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- Beagle -

Description: This breed is very intelligent, playful, cheerful, sociable, brave, resolute and vigilant. They have a tendency to follow their nose. This breedís agility, coordination and speed belie its size. Such attributes make the Beaglesí hyperactivity a challenge to any kind of training, especially housetraining.

Much of the breedís alleged propensity toward unruliness stems from wanting to play a chase game. Donít chase the dog when it takes something you donít want it to have, ignore it. The point will be made that you donít want to play and the Beagle will move on to something else until there just about nothing else to play on or with.

Beagles should not be left alone for long periods of time. If such a situation is unavoidable get two Beagles. These dogs will become chronic fence jumpers, barkers, serious diggers and generally destructive if left alone too long.
Other Names: English Beagle

Height: 13 - 16 inches
Weight: 18 - 30 lbs.

Colors: White, black, tan, red, lemon and blue mottle.
Coat: Short, dense and weatherproof.

Temperament: Gently, lovable.
With Children: Yes, loves them.
With Pets: Very friendly with other dogs in his pack, might chase other small animal's.
Special Skills: Hound and family pet.

Watch-dog: High, will bark to alert.
Guard-dog: Low

Care and Training: Grooming consists of massaging the skin with your fingers or brushing with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary with a mild or dry shampoo. Keep a check on his ears for signs of infection and trim the nail regularly. Exercise is needed on a leash as he has a tendency to roam. A large back yard will take care of most of his exercise requirements. He will respond well to basic obedience training.
Learning Rate: High; Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High.

Activity: High, he is active and inquisitive.
Living Environment: An inside dog who requires lots of outside activity, house should have a fenced yard.

Health Issues: Congenital heart disease, spinal problems, epilepsy and skin conditions. They also have a tendency to become obese.

Life Span: 12 - 13 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 7

Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: He has existed in Britain since the reign of King Henry VIII. During the Renaissance he was used to hunt hare in Wales and France and was known as the best hare dog among small hounds. His name may come from the Celtic word for small, "beag" or the French for gape throat, "bgueule." During 1954 he was the most popular dog in the United States.

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