3 Defining Traits of Beagles

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In our experience at the National Kennel Club, some dog breeds are more well-known than others. For example, most people can recognize a chihuahua on sight, but many people misidentify the Alaskan Malamute as the more well-known husky. In this article, we will focus on one of the best-known breeds: the beagle.

3 Defining Traits of Beagles

While beagles are highly recognizable, they do have some look-alikes, so we will be going over three of this breed’s most defining characteristics to help you spot the real deal.

  1. Ears – One of the most recognizable features of a beagle is its ears. Beagles’ ears are long, soft, and floppy. According to the official breed standards, a beagle’s ears should be long enough to almost—but not quite—reach the end of their nose when drawn out. Believe it or not, a beagle’s long ears help it to track scents: as their ears flop around, they stir up air near the ground, which blows scent molecules into their nostrils.
  2. Coat – Beagles have short, smooth coats, and they require relatively little grooming. A beagle’s coat is actually a double coat, which means it has a longer layer of hair with a shorter, softer layer underneath for temperature regulation. In addition, beagles typically have a tri-colored coat of black, white, and brown.
  3. Tails and Paws – The last defining feature we’ll go over is the characteristic coloring of beagles’ tails and paws. All purebred beagles have white paws and white-tipped tails.

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