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Beagle

Beagle

Like a human child, the Beagle is sweet and affectionate — and doesn’t always listen. Put in some time to train your Beagle and you’ll end up with a loving family member who will be (mostly) well behaved and (always) loveable.






Size:
20-30 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
The Beagle is active indoors and requires longish on-leash walks outside or in safe off-leash areas. About 30 minutes of exercise in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon or evening will help tire him out and prevent obesity, which Beagles are often prone to. Bonus: tiring him out can prevent him from getting into mischief.
Mess Factor:
Be prepared for hair on your furniture — Beagles shed.
Barking and Volume:
While Beagles don’t necessarily bark a lot, some find the breeds’ baying (or howling) sound very irritating.
Training Requirements:
Beagles independent spirit makes the breed slightly more difficult to train. (They don’t often take home 1st place ribbons in obedience trials, if you know what we mean). Some behaviors you could be looking to modify are Beagles’ tendency to run off when they’re tracking an interesting smell and their howling/baying or barking.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Beagles aren’t known for their hereditary problems but there is a slight risk of intevertebral disc disease, heart disease, epilepsy, eye and back problems. * A responsible breeder can minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Training: These dogs are not the easiest to train and you may need a few classes beyond a basic puppy class.
Grooming: Home grooming is generally sufficient.
Grooming Requirements:
Beagles need weekly brushing to keep the hair clean and to help with unwanted shedding around the house. Baths can dry out their skin so – good news – you’ll only need to bathe them a few times a year.
Kid Compatibility:
Beagles are a great family dog. They’re gentle, tolerant and excellent with children.
Longevity:
13 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
While Beagles enjoy the company of other dogs, you should think twice about leaving them alone with non-canine pets.
Friendliness Towards People:
This sweet, loving family dog is extremely social and affectionate. They don’t like to be left alone and can be prone to separation anxiety.
BE PREPARED FOR: A loyal and loving family member who doesn’t always comply with your demands and may make bothersome noises — just like a human child.


Links and resources:
Clubs
National Beagle Club of America
Rescues
Adopt-a-Beagle
Videos
Beagle on Letterman




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