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 black nose has full nostrils for scenting. The long, wide ears are pendant. The brown or hazel eyes have a characteristic pleading expression. 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.

Beagle Breed Outline

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Utilization: Hound

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

Size: Medium (13-16 inches at shoulders)

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Colors: 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 need trimming.

Shedding: Heavy

Personality: Lively, active, high energy, eager to please, intelligent and mischievous. Bold, with great 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 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 have several health problems.

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