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Beagles date back to the 14th Century when hare hunting was a popular sport in England. The dogs bore little resemblance to the modern day Beagle. By the late 1800's, the beagle we know today was the standard. Used for fox, hare and rabbit hunting, packs of Beagles were a common sight in the English countryside, closely followed by the hunter on horseback. By 2005, fox hunting was banned completely in the UK, however 'mock' hunting is still practised all over the country and Beagles are the pack dog of choice.
Beagles are happy, friendly dogs who crave attention. They are pack animals and as such, should have a canine companion or close human contact. They don't do well being left alone for long periods of time and if left, can be destructive. Beagles have an incredible sense of smell and will follow a scent for miles. They love being outdoors on long walks but will run off in a split second and not return until they have discovered the source of the scent. Best kept on a lead or allowed to run in a secure area. Beagles do well in a family and are good with children. They are calm and gentle dogs, but protective of their family. It is known for howling (baying) when it detects a fresh scent. Beagles are friendly with other dogs and strangers and make a great companions. Due to their calm nature, they are often used in research labs, sadly. Training is a huge challenge, it is said that you cannot train a Beagle. They are greedy dogs and will eat and eat, so this can help, but you will need the patience of a saint when training. Their short fur does shed, so brushing every couple of days will help.
Beagles have an amiable and gentle temperament but can also be obstinate and stubborn. They follow their noses and love to chase any trail they sniff out whilst barking in delight. Being tolerant dogs they make a good addition to a household with other pets or small children.
They may prove difficult to train due to their independent nature and a whats in it for me type attitude.
Health problems that may appear in Beagles include canine hip dysplasia (CPD), epilepsy, thyroid diseases and back problems.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years
- Weight: 9 - 11 kg
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Small House
- Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
- Breed Type: Hound
- Size: Medium
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Over 2 hours