Beagle dog breed advice
My mother started with Beagles back in the late ’50s, and so I’ve been brought up with them
I find them a charming little breed and you
can take them anywhere, very much friends
with everybody and friends with all dog-dom
They’re a good all-round little dog.
They really are a genuine, level-headed, sensible
They’ve got a very even temperament, they’re
easy, you know they are clean little dogs
in the house.
One it’s integrated into your family it becomes
part of your family very quickly – whether
there’s one of you or several of you.
They’re great fun dogs and they do usually
enjoy the company of other dogs.
We would often re-home them with another dog
because they do like that dog company.
I’ve had families have puppies that have got
four or five children, and I’ve had old age
pensioners buy them and individual people
– and as long as they can have them perhaps,
nowadays you can take them into work with
them, or they’re self-employed and they take
them around, that suits a Beagle equally as
You know they’re quite happy to toddle along
with you and go to work.
Because they are a hunting breed, they use
their noses to smell with and of course that’s
the first thing they do.
A Beagle is a scent hound.
So the archetypal picture of a Beagle is nose
down, bottom up, following a track.
So if you’re thinking about training them,
you want to do recall more recall and then
even more recall.
You need to get past the fact that the nose
is the most important thing.
You’re the most important thing.
Therefore, really early, twelve weeks , 14
weeks when they’re fully injected, get them
off the lead and they must learn that you
are taking them for a walk – not the other
I would give serious consideration to having
them on a harness and a long line.
A Beagle’s idea of being close to you can
be a huge distance away.
And if you let a Beagle go off it may well
find a track to follow for a long period of
They’re not a breed that you can get after
and get really cross with because they get
a bit whimpish then – but they certainly are
a breed that you can be firm with, but just fair
Properly trained you can let them off the
lead, so you can take them for normal walks
and enjoy the dog and theyr’e very much part
of the family.
They are a short-coated breed so a good stiff
brush once or twice a week is usually sufficient
and of course they do lose their coat like
any other breed does – or the majority do
– probably twice a year, Autumn and Spring,
so a little bit more attention with the brush
then and that’s all you need.
Fortunately for this breed there are very
few health issues.
Other than ordinary ones that older dogs may
This particular breed has recently been discovered
with a problem which we call MLS syndrome
– now we are all testing for that and it’s
a recessive gene – so you have to have two
carriers to make an affected – and over time,
the next few years, this will disappear altogether.
Generally they are a very healthy little dog.