Do you think you know everything about the Beagle? Read this article and you will be amazed by what this versatile dog has to offer.

The Beagle is an intelligent, courageous, gentle dog. He is cheerful in his nature.

To children and also other dogs this kind and consistently friendly dog builds up a good relationship and also likes to play with them.

Important: These dogs are very greedy. So that they do not die miserably, you have to control the food supply strictly as the owner.

Beagles are robust and compact dogs. And once you’ve chosen one of these rascals, you’ll have happy times in the house – because this dog breed is cheerful and fearless.

A Beagle has his own head – and he’s smart! If you’re living with a Beagle, it’s wise to make it clear that you’re the pack leader – otherwise, he’ll determine the march direction and you can be sure he’ll think of a lot you never would’ve thought of.

If you do not set him clear boundaries, he will pursue his goal with great tenacity.

Where do Beagles Come From?

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Beagles have been bred at the English Royal Court before more than half a millennium. The records about the breeding results are unique documentation about the development of this dog breed.

The Beagles were first mentioned in 1475 in the book “The Squire of Low Degree”. Henry VIII was the first British monarch to dedicate himself to hunting with the Beagles.

From this time on a pack of 48 to 60 “Singing Beagles” was held at the British royal court for a long time. The popular hunt with a pack of Beagles is as “Beagleing” still today a term in the English vocabulary.

The well audible, widespread barking of the pack while hunting was well known. The respective location of the Beagle pack is to be made out problem-free for the hunters through the bright seesawing tail-tops (flags) of the dogs and its “singing” barking in field and forest.

Especially the British queen Elisabeth I. became famous for her love for the Beagles. She bred a special Beagle variety which was so small that such a dog would fit in the pocket of a hunting jacket.

The cultural background from which the name Beagle originates has not been doubt-free clarified: there are three options to choose from – the name could be borrowed from the Celtic “Beag”, possibly also from the French “Beigh” or the Old English “Begle”.

However, all terms stand for “small”. In historical writings, the Beagle is even mentioned as “the smallest pack dog of the world”.

The Beagle dog was bred in its origins for hunting on foot. This form of hunting has become uncommon nowadays, as it requires extensive, coherent hunting areas, which unfortunately are hardly available anymore.

Types of Beagles – How Tall Do Beagles Get?

Although there is only one Beagle breed, the American Kennel Club recognizes two varieties of the dog. This difference is based on the size of the dog. The varieties are the 13-inch beagle and the 15-inch beagle. To qualify for American Kennel Club dog shows, a beagle must simply be less than 15 inches in size. The difference in size is minimal and does not change the characteristics of the breed.

How Long Do Beagles Usually Live?

On average, a healthy Beagle lives between 10 and 15 years. This could be rounded to 13 years, although there are no guarantees. There are many wildcards in the dog’s life that make a difference when someone asks: “How long do Beagles live?

Are Beagles Good Hunting Dogs?

Perhaps seen as the “iconic” Hunting dog, the Beagle is very similar to the American Foxhound in its endurance, energy, and love of hunting. Its short legs hinder it in hunting larger animals. But if you want to hunt pests like rabbits, the Beagle is your dog.

Beagle Health

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Beagles need a lot of exercise and activity. Because they have a tendency to overeat, exercise ensures that the Beagle does not become overweight, which often leads to illnesses like in humans.

A healthy diet is also very important for Beagles. Sufficient vitamins and nutrients are already sufficiently contained in most convenience foods.

Special diet food helps with certain diseases, food intolerances, and obesity.

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Routine veterinary examinations are necessary to maintain health.

The ear infection belongs to the typical illnesses of the Beagles. This is due to the floppy ears of the beagle. So secretion can settle and lead to inflammation.

Typical Hereditary Diseases of Beagles

The Beagle can show the behavior of so-called backward sneezing. Air is drawn in through the mouth and nose, which appears to suffocate the dog and therefore gasps for air. There is no known cause for this. Neither a treatment. Since the cause is not known, it cannot be said with certainty that this is a typical hereditary disease of the Beagle.

