Origin and characteristics

The breed was originally bred in 16th century England, as rabbit-hunting hound. Possessing a great sense of smell and tracking instincts, the beagle is the primary breed used as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. The Beagle is perhaps one of the most recognisable dog breeds out there and that’s largely down to their popularity, history and personality. Being such an old breed, the Beagle’s history is a little cloudy. These hounds are believed to be the direct ancestors of both the Beagle and the Foxhound.

The direct ancestors of the modern-day Beagle can be dated back to a 19th century. There have been multiple varieties of the Beagle which mostly differ in size.

They have an incredible 220 million scent receptors in their nose, which is why they’re one of the most popular hunting dogs and are also used for more modern practices like sniffer and rescue dogs.

Beagles are a fun loving, gentle breed which makes them a great family companion. They’re happy, and loving bundle of energy with a lot of time for their family whether that’s humans, dogs or even cats. Beagle are pack dogs, often living in groups of several dozen if they’re part of a hunting pack. This means they don’t respond well to being left alone.

Their small size and temperament mean they can live in an apartment so long as they still get the exercise requirements they need. Beagles, however, are known for being rather noisy dogs, thanks to their famous baying howl, which can be very difficult to train out of them. Their howling could be disturbing for neighbours.

They require an owner who can walk them for 1 to 2 hours a day. If they don’t get this exercise then they can quickly become overweight and bored which will lead to negative, destructive behaviour.

As a scent hound, they’re never happier than when they have a scent to follow. If a Beagle catches an interesting scent, then will find a way to follow it, even if this means they have to dig an escape route under the fence. Therefore, they must be kept in a secure, escape-proof garden and house.

  • Lifespan: 10-15 Years

  • Size: 33-40 cm

  • Weight: 8-14 kg

  • Breed group: hound

  • Coat: smooth and dense double coat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The Beagles coat is smooth, dense and resistant to rain and dirt. Weekly brushing is required to loosen and remove of their dead hair.

Although they have a moderate to high level of shedding, it’s not too noticeable because their fur is quite short.

They shed more in the Spring as they’ll have a thicker coat in winter which will then get thinner as the months start to get warmer.

Generally, they’re clean dogs and don’t require regular baths, unless they’ve rolled in something they shouldn’t.

How to manage shedding?

Beagles shed all year moderately and heavily during the two shedding seasons. When it comes to shedding season (spring and winter), they literally drop their entire coat in a matter of weeks.

Apart from shedding seasons, there are various other reasons why a Beagle will drop his coat heavier than usual. One big reason for abnormal shedding is because of stress. Excess shedding can also be a symptom of a skin infection. Hair loss is also a symptom of parasites, such as fleas and lice. Allergies are also another reason for the Beagle to shed excessively.

If the hair loss is abnormal, there might be an underlying cause that needs treatment.

Brushing is the most effective way to manage your Beagles shedding. It helps to stimulate the blood flow on the surface of his skin and spreads his natural coat oils around.

During shedding seasons, they will need a 15 min brushing session every day.

For the Beagle’s hair the best tool is a day-to-day slicker brush and a deshedding tool. This will help trapped hair to be released from his undercoat. Beagles can suffer from a variety of skin conditions so it’s important to use products with a formula designed for sensitive skin.

The right diet can also help to decrease the Beagle’s shedding. A high-quality and well-balanced diet will keep him healthy and look after his skin and coat.

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