Beagle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Beagle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Beagle have?
English Beagle
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Beagle Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Beagle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$500-$800
If you choose to purchase the Beagle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Beagle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Beagle gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Beagle?
Very frequent: The Beagle is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Beagle Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Beagle weigh? Beagle weight:
Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Beagle? Beagle average weight:
Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Beagle? Beagle height:
Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Beagle average height:
Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Beagle Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Beagle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Beagle's coat?
TanRedTricolorWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Beagle and how often?
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Beagle is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Beagle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Beagle?
Beagles shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Beagle need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Beagle every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Beagle Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Beagle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
FriendlyIndependentLivelySweetGentleIntelligentLoving
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Beagle? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Beagle obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Beagle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Beagles are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Beagle is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Beagle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Beagles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Beagle need? Beagle social needs:
Beagles need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Beagle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my English Beagle bark?
A lot: Beagle is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability
Is Beagle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Beagle dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Beagle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Beagle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Beagle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Beagle has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Beagle bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Beagle do?
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Beagles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Beagle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Beagle roam?
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Beagle have high prey drive?
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Beagle dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Beagle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Beagle breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Beagle indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Beagles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Beagle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Beagle temperament with other people:
Beagles are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Beagle dogs get along with other pets? Are Beagle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Beagle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Beagle temperament with children:
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Beagle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Beagle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Beagle dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Beagle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Beagle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Beagles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Beagles good office dogs? Do Beagles make good office friendly dogs? Can Beagles be office dogs?
No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Beagle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Beagle temperament with senior people? Are Beagle dogs good for elderly owners?
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Beagle Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Beagle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Beagle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Beagle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Beagle breed? Most common health risks of Beagle:
Beagle DwarfismCherry EyeChinese Beagle SyndromeDistichiasisEpilepsyGlaucomaHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismIntervertebral Disk DiseasePatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Beagle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Beagle see the vet?
Average
The Beagle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Beagle dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Beagle be? What is the age limit of the Beagle? How many years can the oldest Beagle live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Beagle: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Beagle breed hypoallergenic?
No
Beagles don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Beagle have? What is the activity level of the Beagle?
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Beagle dogs require per day?
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Beagles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Beagle need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Beagle risk for obesity:
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Beagle more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Beagle's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Beagle drool?
The Beagle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Beagle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Beagle. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Beagle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Beagle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Beagle breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Beagle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Beagle be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Beagle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Beagle be a sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Beagle breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Beagle be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Beagle breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Beagle be a boat dog?

Yes

Beagle breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Beagle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Beagle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Beagle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Beagle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Beagle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Beagle have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-14 puppies, average 7

Beagle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Beagle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Beagle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Beagle breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Beagle Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Beagles are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Beagle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Beagles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Beagle breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Beagles don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Beagle breed in the home.
  • Stinkiness: The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Watchdog Ability: Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Beagles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Beagle History

Although there is no reliable documentation about the early ancestry of the Beagle, the theory that most people agreed on is that we have to look back to the 5th century. There are accounts of dogs of similar size and purpose to the modern Beagle which can be traced back to Ancient Greece. In the 8th century, records document an early scent hound (a hound dog used for hunting) known as the St. Hubert Hound, from which a newer breed was created, the Talbot Hound. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror brought the Talbot Hound to England and it is believed that it was bred with a Greyhound to increase their running speed as before it was known for being a rather slow runner. Once this new breed was developed, it was called the Southern Hound which is thought to be an ancestor of today’s Beagle. However, during medieval times, the word “beagle” meant any dog was a hound dog. The earliest dogs that were referred to as “Beagles” were small dogs called “Pocket Beagles” because they were literally small enough (around 20cm) to fit into the pockets of the hunters. During hunting, they were let loose into places where the larger dogs could not easily get through. Several authors mentioned before that King Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth I were both known for their love of this miniature breed. However larger dogs became the preferred train companions which led to the line of miniature beagles being overlooked and becoming extinct in 1901.

By the beginning of the 18th century, two types of breeds developed for hunting hare and rabbits. One was the North Country Beagle (or Northern Hound) and the other the Southern Hound. Eventually, when fox hunting became popular, the two breeds were crossed with the Foxhound to create the perfect hunting dog. In the mid-18th century, it is believed that Reverend Phillip Honeywood of Great Britain established a breeding program that became the basis for the modern Beagle breed. Honeywood’s Beagles were still different from today’s Beagles, they were smaller and had a pure white coat.

Moreover, there were people still wanting to create a better breed which led to Thomas Jonson who wanted to produce dogs that had a great appearance and were also great hunters. He developed two different breeds; one with a rough coat of fur and one with a smooth coat.

The 1840s brought the development of the standard Beagle type and also the distinction of different Beagle varieties: Medium Beagle, Lapdog Beagle, Fox Beagle, and the rough-coated/terrier Beagle. In 1887, there were only 18 packs documented in England but Beagle lovers were determined not to allow the breed to become extinct. In 1890 the Beagle Club was formed and a year later the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles was also created. Both organizations helped to produce one standard type of Beagle and by 1902 the number of packs increased from 18 to 44. From then on, the popularity of the breed grew and there were even cartoons made about this type of dog (Snoppy from Peanuts). Even President Lyndon Baines Johnson owned several Beagles while being in the White House.

We do not know the exact origin of its name but it has been suggested that the word “Beagle” comes from the French “begueule” or from the German word “begele”. I guess we’ll never know.

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Beagle Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • BEAGLE

    May 20, 2022, 12:21:10 AM:

  • Nia

    Feb 25, 2022, 6:41:50 AM:

  • Beagle.

    Dec 31, 2021, 5:23:10 PM:

    IT IS THE BEST DOG.

  • BEAGLE

    Sep 5, 2020, 3:56:24 PM:

    OUR BEAGLES WERE THE MOST LOVING DOGS BUT THEY WERE LIKE LAUREL AND HARDY WE NEVER KNEW WHAT TROUBLE TO EXPECT IF WE LEFT THEM ALONE. WONDERFUL, GENTLE PETS

  • Bagel

    Dec 9, 2019, 8:18:56 PM:

    hi

  • Bagel

    Dec 9, 2019, 8:18:31 PM:

    I just love beagles I have 2