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Beagle

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Beagle

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Dog Group Kennel Club Hound
Breed Classification The Beagle is one of the smallest of the hunting hounds. They are used today as gundogs and family pets.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
< £4
Feeding Requirements
The beagle is not a picky eater and can be fed dry or tinned food once or twice a day. They do have a tendency to become overweight, so do watch the amount of food they are given.
Other Expenses
Beagle puppies will cost around £700 - £850. They are fairly inexpensive to keep, requiring no out of the ordinary extras.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
7
General Physical Description
They are sturdy and bold little dogs who are the very essence of quality. They have kindly expressions and are compact and athletic. They stride out freely, covering the ground well. They have short coats which are dense and weather-resistant.
Height Min Max
Bitch 33cm 40cm
Dog 33cm 40cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 8kg 14kg
Dog 8kg 14kg
Size Category Small
Weight Height Range Both dogs and bitches measure between 33 to 40cms at the withers and weigh between 8 to 14kgs. In America the Beagle is recognised in two different sizes, 13inches (not exceeding 13 inches at the withers) and 15 inches (not exceeding 15 inches at the withers).
Ailments As a breed the Beagle appears to be relatively healthy, they do not seem to suffer from many ailments.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History History has it that packs of hounds hunted with the Greeks at least as long ago as 400 BC Hounds reached England certainly by Roman times. It wasn’t until 1550 that hounds began to be classified according to their purpose, i.e. sight hounds, scent hounds, etc. It is around this time that a small hound, bred to kill rabbit and hare was assigned the name “Begles,” a French term meaning ‘gape throat.’ This referred to the animals tendency to ‘tongue,’ i.e. bay as a pack. The anglicized version, of course, is ‘Beagle’ and it is England, which is the country of origin of the modern Beagle. The Beagle owes its ancestry to the Foxhound, the Harrier and a small bloodhound, known as a ‘Kerry Beagle.’ At first, Beagles came in a variety of sizes and coat types – including the modern, smooth hound coat and also a harsh, wiry coat. There was even a ‘Pocket Beagle,’ standing about 10 inches/25cm, bred to be carried about in saddlebags.
Intelligence Training must begin early or the beagle can get out of hand and indulge in its favourite habits - overeating and making a mess. Beagles do like to please their masters but must clearly be shown what is required and the owner must be firm and consistent. If one does not begin early and continue with firm commands, then this breed can be very hard to housebreak and will bark to an annoying degree.
Show Characteristics Although a working dog until the 1940s, the Beagle is now shown as well and should conform to the following standard: The head should be fairly long, with a slight dome. Pendulous, round tipped ears should be almost long enough to reach the tip of the nose when drawn forward. The muzzle should be moderately long and square with large, open nostrils of a black colour. Hazel or brown are acceptable colours for the large, widely set eyes. The neck should be of a moderate length with a clean line, leading into the sloping shoulders of a muscular, but not heavy build. A short, straight back and straight legs, with straight pasterns, firm hocks and well-muscled thighs help create the sturdy, compact picture. The tail should be set moderately high, with a slight curve and a definite brush. The preferred colour for the show ring is any hound colour, except liver.
Country Of Origin Great Britain
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Characteristics
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Energy High
Overall Exercise 60 - 80 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying High
Tendency to Bark High
Ease of Transportation Medium
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals Low
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament Beagles are good natured dogs and will get along with most other dogs. They are bred to be pack animals so will take their membership in your family pack seriously. Beagles love children but need to be exposed to cats at an early age in order to develop good relationships with felines. You will find the pet Beagle cruising around the house nose down. He is making an olfactory map of his territory. He will check the area periodically and if something is amiss, he will give voice. In this way, the Beagle is a good watchdog, although, once the burglar is indoors, the Beagle may prefer a game with him.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement Every Day
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming This breed is easy to keep, as the only grooming it takes is a quick, daily brush to remove dead and loose hairs. One slight problem is that Beagles do love to roll in foul smelling material. Luckily, they are quite easy to bathe. Their tendency to eat foul matter is not as easily dealt with. It is recommended that you use the doggie toothpaste regularly! The ears should be checked on a regular basis to ensure they are clean and free from infection.
Colour Beagles are most commonly seen as tricolours, that is black, tan and white. They are also seen in the other hound colours.
Shedding Moderate
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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