Beagle Personality traits and Temperament
They are friendly, gentle, sweet, and funny dogs thus making them highly popular as house pets. Their extremely amiable nature is well suited for households with children. Children often fall in love with their goofy temperament and the Beagles in return have extreme devotion to their owners. They never show any signs of aggression even when they are rough handled by children. They also do very well around other pets if allowed to socialise properly.
The breed is very alert with a heightened sense of smell. They can sniff out rabbits and hamsters that are miles away and have a tendency to poke its nose around anything that interests them. They love to explore and is prone to wander off once they catch a whiff of an interesting scent.
They are voracious eaters and won’t stop eating till they are about to burst. Quite often with their have a tendency to rummage through your trash in search of tasty tit-bits. If there is a beagle in the house, always secure your pantry and cupboards as they are mischievous food thieves and cannot resist the urge for a good snack.
Even though they are alert dogs their extreme friendly nature to strangers makes them very poor guard dogs. They are not suited for an apartment life style as they are high energy dogs requiring plenty of exercise. A house with a fenced yard is most suitable for this breed. They have to be regularly exercised and taken for long walks. It is a social dog and needs the companionship of either other dogs or its human family.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
The breed is characterised by a water resistant dense coat of short bristles and comes in a wide range of coat colours. They are moderate shedders and the hairs are not very noticeable. A daily brushing is needed to remove any dead or loose hair. Usually a rubber, wire or hard bristled brush is needed for brushing. They are very clean dogs and do not require regular baths, usually a rub down with a damp towel will suffice.
As they are drop-eared dogs, they have high susceptibility to ear infections and so ears must be regularly checked. Brushing of teeth must be done two –three times a week to prevent plaques and tartar build up. Nails must be trimmed on a monthly basis.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $500-$800
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 10-15 YEARS
Weight: 20-25 pounds
Height: 13-16 inches
Colors: Tri-colour, Chocolate Tri, White & Tan, Red & White, Brown & White, Lemon & White, Orange & White. Purebred beagles should always have a white tail or a white-tipped tail.
How to Train this dog
The Beagle are very intelligent but can be very mischievous and very bold at times so proper precautions must be taken when training and/or socializing this fun loving breed. Even though they are very eager to please, training this breed is very difficult as they have a short attention span and seem to lose interest very fast. They are often distracted by other sights and sounds around them. Crate training is absolutely recommended. Beagles can have an independent, stubborn streak therefore obedience training is recommended. Usually giving treats while training has yielded positive results as these dogs cannot resist a chow.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: Recommended quality dry food at ½ to 1.5 cups in divided meals twice a day depending on activity and stage of growth. Dogs are voracious over eaters and food thieves. So a strong monitoring of their feeding habits is needed. Be sparse with the treats as the dogs can get addicted to these treats.
Health problems: Dogs suffer from numerous health issues. They are prone to eye diseases like cherry eye, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and glaucoma. They can also suffer from epileptic attacks. They also are very prone to ear diseases and hormonal diseases like hypothyroidism and diabetes. Obesity is another common problem among the dogs. Intervertebral disc disease and hip dysplasia are also seen frequently
Puggle is a Beagle and pug crossbreed. They can be a variety of colours and patterns depending on the characteristics inherited from the parent breeds.
Labbe It is a cross between the Beagle and the Labrador Retriever. Naturally confident and curious, the Labbe socializes well with other animals and kids.
Bogle is a Beagle Boxer mix. They are sleek, muscular and athletic dogs, having deep chest and expressive face. The Bogle would be a good fit for owners looking for dogs who are aggressive and loving.
Best female and male dog names
You can name your Beagle as Boo or Marley if he is a male and Lola or Skittles if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
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Pictures and Videos
Photo Credits:Poulos,Pharaoh Hound.