The Beagle Dog Breed Information Pictures and Facts

The beagle dog is a small breed used for hunting that is similar in look to the foxhound dog. The beagle is a smell hound, developed primarily for hunting rabbit beagling. Owning a great sense of smell and excellent tracking instincts.


Beagle Dog Description

The Beagle is a well-known breed that has a square build. It has a smooth coat and is easy to care for. The coat will be either white, orange, or red in color. The coat has a moderate length, and may also have a lemon color.

The Beagle has the appearance of an English Foxhound, though it is smaller. It has a wide skull which is somewhat round, and it has a muzzle that is square in shape. The Beagle has wide nostrils, and this gives them an enhanced sense of smell. The ideal Beagle will have eyes that are hazel in color, and their tails should not be curled over their backs. One characteristic which is known in this breed is their ability to howl while they are hunting.

Beagles are small muscular dogs with thick waterproof coats.  Their coats come in many colors including combinations of black, white, tan, red, lemon, and blue mottle.  Male dogs are typically 14 to 16 inches tall (36-41 cm) and they weigh around 22 to 25 pounds (10-11 kg).  Female Beagles are about 13 to 15 inches tall (33-38 cm) and they weigh about 20 to 23 pounds (9-10 kg).  Beagles look like small English Foxhounds.  Their slick easy to care for coats is well kept with regular brushings.  Bathe with dry shampoo or mild soap only when necessary.  There are two types of Beagles.  One has smooth but not necessarily fine hair and the other has rough hair.  

Beagles are strong willed and need firm handling since they are not very easy to train.  If they detect an interesting smell they may divert their attention toward it instead of what you want them to focus on.  They are good-tempered dogs that are very alert.  They are rarely aggressive and they are wonderful with children.  Beagles crave and love attention from their families and make excellent pets but not very good watchdogs.

Gentle, sweet, lively, curious, and happy are all terms that describe the temperament of Beagles.  They are brave, loving, sociable, and intelligent.  Although they do well with children and other dogs, Beagles should not be trusted with other non-canine pets unless they were introduced to these animals at a young age.  They have minds of their own.  Beagles are watchful and determined.  To train them, lots of patience and firmness will be needed.  Beagles do not like to be alone and often prefer a companion.  If lonely or bored, Beagles may resort to howling and crying that can be disturbing to your neighbors.  Beagles adapt well to urban areas with room to run.  Fenced yards are recommended since Beagles have a tendency to follow their noses on wild explorations from time to time.  There are no special feeding requirements for these dogs but plenty of exercise is recommended to keep them in shape.  Be careful that your dog does not become obese and lazy from overeating and lack of exercise.  

Special health concerns that Beagles may face include Epilepsy, spinal problems, skin conditions, or eye diseases.  Some common eye problems they may develop are cataracts or glaucoma.  Be sure to check their ears carefully for signs of infection and clean them regularly.  It is also recommended to keep their nails clipped and trimmed.  The life expectancy for a Beagle is typically 12 to 15 years.  

Traditionally, Beagles were used to hunt hares by tracking the scent.  They were used in packs, pairs or alone to hunt pheasant and quail as well.  The name most likely comes from a Celtic word for small  beag.  The breed is likely to have originated from crosses between Harriers and other hounds in England.  The modern dog is considerably bigger that the earlier dogs which were often carried in pockets or saddlebags.


The breed of beagles have been in existence for some time, though their exact origins are only vaguely documented.  Beagle-type animals are documented in early history, and date back to 400 B.C. Greece, though little is known of them.  The Romans were also thought to have brought small rabbit hunting hounds with them to England, where they were bred with local hounds native to Great Britain.  

Named because they were small enough to "fit on a glove," beagles became a popular hunting dog in England, and a well regarded member of British monarchy in the 1300 and 1400s.  Edward II and Henry VII both kept hunting packs of beagles, as did Elizabeth I.

 First introduced to the United States in the 1876, the beagle was imported from Great Britain and became known as the American Beagle.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) accepted the beagle as a distinct breed in 1884 with two size classifications within the breed itself.


The AKC recognizes two standards of beagle breeds.  The 13-inch beagle stands at 13-inches or less and weights 18-pounds.  The larger beagle is 15-inches or less in size, and weights about 30-pounds.  They both have the same distinct markings, physical qualities and personality.


The beagle typically has a long skull, which is slightly domed.  Ears are set low, droop, and are moderately long.  Large, well set, soft hazel eyes give this dog a tender, loving appearance.  The beagle's body is heavy for its size, carrying muscular hips, thighs, shoulders and a short, curved tail.    The muzzle is straight and square-cut, giving the beagle a miniature foxhound look.  The beagle's coat is a hard, smooth hound coat of medium length, and is usually white with black and tan coloring, though other AKC disqualified colors exist within the breed.


