Country/Region of Origin: Great Brittan
Life span: 12 – 15 Years
Weight: 20 – 25 pounds (9 – 11 kg)
Gestation: 59 – 63 days
Health issues in Beagles:
- Neurological problems such as epilepsy and narcolepsy.
- Eyes problems such as Cherry Eye and Glaucoma.
- Beagles enjoy eating which can lead obesity and other problems such as diabetes and heart diseases.
- Umbilical Hernia
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) which can cause weight gain and fatigue.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which is the degeneration of the retina causes impaired vision and blindness.
- Chondroplasia (Dwarfism)
- Back Problems.
Interesting Facts about Beagles:
Beagles were used by the early English hunters. Beagles in packs were used to track down game such as rabbits, pheasants and other small animals.
A pure breed of Beagle will either have a white tail or white tipped tail. This was bred into them to help the hunters see their bright tails while tracking down animals on a hunt.
Beagles’ coats are very smooth and water resistant.
The nickname for a Beagle is “Snoopy”
Beagles are pack animals and love to be with other dogs.
The name “Beagle” derives from the Celtic word “beag” meaning “small”.
Beagles do not drool.
They bond better with women than they do with men.
They have an extremely acute sense of smell with their 220 million scent receptors. Man only has 5 million scent receptors.