Beagles are known to be very well balanced dogs and they have a very sweet and good-natured look to them. This dog has a long full head that is slightly rounded over the occipital; it should not look flat though. Beagles have long ears and if pulled over their face they almost reach the end of their nose. Their ears hang and are completely smooth and wide. They have big eyes that are separate and their eyes have a happy expression. Make sure when acquiring one that the superior line of the nose isn't blunt or lifted upwards giving it a snubbed look. Its nose shouldn't be long, pointy or too short. Its neck should fall with fluidity over its shoulders and it should not look short or thick. Make sure its throat is smooth and that the skin on it isn't drooping. The shoulders should be inclined and not straight, and its chest should be wide but not exaggerated way. The front legs are straight and the ankles of its hind legs should be short and straight. The hock should be moderately angled and firm, not round though. The tail of a beagle should stand upwards, but it should not look too long. Beagles have smooth and strong coats with a medium longitude. They come in all the typical hound colors. The normal height of these dogs is of thirty-three centimeters to forty centimeters.

Ideal owner:
Beagles are classic dogs and they are an excellent choice for a family dog as they are obedient, cheerful and strong. The future owner of this dog must know though that they are very good at convincing their owners of what they want. It is important train them at a young age; you could otherwise end up with an overweight beagle that messes things up and that does its needs in the house. Beagles are quite sociable with other dogs and they absolutely love pleasing their owners. This dog is an excellent choice and will bring lots of joy to a family.

The average growth of this dog obviously depends on the type it is. Puppies that are allowed to grow their maximum height tend to grow quicker, although not excessively. Cesareans are common in smaller sized beagles. The dewclaws that are the legs will need to get removed by the veterinarian. These dogs need a well balanced diet. Most beagles are black and white when they are born, however their definite color shows up when they are around three weeks old. Lemon colored beagles are born white and the blue ones have a grayish tone to them. It's not uncommon for their mouths not to close well but it can be determined at a young age. Make sure though that the beagle doesn't have a defective closure of the mouth; these must not be used to breed either. If your beagle has a little bit of a problem with the closure of its mouth it can still serve as a good companion dog and will not cause problems as long as its mouth is taken care of in the right way.

General health:
Some of the problems that have been observed in this breed are ocular ones such as cataracts, glaucoma, and loosening and progressive atrophy of the retina, therefore a check up is absolutely necessary. Due to the way a beagles body is structured it seems to be predisposed to diseases of the intervertebral disc, as well as multiple epiphyseal dysphasia, which is genetically transmitted. Hip dysphasia is rare though in this breed. Hemophilia A is a hereditary trace that is linked with the sex of the dog and the future owner will need to ask the breeder about this. It has also been seen that these dogs can suffer of renal disease, enlargement of the glands, amyloidosis, meningitis, pulmonary stenosis, and congenital anemia. Not to worry though, a beagle that is well taken care of is a robust happy animal and can live anywhere from twelve to fifteen years (or more). It's also a good eater and only requires of basic care.

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