Beagle Companion Guide

Companion Animal Guide
helping you find your new best friend


A beagle is a good companion for:

Children under 5
Children ages 5–11
Busy People
Rural Homes

Life Span

The standard beagle's life span is 12 to 16 years.

Typical Behavior

Beagles are wonderful family dogs for any household with children. Beagles are sweet, gentle, playful, sociable, loyal and devoted to their owners. Beagles will develop separation anxiety if left home alone for long periods of time and will engage a distinctive howl.

Although beagles are very intelligent and curious dogs, they are stubborn and can be difficult to train. It is important to start your beagle in training classes soon after adoption. Be patient and eventually it will learn to respond to your commands.

Care Requirements

Beagles are prone to heart disease, epilepsy, and vision, ear and back problems. It is recommended that you take your beagle to a veterinarian once every six months for an examination.

SPCA International strongly recommends that you have your dog spayed or neutered. There continues to be serious overpopulation of companion animals for which permanent homes cannot be found. This means that every year, millions of animals are euthanized in shelters before they have the chance to live a full and happy life.

Proper Habitat and Habitat Maintenance Requirements

Beagles are very active dogs and require a lot of exercise. A large back yard is preferable for a beagle, but daily walks would suffice if you do not own a home with a large back yard.

Dietary Requirements

A high quality dog food is recommended for your beagle. It is important to choose a food that is for small-to-medium sized dogs, with smaller pieces of kibble soft enough for your beagle to chew.

Financial Considerations for a Beagle:


Regular veterinary care is recommended for all dogs, including beagles. A yearly check up runs approximately $160; year shots are approximately $60.

It is also strongly recommended that your dog be spayed or neutered. At your veterinarian clinic or local animal hospital, the cost for these services should run between $250 and $400 for a spay and between $200 and $350 for a neuter. If you need financial assistance, there are low-cost spay and neuter clinics in most areas that will help you defray the expense to between $50 and $175 for a female dog (depending on weight) and between $45 and $175 for a male dog (depending on weight).


Basic grooming is recommended for a beagle. A bath once every three months is ideal and may not require a professional groomer. If you use the services of professional groomer, the cost should run approximately $30 to $40 for this small, short-hair breed.

Animal Sitter

Beagles are great dogs but do require mental stimulation. Finding a sitter that will have the time to spend playing with your dog is ideal. Most dog sitters will charge $30 a day to watch your dog.


A high quality food for small-to-medium dogs can cost $12 to $25 per bag.

Interesting Facts about Beagles:

  • Beagles often have tri-color coats that include the colors black, white and brown. Classic-Tri, Dark-Tri, Faded-Tri and Black-Back are terms often used to differentiate their typical tri-color coats.
  • A Beagle's coat can change color throughout its life. Beagle puppies are often born black and white and develop more brown fur over their first year.
  • Beagles have the best ground scenting ability among popular dog breeds, which is what made them popular rabbit hunters in centuries past.