Beagles are intelligent and merry pups that are full of love. Find out if this energetic breed is right for you and your family.

Everyone has heard of Snoopy, the famous Beagle of the Peanuts gang. Long before the cartoon, however, Beagles were actually popular hunting dogs that were originally bred as scent hounds. The result is an active pup that’s happy to follow his nose!

Beagle dogs are merry, friendly, and great family pets. They’re loyal to their pack, but warm up to strangers quickly. Known for their powerful noses, Beagles love to chase a scent. In fact, Beagles’ incredible sniffing ability led to the formation of the Beagle Brigade: Beagles that help patrol baggage claims to sniff out contraband food that’s entering the United States.

There are tons of Beagle rescues just itching to become a member of your pack! Not sure if a Beagle is the right breed for you? Check out some more info on these loving dogs.

Why We Love the Beagle Breed

  • Beagles are known for being good-natured. They get along great with children and love company. 
  • They’re social creatures at heart, so they do well with other dogs.
  • Maintaining their short coat is a breeze! Beagles shed just like the average dog, but they do require minimal bathing and coat maintenance. 
  • Despite their energy, Beagles are cuddlers! They love to love on you and the family. 
  • The Beagle breed is a merry one. They’re happy-go-lucky and will definitely keep you laughing with their silly antics.

Things to Consider

  • Many people think Beagles don’t need much activity due to their small size. These pooches are very active dogs that require daily exercise, especially to keep their noses out of trouble! 
  • Beagles are smart as whips. But they’re also stubborn, which means patience is required when training a Beagle puppy. 
  • Two hallmarks of the Beagle breed are its bay and howl. Know that your pooch has quite the voice! 
  • Beagles love to chow down on food—make sure yours is put away! Those noses will track it down if it's not. 
  • Beagle dogs have hunting instincts. While they gel with other dogs, they might not do well with small animals, like rabbits or ferrets. If you have a feline friend, make sure you socialize your Beagle puppy early so it learns to co-exist with your cat.

Why Rescue?

With their compact size, friendly demeanor, and adorable doe eyes, the Beagle breed is very popular in the United States. Yet overbreeding puts these cute pups in great danger. Beagles are prone to skin issues, epilepsy, ruptured discs, and allergies. Unethical breeding practices and overbreeding only worsen these issues, making them more prevalent in the breed. If you’re thinking about getting a Beagle, take a look at a Beagle rescue!

Beagle Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Beagle puppy or an adult Beagle dog, there are plenty of rescues waiting to find a home. Here are just a few:

Alert, intelligent & obedient
Avg. Weight
20 - 25 lbs
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 years
Beagles near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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