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Beagles - Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1885
  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Dog Kennel for Beagle: 36" dog crate 

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The Beagle is a small to medium-sized dog breed and in 2014 was the 5th most popular dog breed in the United States. Early breeds of Beagle ancestors are thought to trace back to Ancient Greece in the 5th century BC. The line of ancestors that led to the Beagle is thought to derive from the Talbot Hounds, which were crossed with Greyhounds to improve speed, which gave rise first to the Southern Hound and then later the Beagle. During the 18th century Beagle varieties of scent hound almost became extinct. That is if it weren't for some Southern farmers who kept them to hunt rabbits.The modern U.S. Beagle was imported from England as previous breeds were more straight-legged Dachshunds or Bassets. They also had weaker heads than Bassets. Although originally bred for pack hunting, Beagles are also used as detection dogs for food items coming into the United States, therapy dogs for the sick and elderly, and of course as family pets.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Beagle in 1885. These medium energy dogs are known as friendly, curious, and happy with a gentle disposition and even temperament.  Sadly, their passive nature means that they are also a primary dog breed used in research experiments. 


In the United States the Beagle has a height limit of 15 inches. They typically weigh between 18 and 35 pounds. For its size, it is a solid breed with the build that enables it to follow its chase to the end. Its coat is short and thin, typically coming in three colors: black, brown and white.  


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small and medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Beagle has short hair that is easy to maintain. Regular brushing ensures that shedding will be managed. It is important to keep their nails trimmed to avoid cracking or overgrowth. Since their ears hang, it is also important to check regularly to ensure that moisture, debris, and wax buildup do not lead to an infection.


As scent hounds Beagles require moderate exercise to stay healthy. They love to play and as such they make great family pets.

 Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 36" dog crates for most adult Beagles.


Recommended Resources:


Puppy Sites - Beagles 


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