March 21, 2021 4 min read

Beagle is a hunting dog, originally bred to track rabbits and hares. They live to use their noses, and it guides them through life. They are never happier than when they follow an interesting scent - and speaking of scent - they love food! They were bred to hunt in herds, so they like company and are generally easygoing. With a compact and decent size and a friendly nature, the beagle is one of the most popular breeds for families.



The Beagle is a relatively small-sized drifting breed that originated in England. They have a good sense of smell and superior tracking instincts, and were bred to hunt hares, rabbits and deer. The breed was established in the 15th century and it is said that the name comes from a Celtic word meaning "little" or a French word meaning "open mouth" or "high mouth".

Beagle, harrier and English foxhound are cousins ​​and reminiscent of each other, but they were developed for different purposes. This resulted in the beagle on one extreme with its slightly slower movements and its superb nose and the fast-running English foxhound on the other. We find the harrier in the middle.


The Beagle is described as a happy, loving and lovable breed that is curious, clever and energetic and requires a lot of time to play. They are excellent family dogs that are popular all over the world. The Beagles like to feel part of the group, and they are outstanding in a herd of dogs. They need a fairly large amount of attention and activity. They also love children, and vice versa, and are energetic but gentle playmates. But beagles also like to get what they want, and they can be determined and stubborn. Beagles can get bored if they are left alone for too long. If they lie in a garden, they will begin to find ways to entertain themselves, usually by howling, digging or trying to escape.

Activity level

Beagles are active, energetic dogs that need at least an hour of training every day - this does not just mean leaving them out in the garden. Beagles were bred to work in herds and are happiest when they have company. In addition to hunting, suitable forms of exercise are everyday trips, hiking in the woods and fields / in the mountains, or jogging. The walk must be done on a leash, because like a drifting dog with a very strong hunting instinct, a beagle will not be able to resist the urge to set off in search of an alluring scent. Of course, there are rare cases where you see that a beagle can learn to walk without a leash, but do not bet that it will happen to your beagle! 

Fur care

The short-haired fur of the breeds requires minimal fur care - but brushing once a week is recommended. Beagles shed, but because their hair is short, it is not noticeable. Their fur tends to thicken in the winter, so they shed more in the spring. They are clean dogs that usually do not need frequent bathing.


Beagles need daily training and mental stimulation in the form of sniffing. Without such stimuli, it can become boring and destructive. They are great for training different sports with, and especially tracking and nose work. A happy beagle is a beagle that gets to use its nose.

The breed can be a little difficult to get the living rooms, and it can take up to a year for some beagles. Early socialization and training on courses is a must, and beagles need patience, positive reinforcement and a little creativity. Remember that beagles are obsessed with food and will do almost anything for a treat.

Size and weight

The beagle is a medium-sized dog. It is 33–40 cm high and weighs 8–14 kg.


All beagles have a short, clean coat that is usually in tricolor (white, tan and black). All so-called hound colors are allowed. White tail tip.

Especially for the breed

There are some things you should be aware of before bringing a beagle home. The most important thing is that the breed is a driving hunting dog and is controlled by the nose. The nose of the breeds is always down on the ground, and looking for an interesting path to follow, so a fenced garden is a good idea to keep it safe from traffic or other dangers. And again - these would mean that you have to spend for these processes. Do not leave food unattended!

Hereditary disease

Beagles are generally healthy, but certain health problems may affect them, such as hip dysplasia , steroid-responsive meningitis (SRMA) Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), Chinese beagle syndrome, beagle dvergisme, epilepsy , hypothyroidism, patellofemoral (dislocated kneecap) and eye disorders such as glaucoma and PRA. Talk to the breeder about which screenings have been done.


Beagles are food thieves and will try to eat anything. They will eat your trash every day if given the chance, and they are willing to eat until they burst. Remember that keeping the beagle at a suitable weight is one of the best steps you can take to keep your dog healthy and prolong its life.


Hunting dog

Five facts about the beagle

  1. Beagles were developed primarily for hunting hares, an activity known as "beagling".
  2. Beagles need regular exercise to maintain a healthy state of mind, and they should not be alone for long periods of time.
  3. The breed does not drool or has a distinct dog odor. It sheds minimally.
  4. The famous cartoon character Snoopy is a beagle.
  5. The beagle loves food and will overeat if given a chance. Make sure to keep the pantry closed and the bins secured!
Jan Helge Mathisen
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