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    History & Overview

    The Beagle is a medium-sized member of the hound group that is used for hunting. He is similar in appearance to English Foxhound, but smaller and with shorter legs, and with longer, softer ears. A hardy, sturdy, squarely-built, small hound, the Beagle has a sleek, easy-care, short coat which is close, hard and of medium length.

    The skull is broad and slightly rounded, and the muzzle is straight and square. The feet are round and strong, the nose, black and has full nostrils for scenting. The long, wide ears are pendant. The brown or hazel eyes have a characteristic pleading expression while the tail is carried gaily, but never curled over the back.

    The preferred colors of the coat are white on the chest and legs, black on the sides and back and neck and tan elsewhere. However, any hound color is acceptable.

    At A Glance

    Country of Origin:

    Great Britain




    FCI Classification: Group 6: Scenthounds; Small-sized Hounds
    AKC Classification: Hound Group


    Medium (13-16 inches at shoulders)


    Any recognized hound color other than liver

    Litter Size:

    5 – 7

    Life Span:

    9 – 15 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    Beagles need quick daily brushing and regular ear cleaning. They are naturally looking dogs and do not require trimming.




    Lively, active, high energy, eager to please, intelligent and mischievous. Bold, with high activity, stamina and determination. Alert and of even temperament, showing no aggression or timidity.

    Social skills:

    Gets along with cats when properly socialized from puppyhood.

    Suitability for Children:

    Patient with children of all ages.

    Exercise Needs:

    Medium-High. Beagles require daily 60-90 minutes of energetic exercise. They have a strong hunting instinct and should never be off-leash unless very well trained.

    Train Ability:

    Can be hard to house train, slow to learn new things, stubborn.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    Beagles shed a lot and have a distinctive dog odor. They can be very noisy. It is strongly recommended to buy a Beagle puppy from a reputable breeder to avoid temperament problems. Beagle hereditary and acquired diseases, including:

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