Beagle Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

Beagle Dog

Beagle Dog

AKC Group: Hound Group

Today, the Beagle dog is in demand not only as a trainable family pet, but as a sniffer dog. The authorities use them regularly as effective detection dogs for narcotics and other contraband. It is a versatile breed which learns quickly and as such can be trained in many skills.


The Beagle is originally from England though the name is derived from the French word "beguile" meaning open throat. This probably is because of its scenting and barking prowess. They were, in fact, prized as scent hounds. The Beagle is said to be a cross between the Harrier and other hounds of old England and raised to hunt hare, pheasant and quail. Its link to the other blood hounds may help explain its great scenting ability.

Physical Features

The Beagle, with its pleading expression, is easy to fall in love with and an easy to care for dog. It is a small, sturdy, squarely built hound and a hardy breed. It stands approximately 14-16 inches tall and weighs about 22-25 pounds. Its medium length coat comes in many colors. It can be a tri color, black/tan, white/black or red/white. Often it displays different colored spots on the coat called ticking. Their nose is black and its flared nostrils make for good scenting. The ears are long, wide and pendant shaped. Its innocent looking eyes are brown and hazel. The tail on its strong body is carried high and straight; it is not curled over the body.


The Beagle is an energetic dog for which the learning of socialization skills and an early age is very important. Also, use the opportunities for playing, exercising and even grooming as opportunities to bond with the pet. It will be an excellent family friend. The Beagle is a very affectionate pet. It loves all. Playful; it loves to play doggy games. They are gentle to anyone who gives them affection.

Common Health Problems

They are prone to hip dysplasia and Acondroplasia (a degenerative disease where front legs can become warped.) They also suffer from back problems, epilepsy and heart disease.

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