Beagles are loving and sociable dogs who enjoy nothing more than being involved in whatever is going on in the house. Although originally bred as scent hounds, they're very adaptable and as long as they get enough exercise are happy with city or country living.
Due to their size and adaptability, Beagles are really popular pets for families and first-time owners. They suit reasonably active homes where there is always someone around as they thrive off company.
While Beagles make wonderful companions, prospective owners should be aware of the genetic health issues that can afflict this breed. But thanks to extensive research done in recent years, there are now tests and screenings available for these problems. It is best to get a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder who have met higher standards including thorough health screenings which significantly lowers the chance your pup will suffer any of its parents' ailments. For added assurance discuss an animal's family medical history before bringing them home!
Epilepsy – a brain disorder which can lead to seizures.
Meningitis – inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, causing fever and neck pain.
Hypothyroidism – where the thyroid doesn’t makCaring for your Beaglee enough of the chemical that breaks down food into energy.
Intervertebral disc disease – abnormality of the discs that provide cushioning between the vertebrae (back bones).
Some eye conditions, including cherry eye.
Otitis Externa - where the ear canal becomes inflamed/infected, causing pain and irritation.
Caring for your Beagle
Beagles are a great choice for any family looking to add some furry fun. With their small size, loving personalities and mild-temperment they seem custom-made for children. However, it's important that owners also pay attention to his natural hunting instincts—small pets in the house may be best left as spectators rather than participants! Beagles thrive on socialization so bonding with them starts early while making sure boredom doesn't get its claws into your pup through plenty of exercise and training should keep everyone happy...including those cheeky little critters running around the place!
Beagles and barking
Beagles are known for being vocal, so when left home alone they could give us a serenade if not provided with proper distractions. If you want your beagle to stay quiet and entertained while at home without you, make sure their environment is well-equipped with enriching activities - otherwise the barking might become too much! To help manage this situation in more extreme cases, consider consulting an accredited behaviourist who can offer expertise on effective behavioural modification techniques.
Training and socialisation
Beagles are smart, loyal pups who will bring a lot of joy to their owners’ lives - but they can also be mischievous! To make sure your Beagle grows up as the best pup he or she can be, start with positive and reward-based training from an early age. Even though you may have had experience before this won't hurt if it's been some time since first adopting them; every dog is different after all. Not only do these arctic charmers benefit from consistent firmness in guidance for good behaviour habits thus avoiding bad ones that could pop up later on down the line – Keep in mind when deciding whether leaving him alone would suit both sides best too: distress and boredom can lead to annoying barking episodes and other unwanted behaviours so think twice about separating without providing mental stimulation (toys etc..) beforehand.
As with most dogs, you can expect a reasonable amount of shedding from your Beagle however their coats are relatively low maintenance. A weekly brush should be plenty to keep on top of dead hair and keep their coat looking in tip-top condition.
Remember to keep an eye on your Beagle’s ears to make sure they are clean and dry to help prevent any ear infections.
Beagles and children
Due to their loving and tolerant nature, if socialised correctly from a young age Beagles suit family life really well. While Beagles are great family pets, you should always supervise your Beagle with children in case playtime gets too boisterous. Likewise, sometimes children can be too much for your Beagle so you need to make sure they have a space to go for time out where they won’t be disturbed.
Beagles and other pets
As long as your Beagle is well socialised, they will be fine around other dogs. You may even find that they love to spend time with other dogs.
If your Beagle has been socialised with other pets from an early age, they will be fine with other pets in the home although we don’t advise leaving them alone with smaller pets. Always make sure they are supervised with other pets in the home.