Tall Tails Beagle Rescue
81 Pleasant Hill Rd
Freeport, ME 04032
Phone: 207-797-5392
Email: info@talltailsbeaglerescue.org
Hours: Everyday 10am-2pm by appointment only

About Beagles

  • Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches

  • Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)

  • Life Expectancy: 10-15 years

Beagles are conveniently-sized, handsome, easy-to-groom, friendly with people, and generally peaceful with other pets. With their appealing soulful expression, it's perfectly natural that many people consider them as potentially wonderful pets.

However, Beagles were developed as hunting hounds. They need much more exercise than most people give them, which is why you see so many fat Beagles.

Though they're often kept in city apartments or condos, they should not be. Beagles require long frequent walks and a fenced yard where they can stretch their legs off-leash – FENCED because Beagles are explorers and chasers who will follow their nose wherever that fascinating sight or smell takes them. And since Beagles (like most hunting hounds) are endowed with selective deafness, they seldom come back when you call them.

In addition, you can't leave them outside unmonitored, for Beagles are prone to wanderlust and can be adept climbers and diggers, i.e. escape artists. Also, Beagles left outside become bored and then they bay and howl and dig holes.

One more thing..... most Beagles are chowhounds, so keep your trash cans out of reach and never set your plate of food down where he can get to it.

The Beagle's vast stubbornness and distractability call for consistent and persistent training based on respect. Food rewards can be a great motivator for Beagles, but if you base all of your training on food, your Beagle will only obey when you have a cookie in your hand – obviously not a good situation.

 

If you want a dog who...

  • Is conveniently-sized, sturdy, and athletic

  • Is completely natural in appearance

  • Has a short easy-care coat

  • Loves exercise, play, and outdoor activities

  • Is good-natured and peaceful with everyone

A Beagle may be right for you.

 

If you don't want to deal with...​

  • Providing a goodly amount of exercise, not just a couple of walks around the block

  • Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough

  • An independent "what's in it for me?" attitude – can be obstinate

  • Keeping him on-leash or securely fenced

  • Controlling baying and howling

  • Slowness to housebreak

  • Moderate to heavy shedding

A Beagle may not be right for you.