Beagle dogs

What is the basic nature of beagle dogs?

The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound.With a great sense of smell, the beagle is employed as detection dog for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world.

On an average they are 1”1 feet to 1”3 feet tall at the shoulder. They usually weigh 18 to 30 pound. Beagles could live 10 to 15 year.
The Beagle isn’t an easy breed for a first time dog owner. Patience is required with them.

Beagles will need regular exercise to stay fit. This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

 

What are Healthcare tips for beagle dogs?

Beagles may be prone to epilepsy, Hypothyroidism dwarfism Hip dysplasia, common in Harriers and in some larger breeds, is rarely considered a problem in beagles. Beagles are considered a chondrodystrophic breed, meaning that they are prone to types of disk diseases.

Weight gain can be a problem in older or sedentary dogs, which in turn can lead to heart and joint problems.

In rare cases, beagles may develop immune mediated polygenic arthritis
Their long floppy ears can mean that the inner ear does not receive a substantial air flow or that moist air becomes trapped, and this can lead to ear infections.

Beagles may also be affected by a range of eye problems like glaucoma and corneal dystrophy

“Cherry eye”, a prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid, and distichiasis, a condition in which eyelashes grow into the eye causing irritation; both these conditions can be corrected with surgery. They can suffer from several types of retinal atrophy.

Failure of the nasal drainage system can cause dry eye or leakage of tears onto the face. They are also likely to pick up parasites such as fleas, ticks, harvest mites, and tapeworms, and irritants like grass seeds can become trapped in their eyes, soft ears, or paws.

Beagles show reverse sneezing, in which they sound as if they are choking or gasping for breath, but are actually drawing air in through the mouth and nose.

 

What is the average lifespan of beagle dogs?

The typical lifespan of beagles is 12–15 years

 

What are grooming tips of beagle dogs?

Beagles need a monthly bath with lukewarm water, specially protecting their long ears from getting wet by placing few cotton balls down their ear. Also remember to remove the cotton balls after the bath.

Beagle’s ears should be cleaned frequently using dog specific ear cleaner so as to avoid occurrence of infections. Separate cotton ball should be used for each ear while cleaning.

Vigilantly checking Beagles’ ear for any sign of infection is essential. Take your pooch to the vet if any unusual redness, foul odor, scratching or discharge is noticed.

Dog’s nose tends to become dry and flaky due to sun exposure, dry air, and dehydration. humidifiers can be used. Beagle requires constant access to fresh, clean water. Application of dog-specific nose balm is a good idea for the relief in extreme weather conditions.

Regular trimming of nails and brushing of body hair is essential as they tend to shed a lot in spring and fall.

Brushing beagles’ teeth daily or at least three times a week with a dog safe toothbrush and tooth paste is vital.do not forget to praise your pooch while you brush its teeth.