Medium up to 15 inches/38 cm
Medium up to 15 inches/38 cm
12 – 14 years
Excitable, Amiable, Gentle, Intelligent, Even Tempered
9 – 11 kg
My mother started with Beagles back in the late ’70s, and so I’ve been brought up with them. I find them a charming little breed and you can take them anywhere, very much friends with everybody and friends with all dog-dom as well. They’re good all-around little dogs. Beagle dog breed is a genuine, level-headed, sensible little dog. They’ve got a very even temperament, they’re easy, and you know they are clean little dogs in the house. Once it’s integrated into your family it becomes part of your family very quickly – whether there’s one of you or several of you.
They’re great fun dogs and they do usually enjoy the company of other dogs. We would often re-home them with another dog because they do like that dog company. I’ve had families have puppies that have got four or five children, and I’ve had old age pensioners buy them and individual people – and as long as they can have them perhaps, nowadays you can take them into work with them, or they’re self-employed and they take them around that suits a Beagle equally as well.
You know they’re quite happy to toddle along with you and go to work. Because they are a hunting breed, they use their noses to smell with and of course, that’s the first thing they do. A Beagle is a scent hound. So the archetypal picture of a Beagle is nose down, bottom-up, following a track. So if you’re thinking about training them, you want to do recall more recall and then even more recall. You need to get past the fact that the nose is the most important thing. You’re the most important thing. Therefore, early, twelve weeks, 14 weeks when they’re fully injected, get them off the lead and they must learn that you are taking them for a walk – not the other way round. I would give serious consideration to having them on a harness and a long line.
A Beagle’s idea of being close to you can be a huge distance away. And if you let a Beagle go off it may well find a track to follow for a long period. They’re not a breed that you can get after and get really cross with because they get a bit wimpish then – but they certainly are a breed that you can be firm with, but just fair Properly trained you can let them off the lead, so you can take them for normal walks and enjoy the dog and they’re very much part of the family.
They are a short-coated breed so a good stiff brush once or twice a week is usually sufficient and of course they do lose their coat as any other breed does – or the majority do – probably twice a year, Autumn and Spring, so a little bit more attention with the brush then and that’s all you need.
Fortunately for this breed, there are very few health issues. Other than ordinary ones that older dogs may have. This particular breed has recently been discovered with a problem which we call MLS syndrome – now we are all testing for that and it’s a recessive gene – so you have to have two carriers to make an affected – and over time, the next few years, this will disappear altogether. Generally, they are a very healthy little dog.
Developed In Great Britain In 1830’s
1 Hour Daily
Small House + Garden
Twice A Week
Short & Dense