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What is a beagle?
A beagle is a dog breed. He is an active dog that is friendly to other animals and people. Therefore he always wanna play with everybody. Beagles have hunting dog in him, but they are more fit to be a family dog.
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The beagle in a nuttshell
Male: 10-20 kg
Female: 10-20 kg
Male: +-38 cm
hunting dog, family dog
Energy level: average
Life expectation: 12-15 year
tend to bark: high
Attention/social needs: high
The beagle has gained a lot of popularity as a family dog, counseling dog, and child dog. This small, cheerful dog wins throughout the world by human hearts. In America, the beagle already one of the most loved dogs. Children can easily keep him on a leash, even though he would still sometimes behave stubbornly. The beagle is affectionate, loyal, tolerant of other dogs and always up for games and silliness.
He has a lot of exercises because he could earlier this regard enjoy good as a herding dog for hunting rabbits and hares. In England, the beagle was bred in the 15th century for the purpose of hunting small game. Reportedly the beagle would have been among the favorite dogs of Elizabeth I (1533-1603).
About the origin and descent with precision not much more to say. The beagle comes in two varieties: normal beagle, with a shoulder height of about 38 cm, and the dwarf beagle, which is up to 33 cm high.
usually, the beagle coat is tricolor black-white-red, but can also be two-tone or plain. The tail should always be white.
Where to buy a Beagle?
First of all, go to the breeder to have a look at the puppies. We prefer breeders above shops. Also, take a look at how the mother and their pups are housed. Ask enough information about the breed. Once you have a clear image of the breed its time to choose where to buy a beagle puppy. The most important factor is where did you have the best feeling from the breeder. Like which one was the cleanest, have the best vision about there dogs. Don’t forget to read reviews about the breeder. Compare good reviews with bad reviews and make a comparison. Keep in mind that there are people who are against commercial dog breeders and give bad reviews without being a customer.
Woefkesranch breed all our beagle puppy’s our self. We have selected several blood-lines, with as less incest as possible.
We as a professional breeder also have to give a warranty with every sold puppy. This is something many hobbies and pedigree breeders don’t have to do, keep that in the eye.
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Training your beagle
The education of each pup takes time and patience, regardless of race. However, a beagle is not difficult to educate than many other breeds. One must take into account the hunting instinct and the independent nature on the one hand and the social nature on the other, making it more intensely present in the family.
He is very intelligent and soon by whom he gets the most benefit. It is necessary for the family to be mutually respected and strict agreements on education. A gentle but consistent hand in combination with a healthy dose of humor is the message.
Are you looking for more information on training your Beagle? Please check this beagle educate page.
Size: ca. 38 cm
Weight: 10-18 kg
Color: tri-color white, black, red, even two-tone or solid
The beagle is a friendly, enthusiastic dog. Which in many books on beagles as “cheerful” described dogs are generally friendly and not aggressive or shy. They love human companionship and although strangers sometimes initially reluctant or barking meet, they won quickly. This makes beagles hand not good watchdogs, but they can scare her attackers because of their typical beagle barking.
Beagles can be very good with children and that’s probably the main reason that they are more and more households have changed in recent decades. They attach much to their owners and can get separation anxiety when they are to be left alone for long.
Beagles are intelligent dogs, but very deliberate and stubborn. This makes parenting often difficult, but the stubborn character gives educators generally have fun. Beagles listen generally good, but there is little need to be done to divert their attention.
Do not underestimate this little dog is not. He needs a lot more exercise than most people think.
The Beagle has to lose its energy. It is wise to make regular long walks with him.
Please note that you stand him well appeal if you want to let him go. He is sure he is known as a scent he tracks down following his nose and runs away on their own will.
It is wise that your garden is well fenced so that he can not take his legs. I myself have a beagle and he literally jumped through the fence if he wanted to go somewhere behind. Even though he is full of scratches, the Beagle has a very high pain threshold and will separately go through thorns if necessary.
Did you know that the Beagle is most widely used for illegal animal testing its high pain threshold?
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History of the Beagle
The Beagle is of British origin. Beagles are among the hunting dogs with their keen sense for detecting the wild for hunters. As the name “briquet” in France, “Beagle” was the name in England for dogs that do not belong to an established breed and what their appearance concerns are often not very uniform but had some of the convergence. They were usually small, which explains how the breed name ‘Beagle’ came about. According to linguists, the name can be derived from the Old English word `begle”, the Old French ‘beigle “or the Celtic” Beag “(all three of these words mean’ small ‘).
