Since beagles thoroughly enjoy hunting and digging, providing a safe and adequate confinement may be difficult. For some persistent dogs, special fencing may be required. Beagles are a working breed dog and can develop destructive habits if they are not given a job to perform or enough exercise. Apartment living is possible with a beagle, but not recommended unless you can provide ample time for exercise. Beagles need long walks and stimulation to keep them fit and happy. Beagles can become overweight quickly due to their small size if they do not receive the proper amount of exercise.
Beagles have an above average sense of smell. The way to a beagle’s heart is through its nose. This trait can be both an asset and liability while training. While your beagle will be quickly won over by strong-smelling treats such as cheese, it will also be easily distracted environmental smells such as other animals and plants. This can become an issue if you let your beagle off leash in an area that is not fenced in. Once he catches a whiff of something yummy, a beagle is liable to take off in pursuit. Beagles should only be let off leash in fenced-in areas or after extensive training.
Due to their strong hunting instincts, beagles are very vocal animals. Without proper training. Beagles can become somewhat of a nuisance with their constant barking and baying. Beagles, like all hounds, have the ability to bay, not just howl.
Common Diseases and Disorders in Beagles
Just like any other breed, there are a number of diseases that can affect beagles.
- Dermatitis is a general term used to describe inflammation of the skin and can be caused by allergies, infections or even parasites such as mange.
- Epilepsy is a disorder that results in seizure activities.
- Intervertebral Disk Disease is a painful condition that can develop when the disk material between the vertebra of the spine moves out of place. The disk material extrudes into the spinal canal and can impinge on the spinal cord, resulting in pain, difficulty walking or even paralysis.
- Diabetes Mellitus is a disease of the pancreas related to insufficient amounts of insulin production.
- Chronic Hepatitis is a chronic and progressive inflammation of the liver of dogs that leads eventually to the replacement of normal liver tissue with scar tissue.
- Lymphosarcoma (lymphoma) is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system.
- In addition, although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:
- Cataracts are opacities within the lens of the eye that affect vision.
- Amyloidosis is a disease involving abnormal deposits of starch-type material throughout the body. A primary target is the kidney.
- Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that develops when the pressure within the eye increases. There is a high risk of permanent blindness associated with glaucoma.
- Deafness can be present at birth or develop later in life.
- Prolapse of the third eyelid also known as cherry eye, is not painful and occurs spontaneously.
- Lymphocytic Thyroiditis is a condition causing Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately. Without enough thyroid hormone, illness can occur.
- Hyperadrenocorticism is a disorder affecting the adrenal glands. When overactive, the adrenal glands secrete excessive cortisol, resulting in illness.
- Developmental Kidney Disease is a disease that can result in kidney failure early in life.
- Congenital Hypotrichosis is a congenital problem causing symmetrical hair loss.
- Mast Cell Tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.
- Lens Luxation is a dislocation or displacement of the lens within the eye.
Diet of Beagles
Beagles are not picky eaters, in fact, the opposite is true. Beagles can very easily become overweight, so you’ll need to watch what your beagle eats. This breed only needs about 700-950 calories a day, of course, each beagle is different, so speak with your vet to find their ideal balance. Beagles need a high-protein diet to support their boundless energy and can do well on either wet or dry food.
Lifespan of the Beagle
The average lifespan of the beagle ranges between 12 to 15 years.
We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.