Adorable, friendly little fellows, Beagles are beloved dogs around the world. Currently they are the 5th most popular breed in the United States. Beagles are excellent companions and very friendly, happy-go-lucky pals.
For being such a popular dog, is it strange to hear that their origins are not documented. We do 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 doggy odor. If you have kids or other dogs, definitely consider a Beagle – they make great family pets!
The ancestors of the modern Beagle trace 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 do need to have companionship as they get separation anxiety when left alone.
Beagles are a hunting dog 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).
Beagles shed a medium amount and especially seasonally when they’re getting rid of their heavier winter coat. It’s a good idea to brush them to get rid of the excess hair and prevent it from being all over your home. Make sure to trim their nails as needed. Brush their teeth regularly and check & clean their ears.
Beagles are generally a healthy breed who’s issues are taken care of from buying from responsible breeders. They can possibly have epilepsy which can be handled with medication. Ear infections can also be common because of their large ears and it’s important to clean them out.