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Beagle Dog: Characteristics, Price, Traits, Adoption and More

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Beagle Dogs known as ‘pocket dogs’ because the dogs stood less than 10 inches tall and could be easily carried in a pocket. But today beagles are considered funny pet dogs with strong hunting instincts. 

These petite puppies were used in many airports and security services as they are known for their ability to smell and sniff. Their cute and pleading look makes travellers less terrified when they come up to them. Well, who would say no to ‘Snoopy the Beagle’!

Type of Dog

Hound 

colour Variants 

Tri-colour, white and tan, chocolate tricolour, white and chocolate, orange and white 

Height 

Male- 36-41 cm, female- 33-38cm

Weight 

Male- 10-11kg, female- 9-10kg

Temperament 

Gentle, loving, amiable, intelligent, even-tempered

Lifespan 

12-15 years

Price 

Rs. 15000- 28000

Physical traits of Beagle 

  • According to The American Kennel Club, there are two varieties of Beagle i.e., 13-inch variety and 15-inch variety. 
  • The 13-inch variety will be less than 13-inches in height at the shoulder. 
  • The 15-inch variety will stand 13-inches to 15-inches at the shoulder. 
  • They have short, water-resistant coats with a moderate to high rate of shedding. 
  • Beagles are small, affectionate dogs with dark brown or hazel soft pleading eyes.

Pet Grooming 

  • Beagle’s coat doesn’t pick up much debris, so frequent bathing is not needed. Once a month bathing is recommended depending on the dirt on the body. 
  • They need a lot of exercises and activities including sniffing and digging. 
  • They are prone to ear infections hence keep the ears clean. 
  • Trimming nails twice a month is also recommended.
  •  Beagles are fearless folks, leash training and socialization is highly recommended. 

Daily Care  

  • They tend to shed; brushing once a day is recommended. 
  • They are prone to oral diseases; it is suggested to brush their teeth daily. 
  • Beagles are highly enthusiastic dogs with a lot of energy hence daily walks and exercises are mandatory no matter what. 
  • 1-2 hours of outdoor activity is compulsory for a beagle even though they may look lazy and tired. Otherwise, they can be mischievous. 
  • Watch your dog’s daily intake, do not over-feed them. 

What to Eat 

Beagles tend to eat a lot. Their pleading eyes could distract you from not over-feeding them. Be careful! You should provide them two meals a day of up to ¾ cup of dry dog food per meal. Increase the intake depending on the age, physical activity and size of the dog.  They have a notorious ability to detect, raid, and eat anything they get. 

Try to keep away human food from them. It is advisable to stick to high-quality dog food. Due to their omnivorous appetites, you are suggested to watch their food intake and weight carefully. They tend to be obese so fast and it shortens their lifespan. Do not let them drink chlorinated/tap water. Try not to feed them raw or uncooked meat as they might cause bacterial or fungal infections. 

Recommended Food Products for Beagles  

Beagle Food Products 

Age Group 

Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Dry Food  ( Smoked Salmon) 

puppies

Pedigree Chicken And Milk Puppy Dog Food

puppies

Arden Grange Adult Dog Food 

Sensitive adult dogs

Drools Chicken And Egg Adult Dog Food

Adults 

Farmina N&D Ancestral Low Grain Chicken And Pomegranate Dog Food

puppies

Drools Puppy Starter Food 

Weaning puppies 

Fidele Puppy Small And Medium Breed Puppy Dog Food 

For growing puppies 

Vet Consultation 

Beagles are generally considered a healthy breed. However, they can possess some health conditions primarily due to genetics. Not all beagles will be affected by these diseases, but it would be helpful if you are aware of the potential conditions.  

  • Beagles are especially vulnerable to a breed-specific condition called Musladin-Lueke Syndrome (MLS). This causes serious abnormalities in the body and leads to an early death. 
  • Small size, thick and stiff skin, reduced joint mobility, broadened skull with wide-set, distorted eyes, abnormal tip-toe walk etc are some of the common signs of the MLS.
  • Beagle pain syndrome is another condition that occurs in Beagles, it is a form of meningitis caused by the inflammation of blood vessels called Polyarteritis.  It mainly affects beagle puppies 5-10 months old and causes fever, depression and severe neck pain. 
  • Some beagles can develop a liver condition called Copper Hepatopathy that causes a toxic level of copper to build up in the liver, leading to failure and gradual death. 
  • Beagles are also prone to heart diseases. Heart murmurs and abnormal heart rhythms are the symptoms of the diseases. 
  • Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s) is another condition that might occur in beagles. It is the malfunction of the adrenalin gland leading them to produce too many steroid hormones. Drinking and urinating more than normal, thin skin, potbelly, increased appetite, and hair loss are the common symptoms of the disease. 
  • Epilepsy– a neurological condition that causes seizures. 
  • Hypothyroidism– a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce sufficient thyroid hormones. 
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease– a disorder of discs in which the discs between vertebrae bulge and press on nerves. 
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – A condition that causes bilateral degeneration of the retina.  

