Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): English Beagle
Rated by the AKC as the fifth most popular purebred dog in the United States, the Beagle is one of the world's most highly regarded family dogs. They're adaptable, energetic, and seemingly always ready to work or to play. Worth noting: although it's a mid-sized breed these days, it's said that the Beagles of Henry VIII's time were pocket pets only 8-9" tall.
Documented to be owned by kings at least as far back as the 1300s, this ancient breed was developed as a hunting hound in Great Britain. They retain their hunting dog traits to this very day, including a keen sense of smell and a need to chase. As one of the most popular scent hounds, Beagles are currently being used to detect narcotics and contraband food products entering the United States.
Be aware that these dogs do have an instinct to chase and to run. They need exercise and lots of it. They're a good choice for the active family-- and a less good choice for people with limited time and space.
Appearance / health:
The Beagle reveals his loving personality through his eyes; he is a trustworthy friend to the family who is happy to romp and play with the children. What lies behind those warm hazel or brown eyes is valiant courage, hardiness and a staunch watchdog. Left alone, the Beagle may howl, but otherwise possesses what has been referred to as a “sweet” voice. Because of their natural hunting instincts and excellent scenting abilities, they should not be left alone for long periods of time and their outdoor area, while it does not have to be large, must be regularly and diligently inspected to ensure they cannot escape. The Beagle’s length is slightly longer than his height and he should be small and lean, with naturally drooping ears.
Little effort on your part is required to keep your Beagle’s short-haired, smooth coat in top condition. Because the Beagle typically has no coat odor, there is no need for frequent bathing; in fact, use of a dry shampoo is usually sufficient and, should you need to give your Beagle a water bath, be sure to use a mild shampoo and take extra care that his coat is rinsed free of any soap residue. Check his ears regularly for any signs of infection or ear mites. Trim his nails regularly. Brush him with a firm bristle brush.
Females will blow their coat after each estrus cycle and the male typically blows his coat once per year when the weather begins to warm. When this happens, a warm bath will hurry the shedding process and somewhat more frequent brushing will aide in keeping your Beagle tidy.
A backyard and some children or someone willing to go play a good game of fetch will satisfy most of your Beagle’s exercise needs. If you are an apartment dweller, he will require regular long walks and a romp in the local dog park. Ensuring a study collar and leash cannot be over-emphasized due, again, to his nature of following an interesting scent.
Beagles can be prone to heart disease, epilepsy, eye and back problems, chondroplasia, hip dysplasia, skin conditions, cleft palate, luxating patella, digestive ailments, reproductive disorders, hypothyroidism and obesity. Ears should be regularly checked and cleaned to avoid ear infections and ear mites, both of which are common in any dog with long, low, floppy ears.
Behavior / temperament:
Beagles are determined little dogs and are known for having minds of their own. Be careful when walking your Beagle as they love to follow their noses and tend to take off on their own exploration mission. Beagles do have a tendency to chew and dig, so extra care should be taken to ensure their outdoor area is secure and inescapable and follow this up with regular, closely spaced inspections. The majority of Beagles are little social butterflies who love interaction with almost anyone; but, there is the occasional Beagle that will prefer the security and quite of their own home environment.
The Beagle is easy-going, courageous, affectionate, sweet, gentle, curious, loving and loveable, sociable, intelligent, brave and an all-around little “tail wagger.” Because his watch-dog abilities are high he might be a little reserved with strangers, but that is not usually the case; typically the Beagle is very friendly with strangers as his guard-dog abilities are low. He does not like to be left alone, so please consider getting two of them if someone won’t be home most of the day. Always keep in mind that every dog is as individual as every person and will vary in matters of their personality.
With a learning rating of high, a problem solving rating of high, and an obedience rating of low, your Beagle will require firm, but patient, training and socialization and you will want to start his training and socialization as early as possible. Beagles respond well to basic obedience training, but cannot be said to be extremely easy to train.
Beagles can be a noisy dog. The loud bay that has delighted hunters for centuries can be a nuisance to neighbors and, occasionally, even to the family. This can be avoided by keeping your Beagle entertained and not leaving him alone for long periods of time. Occasionally, however, an interesting scent on the wind will trigger this baying instinct and that is just part of him being a Beagle. The Beagle will bark at anything (doorbells, arrival of strangers, the neighbors pets, activity in the neighborhood, wildlife in their field of vision), but are not known to be nuisance barkers who bark just for the sake of barking.
healthy breed, Great family pet, sweetest temperments, great comic relief, Happy GoLucky, class clown
horrible beagle bay, behavioral problems, Moderate trainability, huge barker, separation anxiety
catch scent, right positive reinforcement, food makes obedience, awesome bed warmer
Sir Regal Beagle Bentley Boo the Fabulous - Only rarely a royal pain
Our beagle, Bentley, is practically royalty within our household. He sleeps in bed with my mom, snuggled under her covers, and receives new toys fairly often. He gets all the butt scratches and belly rubs he could ever want. He isn't just spoiled, he's absolutely rotten, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Coming along with the breed itself, he unfortunately suffers from a sensitive stomach, and it took some time for us to find a suitable food that he would eat without causing him any issues. We opted for grain-free foods and his favorite is a specific pumpkin-flavored variety. While he behaves when being bathed and brushed, he plays up the dramatics when anyone wants to clean his teeth or cut his nails. The poor, poor beagle will walk around favoring the paw if we try to get near him with the clippers, and even our vet has commented on his drama queen behavior. His temperament is absolutely perfect for being a family pet surrounded by kids. He isn't keen on meeting new people all the time, but with our family he is a sweet cuddle buddy who would happily lie on the couch or in bed with you for hours. Lately he's had some issues with charging at our cats but we are working on fixing this behavior, and we have no other issues aside from him occasionally barking at the neighbors and their dogs. When playing he prefers stuffed toys over balls or ropes. His favorite is a giant round plush beagle we found, although technically branded as a Saint Bernard by the manufacturers. When he wants a specific toy, he hunts for it, and it's funny to see him rummaging through his toy box to grab something from the very bottom. He sometimes receives his meals in bed, he gets away with getting someone to carry him outside, and he gets tucked in under the covers to his liking. This beagle is certainly regal, which can make him a royal pain at times when this attitude acts up, but we love him all the same and couldn't ask for a better addition to our family..
From BrittniGibson Oct 24 2016 8:25PM
Hard e-collars are THE best way to prevent your pet from messing up their incision site
Hard e-collars are very effective at keeping dogs' mouths off their incision sites. These are the cheapest and most effective way of reducing incision site complications. I send every surgery patient home with an e-collar. These surgical procedures are often performed on younger patients that are very prone to trying to lick their incision sites..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 2 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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