The Friendly Beagle

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Weight; 18—30 lbs
Height; 13”—16”
AKC Rank 2008 #5
Lifespan: 12—15 yrs
Group Hound
Origin England

Dog Breed Info -- The Beagle

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Breed Overview

This dog is more a human companion than a scent hunter and has ranked in the top ten in the United States since the 1950’s.

This breed must be heavily socialized as a puppy. The dog is also prone to separation anxiety which in most cases can be trained out of them.

They don't like to be left alone. Separation anxiety is common.

Excellent choice for a family with children.


Difficult to train. A stubborn mind of his own. Start as a puppy at 4 or 5 weeks and never stop training. It takes a real alpha leader to handle this dog. This breed is not suggested for the first time dog owner. The best way to train the breed is with clicker training because it is simple and extremely effective.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Beagle? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The puppy can be difficult to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.


Gentle, lovable and very friendly if socialized well as a puppy.

NOTE: Beagle info - If picking out a puppy, question the breeder carefully as to how much socialization the dog you chose has had and make sure you continue to socialize the puppy for the years to come. It is VERY important to the future performance of the dog. This breed needs more than average social work. This dog is prone to separation anxiety and also to running away if not restrained by leash or fence.

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

OK if socialized well as a puppy.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Yes, if properly socialized.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Very friendly if properly socialized.


A quiet companion. They love to chase sticks and balls. Not especially playful otherwise.


Yes, lovable, tail always in motion, love to run with kids, enjoys life. Great loyal companion. Will roll on her back and bark at nothing. (Can act silly)

Good with children

Very good. Tolerant, easy going.

Good with seniors over 65?

The Beagle is an excellent choice providing the senior can provide the 2 walks a day for the dog. The breed needs a lot of social time which a senior can provide. This dog may NOT do well if left alone. Seniors are usually home, so separation anxiety is not a problem. Check with Beagle rescue groups for a mature dog as it will be easier for the senior to cope.

Living environment

Apartment living is fine for a Beagle. A friend of mine has one in a tiny upstairs apartment. The dog gets two walks a day and he's good to go.

They can live anywhere… farm, urban...

Energy level


Beagle enjoys a tasty stick. Yum!
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"Beagles"- A 144 page, 5-star rated hardcover book that includes a free 30 minute Training DVD for this breed. "Packed with full-color photographs, this fun and practical guide gives you everything you need to make your relationship with your best friend even better. Inside, you'll find:
  • Characteristics to look for when choosing a Beagle,
  • A list of supplies you'll need before you bring him home,
  • Advice on grooming, feeding, and training,
  • A reproducible pet-sitter chart to keep track of important information."

    Beagle: Your Happy Healthy Pet

    Exercise needs, daily

    Two daily walks around the block will do it. He also might like a brisk game of fetch or a jogging session on leash.


    This breed barks or howls. And I mean, howls!

    Guard dog

    No, The dog is too nice to kill intruders. That info is my opinion.


    They shed some, not a lot. I’ve play-wrestled a Beagle and come away with very little hair on me.


    Brush now and then... most dogs love it.

    The Beagle is especially prone to ear infections so bve sure to clean the ears several times a month. Clean more often if you live in an area full of dust or heavy grass and underbrush.

    The Beagle and the rat.
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    Suggested Reading - The Beagle



    In the event you decide to go looking for Beagle puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training. It's not often that Beagle puppies turn up in dog pounds and shelters but you might check anyway.
    Beagle Breeders. with puppies for sale.

    Beagle Rescue

    In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of a Beagle and are looking for a rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
    Petfinder - Dog Rescue - (Nationwide) Before you adopt, be sure to read the dog breed info above and also be aware of dog health concerns with the new dog.
    Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site that may give you some ideas.

    Dog Health Issues - The Beagle
    Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the Beagle by various vets.

    This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog health and medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

    The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

    Other health problems could occur with your Beagle. Info is accurate but if you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide

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