Beagles are shedders….a good brushing required at least twice a week.
Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them a wonderful family pet. They are also favored for their compact size and short easy to care for coat. Since they lived in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. Curious and comedic, they often follow their noses-which can lead to some mischief if they are not provided with daily activity.
nutrition & FEEDING
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Beagle is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beagles are known shedders and keeping them brushed regularly will help keep hair at bay. A good grooming with a hound glove or a shedding tool will do the trick to keep their coats in good condition. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their long hanging ears can harbor moisture and should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, easygoing, and companionable. These qualities make them excellent family dogs. Beagles are also curious, clever, and quick, and they love to play. They are comedians who will keep you laughing at their antics. It’s not surprising that the Beagle is the most popular hound breed in the United States.
Some health issues include hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism, among others. Some Beagles may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of them are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an Beagle can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.