The beagle is a small, short-haired hound. It looks a lot like a miniature Foxhound. Beagles range from 10 to 15 inches high at the shoulders. Beagles weigh between 20 to 40 pounds. The breed is divided into two varieties based on the size: beagles from 13 to 15 inches high and beagles under 13 inches.
The most common color of beagles is tricolor. They are usually black on their backs, have white legs, chest, and belly, with a tan head. Tan is often around the black back area. Many beagles have a white face. Some beagles are red and white with no black at all. Others are lemon and off-white to a dark lemon color. Some rare beagles are black and white. The beagle's coat is a short, dense, and weatherprooof.
Beagles were breed to hunt small game. Beagles work in packs to hunt down small prey such as rabbits and foxes.They do not make good outside dogs. If you spend a lot of time with them in the morning and again in the evening, they can be kept in a fenced in backyard during the day. They will easily become restless if left for long. Beagles have a total of 220 million scent receptors compared to man's 5 million.
Beagles are very energetic. If you enjoy long walks you may enjoy having a beagle to accompany you.
Beagles were bred as a pack animal. Because of this they get along well with other dogs and even cats. Beagles usually love children.
Beagles live about 12 to 13 years.
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