The Beagle is a small-sized scenting hound. It was bred primarily for hunting hare and rabbit.
There are two sizes of beagle, “13 in and under” and “15 in and under”.
The breed is very intelligent and has one of the best developed senses of smell of any dog. They were developed for the long chase and as a result can be single minded and very determined when they catch a scent. As a result, they can be difficult to recall once they have picked up a scent, and can be easily distracted by smells around them.
The beagle must always be kept in a secure fenced in area or on a leash because, given the chance, most of them will run.
The Beagle has an even temper and gentle disposition. However, they can have a tendency to bark or howl when confronted with unfamiliar situations or boredom so it important to socialize and exercise your beagle daily, not only for energy release but also for weight gain which the breed is prone.
Beagles are excellent with children and this is one of the reasons they have become popular family pets. They are pack animals, and some can become anxious when left alone which causes them to destroy things.
Most beagles have longevity and can live upwards of 14 years. They are generally healthy. However, there are some beagle related diseases that all beagle owners should be aware of. Please visit our the “Health” link for more information.