Beagles are very popular, especially in mainstream media. Charles Schultz featured them in his “Peanuts” cartoon, countless Disney movies have portrayed beagles, and the famous Inspector Gadget has a beagle named Brains in multiple cartoons and movies. The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks beagles as #6 out of its 197 registered breeds. Before running out to add a beagle to your family, take some time to learn more about them.
Some Basic Facts
- Varieties: there are two basic sizes, neither of which has a particular name.
- Height: First type: less than 13 inches tall; second type: 13 to 15 inches tall.
- Weight: First type: up to 18 pounds; second type: up to 30 pounds.
- Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years.
- Colors: Black, tan, or white.
- Patterns: Solid or “hound” mix.
Beagles were bred for rabbit hunting and need 20 to 40 minutes of exercise every day.
Also, beagles can bark or get into destructive behavior if they don’t get enough exercise or are left alone too often. However, they are not good guard dogs; usually they will bark when faced with an intruder and do nothing else.
Beagles are great with other pets and people, including children. Unfortunately, they are on the top of the list when it comes to breeds that bark too much. Also, they are notoriously difficult to housebreak and obedience train. So, this is not the dog for someone with little patience or free time.
Beagles also must be kept contained in a well-fenced yard and leashed at all times. Their hunting nature makes them prone to run away from even the happiest home.
Finally, beagles tend to gain weight quickly especially as they age. Keeping control of their diet is vital.
The Good News
Beagles don’t require much grooming because of their short coats; this also makes them better pets for people with allergies than other breeds. They have a happy, playful, and loyal nature that responds well to affection from their human companions. A well-cared for beagle will provide families with years of delightful companionship.
At Heron’s Crossing, we believe rescue pets make the best pets, but if your heart is set on a purebred, please choose a reputable breeder.