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 fewer inherited health problems.

beagle dog characters, health issues, caring for them etc

Color

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

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

 

Breeding

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

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

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

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

Another downside to keeping beagles as a pet is their smell, sometimes like fish or corn chips and it could be a really bad smell if not taken for baths regularly.

A hound beagle can be stubborn and requires patience to train 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 dogs.

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.

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

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

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

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

To check the 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

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

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

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

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

Though Beagles don’t require to be bathed too often, the Beagle 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 helps them to build a relationship with the owner.

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

Health Issues

Though the 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, whether she seems to be in pain or not, it may be a sign of a leg problem, watch carefully and call your vet if there’s a 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 tests and routine medical checkups.

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

Sometimes newborn beagle puppies 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, and 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, and 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 a beagle mix puppy.

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