Today, we are looking at a really popular and well-loved breed, The Beagle, and asking the question “What Is A Beagle?”
They have a long and illustrious history.
Table Of Contents
- They have a long and illustrious history.
- Character Of A Beagle
- Coat Care Of A Beagle
- Weight Of A Beagle
- Health Of A Beagle
- Life Expectancy Of A Beagle
- Price Of A Beagle – How much do beagles cost to buy?
- Exercise Requirements Of A Beagle
- Your Beagles age, weight, and activity level defines how much they need to be fed in a day:
- Trainability Of A Beagle – Are beagles easy to train?
- What age should you start training a beagle?
- Summary- Beagles Rock!
Xenophon, the Greek writer historian, and military man who in his treatise on hunting speaks of a hound which many believe to be the very first Beagle. Later in the 18th century and after more intense breeding of hunting dogs, the Pocket Beagle was discovered. This breed of dog is now extinct but was very popular in its day was also favored by such important historical figures as Queen Elizabeth the first and King Henry VIII.
The Beagle as we know it today began its popularity in 1840 when it was exported to the United States of America as a hunting dog. It wasn’t till around 1870 however that they were considered domestic dogs the breed standard generally accepted today is descended from the Foxhound, a larger hunting dog.
Character Of A Beagle
Beagles are active, intelligent, and fun-loving dogs who love the company of humans. They have strong instincts to sniff, track and remain active most of the time. They are a small to medium-sized breed and are considered scent hounds.
They have been largely used for hunting purposes, however, because of their really fun nature, they are ideal for owners who want a cuddle buddy. They get on really well in loving homes that are not too noisy and are excellent around children, as long as the usual safety and monitoring of children and dogs is observed, then there is no cause for concerns.
Coat Care Of A Beagle
Beagles are a kind of breed that are easy to groom regular grooming and this builds a bond between both of you and it also gives you a chance to spot any kind of skin problems on your beagle.
Beagles have short thick coats and they normally shed a lot. Brushing their coat at least twice a week is recommended as brushing stimulates the blood supply to hair follicles and spreads natural oils to their coat. It also removes dead and loose hairs giving your beagle a shiny look.
Brush in the direction of hair growth to gain maximum results bathing a beagle is necessary to keep his skin healthy and to remove any dirt from him. Bathe your beagle usually once a month if your beagle is playing in the mud you can do it twice but you shouldn’t do it too much.
Only ever use dog supplies like dog shampoo. Use towels, cotton balls, etc, and always bathe in lukewarm water.
A Beagles floppy ears can trap moisture so it is good to cover them with cotton balls during the bath and make sure they are properly dry afterward.
Weight Of A Beagle
The Beagle is a well-proportioned muscular dog with a well-pronounced chest. It has an elongated head and large drooping ears their height at the shoulder is between 33 and 42 centimeters that’s around 13 and 16 inches and it has a healthy weight of between 8 and 16 kilograms.
Health Of A Beagle
Generally, Beagles are a very healthy breed of dog.
Vaccinations usually start at the eighth week of age and Lyme, rabies and distemper are early vaccines given to your beagle.
After that, they need booster shots. Your veterinarian may also give some vaccines to your beagle according to diseases in a specific area.
Regular visits to a vet will help to spot any health issues and taking your beagle to a vet for check-ups at least once every six months is recommended.
Beagles’ long floppy ears need to be checked weekly for any kind of infections or wax accumulation clean them using an air cleaner specifically formulated for dogs.
Q-tips damage your Beagle’s eardrums and push the wax deep inside so don’t use them.
Constant ear scratching, fluid discharge, and a bad smell from their ears are indications of ear problems.
Trim your Beagles nails twice a month cut their nails using a dog nail trimmer cut carefully and don’t trim the quick portion of your dog’s nail.
Brush their teeth daily or every second day using a dog toothbrush and paste, don’t use human supplies.
Fleas and ticks are a big problem if your beagle spends a lot of time in grassy or bushy areas. Use a fine-tooth comb and brush against the direction of hair growth to check the Beagles coat for any ticks or fleas. Use a flea-killing shampoo and flea comb to remove the fleas in case of ticks use gloves and tweezers to pull away from the ticks.
Life Expectancy Of A Beagle
Beagles are generally healthy dogs and they have a relatively long life span of 12 to 15 years but there are some general health problems that could easily be prevented.
