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Beagle

Beagle

Weight
19-30 lbs
Height
12-15 Inches
Lifespan
10-15 Years
Exercise
1-2 Hours daily

Overview

Weight
19-30 lbs
Height
12-15 Inches
Lifespan
10-15 Years
Exercise
1-2 Hours daily

Small, compact, and hardy, The Beagle is playful, friendly companions for both kids and adults. However, they can also get stubborn and need creative training techniques. They have a thing about trusting their noses, and this guides them all through their lives.

Originally, Beagles were bred as scent hounds to track down small game such as hare and small rabbits. Even today, they are still used for this purpose in many places. Interestingly, Beagles have about 220 million scent receptors which are way more advanced than the 5 million in humans.

The breed grows up to 13 to 15 inches tall at the shoulders and can weigh between 18 and 30 pounds. They have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years and have an appeal that is difficult to resist. Their hound nature makes them determined, curious, and focused on feeding. You are advised not to tease them with food and teach your children to respect your Beagle during feeding times.

Being small and friendly, the Beagles will not intimidate people that are afraid of dogs. The breed is often used in airports to sniff out contraband without intimidating the passengers. They remain superb hunters of small game and great at catching hares. They can live well in an apartment if they can be taken for walks several times a day.

A Rewarding Breed To Own

Beagles require plenty of exercises and are known to become destructive whenever they are left alone without exercise. Their stubborn streak means that obedience training is required to grow them properly. They are known to overeat whenever they get a chance. You must control the amount of food that you give them.

There is so much to love about this family friendly dog breed. They are the ideal dog to introduce as part of the family and will quickly become a loyal best friend.

History

The origin of the word “beagle” is still uncertain. Some people think it was derived from the French word “beguile,” which meant open throat, or the Old English word “beag,” which means small. Others think that it originated from the French word “beugler,” which meant to bellow, or the German word “begele,” which meant to scold.

The breed still has a hazy history because the breeds we know today did not develop until the 19th century. Beagle-like dogs are described in Greek documents from 400 B.C., and the Romans must have brought them along to England, breeding them with local hounds.

Talbot hounds were brought to England by William the Conqueror in the Norman Conquest of 1066. These are thought to be the ancestors of the Foxhound and the Beagle. Beagles were famous in England throughout its history. Glove Beagles were popular during the reigns of King Edward II and King Henry VII. They were reported to be small enough to be held in a gloved hand.

Queen Elizabeth I kept packs of Pocket Beagles that stood a mere 9 inches tall. The dogs were depicted in paintings as pointy-nosed and short-legged. These were used for hunting but that quickly stopped since they were not fast enough. They were replaced by the Foxhounds when fox hunting gained popularity in England in the 1700s.

It was only for farmers in Ireland, England, and Wales that kept hunting rabbits and hare that the breed sustained itself. In the mid-1800s, Thomas Johnson started breeding Beagles that were good hunters and attractive. Reverend Phillip Honeywood established a pack of Beagles in Essex, England. These were thought to be ancestors of the modern Beagle and were bred for their hunting skills. During the same time, American breeders started to import Beagles to improve the looks of their dogs. The imported dogs were bred to an average of 15 to 17 inches shoulder height to hunt the fox.

Health

You must stay aware of some diseases if you are considering keeping this breed.

Intervertebral Disk Disease : The spinal cord has a vertebral column that surrounds it, and between its bones are the discs which serve as shock absorbers. The discs are composed of two layers, and whenever the inner layer protrudes into the spinal canal, it causes compression of the spinal cord. It can lead to paralysis or a loss of sensation. Sometimes, the damage may be irreversible, and surgery is needed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.

Hip Dysplasia : In this condition, the thighbone is unable to fit snugly into the hip joint. Common symptoms include pain and lameness in the rear legs. Even though some dogs will not show any signs of discomfort, X-ray screening can help diagnose the condition.

Cherry Eye : The condition is evidenced by the gland under the eyelid protruding. A veterinarian is required to remove the gland.

Glaucoma : A painful disease in which pressure in the eye becomes very high. The eye keeps draining a fluid known as aqueous humor, and it can cause damage to the optic nerve, causing blindness.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy : The eye disorder will eventually cause blindness due to the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye. The condition is detectable early, and your dog’s eye should be certified each year by a veterinary ophthalmologist.

Beagle Dwarfism : A condition in which the dog appears to be smaller than average and can accompany other abnormalities like very short legs.

 

Interesting Facts

  • Beagles are a popular dog breed with endless stamina and a wonderful sense of smell. They were initially bred for hunting. Their ears help their noses by catching scent particles and keeping them next to the dog’s nose. Male Beagles are always larger than females, which tends to cause complications while breeding. The best option is usually to pair up a large male with a smaller female.
  • Beagles are one of the most vocal breeds and can vocalize in three ways: the standard bark, a bay used when hunting, and a howl. Most Beagles have a white-tipped tail that is always visible when they have their noses close to the ground as they hunt.
  • Beagles have been found in lots of interesting places. Many Beagles have jobs in airports and as bedbug detectors. President Lyndon had three Beagles by the names Him, Her, and Edgar. Snoopy from the comic strip Peanuts is also a Beagle.
  • One Beagle named Elvis was trained to determine whether a polar bear is pregnant by smelling her poop. It was beneficial to the zookeepers, and Elvis could detect pregnancies with 97 percent accuracy.
  • Beagles are used more than any other dog breeds in the field of research. They test all manner of things from new drugs to household products. They can also form friendships with cats and get along well.

Photos of Beagle

Here are some Bernese mountain dog photos for you to get a good picture of the breed.
NAMES BY BREED

Beagle Names

Female, Male, Inspired by size or by coat color

Chloe

Dakota

Jojo

Lola

Piper

Brody

Buster

Chance

Chase

Bellow

Yappy

Yelper

Patches

Russet

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