How Much Activity Does a Beagle Need?
While most tend to see the hound as a lazy dog, envisioning old-time Plantation movies with lazy loafers lounging on the porch, the Beagle is anything but lazy and inactive. In fact, quite the opposite is true – a very active and enthusiastic individual, he will tirelessly play fetch, tug of war, and ‘hound’ the cat until there is no tomorrow. If not kept busy enough, he will even turn to your shoes or the furniture as a source of amusement – and that’s never a good thing.
It’s very important to remember that this particular breed has been bred, for centuries, to hunt down their quarry and chase after them as long as the prey will run. Even when not hunting, they are a very active, very high exercise individual. At the very least, the Beagle needs several long brisk walks a day or a chance to run off steam within a fenced-in area. Never, however, let your Beagle off the leash unless he’s in an enclosure and supervised – Beagles are notorious for “catching a scent” and running off, often ignoring cars and other dangers.
List of Beagle Rescues World Wide
Thinking of adopting a Beagle dog or puppy from a rescue organization? Our list of Beagle rescues can help you find the right rescue from which to adopt. Want to list your Beagle Rescue? Please submit a request here.
- Arizona Beagle Rescue– Non-profit organization. Includes breed information, volunteer and donation opportunities, success stories, news, events, and links.
- Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland, Inc.– Adoption standards, description of the adoption process, foster application, frequently asked questions, photographs of available dogs including those with urgent needs, and adoption application.
- Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare– Rescuing and re-homing dogs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia. Lists beagles for adoption, sponsoring, or fostering.
- Beagle Rescue, NSW– Affilliated with Beagle Club of NSW and offers rehoming for unwanted animals. Features breed information, details of available dogs, adoption forms and success stories. Australia.
- Beagles of New England States– A rescue group helping rehome dogs in need throughout New England. Breed information and pictures of dogs for adoption.
- Beagles rrrrrrr Us– Rescue in London, Ohio that rescues and places pre-owned beagles. Care tips, lost and found listings, pictures of available dogs, and an explanation of the adoption process.
- Bluebonnet Beagle Rescue of Texas– Breed information and listing of available dogs. Houston, Texas.
- Colorado Beagle Rescue– Photographs of dogs in need of homes, volunteer opportunities, breed information, and articles of interest.
- Houston Beagle and Hound Rescue– Online application, photographs of available dogs, reasons to adopt from a rescue, and success stories.
- Save Our Snoopies Beagle Rescue– Sheltering homeless or abandoned dogs and adopting them to loving homes in Tennessee and New Jersey. Pictures of available dogs, adoption application, and sponsorship opportunities.
- Seattle Beagle Rescue– Volunteer organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs and placing them in loving families. Photographs of dogs available for adoption, happy ending pictures, and statistics.
- Ziggy Beagle Rescue– Rescuing abused, abandoned, and relinquished beagles and carefully matching each one with the right home. Breed information, adoption details, and profiles with photographs of available dogs. Palm Bay, Florida.
Are Beagles Easy to Train?
If you are challenged with the task of training a Beagle, be ready to put your patience to the test. Fun-loving and stubborn as a bull, most Beagles simply can’t be bothered with learning tricks and such mundane tasks as lay down and roll over.
Lay down? Yeah-right! Only after he’s finished making the cat run for cover and making sure there isn’t a bird traipsing about in his back yard. If you want to train a Beagle, chances are it will all come down to a battle of wits.
In order to train one of these rebels, you will want to use a technique known as “positive reinforcement.” This means that, rather than scolding your dog when he does something you don’t like, you simply ignore him and, when he does something that you want, you reward him with a treat and lots of excitement, happiness, and praise.
Making a big production of the desired behavior encourages your Beagle to continue doing this action in hopes of getting more goodies and attention.
Additional Resources on Beagle Training
Available Book Titles on Training Your Beagle
Are Beagles a Healthy Breed of Dog?
Beagles in general, are a very healthy and long lived breed of dog. However, like all purebred dog breeds, they can be prone to certain hereditary health problems. That is why choosing a responsible Beagle breeder from which to purchase your puppy is very important. Responsible Beagle breeders will be well educated about the breed and carefully screen their breeding dogs for disorders that can affect these dogs.
Some health issues that may affect the Beagle include, but are not limited to:
- Patellar luxation
- Intervertebral disc disease
Further Reading about Beagle Health Issues:
What Kind of Temperament and Personality Does a Beagle Have?
The Beagle dog is a popular dog breed with a tendency to be loving and good-natured if given proper training and socialization. If you have kids, you may be considering adding a Beagle to your family.
Is the Beagle a child friendly dog?
Although Beagles love interacting with children and are quite playful and tolerant of the antics of a child, caution may be in order if you have children younger than age six. In order for a Beagle dog to interact safely with a small child, he needs to understand that the child ranks above him in the pack hierarchy.
This is sometimes difficult to reinforce in the case of a young child since they are of such small stature, the Beagle may continually challenge them for pack position. The normally child friendly Beagle may exert signs of dominance and even aggression if left alone with a small child they consider small and non-threatening.
The normally gregarious, affectionate Beagle may become a less child friendly dog when it comes to the issue of food. Beagles love food and have a very advanced sense of smell due to their scent tracking skills.
If a small child whom a Beagle considers to be non-threatening playfully reaches for his food, the dog may respond with aggressive action such as biting which could cause serious injury to a small child.
Once a child reaches the age of seven or eight, a Beagle can be an excellent pet. Energetic and curious, a Beagle is the ideal dog to form a strong bond with an active and inquisitive child. Once the pack hierarchy is established and the child is deemed to be a higher up pack member, Beagles can be a remarkably child friendly dog who is both gentle and tolerant.
