Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male33 – 38 cm
    • Female33 – 38 cm
  • Weight

    • Male8 – 13 kg
    • Female8 – 13 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Black with defined tan markings on cheeks, muzzle, chest, legs, over the eyes and under the tail
  • Coat Texture

    • Short and dense.
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 15 years


History of the Breed

Hounds can be split between those who hunt mainly using sound, and those who hunt mainly using scent. Small dogs that used scent to hunt were used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and bred with hounds when brought over to England. It is though that the name 'Beagles' is likely to originate from the old French words that relate to the Beagle's bark or words that mean small.


  • Adaptability
  • All-around friendliness
  • Child Friendly
  • Exercise needs
  • Trainability


  • Adventurous
  • Enthusiastic
  • Gentle
  • Happy
  • Playful

Common Health Problems

  • Epilepsy Epilepsy can occur in animals other than humans (see main article Epilepsy). It is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.
  • Glaucoma Glaucoma in dogs refers to a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve and involves a loss of retinal ganglion cells in a characteristic pattern.
  • Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disorder in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
  • Obesity
  • Patellar Luxation Luxating patella is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location.
  • Primary Carnitine Deficiency Systemic primary carnitine deficiency is an inborn error of fatty acid transport caused by a defect in the transporter responsible for moving carnitine across the plasma membrane.

Top Tips for Caring for a Beagle

  • Like most breeds, Beagles require early socialisation
  • Can be quite naughty, and has a tendency to wander off a lot so make sure your Beagle has identity tags and is microchipped
  • Beagle's are prone to obesity, especially when they are older so be sure they get a decent amount of exercise and keep them active
  • Beagles shed year-round, so a weekly session with a hound mitt is highly advised

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