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Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Hunting dog.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Hound

Size: Height: 13 to 15 inches
© Patnik (Jiri Patka) |
Color: Any true hound color.

Life span: 11 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: Beagles are gentle, happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them very popular as family pets. Since they lived and hunted in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. They have one of the best developed senses of smell of any dog and are easily distracted by scents around them. They are active and require regular exercise to stay fit since they are prone to obesity. Although they are eager to please and respond well to treat-based training methods, they generally do not do well in obedience trials because they are too easily distracted or bored.

© Andresr (Andres Rodriguez) |
Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

© Bertys30 (Dean Bertoncelj) |
Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: tracking, therapy, detection

Grooming requirement: Minimal grooming required.

Known health problems: Obesity, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, disk diseases, ear infections, glaucoma, corneal dystrophy, retinal atrophy.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Training Your Beagle
By Kristine Kraeuter
Published in 2001
176 pages

Beagles For Dummies
By Susan McCullough
Published in 2006
352 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Beagles
By David Arnold and Hazel Arnold
Published in 1998
159 pages

The Beagle Handbook
By Dan Rice, DVM
Published in 2000
208 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
National Beagle Club
Wikipedia breed information page
National Beagle Club Rescue

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