The dogs were predisposed to haze hunting. Hunters were on foot, a form that of hunting that was practiced by the British aristocracy. The modern form of Beagling “consists of walking along behind a pack of Beagles, the aim is to enjoy a group of working dogs. This kind of sport is also very popular in Ireland and the United States. According to Dr. Jacques Bourdon, who wrote a masterpiece about this hunting dog, the name ‘Beagle’ was first used in the early 15th century, namely by Edward, second Duke of York. He wrote in 1406-1413 a report on the hunt, called The Master of Game, which was inspired by the book Le Livre de Chasse by the famous French Count Gaston de Foix et de Ill Beam (Gaston Phebus). Also, Dame Juliana Berners, prioress of Sopwell, mentions the Beagle in her Book of St Albans, a bestseller in the year 1486.
However, there are British writers who believe that the Beagle is of much older origin. They refer to ancient Greece, Xenophon of Athens in particular, around 400 years BC. Indeed, in his Cynegeticos ‘small hounds’ he mentions small dogs who follow the track of the hare. He describes these dogs as “strong, muscular, with a broad chest and powerful legs, a flat head, and a wide skull and black, slightly bulging eyes have a lively and mischievous expression”. This description does not differ much from the image of the modern Beagle. It could indeed be that he is descended from one of the original types that spread in Greece and Asia and lived with the Roman legions and were taken on their conquest of Europe. Other experts have a different view.
Some believe that the Beagle is just a dwarf variety, which descended from the hounds that William the Conqueror took from France to England in the 11th century. These dogs would have stood at the cradle of three main groups of hounds that were known until the 17th century: the Northern Hound (a great stamina), the Southern Hound (a very fine nose and a beautiful voice) and Talbot (a large dog with a white fur, a bloodhound, so a dog who specializes in following a blood trail). According to others, the Beagle is derived from southern France until he ended up in England in the 15th century.
It is obvious that the secret of the origin of the Beagle is not so easily be resolved, because real data are lacking. Although much is known, much has still to be guessed. What also complicates everything is the fact that the French, English and Scottish kings constantly give packs of these dogs to one another. Anyway, in the 16th century, the Beagles were really spread over England. King Henry VIII was in possession of a pack of Beagles and greyhounds for coursing, and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth 1 had a famous pack in her possession. These dogs had a shoulder height of less than 25 cm. Some were so small that they could fit easily in an iron glove. The riders sometimes transported the whole pack in their saddlebags or in the pockets of their hunting coats, to the place where the hunt would begin. This dwarfism – which some really appreciated and was subject to fashion trends – was the result of selection: multiple generations of selecting the most appropriate breeding material.
Beagles came in all sizes. There were pocket Beagles (which could be carried in part of a garment), Glove Beagles (which were so small that they could fit in a glove), Rabbit Beagles (rabbit hunting), Dwarf Beagles and Elizabeth Beagles (named after the queen). By the end of the 17th century there were three varieties: the Kerry Beagles or Southern Beagles, black and white fur and a shoulder height of about 45 cm, the Northern Beagles, a middle-sized dog that is faster than the Southern Beagles and the Cat Beagles or rabbit Beagles, who had a shoulder height of less than 35 cm.
The latter was very active, had a beautiful voice so they were called “singing Beagle”, and a white coat with black or gray specks, or wild-colored, orange or black spots. The breed was far from having any uniformity, and until the late 19th century packs differed immensely. Proof of this are countless illustrations of that time and also the quote of the Englishman W. Macfie, hunting master of the Royal Rock-pack, “If I buy dogs, I experience great difficulty finding hunting Beagles of a good type”.
In each pack is shown that people have other ideas about Beagles. Some dogs have a head and ears like a Fox Terrier, others are more like small dogs, and some look like little Foxhounds. Beagles were hunting dogs and working dogs were bred at that time only for features such as agility, health, fitness for hunting, speed, perseverance, tenacity, and courage. At the same time, people bread on a degree of sobriety. Dogs were not allowed in terms of their food to be demanding, because maintaining a pack was always a costly affair.
