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Dog Breed Profile: Beagle

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Uno the Beagle at the Westminster Dog Show Chris McGrath / Getty Images

Group:

Hound

History:

Beagles can be traced back to 16th century England, where Englishmen often owned packs of hounds. The smaller hounds - Beagles - were hunters of rabbits and other small prey. Over time, the breed was developed in England and later in North America. Beagles became more refined and widely recognized in North America by the late 19th century, eventually becoming one of the most popular breeds. Though still used in packs for hunting today, Beagles are commonly seen as wonderful companions and family dogs.

Size:

Males: 22-25 pounds
Females: 20-23 pounds

Color:

All hound colors, including but not limited to the following:

Tri-Color (tan / black / white)
Red / White
Lemon / White

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to watch for:

About the Breed:

Beagles are high-energy, carefree, optimistic dogs with a sometimes charming stubborn streak. These fearless hounds are well-suited to both hunting and companionship, though strict obedience training is an absolute necessity. Without it, Beagles can be become unruly and defiant due to their strong-willed nature.

Beagles have short, water-resistant coats with a moderate to high rate of shedding. Routine basic grooming is all that is typically necessary to keep Beagles looking their best.

Beagles can be wonderful companions and great family dogs when properly trained and socialized. Though they may sometimes act lazy on the surface, Beagles have loads of energy and need regular exercise to expend it. Otherwise, the buildup of energy may release that mischievous nature inside.




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