A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, deer, and other small game.
Links to Breed Descriptions
AKC Video Link
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SCC Video Link
View more videos on SCC's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKR90_uWp8dUNpGTfQ_y_Zw
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Judges Education National Beagle Club (US: AKC)
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: England
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
This article on Beagles is part of a series to highlight the Big Picture of health, welfare and breeding and to help develop Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profiles (GRIHPs) for dog breeds. See IPFD's Get a GRIHP! on Breed Health Initiative
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. FKC Database - Beagle
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland - JTO (in Finnish)
US: OFA: CHIC health test requirements
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
The Beagle – An Overview of North America’s Popular Rabbit Dog
Modern Dog Magazine
Beagles are a “most excellent diversion”
Photographs by Deborah Samuel
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Beagle Club of Canada
UK: The Beagle Club
USA: National Beagle Club of America
Finland: SUOMEN BEAGLEJÄRJESTÖ