Standard of Beagle breed - official version


Beagle is friendly, lively and tolerant dog. He just loves games and movement. He conform to life in a panel building as well as to work in a wood as a helper of a hunter. Since a beagle is a pack dog originally, he holds very strong orientation to a social hierarchy. He join to a family without problems, he agree together with other dogs and dont provokes needless conflicts. For beagle is typical excogitation of pranks and he expects favourable reaction on them. Is not sporadic when we mar one prank, beagle makes ready another immediately. He is just trying our patience and testing till he can go over. This can demand from owner considerable self-control and patiens from time to time.

Beagle is very smart and intelligent dog and he interests in everything new. Therefore he learns willingly and quickly. I have to warn that beagle (with regard to his hunting past) is independent dog and may become he will prefer tracking before your command. Therefore is necessary to learn your puppy command "come here" directly when you bring him home.

I definitely dont advise a training drill and already not a using force. There is very suitable to use beagles willingness to games and his apetit too - youll see he will do everything for a piece of biscuit and moreover with pleasure. You must ignore his sorrowfull look and be uncompromising at training. Then you are going to have an obedient beagle with well-balanced and self-confident character.

I would like to say yet, that beagle is not useful like a guard-dog because of his friendly character. Slightest view of aggression against people is absolutely abnormal and unadvisable for him.

I hope, I put you near this gorgeous, snuggling and lively breed at least. I wish you good luck, pleasure and merry experiences with your beagle. Certainly he deserve our attention.


Beagle is oldest hunting-dog breed and belongs to smallest boodle hounds. Name "beagle" is deduced from a word "small" (celtic "beag", oldenglish "begle", oldfrench "beigh"). There are notations in books about so-called dwarfish beagles, which hunters have been carrying haversacks on horses.

In England was beagle used from 15th century for small animals hunting, hares and rabbits above all. Large packs of beagles were very popular among aristocracy for beagles technique of work at courses. Hunts were characteristic of their slowness as well as loud course of animals

In our country is beagle favourite above all like company and family dog suitable for children. He is using for a drug-detection for his good nose. On Australia borders have customs-officers very good experiences with this breed. Further a beagle is using in hunting for battues of wild boar, he is very talented for tracking hoofed or predatory animals. He is unfortunately shaded by another hunting breeds in my opinion because of "fable" about his character. I introduced you with a beagle character at the beginning and that one who will be patience with a training will be satisfied with its dog certainly.

FCI standard . 161 / d from 1987 - official version
Skupina 6 - Honii, barvi a pbuzn plemena
Sekce 1.3 - Mal honii S pracovn zkoukou
CHARACTERISTICS - A merry hound whose essential function is to hunt, primarily hare, by following a scent. Bold, with great activity, stamina and determination. Alert, intelligent and of even temperament.

GENERAL APPEARANCE - A sturdy, compactly-built hound, conveying the impression of quality without coarseness.

TEMPERAMENT - Amiable and alert, showing no aggression or timidity.

HEAD AND SKULL - Fair length, powerful without being coarse, finer in the bitch, free from frown and wrinkle. Skull slightly domed, moderately wide, with slight peak. Stop well defined and dividing length, between occiput and tip of nose, as equally as possible. Muzzle not snipy, lips reasonably well flewed. Nose broad, preferably black, but less pigmentation permissible in lighter coloured hounds. Nostrils wide.

EYES - Dark brown or hazel, fairly large, not deep set or prominent, set well apart with mild appealing expression.

EARS - Long, with rounded tip, reaching nearly to end of nose when drawn out. Set on low, fine in texture and hanging gracefully close to cheeks.

MOUTH - The jaws should be strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK - Sufficiently long to enable hound to come down easily to scent, slightly arched and showing little dewlap.

FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders well laid back, not loaded. Forelegs straight and upright well under the hound, good substance, and round in bone, not tapering off to feet. Pasterns short. Elbows firm, turning neither in nor out. Height to elbow about half height at withers.

BODY - Topline straight and level. Chest let down to below elbow. Ribs well sprung and extending well back. Short in the couplings but well balanced. Loins powerful and supple, without excessive tuck-up.

HINDQUARTERS - Muscular thighs. Stifles well bent. Hocks firm, well let down and parallel to each other.

FEET - Tight and firm. Well knuckled up and strongly padded. Not hare-footed. Nails short.

TAIL - Sturdy, moderately long. Set on high, carried gaily but not curled over back or inclined forward from root. Well covered with hair, especially on underside.

GAIT/MOVEMENT - Back level, firm with no indication of roll. Stride free, long reaching in front and straight without high action; hind legs showing drive. Should not move close behind nor paddle nor plait in front.

COAT - Short, dense and weatherproof.

COLOUR - Any recognised hound colour other than liver. Tip of stern white.

SIZE - Desirable minimum height at withers: 33 cm (13 ins). Desirable maximum height at withers: 40 cm (16 ins).

FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

NOTE - Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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