These robust and daring little dogs have a friendly expression and are compact and athletic. They have a short coat that is dense and weather resistant, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns (see breed standard for details). They have a height of 33-40 cm and weigh from 10 to 11 kg.
- Dogs that are suitable for people with some experience
- Extra training required
- I like active walks
- Lots of exercise
- Medium-sized dog
- Some cycling
- Requires care once a week
- Non-allergy friendly breed
- Very loud
- Not a watchdog
- May need training to get along with other pets
- Great family dog
Around the middle of the 16th century, dogs began to be classified according to their purpose, ie greyhounds, tracking dogs, etc. Around this time, a small dog bred to kill rabbits and hares was given the name "begles", French for "scream neck" . This referred to the dog's tendency to bark in groups. The anglicised version is of course "beagle". The breed strains from foxhound, harrier and a small bloodhound known as "kerry beagle".
Beagle dogs have a good temper, and since they are bred to work together in groups, they get along well with other dogs. They love children, but must be exposed to cats from an early age to develop a good relationship with them. Beagle is a good watchdog and barks at anything that is unusual, although it may prefer to start playing with burglars as soon as they have gotten indoors!
Beagle dogs are generally a robust and fresh breed. Like many other breeds, however, it can suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to movement problems). Assessment of hips before breeding is therefore important. Epilepsy and a type of meningitis ("beagle pain syndrome") occur more frequently in this breed.
Beagles need a lot of exercise - around two hours or more a day. Due to its strong hunting instinct, it should not go without a leash until it is extremely well trained to return to command, or be in a completely enclosed area. One way to keep your dog in good shape would be to let it utilize its natural tracking talent. Field competitions are also popular with some beagle owners.
Small dogs have a fast metabolism, which means that they burn energy quickly, although their small stomachs mean that they have to eat little and often. Food for small breeds is specially designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller pieces suitable for small mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.
This breed is easy to keep and only requires a quick brushing once a week to remove dead and loose hair. One small problem is that beagle dogs love to roll around in things that smell bad. Fortunately, they are fairly easy to swim. The ears should be checked regularly to ensure that they are clean and free of infections.
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Although many dogs are traditionally considered good with children, all dogs and children must learn how to interact as best they can - and to respect each other and be safe together. Nevertheless, dogs and toddlers should never be alone together, and adults should monitor all interactions between them.