Dog breeds: Beagle Dog, characteristics and personality

beagle dog

The Beagle dog

The Beagle dog is a fun dog to have. They are playful with kids and adults alike. They will always follow interesting scents with their powerful nose. Nothing can get between them and an interesting smell. This is why it is important to keep them in a safe place.


The real origin of the Beagle dog is cloudy. Especially given that Beagles, as we know them today, began to develop during the 19th century. But Beagles were already very popular in England in their early history. Documents show the popularity of small-sized beagles within the 1300s and 1400s.

Greek documents from 400 BC describe dogs that resembled Beagles and the Romans probably brought small rabbit-hunting dogs with them to England. In the 1940s and 1960s, they became very popular in the US due to their high speed.
The AKC officially recognized them in 1885.

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Physical characteristics

When you look at this small breed dog, you immediately see the resemblance with the much larger Foxhound. Only that it has a broader head and a shorter muzzle. The most common Beagle is the tricolored one, with black, brown, and white coat color.

The American Kennel Club recognizes two varieties of Beagle dog: those that are around 13 inches high and the type that are from 13 to 15 inches to the shoulders. Depending on their type, they can weigh between 18 and 30 pounds.


The Beagle dog is sweet, gentle, and funny. However, they display naughty behavior very often. If you do not provide a tall or strong enough fence, they will be a headache as they will usually escape.

Caring for a Beagle dog

If your Beagle tends to escape, make sure he has a chip or identification tag. If you want to exercise with them, wait until they are 18 months to regularly work with them. When outside, they should always be on a leash. If you have trained your Beagle dog to return to you, he can be taken for hunting trips.


You and your Beagle can benefit from a consistent obedience training. Use positive reinforcement and be firm and consistent.

Fun facts

  • This breed has a tendency to obesity, so don´t let that happen.
  • The 5th most popular breed in the United States.
  • Beagles do not drool, they do not shed, nor they have dog odor.

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