The Beagle

BeagleOne of South Africa’s most popular dog breeds, the Beagle has a face few can resist. Apart from being great family dogs, they are adaptable and gentle of nature, yet playful and cheerful.

In England the Beagle’s ancestry can be traced back many centuries. They were originally bred for hunting game birds, rabbits and hares and are among the oldest of the British Hounds, likely descendants of the Harrier, Talbot Hound and English Foxhound.

Although Beagles are popular family companions today, they are also used in the police force as detection dogs, therapy dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. Sadly, their gentle, accepting nature has been exploited by man as Beagles are often selected as test dogs in animal experiments.

Temperament and lifestyle

In terms of temperament, the Beagle is described as a jolly, friendly and active dog who is able to adapt to many different circumstances. He is a Scenthound and can be easily distracted by smells and activity. Spend as much time with your Beagle as possible – he is a pack dog and therefore wants to be part of your pack.

Exercise and training

Exercise, whether it be throwing a ball or going for a walk or run, is of utmost importance. Beagles are intelligent, but can be somewhat independent. This can make obedience training a challenge, but with determination and consistency it can be achieved. Beagles also do well in agility and flyball.

Daily care and health

The Beagle has a coarse, short, double coat. The outer coat is protection for the dog and is also weather-resistant, while the undercoat is soft and insulating. The Beagle sheds year-round, with more significant hair loss in the spring when he loses his winter coat and again in autumn as he prepares for the winter coat.


  • Muscular back and body
  • Deep chest
  • Broad head and square muzzle
  • Strong jaws
  • Brown or hazel eyes
  • Long ears
  • Tail is slightly curled and tipped with white
  • Muscular hind legs
  • Highly developed sense of smell

For more information about the Beagle, get your copy of the June issue of AnimalTalk!


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