The beagle and his characteristics: A cheerful dog with an obstinate side

The Beagle is a cheerful and affectionate dog that likes to have company. It is a perfect family dog with a stubborn character. We, as a big Beagle fan, list all the characteristics of these darlings.


Weight class :
  • Male: 11-16 kg
  • Female: 10-15 kg
Height at the withers :
  • Male: 38 cm
  • Female: 33 cm

Appearance Features

Hanging ears (naturally)


Length : short

Properties : flat

Colors : Any real hunting dog color

Need for care : Low

Breeding goal

  • Rabbit hunting
  • family dog


Energy level : average

Lifespan : 12-15 years

Tendency to drool : low

Tendency to snore : low

Tendency to bark : high

Tendency to dig : low

Social/Attention Needs : high

beagle puppy

Character of the Beagle

It is a gentle, lively and curious dog who loves everyone! Beagles are very friendly. They are very good with children, but also with other dogs and even other animals. With smaller animals it can sometimes be a bit more difficult due to their natural hunting instincts, but it is certainly possible.

Don’t count on them to guard your house. They may bark, but they won’t do more when confronted by an intruder.

Beagles are pack dogs. This means that they are group dogs and need a pack. If you take a Beagle puppy into your home, you will become his new “pack”. Beagles love company, both from people and other dogs. Being alone is less their thing, and they can become destructive and/or bark excessively.

Of course, it is not always possible to be with your dog 24/7. Teach your puppy from day 1 that he will need to be left alone from time to time. Find a place where he feels safe and leave him there alone with some toys. For example, after 30 minutes, go back to your pup and reward him if he was good. This will teach your puppy that he will have to be alone from time to time, but he also learns that you will always come back. Another option is to find a playmate for your puppy. That way, he is never alone. This must of course be carefully thought through because this also means that you have to train another puppy.

They are intelligent dogs, but very purposeful and stubborn. This sometimes makes upbringing difficult, but the stubborn character usually gives the educators a lot of fun.

These dogs generally listen well, but they are easily distracted. So ensure variety during the training and take sufficient breaks.

Living conditions

Beagle puppies need plenty of exercise, but in a fairly large garden he can lose quite a bit of his energy.

But this doesn’t mean you have to have a garden. It is also possible to keep your beagle puppy in an apartment. A Beagle has quite a lot of energy, so if you take a Beagle in an apartment, you have to make sure that he can lose his energy. Take extra walks or go to a park nearby where you can play with your puppy.

A beagle is a sporty dog, a daily walk with your Beagle puppy is recommended. Always use a leash when you go for a walk. Because the Beagle is a hunting dog, he sometimes dares to go after game on his own.

Some more Beagle facts

  • Beagles are foodies. They love to eat and can sometimes continue to eat. A dog treat or piece of meat on the table will also quickly disappear if you don’t keep an eye on them. This can cause them to become overweight quickly.
  • They like to chew. (Maybe this is true for most dogs) Give them regular chews, and they’ll have a blast.
  • They love hugs and human contact.
  • They also like to sleep near you.
  • They love to play tug of war.
  • They are not good watchdogs. Usually they are friendly to everyone they meet.
  • They can be difficult to house train because they can be stubborn at times. In many cases, a wire cage can help train your puppy.
  • They can get bored if left alone for too long. They will then find other ways to entertain them such as crying, digging or trying to escape.
  • The most common reason he comes to the shelter is because either the owners or the neighbors are tired of barking. This can be avoided with proper upbringing.
  • Since they are sniffer dogs, they will follow their noses if they smell an interesting scent.
  • While this breed is sweet and gentle, they can be independent and stubborn. Obedience training is recommended, food as a reward most dogs can’t resist.

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