The Beagle is a popular dog breed in South Africa, and perhaps this has some relation to the character of Snoopy in the cartoon Peanuts! This inquisitive pooch is perfect for families and will certainly keep you on your toes.
Fun facts about the Beagle breed
With a lifespan of anything from 10 – 15 years, the Beagle is an intelligent dog with an independent nature. Beagles are typically medium in size with a sturdy build (excepting for those cute floppy ears!) and will not eat you out of the house. These short-haired pooches require regular brushing to control hair shedding, however, as their coats are short and hard there is no risk for matted hair. Moreover, the Beagle is a good family companion that enjoys regular exercise.
Now, with this being said, Beagles are known to suffer from separation anxiety. Similarly, they also tend to get bored from being bored and if not stimulated with exercise or play may start to develop bad habits. These include digging, chewing or persistent barking. Obedience training with this breed is therefore necessary.
Furthermore, as Beagles age they are known to get quite lazy and just enjoy lounging around the house. This contentment does however risk obesity so regular exercise should be a part of their daily routine.
What sort of temperament does the Beagle breed have?
Beagles have a good temperament. However, even though they are highly inquisitive creatures, Beagles are not immediately fond of strangers. With this being said, a Beagle’s bark is louder than his bite, which makes them better watch dogs than guard dogs.
Medical problems in the breed
Beagles are generally healthy animals. This breed is however genetically predisposed to a number of health conditions, all which can be treated by your veterinarian. Beagle breeds are prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, allergies, hyperthyroidism, obesity and cherry eye.
Additionally, as Beagles have droopy ears, they are at risk for infection. A Beagle’s ears should be checked regularly for wax build up as well as atrophy. You should speak with your veterinarian about good hygiene practices for regular ear cleaning.
The Beagle is a great family companion that integrates well into one’s lifestyle. Although they have a tendency to be lazy, they love mental stimulation, walking and playing. This breed does however have a loud bark and howl, so if integrating into apartment living, you will want to make sure your neighbours are dog friendly.