Beagle

Description
The Beagle is a well-liked breed that belongs to the Hound group. It originated in Great Britain, and has been initially bred for hunting. More recently, Beagles aren’t just used for rabbit-trailing, but for field trials and companionship as well. They usually come in moderate size, and normally have coats that range in various tricolour patterns. Typically their coat is a combination of white, red, and lemon, or white, orange, and brown.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of this Hound breed ideally weigh 18 to 30 lbs.. They also share a height of 13 to 15 in at the withers.

Temperament

Beagle dogs are known to  be extremely playful and sociable. They bond very well with children as they enjoy companionship, as well as giving love and attention to their owners. Nevertheless, they are considered to be pack animals which make them inclined to separation anxiety. They fancy food and following their nose a lot. That’s why; good boundaries and diet control have to be provided. Also, Beagles are even-tempered and gentle. Although they tend to bark at strangers, they typically make poor watch dogs. Moreover, the members of the Beagle breed are intelligent, though they can become single-minded most of the time. They show eagerness to please but can be easily bored or distracted. Also, Beagle dogs rarely demand time for exercise. They have great stamina that keeps them from getting exhausted easily. Regular exercise is still necessary for them to deflect weight gain to which they are prone.

Grooming

Beagles are not difficult to groom. Their medium-length hair makes it easy to do so. Brushing their coat on a daily basis helps reduce shedding and get rid of their loose or dead hair. Since their ears are very susceptible to infection, they need to be cleaned regularly.

Health Concerns

Some of the most common health problems associated to Beagle dogs are ear infections and inter-vertebral disc disease. Other health issues include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, dwarfism, obesity, eye problems such as glaucoma and corneal dystrophy. Eye irritation may also be a concern because of the tendency of their eyelashes to grow inward. As field dogs, Beagles are also predisposed to minor physical injuries such as sprains and cuts. They may also be targets of parasites such as harvest mites, ticks, fleas, and tapeworms.

Best Environment

Members of this popular hound breed are capable of living past temperate climates. This is possible given that they are provided with proper shelter and bedding. Also, Beagles are social by nature and have the innate need for companionship. This makes them better thrive in an environment where they live with people, and along with other dogs. Daily walks and regular play sessions are highly recommended because of their increased energy levels.

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