All About Beagle

All About Beagle

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The Beagle is a small-sized hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare. With a great sense of smell and their tracking instinct, the Beagle is employed as detection dog for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs. The Beagle is intelligent but single-minded. It’s a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and lack of inherited health problems.

Behavioral Traits:
Separation anxiety, barking, and destructiveness are common behavioral problems in beagles. Fortunately, they can almost all be prevented by keeping your beagle well exercised. Taking your Beagle for a long walk before leaving the house will leave him with little energy to be destructive. Beagles who bark or howl are often doing so because they are bored. Ensuring your dog has plenty of exercise and toys or bones to chew on, will keep him entertained and will stave off many of these undesirable behaviors.

Personality:
Beagles are smart, affectionate, curious, friendly and playful. They are ideal family pets because of their size, groomability, and easy going nature with children. Beagles are full of energy, and benefit from an active family with a yard where they can run around and explore. Couch potatoes will want to steer clear of beagles; this breed loves constant activity and the outdoors.

Appearance:
Beagles are the most popular hound breed. They are squarely built, sturdy hound dogs with a short and easy to care for coat. Beagles resemble English Foxhounds but have broader heads and shorter legs than their cousins. Their muzzle is straight and square and they have wide, drop ears. Beagles' eyes are brown or hazel in color and have a distinctive expression which usually makes them look like they want something. Their tails are straight and should be carried high and erect at all times. Beagles most commonly come in two color variations – tricolor or red and white – but all hound coloring are accepted in the breed standard.

Size and Weight:
Beagles resemble small Foxhounds and stand from 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 18 to 30 pounds. Females weigh in at the lighter end of the spectrum, while males are typically heavier.

Grooming Needs:
Beagles shed year round, but they grow thicker coats in the winter. Weekly brushing with a higher frequency in Springtime can keep hair from making a mess around the house. They are naturally clean dogs, so they don't require a lot of bathing, but some Beagles like to play hard in the dirt and mud, so some individuals may require monthly washing. They have drop ears which makes Beagles prone to ear infections. When air can't circulate into the ear, wax, water and harmful bacteria can get out of control. Weekly maintenance ear cleaning with a veterinarian-approved cleanser can keep painful ear infections to a minimum.

Feeding:
Recommended daily amount: 3/4 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

NOTE: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don't all need the same amount of food. It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. The quality of dog food you buy also makes a difference — the better the dog food, the further it will go toward nourishing your dog and the less of it you'll need to shake into your dog's bowl.

Beagles are food thieves. These dogs will raid your pantry and garbage daily if given the chance, and they're willing to eat until they pop. Keep yours in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time. If you're unsure whether he's overweight, give him the eye test and the hands-on test.

First, look down at him. You should be able to see a waist. Then place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without having to press hard. If you can't, he needs less food and more exercise.

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