Beagle-like dogs are mentioned in Greek documents from 400 B.C. and Glove Beagles, very small beagles were very popular in England around 600 years earlier. But still their history is quite clouded. They didn’t develop in today’s’ sense until 19th century. Reverend Honeywood is credited to have established a pack of beagles in Essex, England for their hunting qualities. Thomas Johnson also an Englishman bred them for looks and hunting qualities as well. At this time only Americans imported them to make their dogs attractive. In 1884, the first Beagle speciality club was founded and AKC registered them.
There are many versions how these got their names, French word beguele meaning open throat or English word beag meaning little or German word begele which means to scold. However, by the records they were first mentioned in 1465 in the Esquire of Low Degree, a piece of English literature.
Being of gentle disposition and even temper, the Beagle is an amiable breed which enjoys company, making it good companion for families with children. This dog is neither timid nor aggressive, and makes for an excellent watch dog but a poor guard dog. The Beagle is an intelligent breed, but can be difficult to train due to its single-minded and determined.
- Activity level: 4/5 (very active)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (very curious)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (quite friendly)
- Vocal: 3/5 (quite vocal)
Appearing like a miniature version of a Foxhound, the Beagle has a muscular medium-length body with proportionately shorter legs. It has smooth, domed skull and large, soft ears. The Beagle has a smooth, hard coat which comes in a majority of colours, and can be available in any hound colour.
- Fur: Short hair fur which could be tricolored (Classic tri, Faded Tri and Dark tri) or two-coloured (white base colour and areas of tan, red, brown and liver.
- Eyes: Large hazel or brown eyes with a soft pleading look.
- Body structure: They look like miniature Foxhound. A muscular body where legs are shorter with respect to the body. Slightly curved tail is selectively bred for white tip aka Flag.
- Facial features: Long ears, domed skull, square cut muzzle and a gumdrop nose are its characteristic features.
- Weight: They weigh form 18lbs to 35 lbs, but on average males are heavier than females.
Beagles are prone to types of dwarfism in which ‘Funny Puppy’ and Hip dysplasia are very common. Being a chondrodystrophic breed, types of disk diseases are inclined to happen to them. They are also vulnerable to epilepsy, which be treated with proper medication. Common eye problems are glaucoma, corneal, cherry eye and distichiasis; latter two could be corrected with surgery. When running free outdoors they could pick parasites. Beagles are also susceptible to patellar luxation being a small dog and may require surgical repair. A hound glove should be used to brush them at least once a week, but they don’t need frequent bath routine being a clean dog. They shed mostly in spring which goes unnoticed because of short hair. These drop-eared dogs are prone to ear infections thus keep them clean. Brush its teeth two to three times a week and trim its nails at least once a month.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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