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Beagle

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #52015: #52014: #5
Name Beagle
Other names English Beagle
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Hound (AKC:1885)Scenthound (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament FriendlyGentleIndependentIntelligentLivelyLovingSweet
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Weight Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg)Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg)
Colors Black and TanTricolorRedWhite
Litter Size 2-14 puppies, average 7
Puppy Price Average $500 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsMedium Adaptability: It is well-suited for apartment living and is best with a small to average-size yard. This breed is able to handle most types of hot and cold weather.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsEnergetic and possessing great stamina, the Beagle needs plenty of exercise, including a brisk daily walk. It should have a fenced yard of reasonable size to romp in. Always use a lead when walking this breed or you will be running the risk of it disappearing in search of wild game.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Beagles are easy-care dogs who don’t need a lot of fancy grooming. Trim his nails regularly, usually every couple of weeks. They should never be so long that you hear them clicking on the floor.
Health Issues 3 starsSome health issues include hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism, among others. Some Beagles may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of them are healthy dogs.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #72. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 4 stars
Trainability 2 starsThough at heart they are independent hunting dogs, Beagles are very suitable pets for the home. They are stubborn by nature and learn best from obedience classes. Beagles are eager to please and behave well once trained, aside from the occasional mischief.
Watchdog Ability 1 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Molly
02 Jack Daisy
03 Charlie Luna
04 Toby Molly
05 Buddy Zoey
06 Tucker Sadie
07 Cooper Gracie
08 Bentley Stella
09 Jack Katie
10 Milo Coco
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Overview

The beagle should look like a miniature foxhound, solid for its size. The beagle's moderate size enables it to be followed on foot. It can also be carried to the hunt, and once there, can scurry around in thick underbrush. Its close hard coat protects it from underbrush. Its moderate build enables it to nimbly traverse rough terrain. The beagle's amiable personality allows it to get along with other dogs and to be a successful pack hunter. The beagle is noted for its melodious bay, which helps hunters locate it from a distance.

One of the most amiable hounds, the beagle was bred as a pack hunter and needs companionship, whether human or canine. It loves to explore the outdoors and is an enthusiastic trailer. Given adequate exercise, it is a calm, tractable house pet. It is an excellent child's dog, gentle, incredibly tolerant and always ready to join in a game or an adventure. It is an independent breed, however, and may run off if a trail beckons. It barks and howls.

History
The first Beagles date back to the 1500s. English hunters would take packs of these dogs out on the hunt tracking rabbits, hare, pheasant, quail and other small animals. The breed probably originated as a cross between the Harrier and other types of English hounds. The dogs have since become one of the most popular breeds in the USA. The breed can hunt alone, in pairs or in packs. The name "Beagle" may have come from the French term "be’geule" which means “gape throat,” referring to the dogs baying voice. The name may also have come from the dog's size, stemming from the French word “beigh,” the Old English word “begele,” or perhaps the Celtic word “beag,” which all mean "small." He has also served as an excellent narcotics detection dog and makes a fine family companion. They were first recognized by the AKC in 1885.