Beagles

Beagle1 Beagles History:

It was during the 1940s where the standard Beagle developed. And by 1887, there was a threat of extinction so a Beagle Club was formed last 1890. Beagles came from England, but it has been more popular in the United States and Canada.

Appearance:

The Beagle has a muscular body and a medium-length, smooth, hard coat. The possible coat colors are tricolor or white in combination with black & tan/brown or brown/tan. The eyes are large, hazel or brown, with a mild hound-like pleading look. Beagles have a strong, medium-length neck with little folding in the skin but some evidence of a dewlap. The front legs are straight and carried under the body while the rear legs are muscular and well bent at the stifles. The weight is about 20-25 lbs and the height is 13-16 in.

Temperament:

Beagles are intelligent but can be hard to train. They are good in picking up smells but can be easily distracted by other smells around them. They have excellent tracking skills and are alert, eager to please, even-tempered, gentle, excitable, amiable and determined. Beagles are popular family pets. They are good with children and often enjoy the company. They are seen as ideal hunting companions for both elderly and the young. Beagles have been used for hunting or flushing to guns (often in pairs) a wide range of game including snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbits foxes etc., and have even been recorded as being used to hunt stoat.

Health:

The lifespan of Beagles is 12-15 years. Beagles may be prone to epilepsy, hypothyroidism and dwarfism. Two conditions are unique to the breed: “Funny Puppy” (the puppy is slow to develop and eventually develops weak legs, a crooked back and is prone to a range of illnesses) and Hip Dysplasia. Beagles are considered a chondrodystrophic breed, meaning that they are prone to types of disk diseases. Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Raw Complete Diet-Beef and Acana Wild Prairie Dry Dog Food are the best brands of dog food for Beagles.