Beagle – A sensitive nose with a big heart

Probably familiar with the most famous beagle in the world: Snoopy is loved by all. His real life counterparts don’t fare too differently, considered to be very good-natured and philanthropic, while slightly stubborn, these dogs are also very well loved. Their character makes these hunting dogs ideal family dogs, especially if you have small children.

Flowering time in the Tudor courtyard’s

The origins of the beagle can be traced back centuries ago with the first written mention of the beagle made in England during the Tudor reign. While many groups of animals were kept at the royal court by the Tudors, for example as cattle or drag dogs, the beagles were used to hunt rabbits. The beagle has been officially recognized as an independent dog breed since 1890. According to the current breed standard, the size of the beagle is about 33 to 40 centimetres shoulder height, however, interestingly enough earlier breeding forms were significantly smaller with the dog able to fit inside a saddlebag.

Character of the beagle

The Beagle is a very sociable, lovable and peaceful dog who hardly ever shows aggressive behaviour towards people and is even friendly to strangers. Because of these traits, the beagle is immediately disqualified from being a watchdog or guard dog, as they are just too sweet and respectful. Nevertheless, beagles are very intelligent and have an unshakable self-confidence paired with a certain stubbornness that results in a unique ability to find solutions to all problems put in front of them. They are very owner centric and follow their people everywhere, if a small weakness is detected they will take advantage of this however and will be done very innocently.

Education and keeping of the beagle

Society and exercise are the most important factors in keeping a beagle. The beagle requires a lot of stimulation and movement to let off steam, long walks with exciting scent trails are ideal for the beagle. Scent tracing is in the beagles’ blood, so when out walking if the beagle has picked up a track it is very difficult to break their direction. For this reason, beagles are used by police and security services if they need to latch on to a smell to find something. If you plan to keep your beagle in a property with low fences you should be aware that low fences are no match for a beagle on the hunt. Despite all meekness, the beagle is not a beginner dog: the working and hunting dog is a large part of the beagle character, which is why you should bring experience, assertiveness and a lot of patience to the upbringing. The most important lesson you should take when bringing up a beagle is that it needs to realise you are in charge right away and when you say their name they must come back to you as if they choose the hunt over you, you may have a torrid time with them.

Care of the beagle

While the short beagle fur is undemanding and needs occasional brushing and a shower with dog shampoo if necessary, you should pay special attention to ear care, this is because the lop ears tend to get inflamed if you neglect them. Also, pay attention to the slim line of your beagle: the hungry four-legged friend tends to be overweight, which must be balanced with sufficient exercise. Depending on the size of the dog, the weight of an adult beagle is between 10 and 18kg. Furthermore, check the claws regularly and shorten them if necessary. If looked after properly beagles can live to be about 15 years old.

Profile

  • Breed: Beagle
  • Origin: Great Britain
  • Classification: Hounds, hunting dogs
  • Size: 33-40cm shoulder height
  • Weight: 9-18kg
  • Anatomy: Compact, muscular, high set, thick tail
  • Eyes: Dark or hazelnut brown, gentle expression
  • Ears: low lying floppy ears
  • Fur and colour: Tight and water repellent short haired, black white brown or white with brown red or lemon tones
  • Particularities: Extremely friendly but also greedy
  • Character: Good-natured and friendly, keen to move
  • Maintenance: Easy to clean, brush occasionally look after ears