The Beagle is a scent hound originally bred to help hunters trail after small game. Physically, the Beagle looks similar to the Foxhound, only smaller. Some Beagles are still active trackers today, and work as detection dogs in airports and other entry point areas. But the breed’s pleasant demeanor and convenient size make them more popular as household pets these days.
Are you thinking of getting a Beagle as a companion? Find out in this post if the Beagle has the traits you want in a pet.
Beagle Dogs and Puppies
What is a Beagle?
There’s a reason why the Beagle is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Learn more about the Beagle, and see if it’s the right breed for you.
Where do Beagles come from?
In Medieval England, the term ‘beagle’ describes a variety of smaller hounds. Some beagle-type dogs at that time were really small they can fit inside a saddlebag.
The history of Beagles goes a long obscure way. They must have come from the line of small hunting hounds in Ancient Greece that hunted hare. It’s also possible that they descended from a cross between Talbot Hounds and Greyhounds.
Talbot Hounds, now extinct, were brought by William the Conqueror to Britain in the 11th century.
At some point, the number of beagle-type dogs diminished when they were crossed with larger breeds. This resulted in the appearance of the modern Foxhound. The larger breed became favored as fox hunting rose to popularity. But some farmers kept dogs of the beagle variety to help them hunt rabbit. Thanks to them, the line didn’t go extinct.
It was in the 1900s when the line of the modern Beagles became more structured. People bred them for hunting. Then soon enough, for looks (with hunting skills as a bonus).
What does a Beagle look like?
Beagles are relatively small, weighing only 10 to 11 kg, with an average height of 13 to 16 inches at the withers. They have large ears and little folding skin with a bit of dewlap. The tip of their tail is white.
The breed’s coat is smooth and medium-lengthed, with colors common among hounds, usually in a tri-color pattern. Some varieties have bi-color patterns. The combination is primarily white with red, lemon yellow, almost orange, and brown.
Many Beagles are born with a black and white coat. But the darker parts may turn to brown in the years to come.
What is a Beagle like?
Beagles have a generally pleasant disposition. They’re affectionate, and they do well for families with kids. They also get along with other dogs well. Beagles are pack animals so it’s more natural for them to be with other dogs.
Like other hound-type dogs, like Basset Hounds and Bloodhounds, Beagles can be stubborn. When they pick up an interesting scent, it would be difficult to get their attention. Food rewards may work when they’re trained.
Beagles are quite active and need to be exercised. They need outdoor activities to stay healthy and keep their destructive tendencies at bay. They have the tendency to mess with stuff, even destroy them, when they’re not exercised enough, or when bored.
This breed also has the tendency to howl more often than other dogs, especially when they encounter anything unfamiliar.
When do Beagles become fully grown?
According to Beagle Pro, the breed matures physically at around 18 months. By the age of three, Beagles would have matured, and are calmer in disposition.
Are Beagles good with cats?
Many Beagles do well with cats, especially when the pups are raised with them. Beagles are naturally amiable and they enjoy the company of people and other animals. They should be able to get along with cats well.
Are Beagles good apartment dogs?
Beagles can be apartment dogs. But they do need to go out—not just once but a couple of times a day. These dogs love a good dose of daily exercise outdoors. While they make good indoor pets, Beagles were originally bred to be hunting dogs. They naturally love to run outside where they can explore and sniff on stuff.
How much do Beagle puppies cost?
Beagle puppies cost around USD $600 to $1,000. But show quality puppies from well-known professional breeders can cost more than $1,000. Prices vary depending on the breed’s bloodline, and the breeder’s reputation.
Adopting a Beagle, meanwhile, cost considerably less than buying one. Adoption fees can cost around $250 to $300.
What’s good about the Beagle?
Beagles don’t need as much grooming because they have short coats. Plus, they’re small so carrying them around won’t be that challenging. Even though they are small, they are actually quite sturdy.
These dogs have a calm and easygoing disposition. They are typically friendly to almost everyone and everything—grown-ups, children, and other pets.