Beagles are adorable and very fun dogs to own but they can be on the energetic side. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into before you make your final decision on what breed you will be taking home with you.
This guide is a great place to start. It’s got all the basic information you need to know about Beagles including their physical traits, personality, health issues, and the basic guidelines for proper care.
The beagle is a medium dog on the smaller side of the spectrum. It will weigh a maximum of 30 pounds but it could be as low as 18 and still be a healthy weight. It’ll grow to be right around 1 foot tall.
Their coat is short and glossy and there is quite a bit of possible variation in coloring. But the most typical that is usually what we think of when we picture a beagle is the tricolor where the back is black, the legs, belly, and chest are white, and there is some tan coloring around the head and face as well as bordering the black fur on the back.
You’ll notice they almost always have a white tip on the end of their tail. This was bread into them so that hunters could easily spot them when hunting in tall grasses.
Beagles are a mixed bag. On the one hand, they are very sweet, gentle and playful. But they also have a passion for doing exactly what you told them they can’t do. Training is extremely difficult because beagles are very willful and will likely only be obedient temporarily to get the reward before returning to their mischievous ways.
For those who like a challenge and want a high energy dog, the reward is worth it. They like to entertain and they’re very loyal. You’ll grow to love your beagle even with his naughty side.
There are some health issues that you should be aware of and, when possible, try to prevent but for the most part, beagles are quite a healthy breed:
Follow these basic guidelines to properly care for your beagle:
During training, focus on positive reinforcement. Beagles tend to just switch off and ignore you when you try to punish or scold them so negative reinforcement is not very effective. It will just end up training your beagle to tune you out.
On the other hand, they will very much enjoy doing something if they are getting a reward for it. However, making the transition into getting them to do the trick on command even without a trick is going to be an uphill battle.
For those interested in a laidback, highly obedient dog, you are better off checking out another breed. The beagle may be a bit too much for your taste. If you’re the kind of person who appreciates a wild and playful personality, the beagle is the absolute perfect dog for you.
They are very playful so they will get along with children easily. However, we recommend monitoring playtime with younger children since the beagle can get pretty rambunctious.