There are two beagle varieties: those standing on the shoulder between 13 inches and 15 inches. Both varieties are said to be strong, solid and “big for their inches”, as dog people say. They come in such pleasing colors as lemon, red and white and tricolor. Beagle’s fate lies in his adorable face, with large brown or hazel eyes set on a broad head with long, curvy ears.
A breed described by its fanatics as “Mira”, the beagles are loving and lovable, happy and associative – all qualities that make them excellent family dogs. No wonder the Beagle has been the most popular hound of American pet owners for years. They are inquisitive, clever and energetic hunters who require a lot of time.
The origin of this ancient breed has been the subject of conjecture for centuries. Even the name of the breed is shrouded in mystery. Some experts say that it derives from the Gaelic word beig (“little”), while others point to the French word for sound when hunting: in particular.
Small pack-hounds were reported to hunt rabbits and rabbits in England long before Roman legends arrived in 55 BCE. An English official called the Beagle “the foothills of our country, indigenous to the soil”. By the 1500s, most English gentlemen had packets of large wounds that tracked deer, and small wounds that tracked deer. Smaller, more compact hounds were the ancestors of our modern beagles.
The phrase “foot hound” is important for understanding the broad appeal of the beagle to hunters in England, the continent, and North America. Unlike large pack hunters such as foxes or harriers, beagles could be hunted on foot – no horse was necessary. Those who cannot afford to feed and stabilize a mount, and even ladies and gentlemen spend the old days on horseback in a thunderstorm across the country, can easily keep up with a packet of beagles on foot.
Beagles began importing into the Americas in the years following the Civil War and their popularity among American rabbit hunters was immediate. The AKC registered its first beagle in 1885 under the name Blunder. To this day, “Beaglers” in the woodlands of North America still swear by their breed’s great nose, musical voice, and enthusiastic approach to rabbit hunting.
A small foxhound, solid and large for his inch, with the wear and tear of the hound that could remain in pursuit and follow his quarry to death.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days
The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
Beagles should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Beagles are active, energetic dogs that need to exercise at least one hour each day. This does not mean leaving them only in the backyard. The Beagles were reared to work in packs and were happiest when the company was there. A beagle that remains alone inside or outside for a long period of time will become disastrous. This can be avoided if he has a partner to play with (whether he is a human or a canine). Beagles are escaping from the cast, so an exercise area must have a fence at least five feet tall that extends underground to prevent tunneling. The walk should always be taken on a leash, because as a wing with a very strong hunting instinct, the beagle will not be able to resist the urge to run away in search of a hypnotic smell.
Responsible breeders will screen their reproductive stock for health-related conditions such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, lasing patella (a dislocated nosep) and eye disorders. As with all breeds, a beagle’s ears should be checked weekly, and teeth should be brushed regularly.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: