagle-type have been reported in the British Isles since the time of the Roman occupation. In the 1500s it became popular in England for gentlemen to keep packs of Beagles for hunting small game. Some Beagles at this time were quite small and there are reports of “pocket” Beagles that could fit in a person pocket, and “glove” Beagles that could sit in someone’s gloved hand. It was said that people could put some of these small Beagles into their saddlebag and take them hunting. Beagles continued to be popular for hunting for the next several hundred years, though they were slightly larger. By the 18th and 19th century Beagles were used in crossbreeding to create the Foxhound, which looks similar in appearance to the Beagle, only larger, with longer legs.

According to Beagle dog information, in the 19th century the Beagle became more standardized in appearance. Beagles in the United States were crossed with more elegant Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagle we have today. Beagles today are still used for hunting rabbit and hare. They are still popular with hunters and some people still hunt with Beagles in packs.

Appearance

The Beagle today in the United States is separated into two sizes: dogs that stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, and dogs that stand up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Both sizes can appear in the same litter. Dogs can weigh up to 25 pounds.

Popular Beagle colors include tricolor (black, white, and tan), tan and white, black and white, red and white, lemon and white, and other colors seen in hound breeds. Flecking or “ticking” is sometimes seen among these colors.

The Beagle is a compact, tidy dog with long ears and appealing brown eyes. However, they do shed quite a bit so brush your Beagle often.

Living Conditions

Beagles do well as house dogs but, although they are small, they don’t usually do well in apartments. Beagles tend to bark and howl a lot which neighbors in an apartment building may not appreciate. They need lots of regular exercise. This is a breed that can become overweight easily if they don’t get enough exercise.

Health

According to Beagle dog information sources, Beagles are generally considered to be a healthy breed of dog. However, like most breeds, they can have some health problems. Epilepsy can occur in the breed, along with hypothyroidism. Disc problems in the back are possible. Eye problems such as glaucoma can occur. Beagles have long ears which cover the ear canal so they can be prone to ear infections. You should clean your Beagle’s ears regularly. Beagles typically live 10 to 13 years.

Temperament and Training

Beagles are generally friendly and affectionate dogs. They can be quite smart but they are not always easy to train. As a hunting breed they tend to be independent-thinkers. If they become interested in something they smell they can stop paying attention to you. Training a Beagle takes time and patience. Beagles have been kept in packs for centuries so they usually do very well when living with other dogs. However, you should be careful if you have a cat or other small animal in the house. Your Beagle may see them as prey. If possible, try to raise your Beagle with a cat from the time he’s a puppy so he will respect the cat. Beagles get along great with children.

Conclusion

Beagles can make great family dogs. They are loving and affectionate dogs. They are not always easy to train, however. They do well living in a house with a yard. They are usually healthy dogs but you need to clean their ears regularly. They do shed a lot so brush often.

What You Should Know About Your Beagle Basset Hound Mix

The Beagle Basset Hound mix is a hybrid dog and not a pure breed. Beagles and Basset Hounds are both members of the Hound group, historically, and they have similar functions. These breeds even have some similarities in appearance, though the Basset Hound is much lower to the ground, with shorter legs and a longer back. When these two breeds are crossed they should produce puppies that still have similar hunting instincts as their parents, though they may have shorter legs like their Basset Hound parent, and they can have a longer back. They may have a face that looks more like a Beagle.

Beagles and Basset Hounds

Beagles and Basset Hounds are both old breeds that originated. The Beagle is believed to have originated in England and the Basset Hound in France They may have had some common ancestors at some point in time, hundreds of years ago. Bassets were used by hunters who wanted to hunt on foot and keep up with the dog, so the dog needed to work at a slower pace.

Beagle-type dogs date back to around the 1500s in England and they became particularly popular when foxhunting was developed in the 18th century. Some authorities claim that small hunting dogs of this type date back much earlier. Foxhounds were developed by crossing Beagles with other dogs. Beagles as we know them today were developed in the 19th century. In the U.S. in the 19th century dogs called Beagles were similar to straight-legged Basset Hounds. These dogs were crossed with Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagles we have today. So there have been some different types of Beagles in the past which relied on Basset-type dogs. People today still hunt rabbits and hare with their Beagles.

Both Beagles and Basset Hounds are gentle, sweet dogs and they make excellent family companions. Beagles are a little more frisky and outgoing. They are considered “merry” dogs with a cheerful temperament. Bassets are mild, calm dogs. Both breeds are good with children.

In size, the Beagle comes in two sizes. They can stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, or up to 15 inches tall. They usually weigh around 25 pounds. The Basset Hound can stand up to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and they can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Both breeds have similar hound coloring: tri-color, red and white, lemon and white, black and tan. Basset Hounds are achondroplastic, meaning they are technically a dwarf breed because of their short legs.

Beagle Basset Hound Mix

If you are thinking of getting a Beagle Basset Hound mix then it’s hard to predict exactly how your puppy or dog will look. Because Beagles and Basset Hounds do share some genetic heritage your puppy will likely be a hound-type dog with a short, smooth coat and hound coloring. But he could look more like one parent than the other. Both breeds have long ears, so you can expect your dog to have them, too. Bassets sometimes have very long ears which can have ear infections, so you will need to keep your dog’s ears cleaned regularly.

You can probably expect your Beagle Basset Hound mix to be a sweet, gentle, playful dog. With such a strong hunting heritage you should make sure you have a secure fence to keep in contained. Beagles and Bassets are hunting dogs and they will follow where their nose leads them, even if that means digging their way out of your yard. When you walk your dog, make sure you are holding your leash tightly. These dogs can take off running if a squirrel or rabbit crosses their path, and they won’t come back when you call them if they are off hunting.

Both of these breeds shed a lot so you will need to brush them regularly and vacuum your house often to keep the dog hair to a minimum.

Health

Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and some eye problems can occur in Beagles. These conditions could appear in the offspring of a Beagle. Bassets can be prone to these same problems, along with arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and skin problems, so you may see these in their offspring.

Conclusion

The Beagle and the Basset Hound have many things in common so crossing these two breeds should produce puppies that are gentle, playful, and sweet. Make sure you have a good fenced yard to keep your dog contained and be careful when you’re walking your dog since dogs from this cross will chase prey.