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If you are after a family pet that is warm, loving and near human in nature, you canít go past the beautiful and sweet Beagle. Hereís what you need to know about these lovely dogs.
Characteristics of the Beagle
The Beagle is a small dog that is longer than they are tall, and they are fairly lean in appearance. There are two distinct varieties of Beagles, the 13 inch Beagle and the 15 inch Beagle. One of the characteristics of the Beagle breed is the wonderful soft brown eyes that they have. The other is their wonderful ears that naturally droop down to frame their face. The Beagleís coat is short, and water resistant. The coat comes in different colours include tricolour (tan, black and white), red and white, and lemon and white.
The Beagle Temperament
The Beagle is famed for its naturally sweet disposition and warm personality and they make the ideal family pet as they are great with children. They are very gentle and loving. The Beagle is also a very intelligent dog and so they will respond well to training. Because the Beagle is a companion dog, they do not do well when they are left alone and they can become very naughty when they are bored. The Beagle is a scent hound, so if they get a smell of something good, they will follow it, even when you are trying to call them back! For this reason, they should always be leashed outside the backyard and be securely fenced.
Caring for the Beagle
To keep the Beagle looking its best, all you should have to do is some basic grooming tasks. That is, you should only need to brush them a few times a week to remove dead hair from the coat, and to give them a bath as necessary. Because they have drooping ears, you will need to check the ears regularly and clean them out as needed. You can feed the Beagle on canned, dry and fresh food but you should be careful how much you give them as too much food can lead to obesity. The Beagle will live for 12 to 15 years on average but they will live longer with a good diet and plenty of TLC.
Who is the Beagle Suited To?
The Beagle is a perfect family dog and they suited for all owners. They are actually quite an active and inquisitive dog so they are best kept in yards that have secure fences. The owner should be willing to give the dog the training and exercise that they need. Beagles are not a good apartment dog as they can be prone to barking and howling if left alone for too long.
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