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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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