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How Does the Beagle Compare to Other Hound Breeds?

The Beagle is a small scent hound that usually grows to between 20 and 35 pounds. These dogs are known for their keen sense of smell as well as their strong instincts for tracking. Beagles are just one of many hound breeds and, while all hounds share some similarities, there are some unique differences as well. Keep reading to see how the Beagle stacks up against other hound breeds.

Breed Overview: Beagle

The Beagle technically comes in two sizes (up to 13 inches and 13 to 15 inches) but is still considered a small to medium-sized breed because it generally weighs no more than 35 pounds. These dogs are very friendly and happy by nature which makes them an excellent choice for families, especially in multidog households. Beagles are born to hunt – they are blessed with an excellent sense of smell, strong tracking instincts, and excellent stamina – though they can also be kept as companion pets. This breed needs a great deal of mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis but, as long as those needs are met, they are adaptable to different living situations.

Breed Overview: Basset Hound

With its short stature, long ears, and puppy-dog eyes, the Basset Hound is easy to identify. This breed weighs between 50 and 65 pounds at maturity so it is a good deal bigger than the Beagle but Basset Hounds share the Beagle’s friendly nature and positive outlook. These dogs have lower needs for exercise than the Beagle, though they do have strong hunting skills. Both breeds form strong attachments to family and are excellent with children. They also have short coats that shed moderately and only require weekly brushing and occasional grooming.

Breed Overview: Bloodhound

A much larger breed than the Beagle, the Bloodhound weighs 80 to 110 pounds at maturity. Bloodhounds have long floppy ears, sunken eyes, and loose jowls which gives them a morose expression. In reality, however, these dogs are very sweet and affectionate with family and they do very well with children. Like the Beagle, Bloodhounds live to hunt and they are excellent at tracking a scent. Bloodhounds tend to shed quite a bit, though their short coats are easy to care for and really only require weekly brushing. This breed can be a little more stubborn and tricky to train than the Beagle, though both are highly intelligent breeds.

Breed Overview: American Foxhound

With its black, white, and tan coloration the American Foxhound is similar in appearance to the Beagle, though it is a much larger breed. American Foxhounds weigh 65 to 75 pounds at maturity and stand up to 28 inches tall. These dogs are one of the oldest American breeds and they are most frequently found in the Southern States. American Foxhounds share many personality traits with Beagles – they are sweet and affectionate but also very energetic. They are a little more difficult to train but still intelligent and active. American Foxhounds are also pack animals like Beagles, so they do best in multidog households.

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).