The Beagle dog
with a "Musical-Voice"
Whether the breed got its name from the Celtic word "beag" meaning small, or from the French word "begle" is debatable. The first literary mention came in approximately the 14th century. Smallest of the scenthounds, it resembles a foxhound in miniature, and is a product of Britain. Beagles come in various sizes small enough even, to be carried in a hunter's coat pocket, hence the expression "pocket Beagle."
It has always been a keen hunting dog
and was frequently hunted in packs, the hunters following sometimes on horseback, but usually on foot. As game diminished, the breed was used more on rabbits as it currently is, in North America. The Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1873. In 1888 the National Club was formed in the US, followed by a club in Britain in 1890. In Canada and the US, field trials have become a very popular sport, the hare and the cottontail being the breed's chief quarry.
Variety: 13 in. (33 cm) max at withers.
Variety: 15 in. (38 cm) max at withers.
Weight: 18-30 lbs. (8.2-13.6 kg).
Affection: Very high.
With Children: Excellent.
With other pets and dogs: Excellent
Grooming: Low. Occasional brushing.
Watchdog: Very good.
Protection: Not Good - It's too Friendly
Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years.
Additional Information: Because of its friendly amenable temperament, the breed has become very popular family pet. On this continent, it is shown in two varieties, under 13 inches (33 cm) and under 15 inches (38 cm). In the US, both variety winners compete at the Group level whereas in Canada, only the best of breed competes there. In Britain, 16 inches (41 cm) is maximum, and so the British have bought many "measured out" top specimens from North America, and have taken them back to their homeland, where they have improved the overall quality of the breed.
This small hound is a loving and genial dog breed needing fellowship of either other dogs, or its human family. It is an excellent choice for those with children, tolerating endless play and indignities. It bonds to the whole family and they are good with other pets. Being totally non-aggressive, they rank low in protection. They need daily exercise like a good walk and since it is at heart, a hunting dog, an escape-proof backyard, high fence and no holes, is prudent to control the ever present wanderlust, hunting instincts. Grooming needs are minimal. Brushing should be done once a week, minimum. Perhaps this breed is just what your family needs. See the breeders section for Beagle puppies for sale, or check out the rescue links for a mature adult dog in need of a home.
Finding Other Breeders:
Want information on this small dog breed, and Beagle breeders who might have Beagle puppies for sale? See the breeders section. If there are no nearby Beagle breeders, see Canadian Beagle hound dog club, Beagle rescue dogs or the US club, Beagle rescue dogs to get advice about other nearby Beagle breeders with puppies.
The Beagle remains free of major health concerns. The biggest problem is obesity. It has an insatiable appetite and therefore its diet needs tight control. There are some minor concerns, such as glaucoma, epilepsy, cherry eye and chondrodysplasia. Occasionally seen are deafness, cataracts, hemophilia and umbilical hernia. Always discuss these potential problems with the breeder.