The Beagle pursues its quarry by scent through remarkable stamina and tenacity. Proficiency of the recall command is of utmost paramount importance before allowing the Beagle off lead, as they will become consumed by the hunt and chase.
This is a stubborn, yet sensitive breed. Obedience training should be introduced early using high praise as reinforcement rewards and very little jerking around on the lead.
Pre-disposed to barking/howling, the Beagle is a strong candidate for excessive barking when left alone. Therefore to prevent separation anxiety, get your Beagle used to spending short periods of time alone when they are young and be careful not to make a big fuss upon exits and re-entries to the home.
Domestic Dog Group:
- General Size: 18-30 lbs (8-14 kg); 33-41 cm
- General Temperament: Lively & Friendly
- General Description: An explorer & hunter at heart, the Beagle is equally matched as a good-natured, friendly and adaptable companion.
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Beagle’s Brief History
The Beagle is a scent hound from England. It is likely to be a descendent of the foxhound hunting singly or in packs, barking and baying along the way. Today, the Beagle is still used for hunting and as an affectionate, playful companion.
About three months ago something strange happened – I found out that I could talk! Well, bark & mumble anyway. Now when it’s bed-time I can stand my ground and argue. They say I am getting lippy for a Beagle my age, so I just roll onto my back ready for my usual belly rub. I do like to greet people when they come home with my favourite toys. In fact I have trouble deciding which is my best toy, my ball, rubber ring, teddy bear, so I bring them all and expect a game of fetch in return.