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Size 30-40cm

Weight 8-14kg

Coat Short and dense.

Colour Anything from browns, golds, and creams mixed with white and black.

Lifespan Approx. 13 years

Activity Level High. Relies on lots of long and active walks.

Characteristics & personality

Key attributes: friendly, independent, alert, curious, bold, with an active, strong sense of smell.

The Beagle is known for having a very tolerant nature but at the same time as being quite independent. They may enjoy tracking and following scents which, at times, can make them difficult to control on walks.

Compatibility with …

Owners Affectionate 5

Children Usually good 3

Other Pets Good, but may chase 3

Strangers Friendly 4

Unfamiliar Dogs Friendly 4

(Scale: 1 = caution – 5 = excellent)

Owner profile

Owners who enjoy energetic walks

Things to watch out for

The Beagle’s strong desire to go after scents can make them difficult to control in unfamiliar places or in public. When on walks they will need to be observed as they can resist an owner’s call if they pick up a scent.

Health & wellbeing

Common health concerns - Eye problems, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, arthritis.

High pet claim example - $7376.50 – Carcinoma, skin cancer

Most common insurance claim - Arthritis

Average insurance claim amount (excl. routine) - $109.45

PetSure Australia Claim Figures 2013, payment subject to benefit percentage

This is general information only and all dogs should be properly socialised, provided training, and supervised around children