Beagle: Dog Breed Profile


The Beagle is a medium-sized dog very popular with French families. There are several types of Beagles, such as the Tricolor Beagle, the Bicolor, the Speckled, and the Plain.

All of them have a harmonious shape. It is an attacking dog, facilitated by the soft curves of an otherwise sad face. It is very easily tamed.

It possesses good intelligence as well as a gentle character and wit and quick demeanor. The Beagle is ideal for children, with whom it can play with. It needs to exercise daily. Its life expectancy is 15 years.

History of the breed

Its real origins remain rather unclear. This hound has existed since Antiquity. Presumably, originally from the United Kingdom, this breed is said to be the result of crossing the Harrier with other common British dog breeds.

Nevertheless, France claims the origin of the Beagle claiming that this dog descends from French hounds which were introduced to Britain.

The Beagle is ideal for hunters,  who appreciate its agility and speed. Moreover, in the 19 century, it was favored for hunting hare.

Its race is clearly defined at the end of 19 th century in Britain. However, it was threatened with extinction between the 2 World War, before it experienced a resumption of form, driven in particular by its success across the Atlantic, whether in the  United States and  Canada.

Thus, for many years, the Beagle has been considered one of the 10 favorite dogs of Americans.

Physical features

  • Its hair: very short and very dense is endowed with very great resistance against climatic vagaries.
  • Its color: is mainly tricolor, being composed of the colors white, black and tawny-vivid. But often it can be two-tone: either lemon and white or light brown and white.
  • Its head: it is strong, but not very massive, with a muzzle that is not pointed and a really accentuated stop.
  • Its ears: generally fawn or brown, they are large and fall on either side of the skull. Very rarely, they can be white.
  • Its eyes: charming and sad, they are small and nutty in color.
  • Its body: Very well proportioned, the Beagle has muscular and vigorous legs, which is important for a hunter.
  • Its tail: big, long, and very supplied in hair. It is generally pointed in saber, even when it is at rest. It is when he is asleep that she falls back.

Behavior With Others

Although a fearless hunter and gifted with an exceptional sense of smell, the Beagle is also an adorable companion for humans.

Even though It has a tendency to run away, like any hunting dog, It can be very loyal, if It’s properly trained. Very endearing, its liveliness requires a lot of space.

Very intelligent, this energetic dog can live equally well in an apartment in the city or in the countryside. Finally, it is a dog who enjoys the company of children and other animals, especially Its congeners.

It is also a  very good alarm dog in the event of an intrusion.


The education of the Beagle can prove to be complicated, as It remains quite stubborn.

What requires the most effort is to train It to correct Its tendencies to run away from an early age.

Also, It must be taught not to ask for food, because this very greedy dog is having a great time.

It must be guaranteed long walks when It lives in the city. It hates loneliness.

Living Conditions

The Beagle can live and thrive in the city, but its preferred environment remains the countryside, green spaces, and forests. It loves nature and enjoys being surrounded.

It adapts to most types of weather: whether hot or cold. If It lives in a town or in an apartment: a small courtyard is preferable.

Health & Maintenance

Unfortunately, the Beagle is predisposed to certain illnesses such as hypothyroidism. It may also have problems with ear infections or ophthalmic discomfort.

Be careful when the animal is not very active: obesity is a frequent case for this breed.

It is also necessary to carefully monitor Its ears, drooping, which may encounter some infections.

Finally, Its weight should be monitored, especially if It lives in an apartment or in the city because It tends to gain weight if It does not spend enough exercising.

The life expectancy of a Beagle is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

Apart from its need for regular outings, the maintenance of the Beagle is very easy. As with all dogs, nail trimming, ear washing, and tooth brushing should be done regularly.

Its floppy ears should be treated with antiseptics regularly (once a month). In addition to these regular, daily outings, a Beagle should be brushed regularly. Its teeth must be monitored so that tartar does not settle there.

For Its hair, brushing intermittently is sufficient. After each outing, it is necessary to inspect its hair, legs, eyes, and ears in order to detect any parasites.

It undergoes a  continuous and moderate moult . It is important to ensure regular brushing to reduce these losses and especially to make Its hair more beautiful and cleaner on the surface.

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