About the Beagle
The beagle is a breed of small scent hound that was developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). Possessing a great sense of smell and superior tracking instincts, the beagle is the primary breed used as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. The beagle is intelligent. It is a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and lack of inherited health problems.
The Beagle’s happy, affectionate nature and robust character make them an ideal family pet. They are extremely intelligent and keen to please. Their hunting heritage gives them the quality of persistence and the ability to work things out for themselves. Their rather ‘happy go lucky’ outlook makes them great companions for all the family both human and animal alike. Beagles require regular exercise and do not do well being left alone for long periods.
They are active and energetic, daily exercise is required to keep them happy and healthy. Daily outdoor exercise is a must for this little hound with incredible stamina. True scent hounds, Beagles will inevitably follow their noses if an inviting odor leads them away so they should be kept in securely enclosed areas or exercised on lead for safety’s sake.
Some beagles can be challenging to train, but it certainly can be done. To have a well-trained dog like any breed you need regular consistent training. Beagles often work well for treats. Beagles can do well in all different types of events. A Beagle’s intelligence and energy makes it a natural in the show ring. Agility they can run, jump and crawl with the best of them.
For field trialing and conformation shows, Beagles are divided into two classes – 13 in (33 cm) and under, or over 13 in (33 cm) but under 15 in (38 cm).
The Beagle wears a close, hard hound coat of medium length.
Any true hound color or combination of colors is acceptable.
A weekly rubdown with a hound mitt or a stripping knife will help reduce shedding. Nails need to be trimmed monthly.