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


    Beagle Breeders

    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.

    • Intervertebral disc disease—Biochemical changes in a young dog of certain breeds such as the Beagle can cause at least one diseased or mineralized disc in the spine of the dog. A disc that is not functioning properly will cause extreme pain, problems walking, stumbling, severe neck pain and even paralysis. Treatments can go from non-invasive doses of anti-inflammatory steroids, muscle relaxants and bed-rest to surgery. Pain meds are also given as needed. Mess with the spine and you have a serious situation and it’s tough on the dog!

    • Hind end limping, bad hip. Hip dysplasia - Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain and difficulty walking. You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

    • Otitis externa—Ear infections—Inflammation and infection of the outer ear, especially dogs with long, floppy ear flaps. Dirt and moisture collect and breed yeast and bacteria. Ear hair and wax contribute to the infection environment. If left untreated it can become a serious infection. If at home treatments with cleaning and meds don't work and the problem worsens, surgery might be the last resort.

    • Glaucoma - Eye Problem - Painful pressure builds in the eye and leads to blindness.

    • Dermatitis - Inflammation of the skin. Caused by allergies, infections or even parasites such as mange.

    • Epilepsy - a serious seizure disorder that shows up around 2 to 4 or 5 years of age in the dog.

    • Hypothyroidism—An underactive thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone which reduces the dog's metabolism level. Hypothyroidism stems from the Beagle’s immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. Bottom line is the dog becomes symptomatic. The cause can be a predisposition for thyroid problems, air pollution and allergies. A FEW symptoms of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, skin infections, dry skin, hair loss, slow heart rate, ear infections, depression. See your set right away.

    • Chronic hepatitis - A progressive inflammation of the liver of dogs that leads to the replacement of normal liver tissue with scar tissue.

    • Lame hind legs, rear leg pain, floating knee caps.Patellar luxation—An unusually shallow spot on the femur, weak ligaments or misalignment of tendons and muscles that align the knee joint knee allow the knee cap (patella) to float in and out of position. This can be caused by injury or be present at birth and can affect either rear leg. If your Beagle has trouble straightening the leg, is limping, has rear leg issues with pain, or is walking on three legs and holding one hind leg up, look for patellar luxation. Several of my dogs have had the problem and all I’ve done is reach down, massage the knee a little until they drop their leg, and we’re good to go for another 3 months. Severe cases require surgery for a fully lame leg. Rear leg problems are common in the Beagle.

    • Urinary Bladder Cancer—Life threatening cancer and bladder stones blocking and making urination impossible. Can metastasize and spread quickly. Look for blood in urine, difficulty pooping, difficulty urinating, breathing problems, more frequent trips to urinate with little coming out. Go to the vet immediately for checkup. Survival will depend on where the cancer is, how far along it is and if it has metastasized or not.

    • Chonodrodysplasiia—A hereditary, genetic growth deficiency with shortening, bowing of the legs, a myriad of eye problems, skin problems, abnormal skulls and trachea, hearing loss, patellar luxation, and even abnormalities with the heart, liver and kidneys in some cases. Some dogs have one or two of these problems, others have many. Some corrective orthopedic surgery may be performed by the time the dog is 1 year old. This affects the Corgis, Beagles, Havanese, Dachshunds, and Basset Hounds mostly.

    • Cherry eye—One of a dog’s tear glands is in the third eyelid. The gland contributes a significant amount of fluid to lubricate the eye so it can not be removed. A congenital defect, breed related, allows the gland to bulge out because it is not held strongly in place. Thus, the gland prolapses out to a visible position as a reddish mass. Out of position, the gland does not move blood properly and so may swell. Since the gland is needed for lubrication in the eye, vets now do a “tuck and stitch” procedure that pouts the gland back in place and preserves the original function of tear production.

    • Distichiasis—An eye condition involving the cornea. Eyelashes, growing improperly on the inner surface of the eyelid cause corneal ulcers due to the constant rubbing and irritation. The problem is fixed by having the vet remove the lashes if the ulcers don’t heal.

    • Mitral stenosis (Mitral valve insufficiency)—Hereditary heart problem. A weak mitral valve allows blood to flow backwards and to simplify this, the net result is an enlarged heart and when the heart can no longer compensate, look for a loss of desire for exercise, trouble breathing, coughing at night and liquid in the lungs. As this progresses, the dog may collapse. There is no cure... but if you act quickly, the vet may be able to make the dog more comfortable with medication and diet.

    • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca—(Keratitis) A fancy way of saying “dry eye.” Inadequate tear flow causes painful eye infections of a chronic nature. Causes vary from distemper to certain medications to removing the third eyelid tear gland.. Often treated with cyclosporine drops. or an ointment called cyclosporine topical therapy.

    • Deafness—Hereditary or caused by: Excessive loud noise, Intolerance to anesthesia, drug toxicity, and Otitis (middle ear infection). In some cases, one ear can have no hearing from birth and the other ear can be losing the ability to hear over time, undetected, then suddenly one morning the hearing is totally gone. There is no reversing once that happens.

    • Hemophilia—A lack of a clotting factor in the blood. The mutation responsible for canine hemophilia B is a lack of factor IX in the affected dogs and requires gene therapy. Obviously, if you find your dog is bleeding and the bleeding won't stop, you go to the vet, NOW.

    • Gastric Torsion—Sometimes called Dog Bloat or “Twisted stomach.” Mainly in larger, deep-cheated dogs. Here's a brief description of the problem. Symptoms include excessive drooling, nervous pacing, agitation, weakness, attempt to vomit, bulging stomach area, heavy breathing, retching and gagging, shock or total collapse. A life-threatening illness.

    • Cutaneous asthenia—Hereditary, rare disease. Abnormally stretchy, fragile skin that tears, easily. Tearing comes easily such as the dog stretching. Little bleeding results and the torn areas heals with irregular scars resulting. Infrequently, lens luxation and loose joints may be found along with the white scaring. A skin biopsy is used for diagnosis. Your vet will advise what can be done, if anything, depending on the individual case.

    • Diabetes—The pancreas manufactures the hormone INSULIN. If the pancreas stops making, or makes less than the normal amount of insulin, or if the tissues in the Beagle become resistant to the insulin, the result is called “diabetes.” The Beagle can NOT control her blood sugar without injections of insulin on a regular basis, but given the insulin, the dog can live a normal life like a human can. If the Beagle does not receive the insulin injections at the same time each day of her life, the dog will go into a coma and she will die. Some causes of diabetes may be chronic pancreatitis, heredity, obesity or old age, but no one is sure. Symptoms are excess drinking and urination, dehydration, weight loss, increased appetite, weight gain, and cataracts may develop suddenly. Treatment is in the form of the insulin injections daily and a strict diet low in carbohydrates and sugars. Home cooking may be suggested in some cases. Frequent trips to the vet for blood monitoring will be needed but diabetes is not a death sentence.

      Elongated Soft Palate—>b>Difficulty Breathing - Dogs like those with short, smashed-in faces have a soft palate that separates the nasal passage from the oral cavity flaps down into the throat which creates snorting sounds. Even the Beagle can have this problem. Excess barking, running and/or panting can cause swelling in the throat and lead to more difficulty breathing.


    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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