All Around Hound Dog: Beagle Puppies for Sale
Nothing is more tempting to a dog lover than a litter of Beagle puppies for sale. Beagles seem to have the innate ability to fit into any kind of family life. With an attitude between that of a Labrador and a Pointer, a Beagle’s much smaller size makes her especially appealing to many. For busy people who want an active companion that does not require tremendous amounts of exercise and is not too intense, Beagles are worthy of consideration. The breed is loving and endearing and gets along with children and other dogs.
Idyllic Beginnings of Beagle for Sale
Renowned for their Foxhounds, the English needed a hunting dog for smaller game than the wily fox. They often had glove beagles or pocket beagles in their saddlebags to track game once the larger dogs pursued them into less accessible underbrush. It is unclear whether these miniature hounds had any contribution to the Beagle. However, the Talbot Hound and St. Hubert Hound arrived in England in the 1200s, and they probably had a significant influence on the origins of the Beagle, though the timeline is murky. When Reverend Phillip Honeywood established his pack of hunting dogs in Essex in 1830, historians accept that these were the ancestors of 21st-century Beagles. The most influential bloodlines most likely came from the Southern Hound, Talbot, North Country Beagle, and Harrier. Beagles looked remarkably similar to Foxhounds but were only a fraction of the size and mostly hunted rabbits and hares.
A Beagle for sale will have a characteristic appearance. There are two sizes. One is reminiscent of the old pocket Beagles, standing 13 inches or less at the shoulders and weighing under 20 pounds. The other size, however, is still not a large dog, ranging from 13 to 15 inches tall and weighing 20 to 30 pounds. Beagles are muscular despite their diminutive size, appearing sturdy even to a casual observer. A Beagle has a dome-shaped head with a squarish, medium-length, strong, and clean-cut muzzle, brown or hazel large gentle eyes, and hanging ears. He has a deep chest and a level back. The tail is relatively short, and Beagles carry it high whether in motion or at rest.
Although not officially recognized by the AKC, pocket Beagles fit into the acceptable size that includes all members of the breed under 13 inches. Pocket Beagles are seven to twelve inches tall and weigh seven to fifteen pounds. Their remaining features are identical to the larger variety but on a smaller scale. Beagles at the smallest end of the size bracket are more prone to traumatic injury through playing with children or getting underfoot.
A Beagle’s coat should be typical of a hound. The fur is medium in length and dense. It should lay flat but be hard to the touch. The underfur is somewhat thick and fleecy. Because of their coats, Beagles can stay warm in cold weather and cool in the summer. The fur is water-resistant. Since Beagles are so small, they cannot tolerate the temperature extremes of their larger cousins. They should not stay for an extended period in temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if not working.
Beagles can have a wide range of colors. The most recognizable pattern is the classical tricolor which is black and tan with significant white markings. Several other flashy colors exist.
- Blue tri – Dilution gene produces a blue and tan dog rather than black and tan; The white pattern is typical of a tricolor dog
- Lemon and white – A lemon Beagle is much paler than orange, red, or even tan
- Orange and white or red and white – Much darker shade than tan
- Chocolate tri – Chocolate replaces all the black due to a dilution gene
- White and tan
- Red tick or blue tick Beagle – Flecks of color throughout the white parts of the coat; Blue tick Beagles that have numerous speckles will appear mottled
The Beagle colors above are “true hound” patterns and thus, the AKC recognizes all of them. Lemon Beagles, in particular, are difficult to find and often command a higher purchase price. They are born nearly white with the lemon patches darkening over several weeks.
Blue tick Beagles are also relatively rare. The blue ticking refers to either blue or black speckling through the white of the coat. The intermingling of black and white hairs, like in a Merle coat on other breeds, looks blue. Thus, black-flecked hounds are always referred to as blue-ticked. Dogs with blue dilution will appear gray-flecked or silvery but are also blue-ticked.
