Beagles are adorable, and one cannot disagree with this fact! If you are planning to get a beagle, there must be a lot of questions and queries in your mind.
You must be in search of all the relevant Beagle information. Questions like “whether the Beagle I want to own is purebred / Is it a healthy puppy?” must be popping up in your head.
We are here to address all your beagle-related queries. This article will help you tell if a beagle is purebred and healthy.
Along with that, you will also know the general beagle-related information that you should be aware of before becoming a beagle parent.
Identifying a Full Blooded Beagle (Purebred Beagle Puppy) by Physical Characteristics
With the help of these physical traits, you can easily recognize and identify if a dog is a purebred Beagle or not. Looking for these features will make it easy for you to determine the quality of your Beagle and differentiate it from the mixed breeds.
Beagles tend to have droopy ears. Their ears drop below their head and are wide and large. While looking for a purebred Beagle dog, you should examine its ears. If a dog has pointed, upward, and small ears, it is not a purebred Beagle.
You will always find a white spot on a purebred Beagle’s tail. It is especially found on the tail tip. It could also be just a few hairs on the tip. Apart from that, the tail of a pure Beagle is medium-sized. It is neither too short nor too long. You can spot a Beagle with a tail that is not white- but it’ll only mean that it is a mixed-breed Beagle.
Beagles do not just come in one color. Their coats can be a combination of white, brown, and black colors. Purebred beagle Puppies can also have a coat of a mix of two colors as well. Other than that, Beagles also come in a mixture of different shades like tan, lemon, red, fawn.
The Purebred Beagles can be tri-colored, bi-colored, as well as have spots of different colors all over the body.
4. White Streaks:
It is common for a purebred Beagle to have white streaks on its head. You will not notice this feature so much in the Mixed Breed Beagles, however.
This can be a helpful feature in identifying a purebred, healthy Beagle. A purebred Beagle has medium-sized paws, which are purely white in color.
The coat of a purebred Beagle is silky. Their fur is thick, soft, and short.
7. Upper Body:
A healthy purebred Beagle will have a reasonably muscular upper body, with a neck of medium width and length. Their chests are broad and robust. Also, the purebred Beagles have sturdy shoulders.
A purebred Beagle is neither too heavy nor too lightweight. It has got firm muscles. Coming across a Beagle that is too thin and has visible bones and ribs can be a sign of faulty breeding. This will suggest that the Beagle is not purebred.
8. Lower Body:
A healthy purebred Beagle has a strong and muscular lower body. They are 11 – 16 inches tall, with shorter backs. Their legs are straight and relatively smaller than the rest of their bodies, making them look somewhat tiny.
Purebred Beagles are not much on the heavier side of the scale. The weight of a healthy and full-grown purebred male Beagle must be around 11 – 15 kg. In comparison, the weight of a female Beagle should be nearly 10 – 12 kgs.
Identifying a Purebred & Healthy Beagle Puppy by Behavioral Traits of a Beagle
In case the physical traits are not enough, there are other behavioral aspects that can help you identify a purebred Beagle. However, unlike recognizing the physical features, it is not such a quick job to read their behavioral traits so quickly. It will take you some time to notice these behavioral traits in your purebred Beagle. Let’s see what they are.
Beagles have more scent receptors than the other breeds of dogs. As per a report, Beagles have 44 times the scent receptors in their noses, compared to that in humans!
They sniff on almost everything, in every corner. A lot of their time goes into doing exactly that. They love sniffing things. Well, that only suggests you will have to keep cleaner if you are planning to raise one. 😉
2. Difficult to Train:
This one is quite a task! It is a little difficult to train a Beagle and will require effort. Beagles can be stubborn and test your patience. While training them, you need to make added efforts and remain patient with them. They are smart and intelligent and will eventually come around.
Beagles love to express themselves. They might bark more often to grab your attention. They bark, howl, and make a lot of noise. The trick to deal with that is not to give them a lot of attention post their barking. They will understand that it is not appreciated.
Other ways to identify a Purebred Beagle
Here are some other ways you can easily identify a purebred Beagle:
Consult your Vet:
Consulting a vet can be a convenient way of being sure that your dog is a purebred Beagle. If you are having trouble identifying your dog or are not convinced of its heritage, you can have your vet examine your Beagle.
The most accurate technique to figure out the breed of your Beagle would be to test your dog’s DNA. You can use a commercial DNA testing kit for it. All you need to do is swab your Beagle’s mouth and send the sample for testing back to the company.
You will get to know in a few weeks whether your Beagle is purebred (full-blooded) or not.
Talk to other Beagle owners:
Talking to a person who already owns a Beagle can prove to be helpful for you. They must be aware of the features and qualities of a purebred Beagle. It is fine to enquire about them in a polite manner. They can tell you better whether your Beagle is purebred.
While buying a Beagle, make sure that you are provided with the original documents confirming both the parents of the pup as Beagles. Always ask for the pedigree certificate of your pup.
Note: Beagles love to chew on things! It would be best to look out for your essential stuff when you have a Beagle living with you. Restrict your Beagle a little till they are trained enough not to ruin your things. Give them toys to chew on, instead.
Do Purebred Beagles also come with spots on their body?
Yes, they do! You can find patches on the body of many purebred Beagles. The spots can be of different colors, such as white, brown, black, tan, lemon.
For how long do Beagles sleep?
On average, adult Beagles sleep for 10 – 12 hours. The more active Beagles might also sleep up to 16 hours. In the case of Beagle puppies, the sleeping hours may vary from 18 – 20 hours.
You must be aware of all the features and traits of a Purebred Beagle by now. It should now be easy for you to differentiate a mixed breed Beagle from the pure one.
We want to hear if you found the Beagle of your dreams and whether you were successful with choosing the right one. Tell us in the comment section below.
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.