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Beagle breed profile

Training and intelligence
Use reward based training methods to motivate your Beagle. Hounds have a reputation for being hard to housebreak, but perseverence and patience will get the job done.

The Beagle has a strong history as a pack animal, and this means that he loves the whole family. He is very good with children. Beagles are happy, friendly, cheerful dogs.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
The Beagle is am out going, friendly dog. Strange people and dogs will get a warm welcome.

Grooming and shedding
Beagles have a short coat that doesn't shed much. They shed more heavily once or twice a year, but brushing and bathing will help reduce shedding around the house.

Beagles can be exuberant as puppies, but the older dog will be more of a couch potato if left to his own devices. Make exercise fun for him and you will keep him fit and healthy.

Need for company
Beagles really need company. Their background as pack dogs means they will be unhappy if left alone too much.

The Beagle is a friendly dog whose compact size, easy going nature, and low maintenance coat make him a popular choice as a famiy pet.


Hi Gerard,

Whatever country you are in start with your Kennel Club or a Beagle breed club. Get a list of recommended breeders from them and check them out yourself. Research what questions you need to ask like what health tests and so on you need to see, and make sure the breeder treats the dogs properly, and lets you meet at least "Mum".

There may well be a Beagle rescue society you could contact too.

Don't buy from a pet shop or a puppy mill or puppy farm. You aren't rescuing the dog you are lining the pockets of the person who is exploiting the dogs.

Good luck,

Julie x


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