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Beagle Puppies

Beagle puppies are spirited animals and this makes them ideal pets.

They are cute, friendly and have a good temperament which makes them a good choice for families with small children or other pets. They are small in size and do not suffer from many health problems which makes them popular as pets too. The Beagle is a small, medium sized dog breed. Beagles were originally bred for hunting purposes and so puppies also have this tendency to escape from pens. Although these kinds of dogs are a natural pack animal, they do get used to living with other animals or people.

A Beagle puppy will weigh less than 20 pounds when it reaches adulthood and its size will be between 10 inches and 16 inches at the shoulder. You do not need to bathe your Beagle puppy very often. A Beagle puppy sheds frequently and you should brush the coat several times a week. Use a fine tooth flea comb to remove any dirt and excess hair. These puppies require a great deal of love and attention so take the time to walk and play with the puppy at least once a day.

Keep a watch on your puppy’s weight and do not over feed it.

A Beagle dog is similar in appearance to a Foxhound but it has longer, softer ears and smaller, shorter legs. These dogs were developed mainly as hunting dogs, to track game such as hare and rabbit. They have a good sense of smell and are used as detection dogs. The females are slightly smaller than males. They appear in a range of colors but the tricolor is the most common. Tricolor Beagles are usually born black and white. The black areas fade and become brown as the puppy grows. They are intelligent and generally obedient animals. Their lifespan is 12-15 years. They are prone to epilepsy though this can be controlled with medication.

Beagle puppy training requires patience, but firm discipline and consistency. His built in sense of hunting makes this challenging. Begin leash training your puppy as soon as possible. Reduce distractions by holding a few treats in your hand while walking.  Housebreaking should be started once the puppy is at home. Do remember that the puppy will find it difficult to control his bladder till he is about 4 months old. Beagle puppies respond best to training methods that are non violent, consistent, repetitive. Give rewards appropriately too.

  Submitted on June 8, 2010