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Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: Beagle-type dogs have existed for centuries, but the breed as we know it today was developed in Great Britain about 150 years ago. It has been one of the most popular breeds in North America for more than a quarter century.


Physical Description: This is a small, lean dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a long skull and square muzzle. It has large, brown, or hazel eyes, and a black nose. The drop ears are long and broad, and the naturally short tail is set high. The short, hard coat is of any hound color.

Height: 10 to 15 inches

Weight: 20 to 30 pounds

Temperament: This is a good-natured but independent-minded dog. It is outgoing and friendly and gets along well with children and other animals as long as it is socialized. It will pursue scents.

Activity Level: Moderate

Best Owner: This breed does well with an active family and is adaptable to most living situations.

Special Needs: Fenced yard, leashed, socialization, training

Possible Health Concerns: Cleft palate, demodectic mange, dwarfism, epilepsy, eye problems, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, luxating patellas, reproductive disorders

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