Beagles: Characteristics, Breeding & Caring, Price and Health

Beagle Characteristics and Facts 

The beagle is a small scent hound, developed initially for hunting rabbits.

Slowly it became a popular pet because of its cute size, good temper, and less inherited health problems.

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Color

They come in lemon, chocolate, red, white, black and tan or tricolor and have this smooth, dense type of coat but do not really need haircut.

 

Types

The modern breed is based out of Great Britain from several breeds like Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and the Harrier.

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Nowadays we can find two types of beagles, one is under 13 inches at the shoulder and another is between 13-15 inches.

 

Sizes

According to dog lovers, Beagles are muscular, hardy and “big for their inches”.

They have adorable face, big brown or hazel eyes and long, houndy ears placed low on a wide head.

 

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Breeding

Beagles are good family dogs because they are loving, lovable, happy, companionable, intelligent and energetic.

Living with a beagle as pet shouldn’t constitute problem, beagles are good with other dogs.

However, they would only have excitable temperament if you keep them happy and don’t leave them alone, then you can get them listening to you when you call.

Otherwise, beagles are likely going to bark a lot when left alone.

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Another downside to keep beagles as pet is their smell, sometime like fish or corn chips and it could be really bad smell if not taking for baths regularly.

A hound beagle can be stubborn and requires patience to train them and calm a potential hyper beagle puppy.

But eventually, they become active companions for kids and adults. All owners must be careful before breeding their dog.

Investment is required for stud service, very high-quality dog and puppy food, baby gates, crates, blankets, bottles, droppers, medication, etc. and sufficient time from the owner to take care of the beagle puppy.

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The female breed must be 8-9 months old (though suggested age is 2 years) for pregnancy.

Before breeding both male and female dogs go through medical check-up and the female breed must be retired from breeding between the age of 5 and 7.

To have a good dog pet with less problems, you’ve got to choose pure breed with high pedigree.

But not only to beagles, identifying pure breed of puppies can be really difficult.

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To check pure beagle breed, your best bet is to buy directly from local breeders with trustworthiness.

In most cases when you don’t, you’ll only realize it’s not a full breed when your beagle is full grown or/and when you see a pure breed beagle and you try to compare.

 

Caring

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The Beagle is covered with a smooth, dense double coat that becomes heavier in the winter.

They shed mostly during spring and fall season and thus require soft rubber brushing daily during these periods to keep them from shedding.

To remove loose hair, a weekly brushing with a medium-bristle brush, a rubber grooming mitt or tool is okay in other seasons.

You should also endeavor to bath your beagle often to reduce the smell let’s say once in a month.

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Though Beagles don’t require to be bathed too often, the Beagle’s nails must be trimmed regularly to prevent dog pain as well as problems in walking and running.

As beagles are energetic, they must exercise for an hour every day.

Beagles love to play with companions which help them to build a relationship with the owner.

Beagles do not respond well to harsh techniques, but patience, positive reinforcement lead to success.

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Health Issues

Though beagle is a very healthy breed, sometimes it suffers from different diseases like hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, luxating patella (a dislocated kneecap), and eye disorders.

If you notice your dog is limping and not putting weight on the front legs, either she seems to be in pain or not, it may be a sign of leg problem, watch carefully and call your vet there’s problem in walking.

Older beagles just like other dog breeds may have health issues, cherry eye, arthritis, breathing and mouth problems, sores on lips, grunting noise, snorting and snoring, front and back leg problems etc.

Most of these health problems and symptoms can be prevented with proper health test and routine medical checkups.

A Beagle’s ears should be checked weekly, and the teeth Anal Gland Tumors should be brushed regularly.

Sometimes newborn beagle puppy can suffer from Hypoglycemia.

Beagle also suffers from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Anal Gland Tumors, Seizures and Cardiomyopathy.

All these can be restricted through proper home care, regular medical visit and can be cured through medication and surgery.

 

Price

Beagles are commonly sold in the US, you can find local breeders with puppies for sale in NJ, PA, MD, TX, VA, NY, MV and the price is usually between $1000 and $1,800.

Beagle for sale below $500 may be one of the reasons to doubt the pedigree of the pet, it’s likely beagle mix puppy.

During our review, we realized there’s more demand for beagles in California, Delaware, Ohio, Florida, Philadelphia, Rochester, Maryland, central valley, Orange County recently, especially hunting and pocket beagles.