Price Of A Beagle – How much do beagles cost to buy?
As we are always promoting the best breeders and or rescue dogs, it’s important to always do your due diligence when going down the route of getting a Beagle puppy from a breeder. This great article should help you to know what to do, what to ask for, and importantly if the dog is the right breed for your lifestyle.
Exercise Requirements Of A Beagle
Beagles are very active and energetic dogs and that is the reason they need a proper diet and nutrition.
The quality of food your beagle consumes will determine his weight energy level mental and physical growth.
Commercially available dry food is normally ok you can also mix some canned food with the dry.
Buy from a good and reputable brand and don’t go for cheap brands. You need to take care of a few things while buying food from the market. The main and first thing on the ingredients list should be meat in the form of poultry, chicken, fish, beef, etc.
Cereals and meat byproducts are less nutritional and hard for your beagle to digest.
Protein fats and digestible carbs should also be included in the list of ingredients.
Your Beagles age, weight, and activity level defines how much they need to be fed in a day:
A beagle puppy before the age of 12 weeks needs to be fed four times a day at 3 months of age.
Cut the meals to three times a day after six months of age.
Cut it again to two times per day when your beagle puppy becomes one year old.
Switch its food type from puppy to adult dog food.
If you notice any changes in behavior and or toileting habits, please consult your Vet for further advice. Food changing can be easy or difficult for a dog and as all dogs are individual, this is just a guideline.
Regular exercise is necessary to keep your beagle fit and healthy exercise. This also prevents certain problems such as obesity anxiety and laziness and avoid taking out your puppy for exercise until he is done with all of his puppy shots.
Walking or taking him with you running is a great exercise for your beagle, it helps to stretch their muscles balance their metabolism, and make them familiar with the outside environment. If you can’t take your beagle for a walk let him play in your yard release him in your yard three times a day for about half an hour.
It is another great activity to interact and exercise with your beagle. Beagles are hunting dogs and they love the classical game of sniffing and finding objects to bring them back to you.
A couple of things to remember about training:
- The skeletal system of Beagles is not completely developed until the age of 18 months; don’t over-exercise them till after they get to a year-and-a-half old or it will disturb the growth of their bones.
- Don’t exercise your beagle in extreme weather conditions. These guys struggle with extreme cold and wet conditions.
Trainability Of A Beagle – Are beagles easy to train?
Truth be told, they are not easy to train. The main reason being is that they are quite smart and like to think for themselves. “Independnt Thinkers” is a nice way of saying it!
However…..it may not be easy…..but, it can be done!
Training your beagle is important to actively use his energy and skills.
What age should you start training a beagle?
About 8 to 14 weeks of age is the time when Beagles are trying to learn new things and you can easily teach them new things. Start teaching basic commands to your beagle puppy the day you bring him home however, don’t start it if they are less than eight weeks of age.
Some important basic commands sit, stay, come, drop, etc.
Beagles also do a lot of jumping. You need to train them not to jump on everyone.
When a new pup is born one of the first things they learn is nipping and biting. When your beagle is afraid and doesn’t trust a person he will bite, it is a natural behavior of dogs. Biting doesn’t mean they’re aggressive.
If your beagle bites you during play stop playing to make him understand the consequences. When he bites you make a “Yelp” sound and show grief on your face.
If your beagle is biting a lot consult a dog trainer or admit him to dog training classes.
Choose one specific place and take your beagle to that place every time he wants to eliminate. Give your beagle their meals at specific times so the urge to urinate comes at about the same time every day.
Take them to the potty at specific times in the morning 20 minutes after meals and before bed.
Your beagle may start barking when they see new people places or other dogs when they want to play when they get excited about something or when something recurring occurs like a doorbell or a phone ring.
When your beagle is about to bark distract him by giving him his favorite treat or toy when he barks say quiet and then walk away to let him follow you.
Do training sessions throughout the day don’t make them boring keep them short and using food verbal or physical praise will help you in achieving targets.
Easily be the leader of the pack so your beagle will know your position and will follow your commands do several repetitions of the same commands be consistent and patient in training sessions.
Summary- Beagles Rock!
Beagles are super smart dogs that are a pleasure to share your home with. They are a superb addition to any dog-loving home as they tend to get along with everyone. If you follow the right way of looking after one both physically and mentally you will have a wonderful canine pal that will change your life for the better.
They really are a 10/10 dog. And we think that Beagles Rock!