What My Adoption Bio Would Say:
I’ve got beauty, brains, and a cuddly side you can’t get enough of! I know I’m smart, and sometimes I get a little distracted, but I promise I’ll be your favorite companion. I like to be attached to my owner’s hip, so I’ll be your best buddy for sniffing adventures on a walk or a snuggly night on the couch.
Beagles were bred as hunting dogs who enjoy roaming and searching. Beagles love adventuring so if you love exploring, hiking, or being outside, this dog may be for you. Pay attention to young beagles and train them well; their curious nature can get them into areas of your home or garden that you don’t want them to sniff around in.⁵
As your beagle ages, they may become lazier and prefer cuddling on the couch. A beagle’s diet should be watched closely to ensure they don’t become obese, which can cause many health problems like hip displacement and diabetes.
The beagle can be extremely stubborn and easily distracted, making them difficult to train in comparison to other breeds. Throughout training, it’s necessary to be assertive, but positive to train them successfully.
The American Kennel Club recommends keeping beagles on leashes to avoid them running off to whatever scent their powerful nose takes them.⁶ To avoid losing your dog, train them well with commands such as “to me” or “leave it.”
To keep your beagle healthy, expect to spend a minimum of 60 minutes of vigorous activity each day. A fence is recommended to ensure your dog has a safe area to run around in. Ensure that the fence extends underground to avoid tunneling.⁵’⁷ Beagles benefit from mental engagement with their humans and plenty of running to keep their muscles strong. Consider training classes to learn the best way to keep your best friend at optimal health.
The beagle is very good with children and becomes extremely affectionate with their family. If properly exercised, they can prove to be real cuddle buddies.
Historically, beagles are great with other dogs. Their ancestors, a foxhound, hunted with larger dogs and men on horseback. Keep in mind that every individual dog is different but you should expect your beagle to adjust well with other pets in the home.
Barking and howling is the largest problem found with this breed. Beagles tend to whine, bark, or howl excessively if they’re bored or left alone too long. Be sure to exercise your beagle often to avoid this becoming a habit you can’t break.
The modern beagle hails from the United Kingdom. Originally bred for hunting hares and small game, beagles are scent hounds that quickly became favorites of nobility and royals alike because their compact size made hunting without a horse easier.
Beagles were brought to the U.S. in the 19th century to hunt game and assist on farm land. Today, they are prized show dogs and family pets. These dogs are extremely intelligent and may be stubborn, but training them is extremely rewarding.
There are different types of beagles that come in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes. Here are some of the most common beagle mixes you may find on your hunt for a new companion:
- Cheagle: Chihuahua and beagle mix
- Puggle: pug and beagle mix
- Poogle: poodle and beagle mix
- Bagel: basset hound and beagle mix
- Sheagle: German shepherd and beagle mix
- Labrador and beagle mix
- Corgi and beagle mix
Typically, beagles are healthy dogs compared to other breeds who experience a wide variety of genetic disorders. Beagles can live up to 15 years, so don’t fret: you may have your pup for a long time! They are hardy dogs who, with carefully monitored diets and exercise, can run, jump, and play well into their golden years.
Despite the beagle’s long life, things happen and there are conditions the breed may be prone to. Remember: dogs are individual, so one healthy beagle may not be as healthy as another. Here are some common issues you should look out for in beagles:
A dog is a friend for life and can get sick from time to time, just like us. Veterinary care can cost thousands of dollars a year for dogs, with millions of Americans unable to foot the bill.
Adding dog insurance to the financial tool box will ensure you can afford to keep your beagle healthy. MetLife’s Pet Insurance policies can include vaccinations, certain genetic conditions, and even prescription foods.¹’² Before you bring your new beagle home, don’t forget to ensure they’re set up for a healthy life.