Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Scent hound
Height: males 16 in., females 13 in.
Weight: males 20-30 lbs., females 20 lbs. or less
Life span: 10-15 yrs.
Trainability: high, will especially work for food
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes with other dogs, other pets when raised together

The Beagle dates back to Elizabethan times and claims some of its ancestors as hounds. It is one of the oldest dog breeds and a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. The name Beagle means “loudmouth” in French.

What does the Beagle look like?

The Beagle can be from 13-16 inches tall and weighs about 18-30 lbs. Its head is dome-shaped with a pointed muzzle. The nose is black with well-developed nostrils. The Beagle has a keen sense of smell and can find the tiniest morsel of food hidden anywhere. Its eyes are brown or hazel and the ears are long and hang against its cheeks. The Beagle comes in a variety of colors including the usual hound tricolor. All beagles have a white-tipped tail.

What is the Beagle’s temperament?

The Beagle is a happy, affectionate, calm dog, very clean. It has a baying bark that can sometimes disturb your neighbors, especially if it goes on for a length of time. The Beagle is good with children and other dogs. It’s best if raised with other kinds of pets.

What is the Beagle used for?

The Beagle’s specialty is hunting, rabbit, pheasant, quail and sometimes it even catches fish. The Beagle is a wonderful loving companion dog as well.

Possible Health Issues

Cherry eye, chondrodysplasia, allergies, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, invertebral disc disease.

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