The Beagle is a small scent hound, always looking for a trail to follow. After the Civil War they became very popular. ACK registered the first Beagle in 1885. Excellent with children, howver, they prefer to be pack animals. They don't enjoy being left alone. The breed was initially bred in England to hunt rabbits, and this "nose with four legs" is frequently used as scent detection dogs. Beagles can be strong-willed. This breed is smart, even tempered, making them great family pets. With that said, they do respond well to food-reward training. This love of food can cause them to become overweight, so monitor their diet carefully.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Beagle is 10-14 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Beagle will range from 22-42 pounds and belong to the Hound Group. Heights range in two sizes: 13 inches and 15 inches. This is an active breed who needs long frequent walks during the day. Because of their small size Beagles can do well in an apartment. Definetely, a fenced yard is a necessity since he's a wanderer by nature, as his nose leads him around.
Care & Grooming
The breed is a chow hound who needs plenty of exercise to keep off the pounds. Their short easy-care coat is prone to moderate shedding. Occassional bathing is necessary when they smell stinky. Also, their large floppy ears should be cleaned regularly.