Beagle

Beagle information

With a size between of 12 to 15 inches, beagles are one of the smallest hunting dogs. Their average life expectancy varies between 12 to 15 years.

On the 16th century, these dogs were called 'pocket beagle' as they fitted in horses' saddlebags and would ride along on the hunt. At that time, they were smaller in size, measuring about 8 inches. It is said that Queen Elizabeth I owned a pack of pocket beagle and would use them to entertain her guests. Nowadays, Beagles are also called miniature beagles.


Beagle characteristics

Most commonly, the coat of beagles is tricolor, white, back and tan but there are also beagles with bi color coat, white and tan. Beagles are short haired dogs and their coat is easy to maintain.

Beagles are easy to recognize with their long ears and their tufted tail.


Beagle: one of the best hunting dogs

Beagles are good hunting dogs, they hunt in group and can run long distances. Their main preys are rabbits, hair and wild boar. When a beagle find a prey, he will howl to notify his owner.


Beagle temperament

Beagles are very friendly and affectionate towards humans which makes them fantastic family pets, happy to sit with children as they play or watch over the adults playing bingo on sites like (http://www.thinkbingo.com), and are extremely loyal animals.

Beagles are very friendly and affectionate towards humans which makes them fantastic family pets. Also, they are very sociable and, as pack animals, they love meeting other dogs.

Beagles being pack animals, they need strong leadership. They need their owners to be strict in order to understand the hierarchy inside the household. If owners fail to establish themselves as pack leaders Beagles can develop behavior issues.


Beagle training

Beagle can be quite difficult to train. From one side, their stubbornness makes them good hunting dogs but from the other side, it makes them more difficult to train. As most dogs, it works quite well to teach Beagle puppies with positive association, praising them when they do something right and saying 'No' with a strong voice when they do something you disagree with. If you are not experienced with the beagle breed, you might consider enlisting your dog to obedience classes where professional dog handlers will be able to help you get a good start with your dog.

Beagles need a lot of exercise as they have a lot of energy. If you are considering getting a Beagle, you will have to make sure your garden is well fenced: as most hound dogs, Beagles love to track little animals and they can easily run away. Puppy beagles are real escape artists and will not miss a chance to discover the outside world by themselves if the opportunity presents itself.

Beagles enjoy long walks and it is one more opportunity for them to exercise their noise. Beagles are often kept on the lead as they love to smell and follow tracks very easily. Once on a track, it is very difficult to catch his attention and get him to come back.


Beagle food habits

Beagles love food so you will have to be careful not over feeding them. This, specially if they do little exercise.


Beagle health

Beagles have large floppy ears that will need to be clean on a regular basis to avoid any ear infection.

In general, Beagles are healthy dogs but it is very important to find a responsible breeder to avoid some health issue. The beagle breeder should care for the dogs and socialize them with other dogs and people from an early age. This in order to avoid any behavioral issue. Beagles with behavioral problems can often be unpredictable.


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