If you have burning questions about the Beagle, look no further. Here are some frequently asked questions about these lovely looking hounds.
How much exercise do Beagles need?
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise as they were originally bred as hunting dogs. They can cover large distances if they are allowed to roam in the countryside and have a high level of stamina for their size. As a general rule, they will need at least an hour of exercise a day to keep trim and healthy.
Are Beagles good with children?
Yes, Beagles tend to have gentle personalities and are great with children. They are a good size for children, being medium sized, neither fragile nor physically overpowering.
How long do Beagles live for?
A Beagle can live for anywhere between 12 and 15 years, depending on how well he is cared for and whether he has healthy genes.
What health problems do Beagles suffer from?
Beagles can sometimes inherit health issues if they have been the victims of bad breeding practices. It’s so important to choose a breeder who is aware of these issues and has screened against them. These conditions include: cherry eye, epilepsy, allergies, hypothyroidism, and weight gain.
How easy is it to groom Beagles?
Beagles have short fur that sheds a medium amount when compared to other breeds. The good news is that the short hair is easy to look after and doesn’t tend to become matted or unmanageable. You’ll need to brush your Beagle every week or so to remove loose fur and debris. Bathing should only ever be done when necessary, for example if your Beagle rolls in mud or something worse and begins to smell bad.
What behavioural problems do Beagles suffer from?
Beagles are lovable and tend to have outgoing, sociable personalities. However, they can sometimes be stubborn and are free spirited by nature. So, you’ll need to be a firm and confident pack leader in order to have the best behaved Beagle. You will also need to be very careful letting your Beagle off the lead – he may just go off on a scent hunt of his own, without looking back! In addition, Beagles are notorious howlers, and will howl to get your attention in certain situations. Aside from these issues, you shouldn’t have too many problems with a Beagle that has come from a reputable breeder.