How much feeding do Beagles need?
Feeding a beagle can be one of the most challenging tasks about owning a Beagle. Their instinct is to eat as much as they can when they can. As a result, they can often become overweight. Never rely on your beagle telling you how much is enough because it’s never enough. I have seen a Beagle eat its way through half a 5kg bag of dog food and then turn up half an hour later looking for dinner.
A beagle should eat only about 3/4 of a cup of good quality dry food and about 100 grams of meat a day. This can be done in two meals if it is too long between meals for your Beagle. Treats during the day are fine and encouraged during training sessions but supplement this out at meal time.
Your breeder will be able to provide your with details on food and quantities for your Beagle.
How long does a beagle live for?
A beagle usually lives to an age of about 15 years. They have been know to live as long as 18 or 20 years, so you will have your beagle for a long time. Keeping your beagle in good condition (not overweight) and providing regular exercise will mean they will be a loving part of your family for many years.
One of the amazing things about beagles is that they stay playful for years. The old beagle is as playful as the puppy. They are often called the eternal puppy
Is it better to have two beagles than one?
The beagle is one of the breeds where it is easier to look after two. They are a pack dog and need company. Many beagles end up on rescue because their demand is too great. When the family gets another beagle, often the problems are greatly reduced. You need to keep in mind that a beagle is a pack animal and requires an pack environment. Having two beagles creates this environment.
Do beagles only come in the black, tan and white colour?
There is actually about 17 different colour formations that a beagle can have. The most common colour and pattern is what is called the “blanket tricolour”. This is where the beagle has a full black area on their back, known as the saddle, which blends into tan around their rear, shoulders and legs, with white feet, belly and chest.
Other common beagle colours found in Australia include tan and white (no black, sometimes known as a blonde); lemon and white – a light colour brown on a predominantly white body; Broken tricolour – patches of black and tan on a predominantly white body; mottles and pieds.
Every beagle, regardless of it colour, must have one mandatory colouring. Every beagle must have a white tip on their tail. The purpose of the white tip is so when they are hunting in tall grass, they will have their tail in the air and their white tip will be seen. This white tip is known as the “flag”.
Colouring is very much an individual preference and makes not difference to the beagle’s temperament or behaviour.
Where is the best place to get my beagle from? Are they okay from a Pet Shop?
You will have your beagle for up to 15 years or more and are likely to pay a fair bit of money for it. You therefore want to ensure you get the most for your money, where you can ensure it is a purebred beagle that has sound and consistent ancestry.
Beagle breeders who are registered with the Canine Control in your state have many requirements placed on them to ensure that the integrity of the breed and the wellbeing of the dogs is paramount. Your breeder should provide certificate of registration with the sale. This is basically an assurance to you that your are getting a purebred beagle. If your breeder does not provide this, you are not guaranteed of getting a purebred beagle. The certificate of registration cost only about $25 to the breeder, so it is not an expensive cost to the breeder. If a breeder does not regsistre their puppies, it should be a warning to you that it may not be a purebred beagle. When you pruchase your beagle, ask to see the parents or at least see the mother (the father may have been from another kennel). This will give you a good idea as to what your beagle should grow up like.
Speaking from experience, we often have people who have bought beagles from pet shops come to us and ask if our beagles are a different breed because their beagle is much bigger or looks very different. Often it is because their beagle is not pure bred. They may look very similar at 6 weeks of age but as they grow, they turn out not to be a purebred beagle. There are a number of breeds that look similar to a beagle when they are very young (harriers and foxhounds to name two). As they grow, however, they turn out to be very different in size and nature.
Some pet shops provide guarantees that the dog they are selling is a pure bred and will refund your money after 12 months. This is not worth the paper it is written on, as you have to prove it was the original dog and you have to be willing to give back a dog that you have grown to love – even though it is not a beagle.
Pet shops, because they are selling for a profit, often will have their beagles on sale for considerably more than you would pay through a breeder.
Beagles and other dogs found in pet shops are often taken from their mother at a much earlier age than from a breeder. Dogs have been sold in pet shops as early as 5 or 6 weeks which can cause significant behaviour problems as they develop.
In short, consider carefully what you want to get to be the new member of your family. It is worth the wait and ensure that you get what you expect.