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facts about BeaglesThe Beagle is in the AKC Hunting group.

Beagles used for hunting in the U.S. most often chase after wild rabbit.

Unfortunately, they are the most used purebred dog used by the FDA for testing of food coloring and other food additives.

The average life span of a Beagle is 13 years.

Beagle litter sizes range enormously, from 1 to 10 puppies, with 6 being the average.

This is the 4th most registered breed in the United States.

Stats

86% of owners say that their Beagle snores, it is the #1 reported behavior of this breed.

57% of owners report that their Beagle is possessive of certain favorite toys.

The trick that this breed does best? 52% of owners say it is retrieving an object on command.

46% say that they allow their Beagle to regularity sleep in their bed at night.


Beagle puppy factsColor and Appearance

There are 2 size variations of this dog breed, both determined by the height of the should blades: 13 inches and 15 inches.  There is no other difference in appearance aside from this.

Beagles are multi-colored dogs, with 2, 3 and even sometimes 4 colors of: tan, lemon, red, and white.

There is no recognized breed known as the Pocket Beagle. They did exist, but this was long ago and they are now extinct.  Today, this is simply a marketing term created to try and lure in potential buyers into believing that there is a separate, smaller breed.

Famous for their long ears, many people do not know the Beagle fact that the ears actually help them hold scents in close to their nose.

An adult can quickly become overweight if not exercised on a regular basis.



Behavior and Temperament


They are happy, friendly dogs who make great family pets.

Their hunting instincts causes them to want to chase after small creatures and therefore they will most often not do well in households with hamsters, bunnies, etc.

Even though they will go after small pets, most actually get along very well with mature cats.

BeaglesThey are known for their famous howl, as opposed to barking….It is their way to try and signal others to join them, as they have an instinct to be in a pack of dogs.  They may also howl if they pick up a strange scent and if they detect a stranger approaching the home.

If let outside, they can pick up a scent and follow it for as long as allowed…Therefore, it is highly recommended to never allow your pet outside unattended.  Better is to allow them to run and play in a safe enclosed area.

They are energetic and will enjoy a long, brisk walk…daily if possible.

They usually enjoy being around other dogs.

While most think of Pugs or other flat faced dogs as having the issue, it is a Beagle fact that many snore. 

A good majority of them twitch in their sleep, this is normal and is most often due to deep REM sleeping.

Since they have an independence streak, it is best to begin both command and house training early.

Because of their incredible nose, they often can and do pick up the scent of food that is in the trash…and for this reason, trash should be kept out of reach.

The best way to train a Beagle is by rewarding them for good behavior and being consistent in this training until they master all that is expected.
 

Grooming

Facts about Beagle dogThe coat is made up of short hairs and shedding is minimal.

Female Beagles will shed after each heat and after having puppies.

Males will only have 1 noticeable heavy shed one time per year.

They have a double coat, which means there are 2 layers… an undercoat that is soft and an outer coat that is coarser.

Grooming is rather easy, as they just need a quick brushing about every other day…and tangled hairs will not be a problem.
 
Brushing is best done with a medium bristle brush, used with long strokes.

Baths should be given every 2-3 weeks unless the dog gets very dirty….Giving baths too often can dry out the dog’s skin and cause itching problems.

Only canine shampoo should be used, as many are allergic to human products.

Dental care is important.   Tooth brushings should begin at home when the Beagle is a puppy….One should use only canine toothpaste.  Good dental hygiene will ensure a healthier adult dog. 


In The News

A Beagle in Orlando Florida, named Belle, saved her owner's life when the man suffered a seizure and collapsed. She was trained to bite onto onto the number 9 of his cell phone (set up to speed dial 911) in case of an emergency and she did just that.  This smart and amazing Beagle was the first canine to receive the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who saves a life by using a cell phone.

                        

                        

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