The Beagle is a perfect family dog. With a kind and energetic personality, Beagles love to be around people. As the Beagle is a hound breed, they will be expected to use their nose a great deal. 

If you’re looking for a dog with a personality, you need look no further than a Beagle. They are extremely vocal dogs, so expect a bark or two when they are looking for a playmate or letting you know there is someone at the door. Their reputation for strong overall health and long lifespan make them any dog lover’s best friend.

 

Pet profile

Perfect for more active families who love spending time outdoors.

  • Small to medium (34cm to 40cm) 
  • Typically weighing between 8kg and 14kg
  • 10 to 15 years life expectancy

Exercise and nutrition

To stay happy and healthy, a Beagle requires between 1-2 hours of walking per day, and these long walks will also allow them to explore using their hunting nose. But, be sure to train your Beagle from an early age, as not doing so could result in a naughty dog whose sense of smell is likely to get the better of them when off the lead.

As well as daily exercise to ensure your dog doesn’t become overweight, high quality dog food should be fed to your Beagle twice a day. 

The amount you feed your dog will depend on their age and size. Always read the label or seek advice from your veterinarian if you are unsure. 

Lastly, a Beagle’s coat will shed predominantly in the spring, so be sure to brush his or her coat weekly to get rid of excess hair and ensure they are always looking their best. 

 

Common health problems and illnesses 

Beagles do have their share of health issues, which is why it’s a good idea to take out insurance for your Beagle while they’re still a puppy.

While a Beagle’s long, floppy ears play a large part in what makes this breed so loveable, they can create issues when the airflow is blocked to the ear canal and moisture becomes trapped inside. When this occurs, infection is likely to develop, and your Beagle will need a course of antibiotics to prevent any long-term problems developing.

Cushing’s disease causes your dog’s glands to produce too much of the hormone cortisol. Contact your veterinarian if your Beagle experiences thinning of skin, frequent urination or hair loss as these are common symptoms of the disease. 

Distichiasis is a painful condition that causes the dogs eyelashes to grow back into the eye, and prompt medical care is required to prevent more serious eye problems developing.

Cancer, most commonly lymphoma, is another health issue that Beagles may encounter. Regular check-ups with the veterinarian are the best way to try and catch this disease early, so that treatment can be started at the optimum time. 

Polyarthritis is a condition which causes a dog’s immune system to attack the joints. While causes of the disease are not completely understood, it can be treated successfully with a series of cortisone shots.

Warts, lumps and growths, such as fatty deposits known as lipomas, can occur for a variety of reasons. Feel for unusual bumps during your weekly grooming session with your Beagle, and consult your veterinarian if you find any abnormalities.

Diabetes causes your dog’s sugar levels to become too high. Symptoms are increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, tiredness and excessive thirst, and treatment could include changes to your dog’s diet or insulin injections.   

Insect or animal bites, tiredness or old age could cause your animal to limp. If your dog is moving slower or putting less pressure on a hind leg then consult your veterinarian for advice.

 

Fun facts 

  1. Beagle means “Loudmouth” in French, and this nickname is down to the breed’s vocal nature.
  2. The Beagle breed is thousands of years old. Their exact heritage is unknown but they lived predominantly in England around the Roman Empire era.
  3. All pure-bred Beagles have white-tipped tails. It may only be a few hairs or be completely white, but if a Beagle doesn’t have these markings, then it is probably a mixed breed.
  4. President Lyndon Johnson had two Beagles, named Him and Her, in the White House at the time of his presidency.  
  5. Barry Manilow loves Beagles; he had one called Bagel that was featured on many of his album covers.

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