Breed Profile

Breed Overview

Nickname(s): English Beagle

Dog Group Kennel Club: Hound Group (Scenthound)

Breed Classification: Beagles were first bred to trail rabbits. Today it is still used for trailing rabbits, detection of illegal goods and products, and field trials. The breed’s small size and intelligence and temperament also make them popular pets.

Physical Description: Beagles are medium-sized dogs with wide and long pendant ears. Their bodies are sturdily built –solid as they are muscular. They have a square muzzle with wide nostrils and a small dome-shape skull. The breed is well-recognized for its tricolor coat (tan, black and white) however other Beagle colors are also accepted including orange and white, red and white, yellow and white.
Lifespan: 12-15 years

Litter size: 2-14 puppies (7 on average)

Bitch – Min 33 cm (13″) / Max 38cm (15″)
Dog – Min 33 cm (13 in) /Max 41 cm (16 in)

Bitch – Min 9kg (20 pounds)/ 10Kg (23 pounds)
Dog – Min 10kg (22 pounds) / 11 Kg (25 pounds)

Build: Medium

Aliments: Overbreeding of Beagles may result in higher occurrence of congenital diseases thus it is very important that routine health tests should be conducted by the dog breeder and have their dog certified by a veterinary specialist.

Common Aliments: Eye problems (including Cherry Eye and Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy), Chrondroplasia (Dwarfism), Epilepsy and seizures, back problems, mast cell tumors and Lymphoma, Hip dysplasia, cleft lip, Cryptorchidism , Hypothyroidism

Susceptibility to Illness: Low

Ownership Expenses

Food cost: £4.00 – £5.00 per week

Average puppy price: £500 – £800

Other: Beagles are sturdy little dogs and are fairly inexpensive to keep. Their short coats do not require professional grooming.


Energy Level: High

Daily exercise needed: 30 minutes to 1 hour minimum

Distress if left alone: High

Barking Tendency: High

Ease of transportation: Medium

Aggression level: Low

Compatibility for children: High

Suitable for children: High


Coat length: Short/Medium

Grooming requirement: Daily brushing

Colour: Beagles are commonly identified by their tricolour coat (tan, black and white) however other Beagle colours are also accepted including red, blue, lemon, bluetick and redtick, and fawn, tan and brown.

Shedding: High

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