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Beagle Dog Breed Information

Size 13-16 in (33-40 cm)
Weight 22-26 lb (10-12 kg)
Origin England
Color Brown and white, red and white, black, white and brown
Lifespan 12-15 years
Suitable as Family and therapy dogs; drugs and explosives dogs
Personality Adventurous, gentle, calm, loving
Exercise Dog Exercise
Drooling Dog Drooling
Shedding Dog Shedding
Fur care Dog Fur Care

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Breed Characteristics

The Beagle was originally a tracker dog, and its favorite activity is still snooping and exploring. This is one of the friendliest dog breeds, as they get on with everybody: their own family and strangers, other pets and other dogs. A Beagle’s fur should be brushed 2-3 times a week. The owner will need a little patience for training.

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The Beagle looks like a miniature fox hound. It’s is a small, robust, compact dog. Its short, thick and coarse fur makes it “waterproof” and protects it when it’s snooping through the undergrowth.

History and Origin

The Beagle was always a hunting dog, mostly used for hunting on foot. It has a long history, which is said to date back to the 5th century BC. The name “Beagle” only came into circulation in the year 1475, and the breed was officially recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1890.

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Where Does The Name Come From?

The exact origin of the name isn’t known. There are four theories:

1. The word “Beagle” could come from the French “begueule” (“open throat”, “snout”).
2. Or “beag”, an old English/French/Welsh word for “small”.
3. The old German word “begele” might even be an option. It meant “to scold”.
4. And the French “beugler” (“to yell”). No wonder: the Beagle is known for barking loudly and often when not trained properly.

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Beagles in Animal Testing

Unfortunately, many Beagles have a sad fate: due to their obedient, calm natures and their practical size, they are often used in animal testing laboratories. No other dog breed is used for testing as much as the Beagle. They’re even bred especially for testing.

Health and Care

Given the opportunity, Beagles have a tendency to eat too much. You should always check how much they’re eating. And if your dog shows signs of getting overweight, increase its exercise and reduce how much you feed it.

Typical illnesses for the breed

  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism

Did You Know?

One of the most famous Beagles is Snoopy from the cartoon “Peanuts”. And snooping is exactly what this dog breed loves to do best.

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