Height: 13-15 in
Weight: 18-30 lb
Temperament: alert, lively, affectionate, determined,
The Beagle is a hound with a history that can be traced
back to ancient Greece. This breed was a favorite of the
British monarchy. These dogs were bred to be fearless
hunters of fox. In America, the Beagle was used as a
hunter of rabbit. The Beagle has a wonderful, even
temperament. They make fantastic family pets since they
will bond to the entire family, not just one member. While
Beagles are great with kids, they do need to be
socialized. Dogs should never be left alone, or
unsupervised, with young children.
Beagles are alert, active and quite outgoing. Beagles need
companionship since they were bred to be a pack dog and
need a lot of time outdoors. If neglected, they will find
other, often destructive, ways to entertain themselves.
The Beagle is a highly intelligent dog, and an excellent
problem solver. If not properly fenced, he/she will find a
way to roam.
Training of the Beagle is important in order to have an
obedient beagle. The owner must establish herself/himself
as the pack leader.
This breed can tolerate temperature extremes, from the
summers of Arizona to the winters of New York. The Beagle
is inexpensive to care for and require little maintenance.
They are very clean animals. The Beagle will eat
themselves to death if given an opportunity, diet needs to
be monitored closely. The average life span of the Beagle
is 14 years. Seventeen years is not unusual.
There are 2 Beagle varieties: those under 13”; and
others 13” to 15”. Colors: most common are the black,
tan and white. There are also red/white and pale
tan/white. Coat: short, smooth. Training: socialization
and obedience. The Beagle is good around other dogs that
are pets within your home, but they are not as good with
non-canine pets. They are non-aggressive towards other