by Janice Jones |Last updated 09-16-2022
Beagles are gentle, sweet and funny but have a tendency to act up often without the special attention and training that they need as puppies.
But, if you love dogs that make you laugh because of their funny personality, but also have a sweet and caring nature, then this breed may be the perfect furry companion for you!
They adore their owners and are very friendly to everyone, especially kids and families willing to spend some time with them. This breed has three famous colors that include brown, black, and white. These dogs are hound dogs, so they were bred for hunting and being on the trails.
They have short legs that keep them close to the ground and an obviously excellent nose. Their noses are wet which helps scent molecules stick to it and help travel in the nose. Ears also help by collecting the scent and helping to travel it to the nose.
Did you know that the Beagle has over 220 million scent receptors?
The most important thing that is breed is famous for is, you guessed it, their vocals! They are extremely vocal and have three main sounds they make. The first one is just the average bark that they use when they are alerted or sense something out of the ordinary, doorbell, phone ringing, etc.
The second sound is the one that they use when they’re out on the trails. This sound is called a “bay” and it is composed of three different pitches that they use to alert either their owner or the other dogs that they found the scent and they are hot on the trail. The last is the famous ‘ole howl that they will use when they are sad, bored, or sometimes even in comradely.
They are extremely vocal dogs and if you live in an apartment, or don’t like the
excess barking, this breed may not be for you. If you can look past that and to
their sweet and happy interior, then you may have just found the perfect pet!
They can be difficult to house-train, and some are known to even take up to a year to be fully housebroken. People with no time or desire to properly train them should probably consider another breed.
Regardless of the name, The Pocket Beagle, a smaller version of the standard size dog originated in England and used as a hunting dog capable of crawling under scrubs to find rabbits.
name, the Old English Pocket Beagle was coined because hunters would carry
their beagles in their saddlebags. Also
known as glove beagles, they were around during the time of Henry VIII. Once thought extinct, they are being
recreated and have become popular once again.
Unlike some breeds that have specific AKC size differentiations (e.g. Standard, Miniature and toy Poodle), these smaller versions of the original breed are not classified differently with AKC or other breed registries. This means that there is no breed standard for these small dogs.
Usually people will define these smaller versions of the breed to weigh less than 15 pounds and grow to less than 12 inches in height.
These smaller versions of the beagle have become popular with folks that like small dogs. Due to their small size, they can be a good choice for people in apartments, but since they are still beagles, they will still require plenty of exercise.
These smaller fur babies are basically health just as their larger cousins, but when breeders deliberately breed for smaller size, a condition called Dwarfism or Chondroplasia may occur. This leads to warped front legs.
The history of the breed's name is not determined, but many people think that it comes from the French word Be’geule that means gaped throat, which no one protests against because of the vocalization of the Beagle.
They were bred for hunting and it took almost a millennium of breeding to craft them into the dog that we know and love today.
These dogs were very popular in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and even as far back as the Roman times. Due to the age of the breed, the specifics of ancestry are lost, so only the Beagle knows its bloodline and I suspect they are not talking!!
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These little dogs are very affectionate, funny, and overall happy dogs. They are constantly using their nose and love to go on adventures, especially ones that they can smell different things.
They are extremely scent motivated and once they get a whiff of something, they will stop at nothing until they explore. They can be quite difficult to train because they will be distracted by all of the different smells in their area.
Food motivation is the way to go when training this hound, and as long as the food and what you’re trying to teach them is more interesting to them then the smells, their attention will be on you. However, there is no training them not to follow their nose because that is their number one priority.
Although they are not the easiest and most patient fur babies in the world to work with during training, they are extremely intelligent and can differentiate and remember hundreds of different scents.
Because of their love of smells, they must be kept in a fenced in area such as a backyard, pen, etc. Whether it is a normal fence, invisible fence, or just a leash, these little hounds need to be contained unless you want to be chasing them all over the neighborhood just because they saw a rabbit.
These little guys are not good guard dogs because they are friendly to everyone, but are good watchdogs and will howl or alert the family when new animals or people approach the home.
They also need a large amount of exercise, so if you’re a couch potato, this may not be the dog for you. Beagles are very good jogging buddies and love to be outside running around and playing.
If grooming is not your thing, then these guys are definitely for you. They have very smooth, short hair and do not need to be groomed too often, however they need baths more than the average dog would.
They love to hunt for scents (obviously) and then they tend to roll around in whatever scent they discover and will wear that doggie cologne home with them.
They need to be bathed at least once a week if they get into that lovely habit. Other than that all the basic grooming needs such as clipping their nails, checking their eyes, ears, and anal glands.
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As breeds go, they are extraordinarily healthy, one of the healthiest dog breeds. Because they have been bred over so many years, the disease and health problems has essentially been bred out of them. You will have to be aware of minor cuts, sprains, and possibly ticks if your hound has been out in the fields all day.
When they get older they might become inactive, and then obesity could be a concern. Other than that, Beagles are overall very healthy dogs but of course, with all breeds, there are the average health concerns such as:
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For more information about adopting a beagle puppy or adult, please check out our article about Adopting a Beagle
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