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Beagle
- energetic and friendly, with an extraordinary sense of smell

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About Beagle

The Beagle is very sociable and has a very well-developed sense of smell. This is an ideal pet, perfect for families with children of any age. A suitable choice for active people, it requires physical activities. It is recommended to train the Beagle dog from an early age.

What does a Beagle look like?

The Beagle is a smaller foxhound. It has a robust and athletic body with a small waist. The head is wide and round, the snout is straight and square, and the nostrils are wide open and strong. The ears are wide and held down, and the eyes are brown or black. The back is straight and parallel to the ground, and the legs are solid and straight. When it follows a smell, a Beagle dog always keeps its tail up. The fur is thick and the thread is short and rough. The color of the fur is generally tricolor composed of black, white and reddish-brown. There are also two-color Beagle dogs: white with red, orange with yellow or black and red. A male can reach a height of 36-41 cm, and females a height between 33-38 cm. As for the weight, a Beagle weighs between 9 and 11 kg.

The ideal owner for the Beagle dog

The Beagle dog breed is ideal for a dynamic person who can provide the dog with a permanently active environment, the quadruped loving walking. In addition, it is necessary for the owner to be patient with the pet and for him to be willing to allocate time for training during the first months of the puppy’s life.

However, this breed is not indicated if the owner lives in a sedentary environment and is not willing to allocate time to the quadruped to train it. Moreover, being an energetic breed, the Beagle is not recommended being kept in an apartment.

Beagle's personality and behavior

Playful, intelligent and sociable

The Beagle breed is extremely affectionate, being the perfect choice for a pet that gets along well with children of all ages, even with strangers. Due to its very friendly temperament, the Beagle is not a good watchdog, but it can alert its owners in case of imminent danger. A very curious dog, if a smell arouses his interest, the Beagle dog will find it harder to listen to his master's commands. That is why it is good for the obedience training starting when it is a puppy. In addition, if he shows stubbornness and disobedience to commands, the dog must be treated firmly.

Friendly and very energetic

Beagle really likes to be trained in various activities. It is one of the least aggressive breeds, but can be easily stubborn. It is a very loving breed and can get along very well with other pets, even cats if he is used to them when he is young. Otherwise, the dog's hunting instinct could make him chase them all day.

Excellent sense of smell

The Beagle breed was originally used to hunt rabbits, foxes, pheasants and other small animals. Capable of high speed and iron agility, the Beagle have long been used as auxiliaries in hunting deers, wild boars and foxes.

Interaction with other animals

Even if it is a fairly independent animal, the Beagle can socialize very well with other animals. Being a hunting dog, he likes to stay in packs or groups, so he will like the company of other dogs. However, owners are advised to get their pet used to other non-speakers in time.

Friendly with strangers

The Beagle can also be friendly with strangers, due to its playful and lively temperament. However, when it senses an immediate danger, the animal immediately alarms its owners.

Barking tendency

If not properly trained, the Beagle can bark excessively. As long as training begins in the first months of life, the habit of long barking can be corrected.

Feeding and caring for the Beagle

Food

The Beagle is generally unpretentious to eat. It can be fed with both dry food and special or canned food. Because it tends to gain weight, it should not be fed more than once or twice a day, and the quantity and quality of food provided should be kept under control and carefully monitored.

An unpretentious race

The Beagle does not require special care. A daily brushing of the fur is enough to keep it clean. It only sheds once a season, therefore, regular brushing will also remove dead hair. The ears need to be cleaned regularly to prevent infections and the nails need to be kept short. The fur should only be washed occasionally with a mild soap or special shampoo. After a long time outdoors, it is advisable to check the dog's fur for ticks or other insects. It is also occasionally recommended cleaning their teeth with a special toothpaste for dogs.

Common predisposition to disease

The Beagle is generally a healthy one that does not inherit too many diseases. Among the most common diseases you can face are: cataracts, glaucoma, eye diseases that if left untreated can lead to blindness, epilepsy that can be controlled by treatment, heart or kidney disease. They may also suffer from spinal disorders, such as intervertebral discopathy, or may have growth problems caused by dwarfism or chondroplasia. He may also suffer from cherry eye, an eyelid condition that can only be treated surgically. As long as it is overfed or not cared for properly, the dog may have problems caused by obesity, which in turn can lead to other conditions, such as diabetes or heart complications.

The most common ailments of the Beagle breed are:

  • cataracts
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • epilepsy
  • intervertebral discopathy
  • dwarfism
  • cherry eye
  • hypothyroidism
  • dislocations of the legs
  • reproductive system disorders

Environment and adaptability

Even if they are small dogs, owners should not disregard the energy that Beagle has. Among the special needs of this breed is a yard where the quadruped can always run. However, if he is properly trained and walked enough so that he consumes his energy constantly and does daily exercises, the Beagle can easily adapt to the apartment.

Yard or apartment?

Being a hunting dog, the Beagle lives best in an open environment where it can move freely. If kept in the yard, however, the animal should be protected from flower pots or layers, as it may have a habit of digging deep into the ground. It can be easily grown in a house that has a yard and can even adapt to the apartment, if it is taken for a walk. In terms of its usefulness, the Beagle breed can be used both as a hunting dog and as a utility or pet dog. It is a dog with special abilities that properly trained, can cope with any situation.

Low tolerance of being left alone

Being a very loving and friendly animal, the Beagle needs a lot of attention, otherwise he will become frustrated and bored. Therefore, it is not recommended being left alone for long periods of time. Also, if not properly trained, the animal may bark excessively and become agitated.

Adaptation to the weather

As long as it has a shelter built perfectly for it, the Beagle can withstand even the most unfriendly weather conditions. Being a hunting dog, it is in their genes to be resistant.

Beagle’s training

Training

The Beagle dog is very intelligent and easily trained, if the exercises start when they are puppies. Among the bad habits that the master has to eliminate are: excessive barking, the tendency to eat everything on the floor and to defecate in the house. The master must show perseverance and determination if he wants the training to have positive results. Also, because they lose their concentration very easily, it is recommended that the training not be longer than 10-15 minutes.

The instinct of hunting and tracking

With the spirit of hunting and tracking in their genes, it is certain that the Beagle breed is one of the oldest breeds of dog-type tracking dogs. Thus, quadrupeds have long been used to hunt small animals, such as rabbits, foxes, vultures, even deer. With a keen sense of smell, today, the quadrupeds are used in utilitarian missions by police or customs forces, to detect drugs, explosives or even people left under rubble.

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History of the Beagle’s breed

The origin of the Beagle dates back to ancient times, from the period of the Roman Empire or Ancient Greece. The Romans spread them to the ruled regions, especially in England where this breed was crossed with local hunting breeds. The Queen of England owned the so-called Pocket Beagles, a subspecies of the breed that measured only 25 cm. The popularity of the Beagle breed decreased with the increasing importance of fox hunting, for which faster dogs began to be used. Interest in this breed was revived in the 19th century, with the definition of the Beagle breed by the priest Phillip Honeywood, who opened a farm in Essex, where he laid the foundations of today's Beagle breed. Currently, there is only one species of this breed - the one for which the standards have been defined, the pocket or glove subspecies disappearing. The origin of the name Beagle is not clearly established even today, based on either Old English, Celtic or French.

Resources: 

https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/beagle/

https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle