The Beagle, a fine scent hound used often in hunting is a dog that is full of energy and makes a great pet as he is eager to please his owner. Originating in England as a result of a cross between a harrier and other hounds, this dog is often used when hunting hairs, quails or pheasant. But even If you don’t want to do any hunting, you still might consider beagle as a pet as this sweet and gentle dog makes a great family companion.
The Beagle has been a member of the American kennel club since the late 1800’s and is part of the AKC hound group. This small sturdy dog weighs in at between 20 and 25 pounds and stands 13 to 16 inches tall. he has a sleek short coat that comes in any of the typical colors of a hound which include red and white, black and tan, lemon and white and orange and white. He has a broad slightly rounded skull with a square straight muzzle. The nose is black in the eyes are brown or hazel. The beagle has a pleading expression that makes many fall in love with him with one look.
Beagles are very sociable and need to have their family around them. In fact, if you will be gone for long stretches of time you might consider getting to beagles so they can keep each other company. these dogs are lively, sweet and curious and also very gentle. However, they can be determined and watchful so you will need to train them with a firm hand and have lots of patience.
Beagles are generally healthy however some of the things this breed may be prone to include epilepsy, heart disease, back problems and eye problems. Also some of them may be prone to dwarfism and warped front legs.
Although beagles are on the small side, they do like to be outdoors and would prefer a home that has a fenced in yard. They also need a lot of exercise so allowing them to play outside and taking them for long walks is a must.
Grooming the Beagle is a snap since their shorts move coat makes it very easy. They are only an average shedder and will not clutter your house up with hair during the shedding season. just mush them once in a while with the firm bristle brush and give them a bath and mild soap as needed. They will need to have their nails trimmed regularly in the issue be checked consistently for any signs of infection.
With proper care, regular veterinary checks and good quality food your beagle can be a loving companion for anywhere between 12 and 15 years.
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