white and red beagleThe Beagle is a small scent hound and one of America’s favorite hound dogs, due to their happy and friendly personality making them good with children.

Although many Beagles hunt in packs tracking rabbits and other small game, many are family dogs and make their families a part of their pack.


Some people believe the Beagle dates back to England during the 1500’s, probably a cross between an English hound and a Harrier. The Beagle was bred to hunt rabbits and small game.

The Beagle was officially recognized in 1885 by the American Kennel Club. The National Beagle Club was formed in 1888 and they held the first field trial.


The Beagle is a member of the American kennel Club’s hound group. They are scent hounds that track their prey by their scent tracking with their noses.


The American Kennel Club recognizes to varieties of Beagles. The Thirteen inch is for Beagles not over 13 inches at the shoulder. The Fifteen inch is for those over 13 inches but not over 15 inches. Beagles weight between 18 and 30 pounds.


According to the American Kennel Club, Beagles can be black and tan, black red and white, black tan and bluetick, black tan and white, black white and tan, blue tan and white, brown and white, brown white and tan, lemon and white, red and white, and tan and white. There is one standard marking, ticked.


Beagles are small friendly dogs that are playful, curious and great with children and other pets. They tend to bark as most hound dogs do, but they will be a gentle family member.


Beagles like to be outside and active with their family. They will need several long walks each day to release their energy and prevent behavior problems derived from boredom.


The average life expectancy of a Beagle is 12 to 15 years of age. Beagles are generally healthy dogs but they can be prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems, epilepsy and hypothyroidism.


Beagles shed moderately and will need brushing once or twice a week to keep the shedding under control. They will shed the most in Spring, when they are shedding their winter coat.

Other Grooming

With droopy ears, you need to clean their ears once a week will be necessary to prevent ear infections. Brush their teeth three or more times each week and trim their nails when needed.

tri-color BeagleTraining

Scent hounds such as the Beagles, can be difficult to train. When they catch a scent, their hearing will become selective and they will tune you out.

Obedience training needs to introduced as soon as possible. Beagles will respond best to small treats when training. Keep it positive and upbeat for the best responses from your Beagle.

Separation Anxiety

Beagles are pack dogs and they do not like being alone at home. If you must leave you Beagle home, take them on a long walk before you leave. As the old saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog.

Give your Beagle a special treat dispensing toy before you leave to keep them busy and prevent boredom. Don’t leave your Beagle alone for long periods of time.


If you are interested in the Beagle dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.Search for a Beagle rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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