Beagles are susceptible to Hound’s ataxia. Hound ataxia is a neurological disease in which the spinal cord is attacked. It manifests itself in movement disorders, spastic paralysis, and limited skin and surface reflexes, but this is not painful for the dog. If the Beagle has this disease, medication prescribed by the veterinarian should always be available in case of an emergency.

Also, the Beagle shows increased changes in the intervertebral discs. For a slipped disc a disposition seems to exist with the Beagle.

The Beagle is also occasionally susceptible to eye diseases such as glaucoma, corneal dystrophy or retinal atrophy.

Functional disturbances of the nasolacrimal duct in the Beagle cause more dry or watery eyes.

In hip joint dysplasia, the acetabulum or neck of the femur is deformed. Hip joint dysplasia is a hereditary malformation of the hip joint. Physical overload and wrong food can favor the emergence or progression of this disease!

Are Beagles Good With Kids? Good As Family Dogs?

Beagles are originally pack dogs. This shaped the character of this social dog. In addition, dogs that showed aggressions within the pack were rigorously sorted out by the breeders, because they were not suitable for hunting. This social orientation forms the basis for the unprecedented suitability of the Beagle as a family dog.

The child friendliness of the Beagle, as well as his patience with children, is almost untiring. The nature of the Beagle can almost always be described as good-humored and cheerful. He will be a gentle and faithful companion for you.

But don`t forget the Beagle is quite a hunting dog and will act out this passion also if the opportunity offers itself to him. As sociable and gentle as he is when he is on a hunt, his behavior proves stamina and determination.

Are Beagles Good Apartment Dogs?

The Beagle is easy to keep in an apartment due to its adaptability, but its centuries-old hunting instinct demands a lot from its owner. Don`t let your Beagle run without a leash in urban peripheral areas, because he could hunt emerging wild animals. Even a supposedly well-educated dog is difficult to keep in such cases.

The tightly tensioned leash tells you quickly: The small power block needs a lot of exercises. Exhausting your excess energy is probably the hardest test in city life.

Beagle Sleep – How Long Do Beagles Sleep?

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Sleep is just as important for a dog as it is for a person. And while it seems that your dog can sleep anywhere, sometimes it can be just as important to have a good place to sleep – and the older the dog gets, the more comfortable they want to sleep.

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Many Beagles Sleep 12 to 14 Hours a Day

But some dogs need more sleep – 18-20 hours a day. These can be puppies, older dogs, and certain breeds. Dogs are largely flexible sleepers. They do not need several uninterrupted hours as we do. They can sleep in batches. But that’s why they don’t get so much REM sleep. That’s why they sleep more than we do.

Does your dog circle around and rearrange the sleeping place?

They build a nest. When the dogs sleep in the wild, they sleep in caves and create a space where they can sleep in a ball. They do this to maintain body heat and protect themselves from predators.

Boredom Can Also Make Them Sleep More.

An active, healthy dog can sleep less. Dogs that are bored tend to sleep because there is nothing else to do. Caution – Boredom can also lead to behavioral problems.

Do Beagles Dream?

Dogs not only dream they also move and may even “talk” while asleep. When a dog goes to REM sleep, he will dream. They can twitch, shake or even growl while asleep. What do dogs dream about? Psychologists suspect that they dream of everyday dog things – possibly inspired by things that happened to them that day.

Dogs Can Also Have Sleep Problems.

Dogs can suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia, among other things. And these problems can be caused by the same things that cause these problems in humans. A visit to the vet can help your pet.

Beagle Pregnancy

How lLong will a Beagle be Pregnant? 

All dogs, regardless of breed, deliver an average of 63 days from conception. It is normal that the dog’s pregnancy lasts from 60 to 65 days. If a Beagle has not delivered after 65 days, it should be taken immediately to the vet.

When Does the Belly of a Pregnant Beagle Begin to Swell?

Normally you will notice a certain firmness at the end of the second week. In week three it is larger than normal. In week 4, a Beagle will clearly show that it is carrying a litter.

