Beagle

Hound Group

Two Beagle puppies lying on ground in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Small <13 in, Large 13-15 in

Weight

Small <30 lbs, Large 20-30 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-15 yrs

History

The Beagle originated in England around the 1500's, where they were used by English gentlemen to hunt rabbits. Beagles were popular because they were easy to follow on foot as opposed to horseback, so people who couldn't afford a horse or weren't physically able to ride a horse could still hunt. The original Beagles were much smaller and called "Pocket Beagles", but became extinct as people began favoring slightly larger hunting companions. Beagles consistently rank as one of the top 10 breeds in the United States.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Beagles will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★★

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Loving, affectionate, and gentle to everyone they meet

Known to be stubborn, mischievous, and difficult to housetrain

Goofy dogs with a great sense of humor

May excessively bark, dig, or try to escape if bored or left alone for long

Once they start following a scent, it's nearly impossible to get them to stop