It was only natural that so often hybrids were used in an attempt to breed a certain type of dog. Individual hunters and breeders had many ‘recipes’. The first attempts at some uniformity among the Beagles date from the mid 19th century. Two agencies were working on this. They were created to protect the breed, but it soon became apparent that they disagreed about the background idea of breeding the Beagle. The Beagle Club, founded in 1890, counted among its member’s many dog lovers who both had Beagles for hunting and Beagles as pets. In 1891 a special organization was set up, which only allowed members who were in possession of a pack of Beagles which regularly practiced hare hunting. Between the two types that they pursued, large differences existed, and still the influence of the British two-way course is evident in the type of Beagle.
in 1896 was the first exhibition, organized by the British Club. The standard was already established. Other exhibitions followed, each time with great success, especially those of Richmond and those in the Crystal Palace in London. In 1900 there were in Britain about 60 Beagle packs, only about half of the dogs with the correct type and shoulder height. But ten years later, there was already much more uniformity. The comments F.B. Lord, a hunter and important breeder of the time: “The type has been sadly neglected until the Beagle Club took matters in hand. Since then, year after year of positive results, both the type of work and the quality of the dogs improved. Now it is one of the exceptions if there is a bad Beagle at an exhibition. I used to not see the benefits of dog shows, but now I do. They can contribute to improving a breed.” Capturing the desired positive characteristics has led to the disappearance of the Beagle Elizabeth and the PocketBeagle in 1935. In the early 20th century, the breeding of Beagles in the UK grew significantly, although almost destroyed by the First World War. When dog shows were organized again in 1920, the Beagle was a very rare appearance at such events. Thanks to the commitment of a number of fans the breeding brought back quality dogs. When World War threatened to infringe on the ins and outs of the breed.
World War II threatened to infringe on the ins and outs of the breed. But the breeders were warned and did not hesitate to import American dogs, which were crossed with British dogs. Because of this, the breed was strengthened. that, in any case, did happen: in 1945 there was only one Beagle registered by the UK Kennel Club, but in 1955 this had grown to 100, in 1958 to 635, in 1959 to 1092 and in 1959 to 3979. like in the 19th century in Britain there are still two types: the show Beagles, which are bred for that purpose, and the hunting Beagles. These are bred especially for packs and are selected on their suitability for the work they must perform(Beagling), rather than by the standard the breed prescribes.
Behavior and habitat Beagle
Chasing a rabbit or a hare from a hedge is typically for a Beagle. He is carried away by his natural passion for hunting and defies all. Beagles are much better suited to move through thick underbrush and briars than larger hunting dogs. He is faster and reaches his goal sooner. Because of his size, he takes on all sorts of natural obstacles in the field with ease. Without effort, he wades through a river as he chases a hare. The real Beagle has a beautiful voice with a sharp sound that is heard from afar, even at a distance of several kilometers. He has a fine nose just as other hunting dogs and is very solid on his track. Besides a good hunting dog, the Beagle is also a nice house dog for the whole family. He is intelligent, happy, undemanding and easy to care for because of his smooth, short coat. He has a pleasant, cheerful character, shows no trace of aggression or shyness, and is also highly appreciated by children.
Are beagle hypoallergenic?
No, beagles aren’t.
Although a beagle has short hair, he will lose hair. Is will not be allot but if you have a dog allergy it isn’t smart to take a beagle.
We recommend a poodle to all our clients with a dog allergy.
Are beagle good pets?
Beagles make excellent pets. They are friendly to kids, but i prefer that your puppy grew up with kids. Then the dog knows that kids aren’t scary.
Beagle dogs are also excellent with other dogs. They are super social and like to make friends with everyone.
Beagles aren’t aggressive at all. They are actually one of the lowest in rank for bite attacks according to statistics.
They can be a little stubbornly, but that is what makes them pet and not a robot that just execute commands.
A beagle always like to play or like to take a walk.
Are beagle dogs good with cats?
Yes, if they have grow up with cats.
If they grew up with cats you can educate them to be calm with cats. And your cats learns to know dogs too.
Off course you should correct them them when doing something wrong, both the cat and dog.
If your cat always run away from your beagle, your dog will see that as an invite to play. Your dog will run after the cat, but the cat doesn’t want to play at that moment. So be sure to stop this “hunting game”.