How Many Puppies Will a Beagle Have?

There are many opinions, and you can read many different answers. This is because the number can be so large. The facts are that the average size will be 6 and this number can vary slightly from 1 to 10 puppies.

It is common that if a mother has a small litter, her next litter will also be small. On the other hand, if she has a big litter, her future litters will most likely also be big. The last word, however, has mother nature.

Until week 6 the vet can take an x-ray that will let you know how many puppies to expect; doing this before this time will not show anything clearly as the bones have not completely calcified by this time.

How Much Food Does a Pregnant Beagle Need?

In the first few weeks, a Beagle will either eat normally or there may even be a decrease in appetite. As soon as the pregnancy lasts 4 weeks, the hunger should noticeably increase. Most expectant dogs eat 20 to 30% more than normal.

How Much Weight Does a Pregnant Beagle Gain?

Typically there will be a gain of 15 to 25%. Therefore, a 20 lb. (9.07 kg) Beagle will gain somewhere of 3 lbs. (1.36 kg) to 5 lbs. (2.26 kg) during a typical pregnancy. This, of course, varies depending on the size of the litter. This weight gain includes not only the puppies but also excess water, amniotic fluid, tissue, and placenta.

How Well Do You Know the Beagle? – 8 Interesting Facts

1 The Beagle was Much Smaller in Older Days

Before the Beagle looked the way we know and love it today, it was only about 8” tall and fit comfortably into his hunter’s saddlebag. That’s why he was also called Pocket Beagle or Little Beagle. This variant is however extinct and the Pocket Beagle offered and bred today do not go back to this old line.

2The White Tip of the Tail is an Absolute Must for the Beagle

Otherwise, however, the breed shows a very large color spectrum. Classically the Beagle is known however as tricolor. The three colors are black, brown and white. But there are even puppies that are actually born black and white. The third color only appears a few months to years later. Two-colored Beagles, on the other hand, are often born almost completely white and only get the darker color a little later.

3Beagles are Famous

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Snoopy, the dog from the popular series “The Peanuts”, who is always lazy on his kennel, is a Beagle. Lazing around does not correspond at all to the nature of the persistent hunting dog. Also, Gromit from “Wallace and Gromit” or Odie from “Garfield” are breed representatives.

4Don`t Let Your Beagle OFF the Leash

Many Beagle-owners beware of letting their dog off the leash when going for a walk. If the four-legged friend picks up a potential trace, he is unstoppable because of the prey- and hunt-instinct. Some leave the dog leashed himself during training so that he doesn’t lose focus if an interesting smell blows around his nose.

5The Beagle is a Pack Dog

The Beagle has always hunted in the pack. This is the reason for his extraordinarily peaceful behavior and his social compatibility with other dogs. Aggressions are absolutely strange to him.

6Beagles are Loud!

They have a penetrating bark and howl also gladly. With the right training, this can be avoided or at least contained. Allegedly the Beagle owes its name even to its loud voice. It is suspected that Beagle comes from the French word “begueule”, which means “loud mouth”.

7Sad Things About Beagles

Beagles are unfortunately unusually often used as laboratory animals in research. They are very patient, friendly, socially acceptable, robust and show no aggression whatsoever. Characteristics that have obviously become their downfall. Fortunately, the research institutions are now often handing over “unusable” and “outdated” dogs to animal protection organizations, which then pass the former laboratory beagle on to loving hands.

8The nose of the Beagle is One of the Best in the Dog World

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It has not only helped him to his original hunting area but has also brought him jobs, such as tracking down bedbugs or sniffing out banned and illegally imported agricultural and animal products at US airports. The latter is intended to keep diseases and pests out of the country and the dogs of the “Beagle Brigade” undergo a twelve-week training program.

Everything you need to know about beagles

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4 COMMENTS

  1. while we do not have pets at home, we have cousins who had a beagle years ago and she was simply the most gentle soul..
    your post is definitely a ton of information for new beagle parents

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