Dog Breed 101: Beagle

Written by Dr. Muqeet Mushtaq DVM, MS ABG (Animal Breeding and Genetics)


A cheerful, loving dog prefers the Beagle Company. If left alone, this breed can be extremely destructive and barking excessively.

Beagles are very friendly. Please do not rely on them to protect your home. They can bark, but they will do more if they encounter an intruder.


The Beagle has been around for hundreds of years and is one of the world's oldest and famous breeds. According to one historian, the written evidence about beagles was also found in the early 1400s.

Beagles originate/developed from excessive cross-breeding of hounds used in packs by pedestrians in England, Wales and France. The Beagle is famous for hunting rabbits, although the breed is also used for hunting animals such as wild boar and wild bear. Beagles are still used individually or in packs for hunting, but most beagles today are cute pets.


Some are 13 inches or less in length and weigh 18 pounds (eight kilograms). The other size group is 13 to 15 inches tall and weighs 20 pounds (nine kilograms).

Beagles are muscular, solid dogs with a slightly domed skull. Their face is somewhat square, and their nose is broad. Their ears are long and deceitful with a deep chest, straight back, and has a long tail, which usually remains erect.


Beagles are widely regarded as good with other pets and children. They are lovely dogs who love their parents and family. However, they prefer company, and if left alone, can cry and be devastating. According to a most veterinarians, beagles are also at the top of the list for excessive barking and may have difficulty on domestic breaks and obedience training.


Beagles are active, curious dogs. They love to walk and hunt. Care should be taken to stop them from pursuing when they are outdoors in the yard.

Beagles are also friendly little dogs. Please do not rely on them to protect your home. They can bark, but they are unlikely to do anything more than waving their tail if they encounter an intruder.

Their short coat required regular maintenance, and they occasionally need a bath. Beagles are prone to obesity so pet parents must watch their diet and feeding habit. They are very agile, and people also bred them for rabbit or hare hunting competition, especially in the USA.

Breed Characteristic

Weight Range:

  • Male: 18-30 lbs.
  • Female: 18-30 lbs.

Height at Withers:

  • Male: 15 in.
  • Female: 13 in.

Other Body Feature

Ears type:
  • Floppy (naturally)
Exercise Requirements:
  • 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level:
  • Average
Longevity Range:
  • 12-15
Tendencies to Drool:
  • Low 
Tendency to Snore:
  • Low
The tendency to Bark:
  • High
The tendency to Dig:
  • Low 
Social/Attention Needs:
  • High
Bred For:
  • Rabbit or hare hunting

Body Coat Characteristic

Coat Length:

  • Short
Coat type:
  • Flat
Coat Colors:
  • Any hound color with a brown tinge
Overall Grooming Needs:
  • Low

Club Recognition

AKC Classification:
  • Hound
UKC Classification:
  • Scent hounds
  • Common

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