With proper diet, exercise and vet care, a typical beagles will live 12-15 years and will have a healthy coat and big happy smile! 

Nutrition & Weight

Beagles love to eat! It's their favorite day job. Seriously, they love it so much that it definitely needs your attention and management. We suggest you consult with your vet to find a food that works with activity level, health and age of your pet and your home budget.

Keeping your beagle healthy means managing her meals AND snacks together. Beagles love treats and snacks, so try to keep these to a minimum if you want to keep your beagle lean and healthy and fit for a magazine cover. At SBR, we see a lot of overweight and obese beagles. Overweight and obese dogs are prone to health problems, especially as they age, and just like people, it is harder to lose weight when they start slowing down. You can avoid expensive vet bills and keep your beagle's weight in control by:

  • Feeding 674 and 922 calories per day for adult dogs that are not pregnant.

  • Feeding healthy treats, sparingly, especially for reinforcing good behavior.

  • If you like treating frequently, consider using tiny training treats as reinforcement for good behavior.

  • Do not leave food out for "grazing" or use a food dispenser for beagles.

  • If you have multiple dogs, feed them separately at the same time.
  • Dogs like routines, so feed at the same time(s) every day.

  • Provide play and regular exercise.

Great healthy snacks for beagles include deli turkey or chicken, fresh raw veggies and fruits, just like people! Do not feed your dog onions, chocolate, grapes, or foods with alcohol. Leave those for yourself to enjoy, and keep paws off!

Remember! Food is not love for dogs, food is nourishment. You can use petting, praise and playtime to show your beagle you love them: they will love you back just as much as a treat!


Beagles are active, curious dogs that like to explore and need at least 2 hours of brisk exercise and play per day. Beagles like to follow their noses and can be easily distracted, so unless you are indoors or in a safe, securely fenced area, be sure to keep your beagle on leash at all times. 

  • WALKING is one of the best forms of exercise; this will be to stretch muscles, help maintain muscle mass, keep the metabolism working well, release some energy.

  • SBR recommends walking your beagle at least 60-90 minutes a day with lots of playtime in between. Walking your beagle is also great exercise for you and your family!

  • Beagles are very social, playful animals and often are more active in pairs.

  • Many beagles thrive in daycare facilities where they can romp and play with other dogs if they are well-socialized as puppies.


When it comes to grooming, beagles are low maintenance compared to other breeds. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a slicker brush about once a week to remove hair. In spring, beagles with certain types of undercoats and cooler climates may need brushing more often to control shedding the winter coat.

  • Bathe your beagle. Basically, this is most necessary when they are dirty and stinky. Depending on their activity level and what they've gotten into or rolled on, baths can be needed as often as once a week or so or as infrequent as every two months! Wash faces with a gentle washcloth without soap, or at least keep soap away from those big eyeballs.

  • If you notice your beagle's coat getting dry or itchy and they are pretty healthy: try fewer baths, changing their diet, or adding a fish oil supplement. Coats can get dry or itchy from other health issues like allergies, certain medications, or other health problems.

  • Those EARS! Those signature beagle ears are collectors of goo and brambles and can easily become infected. It's a good idea to check ears regularly, and use an over-the-counter ear rinse with a cottonball to clean those floppies when you bathe them or about once a month.

  • Toenails. If you can hear your beagle's nails clicking against the floor or pavement, it's probably getting to be time to clip your dog's nails with a clipper or dremel. If your dog has dew claws, don't forget to trim these nails too!

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Health Issues Common to Beagles (

Beagles suffer from a spinal problem known as intervertebral disc disease, which can affect any part of the Beagle's spine including the neck. This condition makes even the smallest of movements painful and difficult and may require surgery.

The Beagle’s long, floppy ears also make them prone to chronic ear infections. Left untreated, such infections can cause permanent damage to the ear canal and even destroy your dog's hearing. Checking ears often and seeing the veterinarian at the first whiff of a problem combined with good follow-through will keep a Beagle’s ears from being an expensive and painful chronic problem.

Beagles are prone as well to hip dysplasia, a genetic malformation of the hip socket, as well as luxating patellas, where the kneecaps pop out of place, and anterior cruciate ligament tears – another painful condition that usually requires surgery.


 Seizure disorders, hypothyroidism and allergies are also found in the breed, and Beagles may suffer as well from a number of less common breed-related conditions including deafness, heart disease and dwarfism.  

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