The Beagle: A Complete Guide

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By many, the Beagle is known as a Merry Dog. They are lovable and loving, great companions, and with an overall Happy temperament.

However, they are also very intelligent and will “jump through hoops” if they sense some unprotected food. And, they would probably successfully go through a maze to get a snack.

But, the overall impression is that these intelligent and loyal dogs are great family pets and that they will alert you if something suspicious is going on.

They are, after all, one of the most popular breeds to own in the US. So, if you are thinking about giving one a home, you are just where you need to be.

This Beagle guide will offer you an in-depth look into the breed. You will find out how to find a high-quality puppy, and you will know how to properly take care of one.

But, most importantly, you will know if this breed is suitable for you and your family.

The Beagle Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Beagle wearing a blue and white bow tie
Beagles tend to be excessive barkers.

Before actually getting back home with a pup in your hands, here’s what you need to know.

What price are Beagle puppies?

Of course, you first need to know the price range so that you know if you can afford a Beagle puppy.

But, keep in mind that a $250 puppy means nothing but trouble. On the other hand, a Beagle pup priced at $2.5K, means you are getting royalty bloodline.

This is fine if you plan on going to dog competitions, but for just a regular pet, that is too much.

The average price range for a healthy Beagle puppy with great genes, you can expect from $800 to $1500.

This mostly depends on if the parents are showcase examples or just meant to be petted.

How to find reputable Beagle breeders?

Finding a reputable Beagle breeder, or any other breather for that sake is like finding a car dealer that won’t rip you off.

Too many different models and manufacturing year ranges on the lot? The chances are great that you might be tricked into buying a car that will start giving you problems after just a few thousand miles.

The same goes for breeders. If you see too many generations and a bunch of different litters, you are most likely dealing with a puppy mill.

That, you should avoid at any cost. You will get a puppy that is in bad shape and with plenty of potential health problems.

On the other hand, if a breeder breeds just one breed, and doesn’t have more than one or two litters at the time, that is probably a person you should buy a puppy from.

He is a reputable breeder that cares for the breed as well as for all of his dogs. And, he will offer you useful advice about the breed and help you figure out if this breed fits your needs.

Also, you will have an insight into the pup’s health state, and see the parent’s clearances without even asking for them.

The end result when buying a pup from a reputable breeder? A healthy puppy that carries good genes and will have the temperaments of its parents.

Which, by the way, a good breeder will introduce you to, before selling you the pup.

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3 Little-known facts about the Beagle puppies

A Beagle walking with a stick in its mouth
The Beagle is cheerful his entire life.

Another section that is aimed at helping you make the right choice by knowing what to expect from your Beagle. In this case, what to expect from him while still a pup.

  • They can sniff out anything

Did you know that the U.S. airports use Beagles for sniffing out weapons, drugs, and anything illegal or dangerous?

This means that hiding your pup’s favorite snack can be a bit of a problem because it will sniff it out no matter how well you hide it.

  • Some are louder than the others

You need to check with the breeder if he is breeding puppies for hunting or shows. The latter tends to be quieter and barks less.

  • They are not aggressive or shy

Since aggressiveness and shyness are, not how beagles behave, avoid pups that display these two behaviors.

Physical Traits of the Beagle

This section is reserved for introducing you to the Beagles size and weight.

This is how you will know if this breed is too big for you, or if you are maybe looking for a larger dog.

How big is a full-grown Beagle?

The Beagles are, what you can call a medium size breed. They are not too big, yet aren’t tiny and fragile.

On average, the Beagle males go from 15 inches of max height, and some 18 to 30 pounds of weight.

The females, on the other hand, tend to be a bit bulkier than males. They weigh pretty much the same as males while being a little shorter.

The max size you can expect from a female Beagle is some 13 inches.

What is the life expectancy of the Beagle?

Since this is not a big dog breed, the average life expectancy of a Beagle goes from 13 to 16 years.

Of course, if you provide a healthy, high-quality diet, and properly exercise your dog and show him nothing but love, it can live even longer.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Beagle

A Beagle resting its head
Beagles are excellent for families with small children.

You will find that the Beagles are loving, outgoing, and happy. Kind of like the Beatles songs, right?

Most owners will tell you that the Beagle has a merry nature, but also knows to be mischievous, sometimes (mostly when it comes to finding food).

But, if the training starts at a young age, and if you are consistent and patient, you will have a great companion.

However, there are some behaviors that you can’t possibly expect a Beagle to get rid of. For example, they love howling, so your neighbors might not be delighted with midnight operas.

They are also famous for having selective hearing. Meaning, when they hear from you, something they don’t like, they can pretend like they didn’t hear.

And, they love to sniff around. Most of the time, their activities will somehow revolve around their noses.

In fact, your Beagle will behave badly only when led by its nose. The nose is what makes them escape the yard while wanting to discover where that certain scent comes from.

Or, what makes them turn the trash can inside out, in search for that piece of “food” they thought they smelled.

However, if this hard-working Beagle nose is focused on the right thing, your dog can turn out to be a great detector; which, might come in handy for sniffing out some of the things you don’t want your teenage kids having…

When it comes to how loud this breed is, we can only say “Yeah, they can get quite vocal.” They love to “sing” when they hear sirens, or bark when someone is approaching your home.

But, other than that, they are not loud all the time, which your neighbors will appreciate.

They can, though, get all noisy if left alone at home for long periods. Therefore, make sure you leave your Beagle with his favorite toys while you are out.

Now, to elaborate on that selective hearing we mentioned earlier.

A Beagle likes doing what he wants at the given moment. So, if he is already busy, he can pretend that he didn’t hear you telling him “come here, boy”.

They are the champions of selective hearing in the dog world.

If he simply isn’t interested in doing what you want him to do, there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it.

The trick is to make him interested in what you want him to do. Therefore, you need to have that “everything is a game” type of approach if you don’t want to get frustrated. And of course, treats!

When it comes to eating, Beagles don’t have a problem eating everything that looks to them like food. Even it has nothing to do with food, don’t be surprised if your dog gets confused.

You have to watch them like babies. They can easily swallow something they are not supposed to, the moment you turn your head.

You and your family, especially kids, will learn not to leave the plates with food unguarded. They are the ninjas of the dog world when it comes to stealing food undetected.

All in all, every dog is pretty much more or less problematic in their “teenage” age.

When it comes to Beagles, sometimes, their “Teen” years can start when they are just half a year old, and might never end.

Beagles are generally dogs that are sometimes pups trapped in a “big” dog’s coat. Some of them keep their merry/mischievous puppy attitude for as long as they live, while some calm down at the age of three.

If you have the “forever teen” Beagle version, know that it can be entertaining. But, also keep in mind that you will have to put some extra effort keeping an eye on him so that he doesn’t get into any trouble.

Beagle Diet

When it comes to Beagles and eating, one thing is sure, they are not picky.

They will eat almost everything you offer them and they will eat until they “burst”!

If you opt for commercial food, keep in mind that you can allow free-eating. But, if you want to keep an eye on his weight gain, this shouldn’t be your choice.

To make sure your dog is not overeating, feed him with the prescribed measurements the breeder or the vet gave you.

Just keep an eye on the calories each cup of food contains, and adjust to your dog’s daily needs. Divide your dog’s daily ration into two to three daily meals.

For Beagles, the generally recommended daily food amount goes from three thirds to one and a half cup of dry food, mixed with canned food, divided into three meals.

Of course, the added canned food should be one-third of the meal, and you have to make sure that the overall calorie intake isn’t over the daily limit.

To keep their teeth clean, we recommend dry dog food.

How much Exercise does a Beagle need?

Your Beagle will daily need at least one hour of exercise because it is an active breed. However, by an hour of exercise, we don’t mean letting him run around alone in the backyard.

On the contrary, since this is a working dog breed, they are happiest when they work in teams.

If you let your Beagle alone in the yard, all sorts of problems can and will occur. Especially if he is well rested and bored from being inside the home for too long.

Also, Beagles are like Houdini, they can escape from any given situation. Therefore, the area where your dog will exercise needs a relatively high fence.

Also, the fence needs to extend underground because Beagles are excellent diggers as well.

To avoid letting him focus on his “escape plan”, you need to keep your Beagle interested in playing with you, or with another dog. That is why many Beagle owners decide to get two, to keep each other out of trouble.

As for walks through the city and parks, we recommend keeping your Beagle always on a leash.

As always, the Beagle’s nose is the “main brain” and if not on a leash, he can easily wander off following a scent.

Beagle Health and Conditions

The overall impression of Beagles, when it comes to their health is that most of the time, this is a healthy breed.

However, certain health issues are known to occur with this breed. Such problems usually happen when the breeders skip taking their dogs to health checkups.

What you should be most focused on is asking the breeder for proof of the following health tests clearances:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Heart conditions
  • Seizure disorders
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies

However, after buying the pup, you also need to keep an eye on him. Even though relatively rare, certain problems trouble this breed:

  • Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament
  • Intervertebral disc disease

Another thing you should be careful about is dwarfism. This is a rare state, but it is known to happen with Beagles.

Therefore, if you find a Beagle breeder that offers a “Rare Pocket Size” pup, avoid it at all costs.

Even though it might look adorable, this pup will come with an unnaturally short neck, a broader than usual skull, crooked legs, and will suffer from chronic arthritis.

My final thoughts on the BeagleA Beagle looking at you

As you can see, this is the end of our in-depth Beagle guide.

We have included all the important aspects of choosing a healthy Beagle pup, as well as of the things you need to be aware of when it comes to this breed.

But, to make sure you haven’t missed the most important parts, here is a short summary of all you learned about Beagles today.

In most cases, Beagles are known as good with children and other pets which is why many families have chosen this breed.

With a Beagle, you get a dog that likes affection and is cheerful his entire life. However, they don’t like being alone and prefer having company all the time.

This is where the problem occurs with this breed – If left alone for long, the Beagle will usually become destructive.

Also, according to many owners, Beagles are very well known for being excessive barkers. Which, in case you live in an apartment, can be a problem because of the neighbors.

However, if you are a firm and persistent type of a person, and you invest plenty of dedication and love into your Beagle’s training, you will have a jolly ole doggy dog as a faithful companion.

And he will love both you and your family and be happy about being a member of the pack. Thank you for sticking through the end of the Beagle guide.

We hope that you learned something useful today and that you have a far better insight into this breed.

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