We are pure-bred hunting dogs who are experts in hare hunting but also hunt foxes, deer, and roe deer. We do this with the help of our fantastic sense of smell.
Unless you intend to use us for hunting, you should consider another breed.
Hunting is our main purpose, but we have other qualities that make us great companions! We are intelligent, stable, awake, and not least friendly. We are not aggressive or shy.
In addition, we usually get along with other pets and dogs, and we love children.
Other words that describe us well are; energetic, playful, cheerful, eager, and a little stubborn.
We dislike solidarity, which we express through barking and howling.
A Beagle is not an indoor dog.
A Beagle owner must love the outdoors as we need long hikes in nature. We love both walking and running, as well as mental challenges.
We are adventurous dogs with a love for exploring new places. But be aware that our hunting instincts make us prone to running off. There is a good chance we will chase an animal if we get the scent of it.
When we hunt, we run loose to track down the prey. When we locate the animal, we will quickly notify our owner. Then the hunt begins!
This is how a Beagle sounds
Some individuals bark more than others. Some of us will bark a lot when we are away from our owners; others don't mind.
Wondering what a Beagle bark sounds like? Here is an example:
A Beagle will rarely bark or howl for no reason. Humans don't always agree with what is a good reason and what is not. When owners learn how we communicate, they can better understand why we make sounds. It is easier to teach us when it's suitable to bark if you know why we alerted you in the first place.
You will never get a completely silent Beagle. It is not desirable either- it is one of our most essential tools.
The Beagle has overall good health but beware of weight gain.
Beagles are a healthy breed, but our owners must be aware of our uncontrollable love for food. Feed us a healthy diet and make sure we get enough exercise. The last thing you want is to turn us into a bagel.
Otherwise, the hereditary eye disease, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), occurs in some individuals, as well as the Beagle pain syndrome and Cataracts. We are also prone to back prolapse, and some are affected by hip dysplasia.
Healthy Beagle dogs have a life expectancy of 11-13 years.
Beagles are medium-sized dogs.