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Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Beagle puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Beagle please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Beagle puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Beagle puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Beagle breed is also commonly known by the names English Beagle.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Hound Group

Height
Males 33 – 41 cm
Females 33 – 41 cm

Weight
Males 10 – 11 kg
Females 9 – 10 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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Medium (6/10)

Training

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Average (6/10)

Shedding

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Moderate (6/10)

Grooming

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Moderate (6/10)

Children

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Average (6/10)

Health

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Average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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Average (6/10)

Being Alone

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Short periods (2/10)

Intelligence

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Average (6/10)

Introduction

Beagles are medium sized dogs that have consistently been a popular choice of family pet and companion dog for decades which is understandable because they have so much going for them. Beagles have also been a firm favourite in the show ring with judges and crowds alike. Although, they have retained a strong hunting instinct, Beagles are renowned for being relaxed and happy in a home environment and nothing phases these little dogs no matter where they find themselves. There is nothing a Beagles enjoys more than being involved in everything that goes on in a household and they very quickly become valued members of a family.

Beagles boast such kind natures, they love life and are a real pleasure to have around thanks to their willingness to please without being overly demanding although they never like to be left on their own for any length of time which potential owners need to bear in mind.

History

The actual origins of the Beagle are a bit of a mystery because the breed is such an ancient one. There are some references to similar type dogs having existed in Ancient Greece that date back to 400 BC. It is thought that the Romans during their conquest of Britain brought these dogs with them and they subsequently mated with native British hounds.

As such, dogs very similar looking to the Beagle have been around for centuries with images of them being seen in paintings and literature dating as far back as the reign of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. However, the dogs seen in old masterpieces were wirehaired and small enough for them to be carried by huntsman in their pockets. Over the years and through selective breeding, larger dogs were bred although smaller versions still existed which came to be known as “Pocket Beagles” with these little dogs still existing even to this day.

There were 18 packs of Beagles by 1887 which ensured the breed survived and then The Beagle Club was established in 1890 in the UK with a first breed standard being drawn up at the same time. The Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles was formed the following year which ensured the breed prospered and by 1902, there were 44 packs throughout the UK.

Today, the Beagle is among one of the most popular choices of family pets with people both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world, all thanks to their lovely looks and kind, affectionate, loyal natures consistently being at the top of the Kennel Club’s list of most sought after dogs in the country whether in the home environment or in the field.

Appearance

Beagles are compact medium sized dogs that always look alert and ready to get involved in anything that is asked of them whether they are in the field or in a home environment. Beagles have quite a large head in relation to size of their body with females having slightly finer heads than their male counterparts. They have shortish muzzles with a broad nose which ideally should be black although a lighter colour is allowed in dogs with lighter coloured coats. Beagles have nice, wide nostrils which adds to their overall kindly looks and appeal.

Their eyes can be either hazel or a darker colour and they are set well apart on a dog’s head which gives these dogs a lovely kind. A Beagle’s ears are long and which fall down to the level of their noses when a dog lowers their head. Their mouths are strong looking with a perfect bite.

They hold their necks slightly arched which gives these dogs a noble look about them when they are on the move or standing still. Their forequarters are strong with shoulders that are well laid back and their front legs are straight, well-muscled and nicely boned.

Beagles have moderately long tails set high and which dogs carry gaily in the air adding to their happy and fun-loving looks.

When it comes to their coat, Beagles have a short, tight and extremely waterproof coat which provides them with a tremendous amount of protection against the elements. The accepted colours under the Kennel Club breed standard are as follows: Badger Pied, Badger Pied Mottle, Black & White, Black & White Mottle, Blue White & Tan, Blue White & Tan Mottle, Hare Pied, Hare Pied Mottle, Lemon & White, Lemon & White Mottle, Lemon Pied, Lemon Pied Mottle, Red & White, Red & White Mottle, Tan & White, Tan & White Mottle, Tricolour, Tricolour Mottle, White.

Temperament

Beagles are known to be very sociable and often mischievous characters by nature which are just two of the reasons they make such wonderful pets to have around.

If you are thinking about sharing your home with a Beagle and you have a garden, one of the first things you would need to do is make sure it is ultra-secure. They are superb escape artists and they will quickly find any weak spots in fencing and garden gates. They are also extremely skilled “diggers” and would soon plough their way under a fence if they find they can.

