Beagles are cute and little and make a perfect pet. They belong to the small hound-dog breed popular as both a pet and a hunter. These little munchkins are mainly developed as a scent hound. They look like a small version of the much larger foxhound. It has large brown eyes, hanging ears, and a short coat, usually a combination of black, tan, and white. You can also find it in many more colors such as lemon with blue eyes, etc. Beagle is a solidly built dog heavy for its height. It generally excels as a rabbit hunter and is typically an alert, affectionate dog.
People, who adopt or buy a dog are often worried about whether it will adapt to our house, or will it require a big open space? No worries there our small counterpart can adapt to apartment living very well. They are perfect for first-timers. Some dogs are simply easygoing while some are more independent kind. Beagles are of resilient nature. If your household is very chaotic or crowded they might get uneasy.
One most important thing to remember is they can not be left alone. Some dogs can be left on their own but not this breed. They require someone with them at all times. If they are left alone for long intervals they can get aggressive. It’s best if someone is at home all day or you can take your dog to work. In particular, beagle is not an aggressive dog but there might be some situations where they can get aggressive such as when they need to show dominance over the territory.
Since these dogs have a double coat, their tolerance to cold weather is low. Beagles are well suited for the hot climatic conditions. If you are living in a cold best, its best to take out your pooch on a chilly walk while having a jacket on.
Beagles are very friendly in nature. some breeds are more independent, even if they are raised by the same person since puppyhood. They feel comfortable around the family and bond very easily. Even if you have a kid in the house it is completely safe as beagles are not that big and heavy. Kids can easily play with them even enjoy their hugs and cuddles without any worry.
Friendliness towards dogs and friendliness towards strangers are two different things. if you are worrying that whether your beagle will bond with the other dogs then there is nothing to worry about. The breed is not the only factor that determines the friendly nature of the canine. If a dog has lived with its mother and his littermates until six to eight weeks or has played with other dogs during its puppyhood then they are more likely to have good canine social skills. Beagles are also very stranger friendly dogs. They will greet your guests with a wagging tail and nuzzles. They are very affectionate and fun-loving breed and they like to cuddle a lot.
Health and Grooming
If you are ready to buy a dog then you also must be comfortable to get some dog hairs on your clothes and in your house. Compared to other breeds beagles don’t shed a lot of hair. Their coat is short so the shedding is low. But if you are neat and clean conscious then you have to do a little extra work to get those little hairs out of corners. Some dogs drool a lot. If you don’t like drooling then it is one more reason to get yourself a beagle.
Beagles are easy to groom. They are brush-and-go dogs. They don’t require regular bathing, clipping’ and other grooming needs just to stay clean. Brush your beagle’s teeth two or three times a week. Trim their nails once or twice a month. Since it is a hunter breed they need to receive exercise daily in order to maintain a healthy weight. Some common health problems associated with beagles are obesity, epilepsy, allergies, cherry eye which can be treated by your local veterinarian.
Since Beagles are drop-eared dogs, air doesn’t circulate fully inside their ears and they are prone to get infections. Check their ears at least every two weeks for any signs of infection or waxy buildup. Check them also if you notice your Beagle shaking his head a lot or scratching at his ears. Never allow water or oils to enter his ears.
There are two sizes recognized in this breed: beagles standing 13 inches (33 cm) or less and weighing about 18 pounds (8 kg) and those standing more than 13 inches but not exceeding 15 inches (38 cm) and weighing about 30 pounds (14 kg).
Beagles are difficult to House train. Some people say it can take up to a year to fully train the dog. Crate training is absolutely mandatory for training beagles. They are prey driven. Since they are scenthounds, if they get any enticing smell they will wander off. Their nose controls their brains and if they smell something interesting nothing else matters. What people wonder are the disadvantages of having a pet. With beagles, there are not any particular disadvantages except that they can be loud sometimes and bark more compared to other breeds.
The most common color for Beagles is tricolor with black at the area across the back, white legs, chest, belly, and a white tip on the tail, and tan color on the head and around the saddle.
The second most common color is red and white in an Irish spotting pattern on the face, neck, legs, and tip of the tail. Whatever their color, they typically have a white tip on their tails so hunters can see them when they’re hunting in tall grass.
Beagles are also known as “‘chow hounds”. If given the opportunity they will overeat. It is best to give them 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food divided into two meals a day. They are always looking for food and will eat until they pop. It is best to keep the food hidden and cabinets closed. You can also feed them as suggested by your consulting veterinarian.