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The Loveable Beagle

The Beagle is one of the more popular of the scent hound breeds because of its energy and willingness to please its owner. The breed originated in England after a Harrier had been crossed with other hounds. Often the Beagle will be used in packs, alone or in pairs when hunting pheasant, quails or hares and they also make great family pets. But because they are a uniformed size and small the Beagle has been used a lot in medical experiments.

Breed Specifics
The Beagle is part of the AKC Hound group and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1880’s.
Height: 13-16 inches
Weight: 20-25 pounds
Longevity: 12-15 years

The Beagle is a small hardy, sturdy squarely built hound with a sleek short coat which can come in any hound colour. The skull of a Beagle is broad and slightly rounded and the muzzle is straight and square, whilst the nose is black with full nostrils. The feet of the Beagle are both round and strong and the ears are wide pendant shaped. They have either brown or hazel eyes which gives a pleading kind of expression when looked at. Although the tail is carried gaily it should never curl over the dogs back.
Colors: Black & Tan, Red & White, Orange & White, Lemon & White

A Beagle can be gentle, sweet, lively and curious and loves everyone it meets. They are also a very sociable breed as well as being brave and intelligent. But not only do they have a penchant for being calm and loving they can also be determined and watchful and so require firm patient training. Unfortunately the Beagle is a breed which does not like to be left alone and it is advisable to consider having 2 of them if you will be away from home a lot.

Health Issues
Some Beagles may suffer from heart disease, epilepsy, eye and back problems whilst others may be prone to Chondoplasia (dwarfism) which is caused by warped front legs.

Although Beagles do okay living in an apartment they prefer to be outside as much as possible and also need plenty of exercise so living in a place with a reasonable size garden for them to roam about in is a much better option for this breed.

Because the Beagle has a short smooth coat they are very easy to look after and only considered to be an average shedder. They need to be brushed with a firm bristle brush and should be bathed in mild soap when it is necessary. It is vital that both the ears should be checked regularly for any signs of infection and the nails trimmed.

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