The Beagle belongs to the small to medium-sized dog breeds. Usually it grows between 32 and 40cm tall and weighs around 10-18kg. Thus, it is very robust and compact. The chest is deep and the back is straight. The moderately long tail is carried high.

Important to know

The Beagle is not only an intelligent and determined hunting dog, but also an affectionate and cuddly family dog. If you are patient in training, and like to exercise, then you have gained a friend for life with the Beagle.

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Body & Appearance


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This is the beagle


Although the beagle has short legs, they are still very strong. As a result, it is exceptionally fast and has high endurance. As a hunting dog, the Beagle also has not only a strong hunting instinct, but also a good sense of smell and impressive hearing.

The skull of the Beagle is slightly domed and deep set. Characteristic of the breed are the long rounded floppy ears. As well as the faithful dog look from the gentle deep dark brown eyes.

The coat of the Beagle is short, smooth and dense. The coat color is mostly black, brown and white. However, there are also bicolored beagles, which lack the black color and the brown thus appears rather red and goes into the lemon color.

When breeding, care must also be taken to ensure that the tip of the tail, according to breed standard, is always white.


The Beagle is a very self-confident dog breed. He knows exactly what he wants. Especially when he is pursuing his vocation – hunting – it can be difficult to call back the stubborn one, as he is very determined and persistent when it comes to achieving his goal.

Even though the Beagle may look innocent, he is very stubborn. For this reason, he needs consistent education from puppyhood. However, when raising them, you should keep in mind that another personality trait of the Beagle is that they are very greedy . But this can also facilitate the training of the beagle later.

With all its self-confidence, the Beagle is nevertheless also a sociable and affectionate dog. On small and large conspecifics as well as people he reacts, after initial restraint, usually with joy and curiosity. In addition, it has a great adaptability.

In the pack, however, it is important that clear structures prevail for the Beagle, in which he has his fixed place. Otherwise, he may want to become a pack leader himself.

In addition, the beagle is a vigilant dog. He barks loudly at unknown noises to alert the pack of danger. Nevertheless, the Beagle is too friendly for a guard dog and he would be easily bribed by burglars with a treat.


Since Beagles are intelligent animals that have a headstrong and stubborn character, consistent training is one of the most important things if you want to keep a Beagle.

Above all, recall training is important so that you can let your Beagle off the leash when you go for a walk. Because of his greediness, it is also important that you do anti-poison bait training with your four-legged friend. Otherwise, the walk can quickly become dangerous.

Even if you want to train your Beagle consistently, never forget a gentle tone with your four-legged friend, because especially Beagles are very sensitive animals.

The beagle is and remains a hunting dog. For this reason, he wants to be challenged both mentally and physically . If you are not going to hunt with him, you should find alternative ways to occupy him. In addition to long walks, dog sports such as agility or dog dancing are also suitable for this purpose.

Since the beagle is not only a hunting dog, but also a family dog, he feels comfortable both in the countryside and in a city apartment. However, if you live in a house with a garden, be sure to pay attention to the height of the fence or hedge, as Beagles are true escape kings.

Also, the beagle is not good at staying alone. He is very social and a pack animal. Therefore, he wants you to pay a lot of attention to him.

Nutrition and care

Since the Beagle is very voracious, you should pay attention to an adapted amount of energy in the food already in puppy age. In addition, you can train feeding habits to avoid obesity. Even if you train the Beagle to do this, you should still never leave food unattended within a Beagle’s reach.

When choosing food, make sure it contains all the essential nutrients your four-legged friend needs for a healthy life. While puppies are still fed three to four times a day, an adult beagle should be fed twice a day.

Although the beagle has short fur, it does shed quite a bit. Therefore, you should brush it regularly. Likewise, the claws should be trimmed from time to time.

You should check the large floppy ears of your four-legged friend especially often, as they are quickly susceptible to inflammation due to their size.

Although the beagle is a robust dog breed, it is also susceptible to typical breed diseases. These include beagle pain syndrome, hound ataxia, Lafora disease, and various eye diseases. In addition, there are ear infections due to the size of the ears, but also overweight is common due to the insatiable appetite in the Beagle.


For centuries, the beagle has been bred as a hunting dog. Already in the 7th century monks in the Ardennes bred the St. Hubertus dog. This breed was then crossed with Greyhounds to increase strength and speed. This gave rise to the Northern Hounds, which was later known as the Talbot. In 1066, after conquering Britain, the Normans brought the Northern Hounds with them to England. There the Northern Hounds were crossed with the already in England established hunting dogs Southern Hounds. The aim was to combine the positive characteristics of both breeds. Thus, around 1400 , the hunting dog beagle was created, whose task is to pick up the scent of prey during the hunt and then flush them out or even rush them towards the hunter so that he can shoot them.

Since 1890, the dog breed has been officially recognized by the British Kennel Club.


The Beagle is not only an intelligent and determined hunting dog, but also an affectionate and cuddly family dog. If you are patient in training, and like to exercise, then you have gained a friend for life with the Beagle.