It’s important that the child be taught how to respect the Beagle dog and not pull at his ears or aggravate him repeatedly as Beagles will sometimes snap as a protective mechanism if he feels threatened.
Many of the problems associated with the interaction between children and Beagles can be solved by early training and by exposing the dog to children at a young age.
Children should also be taught to interact effectively with the Beagle. In addition to being taught not to taunt the Beagle with food, they should learn to keep doors and fence gates closed as Beagles are natural wanderers and can quickly escape if they detect a scent worth tracking.
By undertaking early training and adopting a Beagle only after the children reach a certain age, the happy-go-lucky, good-natured Beagle can be a very child friendly dog and a real asset to the family.
What Does a Beagle Look Like?
One of the most distinctive breeds of dog in the world, the Beagle appears to best resemble a miniature Foxhound, though he is a solid and sturdily built dog for his short height. Shown in two classes, 13-15 inches and the 13 inches and under divisions, he is still a very big and powerful dog for his little size.
Possessing an incredible amount of stamina and speed, he is more than capable of driving his quarry to the trees, the ground, or to the death if need be.
Beagle Coat Colors
Beagles come in all the regular hound colors, which means they can be black and tan, black tan and blue tick, black tan and white, black tan and redtick, blue tan and white, tan and white, black red and white, brown and white, red and white, lemon and white, black and white, black, black fawn and white, blue, blue and white, lemon, brown, red, tan, or even white.
In addition to this diverse color variety, they can also be ticked, spotted, or can have black, brown, tan, or white markings. In a nutshell, the Beagle can come in just about any color and style you can imagine.
The History and Origins of Beagles
Like so many other dogs, the history of the Beagle has been obscured by the hands of time, leaving many to speculate and guess as to the origins of this magnificent canine. Records of keen sight and scent hounds have been found to predate even the Roman Empire and it is believed that the wonderful little Beagle may have dated as far back or, at the very least, is descended from these noble dogs.
Finding a Reputable Beagle Breeder Near You
Find a reputable local puppy breeder on our Beagle Dog Breeder Directory.
Choosing the right Beagle breeder is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your quest for the perfect Beagle puppy. There are many dog breeders out there – some are highly responsible – others not so much.
We recommend the following criteria be used when choosing a responsible Beagle breeder:
- Breeding only health screened, AKC registered parents, or health screened generational Cockapoos with AKC registered, health screened lineage.
- Breeds for health and temperament.
- Is knowledgeable and truthful about their dogs and puppies, and does not make exaggerated claims as to the non-shedding or hypoallergenic traits of the breed.
- Offers advice and assistance with housetraining, puppy care, nutrition, etc.
- Places puppies only with carefully screened owners with a good potential for providing a loving, forever home.
- Puts the welfare of her dogs and puppies before profit.
- Is committed to her dogs and puppies for life, and will provide advice and support after you take your puppy home.
- Can provide you with plenty of references from past puppy buyers, veterinary references, etc.
Beagle Dog Breeders List
- Amante Beagles– Kennel information, show news, and photographs. Texas.
- AWOL Beagles– Kennel information and litter announcements. San Diego, California.
- Beagles Of Caulderwood Beagles– Photographs, kennel overview, and links. Tennessee.
- Chain Gang Kennels Beagles– Hunting and field trial dogs. News, photographs, litter announcements, and links. Rockwall, Texas.
- Copper Rose Beagles– Pictures and descriptions of their dogs, breeding plans, and an overview of the breeder. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Dismal Creek Beagles– Pictures, pedigrees, and litter announcements. Casa Grande, Arizona.
- DJs Wolverine Beagles– Information on hunting and litter announcements. Missouri.
- Double Trouble Beagles– Offers an overview of the kennel with photographs. Southeastern Minnesota.
- FoxTail Beagles– Information about the breed, show results, breeding plans, photographs, and links. Mukilteo, Washington.
- Goff’s Temple-Hill Beagles– Producing hunting dogs in Bude, Mississippi. Pictures, pedigrees, and kennel goals.
- In Motion Beagles– Tips on kennel set up, how to go about buying a puppy or adult dog, links, and photographs of the hounds in the field. Indiana.
- Irish Coffey Beagles– Breed and kennel information, photographs, and stories about their dogs. Texas.
- Laneline Beagles– Raises dogs for hunting. Contains history, photos, pedigrees, and links.
- Lokavi Beagles– Kennel information with show pictures. Hialeah, Florida.
- Miller Outdoors Beagles– Photographs and descriptions of their hunting dogs as well as litter announcements. Rochester, New Hampshire.
- New Jersey Beagles– Breeder message, litter announcements, and contracts.
- Pine Crest Beagles– Producing dogs for the hunt, field trials, or companions. Kennel information with photographs. Fort Edward, New York.
- Rising Moon Kennel Beagles– Breeding hunting dogs. Photographs, pedigrees, and links. Ravenna, Ohio.
- River Bottom Beagles– Producing dogs for pets and show. Pictures of their kennel, photograph gallery, and news. Litchfield, Minnesota.
- Roserun Beagles– News, champions list, photographs, litter announcements, and information on dogs for sale. Potosi, Wisconsin.
- Roylcrest Beagles– Features kennel history, show results and photos. Colbert, Washington.
- Starbuck Torbay Beagles– Show news, photographs, and pedigrees. Brush Prairie, Washington.
- Strongbow Beagles– Breeding for the dual-purpose dog. Photographs, pedigrees, stories, and show news.
- Tesoros Beagles– Kennel information with show pictures. Glen Rose, Texas.
- TwainHeart Beagles– Raising dogs for the home and the show ring. Kennel history and photographs. Washington.
- Willwood Beagles– Kennel information with show pictures. Texas.
- Windkist Beagles– Breeding for conformation, temperament, and health. Photographs, pedigrees, and show results. Ogden, Utah.