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Beagle

The smallest of the hound family, the beagle was actually bred to hunt rabbits.  Over the years however their small sizes and delightful nature have made them popular companions.   Beagles fit well into family life and are lively and affectionate.  They also get along great with all members of the family - especially children.  With regular human interaction and moderate exercise, beagles can be the perfect low maintenance pet! Physical Characteristics and origins Original Purpose: Hunting hares in packs Male Height: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Female Height: 12-14 inches (26 - 36 cm) Weight: 18-30 lbs (8-14 kg) Life span: 10-14 years Colors: Typically lemon and white, red and white or triclor (black, tan and white) Temperament Beagles fit in very well with humans, and are kind, loving animals.  They're lively and affectionate, friendly towards all people and get along well with children.  As long as they have frequent company and adequate exercise, they are very easy pets to maintain.  They're generally quiet, fairly well behaved, and have little tendency to stray.  They have been known to be stubborn and easily distracted, so training can sometimes be challenging. Exercise needs Beagles need a moderate amount of exercise.  Usually two average length walks (15-20 minutes) per day are enough to keep them occupied - with a good play break some time during the day. Beagles are usually happy if they have a lawn or play area where they can expend their excess energy during the day.  It's important that beagles are properly exercised to ensure they do not gain weight.  They have been known to become obese and unhealthy without sufficient regular exercise. What type of home? Do they make good family pets? Although beagles have fairly moderate exercise requirements, they generally do better in homes with yards.  Though some people may consider keeping them in apartment, they should be weary of the fact that they require at least two good walks per day, and often have bursts of energy.  For these reasons, having a good fenced off yard often helps them burn off this excess energy. Beagles are also great with other dogs and children. They make excellent family pets because they fit in well with adults, kids and even cats - though sometimes they have a natural tendency to chase. Grooming Needs Beagles have short coats which are relatively easy to care for.  They require regular brushing (at least once a week) to remove dead hair and debris.  It's important to ensure ears are also regularly checked and cleaned to prevent ear infections, which most hounds are naturally prone to. What Kind of Owner Perfect owner: An owner or family that is looking for a low maintenance dog with average exercise needs.  Great for lively families or retired people who have at least one member of the family own often. Beagles do not like being left alone for extended periods and therefore would not do in a single owner home where the owner is off at work all day. Owners who are looking for affectionate companions who enjoy the company of a devoted dog will do well with this breed.  Owners should be prepared to be somewhat firm as beagles have a tendency to require patient, persistent training.  They must be properly trained from a young age. Best Qualities Playful, loving, energetic and friendly - Beagles are the perfect companion breed. They're non aggressive and do well with families and children of all ages.  They're also generally physically sound and don't suffer from any major chronic ailments. Characteristics to be aware of Beagles are very devoted animals, however when left off leash they have a tendency to wander. Since they are hounds, they remain true to their roots and often get easily distracted when they pick up a scent. If not well trained, it can be challenging to get their attention back to retrieve them. Beagles can often be somewhat vocal and if not properly trained can make a surprising amount of noise for such a small dog.  Also, even though they are fairly low maintenance grooming wise, they do shed - which can be particularly noticeable over carpets, furniture and clothes. Medical issues Generally free of any major illnesses, however some have been reported - though fairly infrequently. These include: Epilepsy and seizures Eye problems Beagle syndrome (neck pain and fever in youngsters) Obesity - particularly if they do not receive adequate exercise
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Beagle

The smallest of the hound family, the beagle was actually bred to hunt rabbits.  Over the years however their small sizes and delightful nature have made them popular companions.   Beagles fit well into family life and are lively and affectionate.  They also get along great with all members of the family - especially children.  With regular human interaction and moderate exercise, beagles can be the perfect low maintenance pet! Physical Characteristics and origins Original Purpose: Hunting hares in packs Male Height: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Female Height: 12-14 inches (26 - 36 cm) Weight: 18-30 lbs (8-14 kg) Life span: 10-14 years Colors: Typically lemon and white, red and white or triclor (black, tan and white) Temperament Beagles fit in very well with humans, and are kind, loving animals.  They're lively and affectionate, friendly towards all people and get along well with children.  As long as they have frequent company and adequate exercise, they are very easy pets to maintain.  They're generally quiet, fairly well behaved, and have little tendency to stray.  They have been known to be stubborn and easily distracted, so training can sometimes be challenging. Exercise needs Beagles need a moderate amount of exercise.  Usually two average length walks (15-20 minutes) per day are enough to keep them occupied - with a good play break some time during the day. Beagles are usually happy if they have a lawn or play area where they can expend their excess energy during the day.  It's important that beagles are properly exercised to ensure they do not gain weight.  They have been known to become obese and unhealthy without sufficient regular exercise. What type of home? Do they make good family pets? Although beagles have fairly moderate exercise requirements, they generally do better in homes with yards.  Though some people may consider keeping them in apartment, they should be weary of the fact that they require at least two good walks per day, and often have bursts of energy.  For these reasons, having a good fenced off yard often helps them burn off this excess energy. Beagles are also great with other dogs and children. They make excellent family pets because they fit in well with adults, kids and even cats - though sometimes they have a natural tendency to chase. Grooming Needs Beagles have short coats which are relatively easy to care for.  They require regular brushing (at least once a week) to remove dead hair and debris.  It's important to ensure ears are also regularly checked and cleaned to prevent ear infections, which most hounds are naturally prone to. What Kind of Owner Perfect owner: An owner or family that is looking for a low maintenance dog with average exercise needs.  Great for lively families or retired people who have at least one member of the family own often. Beagles do not like being left alone for extended periods and therefore would not do in a single owner home where the owner is off at work all day. Owners who are looking for affectionate companions who enjoy the company of a devoted dog will do well with this breed.  Owners should be prepared to be somewhat firm as beagles have a tendency to require patient, persistent training.  They must be properly trained from a young age. Best Qualities Playful, loving, energetic and friendly - Beagles are the perfect companion breed. They're non aggressive and do well with families and children of all ages.  They're also generally physically sound and don't suffer from any major chronic ailments. Characteristics to be aware of Beagles are very devoted animals, however when left off leash they have a tendency to wander. Since they are hounds, they remain true to their roots and often get easily distracted when they pick up a scent. If not well trained, it can be challenging to get their attention back to retrieve them. Beagles can often be somewhat vocal and if not properly trained can make a surprising amount of noise for such a small dog.  Also, even though they are fairly low maintenance grooming wise, they do shed - which can be particularly noticeable over carpets, furniture and clothes. Medical issues Generally free of any major illnesses, however some have been reported - though fairly infrequently. These include: Epilepsy and seizures Eye problems Beagle syndrome (neck pain and fever in youngsters) Obesity - particularly if they do not receive adequate exercise
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