Beagle: its origins and characteristics!

beagle baby tricolor sitting in a garden of yellow grass and white pebbles
01 January 2021 Pets4Company

Attentive, outgoing and very friendly. Have you met the Beagle?

Technical sheet:

  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Average Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
  • Weight: 9 to 13kg
  • Height: 33 to 40 cm
  • Dogs per Litter: 2 to 14 puppies
  • Subspecies: bicolor coat, tricolor coat

white and caramel two-colored beagle

beagle tricolor white caramel and black coat

Origin and History:

Originally from the United Kingdom, the Beagle as we know it will have appeared in the 19th century (around 1830) from the crossing of several breeds of hunting dogs with similar characteristics ( blood hounds ) and with a single purpose: the creation of a small, portable and low-lying hunting dog, capable of crawling among bushes and entering dens in the hunt for hares and rabbits.

Its name is believed to be of Gaelic origin and for a long time it would be used to define several small hunting dog breeds.

After several crossings and changes, the breed was in decline. In 1884 the Beagle was accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club, having spread all over the world in the 20th century becoming extremely popular in America and Canada.

Curiosity: Although the origin of the beagles is intimately linked to the United Kingdom, there are reports of a similar species (physiognomy and purpose) in ancient Greece in the 5th century BC

beagle in a lake with green aquatic plants


The Beagle's coat is smooth with white as its base color, dividing into two-color and three-color variants. On this base are several stains and patterns that can vary between: black, brown, caramel, red and yellow. The coat should be brushed regularly as this species tends to molt several times a year.

The eyes are large, brown or almond colored.

Its size is small and robust. They have a round skull and a square snout that ends in a markedly black nose.

The ears are long, slightly turned towards the cheeks and rounded at the tips. They must be cleaned frequently as they are prone to accumulate moisture and dirt.

Extremely social and friendly, they love company and can easily suffer from separation anxiety. Tolerant of children and other animals easily adapts to life in an apartment or a house with a small garden.

Curious by nature, loves to stroll and chase scents. With a defined and stubborn personality, it requires some time to be trained. His keen nose has been used in some countries in substances detection, search and rescue and his friendly personality in various animal related therapies. Its energy is easily spent on daily strolls without requiring exhaustive exercise and responds well to treats.

white brown and black tricolor beagle in a garden with its leash

Associated Health Problems:

  • Obesity
  • Eye and ear infections
  • Dwarfism
  • Epilepsy

In love with Beagles? So do we. Find out more about this 4-legged friend in the video “dogs 101 - BEAGLE - Top Dog Facts About the BEAGLE” from YouTube channel Brooklyns Corner .