The beagle has been used for ages to hunt down small game such as rabbits, squirrels and the like.  The beagle hunts by scent, and is one of the most popular hunting dogs in the United States today.  Known for their vast intelligence and quick thinking, the beagle is considered far superior to some of the larger hunting breeds.

Beagle Dog with stick

Also Known As

English Beagle


The Beagle is a calm dog that is kind to virtually everyone. These dogs enjoy wagging their tails and are very sociable. However, they are courageous, and this is an important trait for a dog that is used for hunting. The Beagle is good with children, and it will behave well with other dogs as well. Because of this, the Beagle is the ideal dog for the family.

Owners will want to make sure the dog is trained to behave around other pets such as cats since they have a tendency to hunt animals that are smaller than them.

The beagle is an alert dog, eager to play, learn and hunt.  It's rare for the beagle to show aggression or timidness.  Beagles are intelligent, quick dogs, but bore easily.  Known for being intuitive problem solvers, it can be difficult to keep a beagle's attention.  For this reason, the beagle can be bit more challenging to train than other breeds, and has a difficult time filling his time when left alone for extended periods.

Health Problems

The Beagle has been known to suffer from heart problems, and it may also develop ailments that affect its eyes or back. These dogs are also subject to dwarfism. They have a life expectancy of about 15 years.

EAR INFECTIONS are a common problem with the long eared beagle.  Ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection or wax build up.  Drying and cleaning solutions work well to curb this problem.

CHERRY EYE, a swelling of the gland of the third eyelid is a common, hereditary disorder in this breed.  Other inherited eye disorders include Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. EPILEPSY is another common, hereditary concern in beagles. HYPOTHYROIDISM is well known in the beagle breed, and can cause dysfunction of the thyroid gland, weight gain, poor hair coat and reproductive difficulty. KIDNEY FAILURE and BLADDER CANCER are also inherited disorders prevalent in beagles.


The Beagle has a large amount of endurance and will need excessive amounts of exercise. It is best that owners have a yard that is medium in size when they purchase a Beagle. Owners will also want to take these dogs for a walk on a daily basis. Owners should never unleash this dog, as it will chase any animals that it considers to be prey.

Special Grooming Needs

The Beagle has a smooth coat that doesn’t require you to care for it daily. You will want to use a strong brush on it, and you should only use mild soap when giving it a bathe. You will want to make sure the ears are clean, as this dog can easily get ear infections. The nails should also be trimmed, and this dog sheds a standard amount of fur.


The beagle dog is the primary breed used as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world.

Beagle Dog Breed

The beagle is intelligent. It is a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and a lack of inherited health problems. The modern breed was developed in Great Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier.

Beagles have been depicted in popular culture since Elizabethan times in literature and paintings, and more recently in film, television, and comic books. Snoopy of the comic strip Peanuts has been called "the world's most famous beagle.

The Beagle breed originates from England. This small dog breed has a shoulder height of around 13 - 16 inches. The Beagle is generally brown and white in color with a short weather-proof coat. The Beagle is an independent dog breed which is also cheerful and sociable. Beagles tend to get along with other household pets, strangers, and children, but socialization from an early age is highly recommended.

The Beagle's coat needs to be brushed regularly and its ears should be kept clean at all times. The Beagle should be trained from an early age to install obedience into its temperament. The Beagle is an independent hunting dog that loves the great outdoors. Try to give it as much time as possible outside, take it for regular walks, give it frequent playtimes, and as much exercise as possible.


Beagles generally adore children and are happy to play for hours, if properly socialized early on.  Beagles do tend to play with their mouths and chew on things, though they almost never bite.  The beagle uses its mouth to grab things.  It is never done in anger or fear.

Despite the short coat, beagles do shed, though not in great amounts.  The beagle sheds its winter coat during early spring months.  To help loosen and remove dead hair from the coat, it's recommended that the beagle be brushed weekly with a medium bristled brush or hound glove.

The beagle is not a yappy, barky dog and for this reason, they are considered a quiet breed.  Most adult dogs will bark or growl at the appearance of stranger in their territory or if left alone for long periods of time, but are more likely to play with the stranger, than attack or continue barking.  Due largely in part to their hunting genes, the beagle has an infamous howl, which can be triggered by loud noises, other animals and boredom.

Because they were originally bred as a pack animal, beagles get along well with other animals and are seldom aggressive.  

  Keep a beagle occupied and stimulated, and he makes an excellent, faithful pet that happily interacts with the entire family.  Beagles require a generous amount of regular exercise including both walking and running.