Vaccination 

While your puppy is nursing, their mother’s milk itself can prevent them from diseases and provide them with sufficient antibodies. In such cases, the first dose of the 7-in-1 vaccine should be taken when the puppy is 6-8 weeks old. If the puppy is not provided with the mother’s milk it is suggested to take the vaccination as soon as possible. 

The 7-in-1 vaccine protects your puppy from diseases like Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Corona Viral Enteritis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. The booster dose of the vaccine should be given 3 weeks after the first dose and annual re-vaccination is recommended. 

The first dose of the anti-rabies vaccine should be given when the puppy is three months old and the booster dose should be given annually.  

How to raise a Beagle 

  • Beagles are caring, lovely, intelligent dogs that need a lot of activities and attention
  • They are called ‘a nose with four legs’ because of their ability to sniff and affinity for smells. 
  • Their brain is ruled by their nose thus if they are getting an interesting smell the chances of chasing it and running behind people are relatively high. You should be very careful when you take them out for a walk. 
  • They are extremely difficult to train and command; for a beagle, it will take years to train them properly. 
  • They bark a lot. Take their bark into consideration. They bark when they are bored, hungry, sniffing something exciting, getting some interesting scent, or if they have separation anxiety. 
  • They need human companions or other pet companions to spend the day with. They tend to be anxious when they are left alone. 

Living in Apartments  

  • Beagles bark a lot, this might create nuisance for neighbours. 
  • They are extremely difficult to train and they tend to housebreak frequently. 
  •  They are amiable dogs that love kids and other pets, but just like any other pet, there could be exceptions. 
  • Their barking could frighten kids and they sometimes knock over small kids because of their over-enthusiasm. 
  • They take their snacks very seriously so it is suggested to not tease them when they are eating. 
  • Never forget their daily walks and exercises. They need to shred their energy or they become destructive.  

Living in Homes

  • Beagles are escape artists; they tend to escape from home/yard frequently. Fence the yard properly. 
  • They love digging and sniffing hence it would be great if you have a large backyard so that they can amuse themselves. 
  • They can never be guard dogs though they bark excessively. They are less likely to attack people. 
  • When you leave them alone in the backyard they tend to run off if they get any interesting smell; nothing else matters when there is an interesting smell to follow. 

Travel with Beagle 

  • They love to travel with you; be careful as they tend to run off quickly 
  • Check the instructions before booking the stay; make sure that your stay is pet-friendly. 
  • Run your puppy before they travel so that they will fall asleep soon. 
  • Crate train the puppy even before you travel. 
  • Use a harness instead of a collar and try buying a pet-friendly car seat, attach the seat belt to the buckle. 
  • Do not forget to microchip or tag them. 
  • Make sure to consult a veterinarian before the journey and collect all the necessary documents including a health certificate, vaccination certificate, and dog licence. 
  • Avoid feeding your pet a few hours before the journey. 
  • Hydrates them well and try not to feed them raw/uncooked food while the journey. 
  • Plan the regular bathroom breaks and a little walk in between the journey. 
  • Do not leave your pet alone in the car, they might run off or they could suffer an anxiety attack. 

Adopt your Pet, Do not buy

Adopting a puppy is a precious thing to do. Every stranded animal deserves a better life. Imagine you being the closest companion of a lovely pet and you both making a home together, isn’t it sweet! Adoption is the best way to get your companion home. The process of adoption is way simpler than you think. 

Things to Remember Before Bringing the Pet Home 

  • Every dog behaves differently, be sure about your needs and do research before deciding the breed. 
  • Living with a puppy is a long-term commitment, be prepared! 
  • Make your home/apartment/yard/garden puppy-proof. 
  • Always go for an authorised adoption center, do not encourage brokers or unauthorised dealers. 
  • You can also register your puppy in the Kennel Club of India (KCI). This will ensure the certification and breeding quality of the dog which will help in breeding and selling the puppies in the future. 

Kennel Club of India (Registration Link) – https://www.inkc.in/single-dog-registration/

The process of adoption in India

  • Search for the nearby shelter/rescue homes
  • Visit them several times and talk to them about your needs and concerns 
  • Ask the authorities about the history and medical records of the dog
  • Follow the official adoption process
  • Take your companion home

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