Friendly, Curious, Merry
Weight: 18–30 pounds
Height: 13–16 inches
One of most popular breeds in the United States, the Beagle originated sometime in the 1500’s to hunt rabbits, hare and other small game. Today’s Beagle was developed in 1830’s England from the Talbot Hounds, the Southern Hound, the Harrier and the North Country Beagle. With an extremely keen scenting ability, the Beagle is an excellent search & rescue and narcotics detection working dog.
The Beagle has a life expectancy of 12-15 years and is prone to epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart disease, back issues and eye problems.
Beagles are high-energy dogs and need plenty of daily exercise including brisk daily walks, aerobic running, and dog day care (when available). Keep your Beagle in a yard with at least a 6’ fence; Beagles have been known to climb fences. When walking, keep your Beagle on a leash. Once they pick up the scent of something interesting, Beagles take off on the hunt.
Grooming Requirements: Requires occasional brushing and regular bathing. Coat: Medium, smooth, hard Shedding: Average shedding. Hypoallergenic: No, due to shedding Apartment Living: Not good for apartment living due to the "baying" vocalizing they make. Lap Dog: No Good With Children: Good with all children when socialized at an early age. Good With Other Pets: Generally good with dogs; not trustworthy with other non-canine pets due to hunting instinct unless socialized well at an early age.
American Canine Association Continental Kennel Club Universal Kennel Club International American Kennel Club United All Breed Registry America's Pet Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club (Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)
There shall be two varieties: Thirteen Inch--which shall be for hounds not exceeding 13 inches in height. Fifteen Inch--which shall be for hounds over 13 but not exceeding 15 inches in height.
The skull should be fairly long, slightly domed at occiput, with cranium broad and full. Ears--Ears set on moderately low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly, if not quite, to the end of the nose; fine in texture, fairly broad-with almost entire absence of erectile power-setting close to the head, with the forward edge slightly inturning to the cheek--rounded at tip. Eyes--Eyes large, set well apart-soft and houndlike--expression gentle and pleading; of a brown or hazel color. Muzzle--Muzzle of medium length-straight and square--cut--the stop moderately defined. Jaws--Level. Lips free from flews; nostrils large and open. Defects--A very flat skull, narrow across the top; excess of dome, eyes small, sharp and terrierlike, or prominent and protruding; muzzle long, snipy or cut away decidedly below the eyes, or very short. Roman-nosed, or upturned, giving a dish-face expression. Ears short, set on high or with a tendency to rise above the point of origin.
Neck and Throat--Neck rising free and light from the shoulders strong in substance yet not loaded, of medium length. The throat clean and free from folds of skin; a slight wrinkle below the angle of the jaw, however, may be allowable. Defects--A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulders. Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed "throatiness." Shoulders and Chest Shoulders sloping--clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded--conveying the idea of freedom of action with activity and strength. Chest deep and broad, but not broad enough to interfere with the free play of the shoulders. Defects--Straight, upright shoulders. Chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth. Back, Loin and Ribs Back short, muscular and strong. Loin broad and slightly arched, and the ribs well sprung, giving abundance of lung room. Defects--Very long or swayed or roached back. Flat, narrow loin. Flat ribs.
Forelegs--Straight, with plenty of bone in proportion to size of the hound. Pasterns short and straight. Feet--Close, round and firm. Pad full and hard. Defects--Out at elbows. Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward. Forelegs crooked or Dachshundlike. Feet long, open or spreading.
Hips and thighs strong and well muscled, giving abundance of propelling power. Stifles strong and well let down. Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent. Feet close and firm. Defects--Cowhocks, or straight hocks. Lack of muscle and propelling power. Open feet.
A close, hard, hound coat of medium length. Defects--A short, thin coat, or of a soft quality.
Any true hound color.
Set moderately high; carried gaily, but not turned forward over the back; with slight curve; short as compared with size of the hound; with brush. Defects-A long tail. Teapot curve or inclined forward from the root. Rat tail with absence of brush.
Any hound measuring more than 15 inches shall be disqualified.
The Beagle name may have originated from several different terms: "be'geule" (French) meaning "gape throat" because of this breed's baying vocalizing, or "beigh" (French), "begele (Old English), or "beag" (Celtic) all meaning "small." President Lyndon Baines Johnson was a fan of and had several Beagles Beagles are famous comic strip characters: Snoopy ("the world's most famous Beagle"), Odie from Garfield, Beegle Beagle from Grape Ape, and Walk Disney's Beagle Boys.