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Beagle insurance and breed information

The smallest of British pack hounds, Beagles are fun-loving, active dogs that love to be kept busy.

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At a glance

Up to 1 hour of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 12+ years

Medium, between 9kg and 14kg

Alert, loving, intelligent

Silhouette of a Beagle dog showing they can be between 33 and 40cm tall

Up to 1 hour of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 12+ years

Medium, between 9kg and 14kg

Alert, loving, intelligent

Silhouette of a Beagle dog showing they can be between 33 and 40cm tall

Beagle – the cheerful, affectionate dog

Originally bred as hunters, Beagles would spend their days working, mainly following scents. With a big heart to match their big ears, they are agile and intelligent companions. They make great family dogs, and suit those with an active lifestyle.

Buying or rehoming a Beagle

Beagles can be energetic bundles of joy. Whether you’re getting a puppy from a breeder or adopting an older dog, it’s best to be prepared. Make the transition easier by getting the following ready before you bring them home:

  • Decide the best diet for your dog and get some food in stock. It’s a good idea to find out what they’re currently on and buy that. If you want to change their diet, it can be best to do so slowly
  • Buy the essentials, including a collar, ID tag, lead, bowls and a bed
  • Learn about their grooming needs, Beagles can shed moderately year-round
  • Prepare your home. Beagles are scent-hounds so make sure you remove anything you don’t want them getting hold of
  • Discuss puppy or dog rules with your family and come up with a routine
  • Make sure your garden is secure
  • Beagles need lots of exercise and play time. Research their exercise needs and plan socialisation
  • Look at pet insurance options

Fun fact

Queen Elizabeth I owned a pack of miniature Beagles small enough to be carried in a horse saddle pack.

Top 5 health conditions in Beagles

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for Beagles. Data is based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims.

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
55
£558.00
39
£804.25
37
£908.04
35
£1,543.61
29
£1,300.45
Condition
Number of claims
55
Average paid out
£558.00
Condition
39
Average paid out
£804.25
Condition
37
Average paid out
£908.04
Condition
35
Average paid out
£1,543.61
Condition
29
Average paid out
£1,300.45
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in Beagles

Beagles are overall considered a healthy breed, with a usual lifespan of over 12 years.

Some health conditions in Beagles can be down to their genetic history, and commonalities within the breed.

Click on the hotspots to find out more about the most common health issues affecting Beagles, as provided by our in-house vet team (October 2022).

Beagle illustration
Epilepsy
Hypo- thyroidism
IVDD
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Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"Beagles were originally bred as hunters, so they love to have their brain kept busy. As well as physical exercise, be sure to keep your Beagle busy and entertained with scent detection-based games and agility."
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet

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