As characteristic of hound dogs, the Beagle has a small yet well-developed body and prominent facial features. The broad, black nose serves to help the dog with scenting. The eyes are a dark or light brown and have a heartfelt look. The head is wide with the trademark ears are set low and suspended past the chin. The coat is coarse, close to the body, and medium length. From the chin, through the strong chest, and down to the front quarters, the coat is white. The remainder of the body is either tan or a combination of tan and black. The tail extends from the back of the torso and neither lies down or curls back.


Training the Beagle may prove to be a difficult task. It is a slow learner and can be stubborn. Like other dogs in the Hound group, it will naturally scent wherever it is; indoors or outdoors. They should have a leash or be supervised when in an environment with potentially dangerous items, such as a swimming pool. Energetic, alert, easy going, and devoted, the Beagle is a great family pet. It is best in an environment with children and other pets when it is raised with them. Shyness is not a problem with the breed. In fact, it may be too sociable. It is a well-known barker. It is a protector and although it will not usually attack unwanted intruders, it will bark to get its owners attention.

Height and Weight

Height: 13-16 inchesWeight: 18-30 pounds

Health Problems

It is unfortunate that the Beagle is associated with some serious health conditions. The most common conditions include eye infections, meningitis, heart problems, ear infections, and slipped disk.

Ideal Living Conditions

Large open spaces are best for the Beagle. It loves hunting and scenting around, so smaller environments may cause it to become bored. Smaller environments are fine for the breed as long as it is taken outdoors on a daily basis.


A daily exercise regimen consisting of an hour or more of medium physical activity is recommended for the Beagle.

Life Expectancy

The Beagle is expected to live an average of 9-15 years

Litter Size

An average of 6 puppies


The coat of the Beagle is short and requires very little maintenance. Brushing at least once each week is recommended to keep the coat smooth. They are heavy shedders, so the coat will need more brushing during periods of shedding.


The origin of the Beagle is unclear, but it is believed to be a result of breeding




Just about any color is acceptable for the Beagle coat. Red is the only unacceptable color.