Origin: Great Britain
Job today: Companion, field trials[/one_half][one_half_last]Weight: 8-14kg
Life expectancy: 13 years[/one_half_last]
The Beagle’s ancestry in Britain can be traced back many centuries. They were originally bred for hunting game birds, rabbits and hares. Beagles are among the oldest of the British hounds, likely descendants of the Harrier, the Talbot Hound and English Foxhound. Any recognised hound colour is acceptable, except liver.
Temperament: A jolly, adaptable and friendly dog who is full of fun and stamina. The Beagle is both intelligent and independent. A dog with a wonderful, endearing temperament.
Lifestyle: Beagles make great family dogs and companions for joggers and runners. They need both canine and human companionship.
General care: A good brushing twice weekly will keep shedding under control. Regular baths during shedding can help to remove excess hair. Diet needs to be monitored as they can pick up weight.
Exercise: The Beagle is an active dog who needs daily exercise to prevent boredom. Without stimulation he may develop behaviour problems. Determination and consistency on the part of the owner is needed for obedience training. Beagles excel in agility and flyball. They are good scent hounds known for their wanderlust – exercise him on a long lead in unsafe areas.[/two_third_last]