Beagles boast lovely temperaments and enjoy being around people and other animals too. With this said, they are tough little dogs and although they do love children, kids must be taught how to behave around them.

Another thing to bear in mind is that Beagles are exceptional at the job they were originally bred to do which was to track down a scent. As such, letting a dog off their lead in a park could result in having to track them down once they have gone off after a scent.

Are they an excellent choice for first time owners?

Beagles are an excellent choice for first time dog owners because they are so people-oriented and eager to please, but their training and education must begin early and dogs need to know who they can look to for direction and guidance to be truly well-rounded characters.

Intelligence / Trainability

Beagles are known to be intelligent, however, it’s essential for their training and education to start as early as possible or these dogs can become wilful and unruly. On the upside, Beagles are generally eager and willing to please and providing they are given the right sort of guidance and direction from an early age, they grow up to be well-rounded, obedient dogs, it just takes a little more time and patience with them.

Come, Sit, Stay, Quiet, Leave it, Down, Bed must be taught.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Beagle is between 12 to 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

However, as with a lot of other pure breeds, the Beagle is known to suffer from a few hereditary and acquired health issues which are worth knowing about if you want to share your home with one of these fun-loving and lively dogs. Health issues the breed is prone to suffer from includes the following: Steroid Responsive Meningitis, Hip Dysplasia, Canine Epilepsy, Cherry Eye.

What about vaccinations?

Beagle Puppies would have had their first vaccinations, but it’s essential for them to have their follow-up jabs at the right time with the vaccination schedule being as follows: 10 -12 weeks old, bearing in mind that a puppy would not have full protection straight away, but would be fully protected 2 weeks after they have had their second vaccination.

What about spaying and neutering?

A male Beagle can safely be neutered when they are 6 months old and females can be spayed when they are 6 months old too.

Caring for a Beagle

As with any other breed, Beagles need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, Beagles need to be fed a good quality, well balanced diet that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives for them to remain fit and healthy.

As a Puppy

Beagle puppies are incredibly cute so it’s very easy to let them get away with things. It’s far better to lay down ground rules, boundaries and limits as soon as puppy arrives in their new homes so they understand what is expected of them. This includes making secure any electric wires and cables are safe bearing in mind that puppies like to chew on things.

Garden tools and implements must be put away too because puppies will play boisterously when they are outside.

It’s also important to set up a nice quiet area a puppy can retreat to when they want to take a nap and it’s worth noting that they can sleep up to 12 hours a day which they need to do to grow and develop as they should. The quiet area should not be too out of the way because puppy needs to know someone is around and owners need to be able to hear their pets.

Your puppy would have been wormed by us, which is information that will be included in their paperwork along with details of microchipping, but it is important for them to be wormed again when the time is right once they arrive in their new home. They should be wormed regularly as follows: Puppies should be wormed monthly to the age of 6 months old and then quarterly.

Grooming

Beagles are easy maintenance in the grooming department all thanks to their short, neat coats.  When they do get dirty or muddy, it’s easy to give them a quick wipe over with warm water and a sponge. As with other breeds, the Beagle shed more in the Spring and then again in the Autumn when a dog might need more frequent brushing than at other times of the year.

If you decide to get a Beagle puppy, it’s important to start grooming them as early as possible so they get used to all the tools needed to keep their coats in good condition. It’s also essential to teach puppies that having their nails touched is not scary and that a grooming session is a pleasant experience so they look forward to the one-to-one attention they are given.

As previously mentioned, it’s important to keep a close eye on a Beagle’s ears to make sure they are dry.

Average cost to keep/care for a Beagle

If you are looking to buy a Beagle, you would need to pay anything from £500 to over £900 for a well-bred pedigree puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Beagle in England would be £20 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would set you back £40 a month (quote as of March 2016). When insurance companies calculate pet insurance, they factor in a few things and this includes where you live in the UK and a dog’s age and breed.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives. We recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior and this would set you back between £40 – £50 a month.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Beagle would be between £70 to £100 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

Breed Specific Buying Advice

When visiting and buying any puppy or dog, there are many important things to consider and questions to ask of the breeder/seller. Which includes making sure you see the puppy with its mother and to verify that the dog has been wormed and microchipped.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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