All about your Beagle

Animated and sociable, with a nose for adventure.

Beagles are small, friendly and full of energy, with an unrivalled sense of smell. Learn more about this enthusiastic, lively and playful dog, from his grooming and exercise needs, to the things you can do to keep him happy and healthy.

Beagle with A Ball In Its Mouth Followed by Second Beagle

Breed information & advice

The Beagle belongs to the hound group, which means he uses his nose a lot. He is sociable, enjoys being around people and is well suited to living with a large family.

  • One of the most vocal breeds, this dog will always have something to say – whether alerting you to a visitor or asking you to play.
  • A Beagle will shed mostly in the spring, so you’ll need to brush his coat weekly to get rid of excess hair.
  • This dog will typically weigh between 8kg and 14kg, when fully grown.
  • A healthy Beagle will usually live between 10 and 15 years.

Typical size of a Beagle

Small: 34cm-40cm

Your Beagle is an energetic and enigmatic dog, who will typically need up to one hour of exercise each day. He will usually be nose to ground exploring and investigating all the exciting smells he discovers on his walk along the way.

It is important to make sure you train your puppy from an early age, as Beagles are known for being head-strong and difficult to retrieve once off the lead and tracking a smell.

Feed him twice a day with high-quality food – the quantity will depend on his size and age – and always read the label. Make sure he gets enough exercise or he could become overweight.

Up to one hour of exercise per day

Up to one hour out together will give your Beagle all the time he needs to get the excitement out of his system.

Beagle Leaping With All Four Paws Off The Floor
Black, Tan & White Beagle Looking Up

Common health problems & illnesses

There’s no reason why your Beagle shouldn’t live a long and happy life. However, being aware of the ailments your dog will be more prone to, along with the associated symptoms, can help you to deal with any health issues that crop up.

1. Epilepsy and seizures

Beagles can be susceptible to epilepsy, where the brain becomes overactive and sends confused signals to the body, resulting in twitching, fits and seizures. While it is distressing to witness your dog experiencing an episode like this, a vet can often prescribe treatment or medication that will help to control the condition.

2. Mobility problems

There are several reasons why Beagles experience lameness, and most are fairly common. Limping can be brought on by insect or animal bites, or injury or it could even just be a case of over-tiredness or old age. Look out to see if your dog is putting less pressure on a hind leg, or has slowed his movement.

3. Diabetes

Just like their owners, dogs can get diabetes – with Beagles being one of the breeds at risk. If the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, the brain will not know when the body has had enough to eat. Look for increased appetite, unexplained weight loss, tiredness and excessive thirst as warning signs. Your vet can advise on the best treatments, which could include changes to your dog’s diet or insulin injections.

4. Warts, growths and lumps

Beagles can be prone to a variety of skin conditions. Warts, growths and lumps can occur as a result of an allergy for example, or a flea bite. Fatty deposits called lipomas could also develop. Feel for unusual bumps when grooming your dog, as most of the time these can be easily treated with medicated skin cream.

5. Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease, where a tumour causes glands to produce too much of the hormone cortisol, can develop in Beagles. Contact your vet if your dog shows signs of advanced aging such as thinning of skin, hair loss or frequent urination, as this disease can usually be well controlled with the right treatment.

Dog name popularity

If you’re struggling to think of a name for your Beagle, take a look at the most popular ones at Tesco Bank Pet Insurance for inspiration.

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Average treatment costs

Wondering whether pet insurance for your Beagle is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customers in 2018, and the average cost of treatment.

Average Treatment Costs Table
ConditionAverage treatment cost
Cruciate rupture£1,388.03
Cushing's disease£310.46
Otitis externa£187.99

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses from 01/01/18 to 31/12/18.

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Grooming advice

Your short-haired Beagle won’t need too much care with his coat; just be sure to give him a brush every week to reduce tangling and matting, and keep him comfortable. Always brush down to the skin to ensure you’re stimulating hair follicles that will encourage shedding.

That said, due to his keen sense of adventure and depending on how mucky he gets, your dog may need a bath more frequently than others. Every 8 to 12 weeks should do it.

One other area that will need your attention is his teeth, and you should brush these at least once a week to ensure they stay free from plaque build-up and tartar. Nobody really likes a trip to the dentist – not even your dog, but special toothbrushes and toothpastes are available so you can be sure he gets his oral hygiene fix.

Fun & interesting facts

  • One of the most famous dogs in pop culture is a Beagle – Snoopy from the Peanuts series of cartoons.
  • Singer Barry Manilow had a Beagle called Bagel, who appeared with him on one of his album covers.
  • Beagles hate being left alone – it’s a genetic thing.
  • Your dog’s sense of smell is so keen he can sniff out bed bugs – and this breed is trained to do exactly that.
  • An early predecessor to the Beagle can be traced back to Ancient Greece.

Important information


The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.


vetfone™ is a 24/7 helpline that provides expert advice from nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need reassurance on grooming, feeding or general advice, vetfone™ is there to help.

As a Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customer, you can access expert veterinary advice provided by RCVS registered vet nurses as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you a trip to the vet.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

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