Beagles have a steady, laidback personality characteristic of many gundogs. However, like many other hounds, they become excitable with increased activity, such as if they spot a squirrel or running children. Beagles are also cheerful, friendly, kind, cooperative, and smart. They are playful and enjoy having fun with kids. Although Beagles can become quite rambunctious with children, their small size makes them manageable for the most part. Because of their background of hunting in packs, Beagles are great with other dogs if you take some time to socialize them when they are younger. They can get carried away if they form large packs with other dogs at the dog park, for example. A Beagle that receives a proper introduction and is well-socialized can also get along with cats in your household. The breed may get into the habit of chasing the neighborhood felines. Some Beagles make good watch dogs. They are not typically great guard dogs.
Training and Intelligence
Beagles rank among the lowest in working intelligence according to renowned canine behaviorist Stanley Coren’s lists but this is not atypical of hounds. Beagles tend to be independent, working within a pack and not necessarily attuned to commands in the field. They are easily distracted by what they perceive to be fleeing prey. They also tend to roam and ignore you completely when they catch a fascinating scent. However, what they lack in focus and obedience they make up for in emotional and instinctual intelligence. Beagles are happy to please and come around in their training with persistence and positive reinforcement. Highly food-motivated, Beagles respond well to a consistent reward system.
A Beagle’s lifespan is about 10 to 15 years. When you acquire a Beagle puppy for sale, the OFA recommends that the breeder has conducted a host of tests on the parents. These include hip certification, evaluation of knees, heart, and eyes, and DNA tests for factor VII (hemophilia), thyroid inflammation, and epilepsy. It may not be practical for a breeder of Beagles puppies for sale to have the results of every recommended DNA test, but knee, hip, and eye certifications are standard. Shelters and rescue organizations are good sources of Beagles, but you may not ever get access to certification, evaluation, or backgrounds of potential dogs.
Care of Beagle Puppies for Sale
Beagles are low-maintenance dogs. They need attention and love like other breeds, unhappy and potentially destructive if you leave them alone for more than four to six hours. A destructive Beagle will bay and bark incessantly, dig, try to escape, or chew on household objects.
How to Feed
If you have owned dogs in the past, you have no doubt heard ad nauseam that meat should be the first ingredient of high-quality dog food. With advances in scientists’ knowledge of how dogs thrive best since their split from wolves, dog food has taken numerous forms. Canned dog food has a high moisture content with water as the top ingredient but also features excellent meat sources. Other options are fresh, dehydrated, and frozen raw commercial diets, homemade meals, premium kibble, and toppers. Once you choose the best diet that will work for your dog and fit your lifestyle, your Beagle will need 450 to 900 calories a day depending on weight, age, health, and activity level. New Beagle puppies should eat three or four meals a day. Your adult will be healthiest with two or more meals every day.
It is most efficient to formulate a routine for your grooming. The following schedule is a loose guideline.
- Brush coat – Once or twice weekly
- Brush teeth – Once every 2 or 3 days; Start from puppyhood if possible
- Trim claws – May clip with traditional canine nail trimmers or file with a Dremel; Once every 4 to 8 weeks
- Check ears – Twice weekly
- Bathe – Mild canine shampoo every one to three months
Brushing your Beagle is exceedingly easy as they do not tend to mat or collect soil in their hair. You should not shave the dual coat. Nail trimming will depend on how much your Beagle exercises outside and on what kinds of surfaces.
Beagles require about 30 to 40 minutes of daily exercise. About a quarter of this should be high-intensity activities like running and chasing while another 15% can be dedicated to training or socialization. Breaking exercise periods into a couple of sessions through the day is more effective than doing everything in one marathon outing. Beagles, although often not more than pets, can exceed at numerous events as they are active and athletic. Many owners use Beagles for their historical purpose of hunting rabbits.
- Field hunting trials
- Luring – Keep in mind Beagles are not fast dogs, but they are eager