Info about the Beagle
The Beagle is a very old breed of dog. Yet it is often said that it is an impossible, stubborn dog that only demolishes. This is not true. A beagle is an independent dog, with its own will and opinion. The boss will have to respect them and, above all, being consistent is very important.
In England, the beagle has been used as a hunting dog from way back. He is also known as the ‘little hare dog’. He hunts rabbits and hares in packs. The beagle was bred to herd game without human assistance and to bring it to the hunter in a wide arc. So this is the independence that is often talked about in the beagle, which is wrongly seen as stubborn.
The Beagle is also very suitable as a house dog, due to its cheerful and balanced character. He likes to be heard now and then, but it is not a watchdog. The beagle is not that big, but its character is. So this really has to be taken into account in the upbringing. Because he was bred to hunt independently, he will also go his own way in daily life. It is therefore not easy to raise a beagle, being consistent is very important. He loves attention and asks for it, it is not a dog to be alone for long. He prefers to stay with his pack and will certainly show that.
- Eyes and ears
Sad, very active, great stamina, determined, intelligent and watchful. Also very sweet, without aggression or fear.
The head is fairly long, with no frown or wrinkle. The skull is slightly domed with small occipital lumps, no pointed nose and the lips are drooping.
The eyes are dark brown or hazel. They are large, not deep-set and have a soft, friendly expression. The ears are long with rounded tips. They are set low and worn close to the cheek.
The jaws are strong with a perfect scissor bite.
The top line is straight and horizontal. The neck is slightly arched with little dewlap and the shoulder slopes well back. The front legs are straight under the dog, not tapering to the foot. The chest drops below the elbow and the ribs run well back, short in the back, but well proportioned. The loins are strong and supple and the abdomen is not tucked up too much. Very muscular thighs and strong feet placed parallel to each other.
Firm and not too long. Set on high, not curled over back or leaning forward from the root of the tail.
The height at the withers is between 13 and 16 inches (33 and 40.5 cm.).
Pros and cons
Beagles are beautiful, proud and very characterful. They are loyal, sweet to children and tolerant of other dogs. However, it is and will remain a hunting dog and this should be taken into account. He will go after all possible prey and if he is not well under appeal, the boss may have to wait a long time if the beagle has smelled a trail. In the house they are very affectionate, sometimes even shy. They are friendly and have a very gentle disposition, they are also very attached to their pack. If left alone for too long, he will make it clear in a loud way. He is always up for a game and also has a great need for exercise, as he is a hunting dog. He must be able to run for at least an hour daily.
You don’t just buy a puppy just like that. In any case, the following points are very important:
- Never impulsively buy a puppy. A dog always needs attention and time and cannot be thrown away when the owner is fed up.
- When looking at the puppy, you should pay particular attention to the mother dog. Is she calm, nervous, well-groomed, aggressive or not? All this says a lot about the puppy to be purchased.
- Make sure the puppy is kept in the house. A young dog should gain as many impressions as possible in the first months of his life and this includes living in a family context. Kennel dogs lack all that experience and will not be sufficiently socialized
- Make sure that there is a pedigree, graft papers, results of health examinations available. The puppy must also be at least 8 weeks old.
- Inquire about hereditary diseases, such as epilepsy, hernia or heart defects.
The Beagle is a very independent dog, the owner must be very consistent and a certain preponderance is necessary. He needs to be watched over all the time, orders should only be given when the dog is closer or it will certainly be of no use. A course in obedience is recommended, but whether the beagle also puts what has been learned into practice is still the question. It remains a mischievous, very sweet, hunting dog, who still does what he intended to do. Before he is 7 months old, he must have learned a lot to listen, because from that age the hunting instinct starts to develop. If an adult beagle does not get enough exercise (at least an hour of running a day), it will have to dissipate its energy in a different way and the furniture is often the victim.
There are a number of diseases that are more common in the beagle than in other dogs:
- Hernia. It is difficult to determine whether a hernia is a hereditary condition or not. The beagle is prone to hernia.
- Anal gland inflammation. Beagles often have full anal glands. It is therefore important to have it emptied in time, the vet can explain how this works.
- Parvo. This is a very contagious disease that is caused by a virus. If the dog is infected with this, it usually does not survive. The virus is spread through the feces of a sick dog. It causes serious inflammation of the intestines and within a very short time the dog develops bloody diarrhea, vomits blood, becomes drowsy, develops a fever and is really sick to death. He will not want to eat or drink and can therefore dry out again. Most dogs therefore die of excessive fluid and blood loss. Usually the dog has died within 2 days.
- Corona. This is a viral disease, which can be recognized by diarrhea, vomiting and possibly. damage to the mucous membranes. It resembles parvo, but is less intense.
- Canine distemper. This is a highly contagious virus, which starts with a runny nose and cough. Some time later diarrhea, not eating, vomiting and fever, laryngitis, pus-like discharge from the nose and eyes, twitching and cramps follow. It causes meningitis and inflammation in the intestines. Many dogs do not survive this disease either. If they do, they usually end up with permanent nerve damage.
- Rabies. This is a life-threatening disease for both dogs and humans. It is spread through saliva through a small wound and spreads through the nerve pathways to the brain. The disease is deadly. After infection it may take up to 50 days for symptoms to become apparent. The final stage of the disease is terrible. The dog is very anxious because of damage to the brain. He will crawl into a corner and his behavior can suddenly become very aggressive. He will bite and attack anything that comes close to him. Rabies is almost non-existent in the Netherlands, but it does in Germany and Belgium.
- Kennel cough is a disease that can arise from various causes. It is a respiratory disorder and features are a harsh, raw cough that is sometimes accompanied by lung damage. Dogs are usually not very ill, but treatment is necessary.
- Weil’s disease. This disease is caused by bacteria-like microorganisms and infection usually occurs in the spring and autumn. In younger dogs, the disease can be fatal. He gets a high fever, is drowsy and has muscle pain. He will not want to eat, but he will drink and he will have to vomit. He also gets nose bleeds, dark urine and jaundice is also possible. This disease is also dangerous for humans.
- Hepatitis, a highly contagious liver disease. This virus is found in both dogs and foxes. However, the symptoms do differ.