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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.