A Dog that’s guided by his nose, is merry and fun loving and can be pretty naughty and stubborn too! Meet the Beagle.
The Breed Purpose
Originally bred as a scent hound to track small game such as rabbits, the Beagle has over 220 million scent receptors which makes them very good at picking up scents. Which is probably why they are often known as “a nose with feet”. Although Beagle’s ancestry dates back to 2,500 years, the modern Beagle, as we know, was developed in the UK in the 1830s.
Beagles are small to medium sized dogs that are squarely built with a long and slightly domed skull. Their large eyes with wide pendant ears makes them immensely expressive. Their tail is pretty distinctive, as it is never curled up like other dogs. Rather, it is set moderately high.
Games that you can play with your Beagle
Beagles are highly energetic Dogs who are also extremely curious and tend to follow their noses.. Leave them on a long leash inside a fenced yard to help them explore their surroundings. Hide toys and treats around the house/lawn and let them sniff around and earn their meal. Their independent streak makes them quite stubborn (if not trained properly from an early age).
Beagles are independent Dogs and can be extremely headstrong at times. Training them from a young age is critical to ensure they do not have any behaviour issues at a later date. Since they are curious and follow their nose wherever they go, use it to enhance their training. Apart from the basic obedience training, socialise them from an early age.
Beagles are usually healthy but they are a few health problems that are associated with this breed in general. Such as, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, cherry eye, in vertebral disk diseases, and much more.
Beagles are small-medium sized dogs and are strongly built. A male dog generally weighs between 10-11 kilos, while a female lab weighs between 9-10 kgs.
Beagles have an average life span of 12 – 15 years.
Beagles have a medium length coat that is easy to care for. With regular grooming, Beagles maintain a smooth dense double coat that is even resistant to rain. The most common color for Beagles is a tricolor – black, white and tan color markings. They have a white color tip on their tails that was developed to help hunters see them when they’re in tall grass.
- Great with Kids
- Need Proper Training
Beagles have an incredible sense of smell and are naturally guided towards food. Beagles need specific calorie intake and need around 674 and 922 calories per day. Monitoring their daily food intake is crucial to ensure they are healthy and do not gain weight easily. They also need a lot of exercise.
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Fun Facts about Beagles
- Snoopy from the comic strip Peanuts is known to be the world’s most famous Beagle character.
- Beagles are called ‘loudmouths’ in French for their barking and howling.
- The US department of Homeland Security hires Beagles and trains them to sniff out luggage at airports to find contraband products that get illegally smuggled.
Don’t forget to watch this video that features our Founder – Rashi Sanon Narang and her tips on raising your Beagle: