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Beagles are excellent companions and very friendly, happy-go-lucky pals.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 1in - 1ft 3in
Weight: 18-30lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly5/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount4/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Beagle Information

Adorable, friendly little fellows, Beagles are beloved dogs around the world. Currently, they are the 5th most popular breed in the United States.

For being such a popular dog, is it strange to hear that their origins are not documented. We know they were used as hunting dogs in England around the mid-1850s which explains why they love to sniff around and bay when they catch a good scent.

Beagles do require a good amount of exercise to stay content and well-behaved. But their hygiene is superb: Beagles don’t drool, shed, or have a doggy odor. So if you have kids or other dogs, definitely consider a Beagle – they make great family pets!

Beagle History

The ancestors of the modern Beagle can be traced back to the Middle Ages in England. The word Beagle was used to describe small hounds in general, which the Beagle breed eventually descended from.

The modern Beagle likely descends from a beagle pack in Essex from the 1830s. The breed was developed to be both attractive and a good hunter. The final breed standards were established by the late 1800s, leading to the Beagle we know today.

Beagle Training & Temperament

Beagles do well with training if started early. In addition to early training, socializing with other people and dogs is a good idea. Positive reinforcement and treats are helpful in training. The Beagle is a happy breed that will warm up to strangers. Their intelligence and focus can make training slow and sometimes difficult. They do great with children but need companionship as they get separation anxiety when left alone.

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Beagle Exercise

Beagles are hunting dogs which means they have a lot of energy. They need a good amount of exercise, which can include walks and playtime. They tend to become destructive if left alone for long periods, so it’s good to have someone around or another dog. They are also escape artists who love to chase critters, so make sure to keep them leashed and if you let them in your yard, have a tall fence (which can even go underground to avoid them digging out).

Beagle Grooming

Beagles shed a medium amount, especially seasonally, when they get rid of their heavier winter coat. Brushing them to eliminate the excess hair and prevent it from being all over your home is a good idea. Make sure to trim their nails as needed. Brush their teeth regularly and check & clean their ears.

Beagle Health

Beagles are generally a healthy breed whose issues are taken care of by buying from responsible breeders. They can have epilepsy which can be handled with medication. Ear infections can also be common because of their large ears, and cleaning them out is essential.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Beagles be apartment dogs?

The Beagle needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Beagles be left alone?

Beagles don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Beagles good with kids?

Beagles are typically excellent with kids. As with any dog it's important to monitor them around children, however they are often very gentle.

Are Beagles friendly with strangers?

Typically, Beagles are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Beagles get along with other dogs?

Typically, Beagles get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Beagles bark a lot?

Most Beagles bark fairly often, which can be a nuisance. Some steps can be taken to limit this, but is part of their nature.

Do Beagles shed a lot?

Beagles shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Beagles need a lot of grooming?

Although Beagles require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Beagles need a lot of exercise?

The Beagle has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Beagles easy to train?

Most Beagles are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Beagles handle cold weather?

Beagles don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Beagles handle hot weather?

Beagles do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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