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AKC Height:

13-15 inches or under

AKC Weight:

20-30 pounds


Any true hound color.

Life Expectancy:

10-15 years


Hound Group

Beagle: The Friendly and Curious Explorer

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the Beagle, a breed adored for its friendly disposition and keen sense of smell. This page provides an in-depth look at the Beagle, a small to medium-sized hound that is both a delightful companion and a skilled scent tracker.


AKC Height: 13-15 inches or under

AKC Weight: 20-30 pounds

Colors: Any true hound color.

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Group: Hound Group

Physical Characteristics

  • Compact and Hardy Build: Beagles are well-proportioned dogs, known for their sturdy and muscular build, suitable for stamina and agility.
  • Expressive Appearance: They possess a short, weather-resistant coat, typically in tri-color or bi-color with combinations of white, black, and brown.

Temperament and Personality Beagles are renowned for their good-natured and amiable personality. They are curious, making them excellent explorers and scent hounds. Their friendly nature makes them wonderful family pets, and they generally get along well with other dogs and children.

Training and Exercise Needs

  • Training: Beagles are intelligent but can be stubborn, so patient and consistent training is necessary. Positive reinforcement methods work best.
  • Exercise: They require regular physical activity to keep them healthy and content. Activities like long walks, play sessions, and scent games are ideal.
  • Mental Stimulation: Their keen sense of smell means they enjoy activities like tracking and scent work, which also provide mental enrichment.

Health and Nutrition

  • Diet: A balanced diet appropriate for their size and energy level is essential. It’s important to monitor their food intake as they are prone to weight gain.
  • Common Health Issues: Beagles are generally healthy but can have breed-specific issues such as ear infections and hip dysplasia. Regular veterinary care is crucial.

Grooming and Care

  • Coat Care: Their short coat is easy to maintain, requiring regular brushing to control shedding.
  • Ear Care: Regular ear cleaning is important due to their long ears, which can trap moisture and debris.

Living with a Beagle

  • Family Life: Beagles are excellent with families, known for their gentleness and playfulness.
  • Adaptability: They adapt well to various living situations, including apartments and homes with yards.
  • Companionship: Beagles are sociable dogs that thrive on human companionship and interaction.

Responsible Ownership and Adoption

  • Selecting a Breeder: Choose breeders who prioritize health and temperament and provide health clearances.
  • Adoption: Considering adoption from shelters or breed-specific rescues is a great way to provide a loving home to a Beagle.

Conclusion The Beagle, with its charming demeanor and keen intelligence, is an excellent choice for those seeking an active and affectionate dog. Their adaptability and friendly nature make them a beloved member of many households.


Beagles need a moderate-sized yard with room to run and play. They love to chase, so a securely fenced yard is important. Beagles should be kept on a leash when outside. They like to play, and they become bored if left alone. Weekly brushing is enough to control moderate shedding.


Beagles are active, energetic dogs. With early socialization, they make great family dogs and get along well with other larger pets.

Beagle Housebreaking

Housebreaking the Beagle requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful.

Puppy Housebreaking     Adult Marking & Retraining

Find a Puppy: Beagle

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.


The Beagle should only be fed high-quality dog food targeted toward the dog’s age, whether puppy, adult, or senior. Avoid cooked bones and food with high fat content. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog’s weight.


The Beagle is extremely eager to please their owners. At the very least, these dogs can benefit from learning basic commands, like sit, come, and stay. Because this breed is highly intelligent and easily bored, it is important to give them multiple challenging toys to keep this breed occupied.


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