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Beagles stand between 13 and 16 inches high at the shoulder. Bred for hunting hares in packs, beagles are sociable, mischievous, healthy of an active family. Beagles are medium sized hounds, who enjoy company and hate being left on their own.
A household where the whole family is out a lot would be a disaster for a beagle.
The Beagle needs a home with a garden, well fenced as they are great escape artists. Beagles can dig as well as jump, so six foot high fencing is needed to be on the safe side. Don’t forget that the beagle was bred to hunt, it is instinctive and will predominate the beagles thoughts.
The beagle is full of fun, enthusiastic and always ready for any sort of activity. He is easy to feed, too easy sometimes, as he will put on weight easily if allowed. He is easy to keep clean and a very healthy breed, having no hereditary conditions to cause concern.
A beagle is a big commitment in time and patience and some people have found that they are unable to cope.
Beagle Welfare Excellent website with advice on Beagle welfare and also Beagle Rescue.
If you want a rescue dog please make sure the beagle is the right dog for you. Do ring them for advice before you decide to ‘rescue’ a beagle.
Buying a Puppy
Some dogs need more time than others do, but every dog requires time for daily interaction beyond just meeting its basic needs. Consider your lifestyle and personality when deciding if a dog would fit into the picture.
Why do you want a dog?
How active and busy are you?
What do you do with the dog when you travel
or are on vacation?
Do you have young children?
Do you have a fenced garden?
How big is it?
How long at a time will the dog be alone in the home?
Does anyone have allergies? (Easier to find this out visiting someone else’s dog first)
Would you have the time to start with an untrained puppy/would you be willing to re-train an older dog?
What kind of fur and how much grooming/shedding are involved?
What size would fit in?
Purebred? Mixed? Male? Female? Large? Small?
Puppies and adult dogs have daily needs. The basics are shelter, food and water, grooming, health care, training, exercise and social interaction. The earlier in life you start teaching a pup what is expected of it the better, but the more it has to learn. With an older dog, there may be some bad habits they’ll have to ‘unlearn’. Early social experiences set the tone for a dog’s development into a dependable companion or a destructive nuisance.
Every year the RSPCA re-homes around 70,000 animals – many of these are dogs – often these dogs are unwanted pets that have been callously dumped or victims of cruelty. In many cases dog and puppies were removed from their homes and taken to RSPCA animal centres to be looked after until they were well enough to be re-homed. The Society is constantly amazed at the lack of love and respect some owners have for their dogs.
Finding an animal to re-home
Unfortunately, they are not currently able to give details of all the dogss in need of new homes online.
If you are interested in re-homing a dog or puppy, pay a visit to your local RSPCA animal centre – or you can view animals at RSPCA Block Fen or Gonsal Farm Animal Centres online.
At any one time, the RSPCA has hundreds of dogs and puppies across the UK looking for new homes.
Breed Rescue: How to Start and Run a Successful Breed Rescue Program
Explains the business of forming and operating a dog breed rescue program.
Avoid legal problems, deal with the paperwork, train and manage volunteers, raise funds, and get valuable publicity by following Boneham’s advice.
Sample forms, important contacts, guidelines for health, sanitation and more.
PUBLISHERS COMMENTS A first of its kind! Now you have all the information you need to start a breed rescue program. Learn how to: get organized; find, train and manage volunteers; gain financial support; network with shelters and other rescue groups; find the dogs; screen dogs for medical problems; determine the dogs temperament and behavior; place rescued dogs; and publicize your program. Plus, important contacts and addresses, and sample documents that will help your organization and keep you organized.
Please email John with a photograph of your dog and he will be happy to advise how on options for portraying your dogs true likeness in oils.