Beagle breed information

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Own a Beagle, or welcoming one into the family? Here's everything you need to know about your furry friend, from grooming and exercise to common health problems.

  • Size: Small to medium
  • Life span: 10-15 years
  • Coat: Short and easy to clean, but needs to be groomed at least once a week
  • Exercise: 2 or more hours a day for adult dogs

Beagle personality

Beagles are an active and affectionate breed that love companionship and cuddles.Their noses guide them through life: as part of the hound group, they love nothing more than to follow a scent! A beagle will need a lot of exercise, this helps to keep them fit and stop them from becoming bored and shredding your sofa. Beagles love food and can be very vocal in telling you what they want.

The Beagle breed was originally used as a hunting dog to track rabbits, hare, and other animals because of their amazing ability to track scents.

Their nose is equipped with 220 million smell receptors. To put that in perspective the human nose has 5 million smell receptors.  That's a powerful sniffer!

Beagles are a curious breed and have minds of their own. They are often stubborn and need patient, firm training. They're worth the effort though as they make excellent family pets and are great with children, their white tipped wagging tail is always on the go.

Other than being amazing hunting dogs and good pets, Beagles are familiar in popular culture as well. Who can forget characters like Snoopy - 'the world's most famous Beagle' - from Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts and Odie from Jim Davis' comic strip Garfield. In fact, it is perhaps the only dog breed which has made it to the silver screen, television, novels, cartoons, comic strips, and even Shakespeare plays.


Common Beagle health problems and illnesses


Beagles can be prone to allergies that can lead to itchy skin. You can sometimes put this down to seasonal allergies or food intolerances, or they can be due to contact allergies where they've touched something which sets off a reaction.

Symptoms range from chewing and licking their paws and skin, to breathing problems.

Growths and lumps

Check for unusual lumps and bumps when grooming your dog. Beagles can be prone to a variety of tumours, cysts and growths including mass cell tumours. Beagles like other dogs are prone to develop fatty tumours, otherwise known as Lipomas. It's worth getting any lumps and bumps checked out by your vet.



Beagles can be susceptible to epilepsy. Epilepsy symptoms include uncontrolled movements of the muscles known as fits and seizures. The good news is, depending on the severity of the condition, it's possible to control epilepsy with medication for the rest of your Beagle's life, to make sure they are comfortable and live life to the full.


Check out our pet breed guide to learn more


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  • Our Time Limited policies cover an illness or condition (and their related conditions) for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the first treatment up to the limit you choose 

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