Beagle

Growth Size

The Beagle grows to a height of 30 – 35cm, and a weight of 10 – 15kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

Beagles are a lively and inquisitive breed. They're great with children, but can be stubborn and ignore commands if their nose is on a scent. They also love attention, and if left to their own devices for too long, they can become bored and destructive.

Training Difficulty

Beagles are quite intelligent dogs. Obedience training will improve their social behaviour and enable them to understand their owners’ commands. Training would be beneficial and enjoyable for both pet and its owner. Beagles were originally bred to be hunting dogs, so you may find their attention and nose is fixed on the ground while out walking. They love to keep tabs on where they are.

Recommended Owners

Beagles need a lot of attention, so their ideal owners would be someone who could provide that attention. This breed would do well in a family with school aged kids.

Origin

Beagles were originally bred as hunting dogs. They were used predominantly in Britain to flush out hares, rabbits and foxes. However, their ancestry can be traced back to Ancient Greece where an earlier breed was used for hunting hares. Beagles were officially recognised as a breed in 1884.

Diet

Beagles love their food, so it's important not to overfeed them. Depending on the size of your (adult) dog, half a cup of dry dog food, twice a day, is recommended. One of these meals can be mixed in with some wet food for variety.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Beagles need little grooming. A quick weekly brush will prevent any unwelcome shedding of hair.

Comments

Beagles are built for tracking. Their wet nose is excellent for trapping scents, and droopy ears help to direct smells towards their nose so that they are easier to follow. This has led them to be used as sniffer dogs by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).