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Beagle
The charm of the Beagle continues to entrance and propel the breed into the top ten.  This is actually to its detriment since every year thousands of wonderful Beagles are euthanized in shelters across the country.  The delightful boy in our photograph was a lucky one.  A rescue saved him and fully vetted him prior to placing him in a carefully screened, loving home.  Unbelievably sweet and charming and great with people, the downfall of the Beagle is that they are too frequently raised in filthy conditions which leave them ill-equipped to be easily housetrained.  Nevertheless with patience and a good method it can be done.  Of course, with its exceptional nose, the Beagle is also a challenging choice for being trained to walk well on a leash or off lead, again this can usually be overcome with management and/or training.  Go to www.digitaldog.com/phpbb to take advantage of our forum in addressing these and other questions.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 12-16
Weight: 15-28 pounds Longevity: 14 years
Colors: various but usually tri-color, lemon and white, orange and white Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact puppy with charming floppy ears and soft expression. Muscular but not overly muscled.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate, tends toward overweight if not exercised
General Nature: happy, agreeable and tolerate to a fault
  with Children: excellent (probably none better)
  with other pets: good
  with dogs: excellent
Socialization requirements: can tend toward timidity if not socialized otherwise minimal
Ideal home characteristics: exceptional in a variety of situations but should not be off lead in general
Temperament Notes: easy dog for novice and charming companion for more experienced homes
Training requirement: as suits the lifestyle
Trainer notes: The Beagle, being a Scenthound, is not widely regarded as being especially trainable.  The Scenthounds, developed for rather independent work, are not always atuned to having requests issued by their human companion and when the wonderful scents of the world beckon, they are often in another place.  Even so, with a certain amount of joy and a limited sense of perfectionism, the trainer of a Beagle can have a perfectly delightful time and a moderate amount of success.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: certainly in the 1800s by then they were miniaturized as pocket pets for the ladies of the court
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: Rabbit hound
History:
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, poor dentition
Health Notes: megaaesophagus; hypothyroidism, deafness, eye problems, see bottom of page
Health Testing: CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Beagles?
  • Why do you have Beagles (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Beagle?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Beagle?
  • How would you describe the ideal Beagle home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Beagle?
Web Sites:

http://www.beagles-on-the-web.com/adopt/- Great Beagle Resource!  Lists Beagle Rescues all over the country!  If there is a breed that needs great rescue groups, its Beagles.  Wonderful, healthy, young, cute and smart Beagles are available for adoption every day and many don't find the new homes they deserve.

With great fun and verve, Grinning Beagle, tackles the heart-rending topic of rescue.  Great supporter of dog rescues with profits offering fantastic books, toys and other gifts for perfect for Beagle Fancier and dog lovers in general.

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.hund.ch/rasse/beagleus.htm- Switzerland's Beagle Standard with a fabulous pic of some pups!

http://www.beagleclubnsw.org.au/breedstd.htm- Beagle Standard of Australian Beagle Club

http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/161gb2000_en.do- Standard of the Beagle, FCI

Breeder Ethics:

http://www.cwbeagles.com/ethics.htm- Columbus Willamette Beagle Club Code of Ethics, a bit vague so hard to be sure if someone has violated any part of it but still important reading for anyone considering getting a Beagle

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