Small, compact and tough, Beagle dog breeds are active companions for children and adults alike.
Canines in this breed of dog are fun-loving, but because they are dogs, they can also be stubborn and require creative and patient training techniques.
Their noses guide them through life, and they are never happier than when they follow an interesting smell.
The Beagle was originally bred as a hunting dog to track small prey, mostly rabbits and hares. It is still used for this purpose in many countries.
It is difficult to resist the attraction of the dark brown or hazel eyes of a Beagle, with its soft, begging expression.
They are happy, outgoing and loving, characteristics more than balanced by their hound nature, which is inquisitive, determined and focused on food.
They have three distinct vocalizations: a bark/ howl, a howling howl, and a half-whistling howl (a cross between a frantic bark and a bay).
The vocalization of the half howl is usually reserved for when they go to the quarry, or think it’s time to wake up the neighbors at 6 a.m.
Being pack dogs, they generally get along well with other animals and their human friends, and believe they are all their new best friends. The most important thing to know about the Beagle is that it is a hunting dog.
His nose is the most important part of his anatomy and his head is always on the ground, looking for an interesting trail to follow.
Beagles have approximately 220 million odor receptors compared to only 5 million people, which makes them very good at capturing odors.
The personality and temperament of the Beagle
Beagle dog breeds are happy, extroverted and loving. They are often described with a cheerful temperament, but they are also known for their malicious nature.
The Beagles like to have their own way, and can be naughty, determined and stubborn in their efforts to get what they want, which is usually food.
Start training your Beagle at an early age, be patient and constant, and one day you’ll wake up and discover that you live with a great dog.
But even so, there are some Beagle behaviors that you will have to live with all your life. They’re an integral part of being a Beagle, and nothing you do will change that.
The Beagles love good smells, have selective hearing and love to eat. Everything a Beagle does somehow leads back to his nose.
His powerful sense of smell outweighs any good sense you’ve tried to instill and tells the Beagle to escape from the yard or enter the dog food bag in the pantry or see what’s in the trash.
When properly channeled, it’s also what makes it a great incendiary dog or termite detector, so everything levels out in the end. Just remember that when your Beagle’s nose is low, his ‘other brain’ is turned off.
Caring for the Beagles
An enclosed backyard is a must with a Beagle. Beagle breeds are stray dogs by nature, so in the event they escape, which is common with Beagles, make sure they have a microchip and wear identification tags on their necks so they can give it back to you.
Some people prefer to use an underground electronic fence, but this type of enclosure does not prevent other animals from entering your yard.
Also, if a scent is seductive enough, your Beagle will be more than willing to risk a momentary shock to follow.
Like all dogs, Beagles benefit from obedience training. Positive reinforcement techniques work best because Beagles will simply shut down when treated harshly. Most Beagles are happier to do anything for a tasty delicacy.
Teenage Beagles are full of energy, love to go for a walk with their family, or, better yet, a good run around the countryside to hunt rabbits (not recommended unless you’ve trained your dog to come back with you).
They’ll enjoy running with you, but wait until they’re 18 months or older before starting a repetitive exercise like this.
When mature, a Beagle can become quite lazy, happy to be home all day, get up to eat and perhaps scratch his ears from time to time.
Color of coat and cleanliness of the Beagles
The breed standard for Beagles says ‘any color of hound’ is acceptable.
The most common color for Beagle dog breeds is the tricolor with a black saddle (the back area), white legs, chest, belly and a white tip on the tail, and tan on the head and around the saddle.
The second most common color combination is red and white in a pattern of Irish spots on the face, neck, legs and tail tip.
Whatever their colour, they usually have a white tip on the tail so hunters can see them when hunting on the tall grass.
Beagles have a soft, dense double layer that is resistant to rain. They should be brushed with a medium bristle brush or a hunting glove (a rubber glove with bumps in the palm area) at least once a week to loosen and remove dead hair and encourage new hair growth.
Sometimes the Beagle’s hair comes off, but as they are short it is not too noticeable.
Their hairs tend to become thicker in the winter, so they shed more in the spring.
They are clean dogs (unless, of course, they have found something stinky to hunt) and generally do not require frequent bathing.
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