Beagle Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on June 24, 2010

Originally bred as a scent hound, the Beagle is a small to medium sized dog which is mainly kept today as a companion. Similar to the Foxhound in appearance, it has a small, sturdy frame, sleek tri-colour coat, rounded, soft ears and an appealing, earnest expression. A friendly, non-aggressive dog, robust and easy to care for, the Beagle is a sweet-natured canine companion which makes an ideal family pet.

An active breed given to boredom, the Beagle can become destructive if not exercised regularly. A naturally curious dog, he is inclined to wander away when off the lead. He also has a propensity for rolling in anything unmentionable that he finds en route, meaning a lead is usually better than letting him run loose.

Typical Beagle Facts

Height: 33 – 40 cm/ 13 – 16 in
Weight: 8 – 14 kg/ 18 – 31 lbs
Average litter size: 5 – 8: Bitch 33cm-40cm, Dog 33cm-40cm
Life expectancy: 9-15 years
Good with children: Yes, extremely
Kennel Club classification: Hound Group

Colour of a Beagle

The Beagle has a short, dense coat which is tri-coloured black, white and tan. The eyes are coloured hazel or brown.

Grooming a Beagle

The Beagle has a short, fine coat that requires minimal grooming – a quick brush each day being all that is needed to remove loose hair. However, Beagles have the habit of rolling in whatever muck they can find, in order to disguise their scent while “hunting”, so regular (more…)

Basset Hound Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on October 7, 2009

The Basset Hound is perhaps best known for his long drooping ears, short stumpy legs and long body. He is part of the Hound Dog group and originally bred to track and hunt small animals. His excellent sense of smell is beaten only by the Blood Hound.

These days the Basset Hound is most often found presiding over his favourite couch in the living room as this dog makes an incredibly friendly and family orientated pet. They are affectionate and loving but have a determination and stubbornness that must be controlled by a firm but gentle owner.

General Basset Hound Information:

BassetHound6MonthsOldThe Basset Hound is an affectionate, loyal breed who as a pack animal will settle into family life with ease. They are however not for the faint hearted as this dog has a mind of its own and (more…)