The Beagle Lifespan – How long do beagles live?

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Beagles are some of the most popular breeds in America, with beagle owners and beagle lovers everywhere. But what is it that makes beagles so great? One thing that sets beagles apart from other dogs is their lifespan. Beagles can live anywhere between 12 to 15 years, which means they will be a part of your family for quite a long time! To help you make sure your beagle has the best chance at living a healthy life until old age, we have put together this blog post about everything you need to know about caring for beagle puppies – including how to keep them fit and healthy for a long life!

About the beagle dog breed:

Beagles are an old dog breed and were bred for rabbit hunting since at least the 16th century in Great Britain.

Beagles were finally brought to America by beagle breeders in the early 1800s as hunting dogs, where they quickly became popular household pets due to their loving nature and friendly disposition towards humans and make wonderful companions.

Beagles are considered small dogs that grow to around 13-15 inches tall and typically weigh anywhere between 20-30 pounds.

A female beagle will normally be smaller than the male counterpart.

Beagles are purebred dogs and are not known to have too many genetic health problems and with a healthy diet and plenty of regular exercise can live to a ripe old age and maybe beyond the average lifespan.

How long do beagles live?

The average beagle lifespan is around 12-15 years which is a relatively long lifespan for any dog.

Even though the average beagle life expectancy is 12-15 years this is only an average life span and can vary from beagle to beagle.

Some beagles have been known to live up to 20 years, while some beagles will never make it past the age of six due to health complications or accidents.

An average beagle lifespan is between 12-15 years
An average beagle lifespan is between 12-15 years

Factors dog owners should be aware of that could cause a beagle’s life expectancy to shorten include;

  • Canine cognitive disorder
  • Overweight beagle
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Bacterial infection
  • Congenital diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Hip dysplasia

Beagle puppies – how to spot a healthy puppy

Like all dog breeds, the key to a healthy dog is buying from a reputable breeder.

A beagle breeder should be able to provide you with a beagle puppy’s health history, including any genetic disorders or defects.

If the seller is unable to provide this information then it may be best to look elsewhere for your new furry friend! Be wary of buying from pet stores as well since they are usually supplied by puppy mills which can be dangerous for both the beagle puppies and the owners.

You should also make sure to get your beagle from a reputable breeder that specializes in beagles since this will ensure you are getting a purebred dog rather than one mixed with another breed of dog which could lead to health issues down the line.

As long as you buy beagle puppies from a reputable breeder or shelter you should be able to spot the following signs of healthy beagles:

  • Clear eyes and nose
  • Regular breathing pattern
  • No visible discharge from ears, swelling in the neck or abdominal area
  • A shiny coat with no dandruff or fleas present on its fur.
healthy beagle puppy taking a snooze
healthy beagle puppy taking a snooze

What else to look out for when choosing a beagle puppy?

In addition to beagles being purebred, you should also be looking for the following beagle habits when choosing your new pet:

  • Pearly white teeth
  • Soft coat of fur with no scraggly patches
  • A tail that is carried high (not tucked between their legs) and wagging from side to side.

Read this post about Bringing a Beagle Puppy Home: A Complete 11 Step Guide

How to keep your beagle fit for life!

There are many ways that can help keep your beagle puppy, adult beagles, and even senior beagles, happy and healthy for life!

These include; giving them lots of exercise, plenty of space (both inside and outside), proper diets including not overfeeding, regular vet visits, monthly grooming sessions using high-quality dog shampoo/conditioner.

The beagle diet and fitness requirements

As a beagle owner, there are some things you need to know about how your beagle should be fed in order for them to live as long as possible.

To make sure they’re getting the nutrition they need, beagles require food that is easily digestible with no grains or fillers.

They also have different nutritional needs based on their age: Young pups (0-18 months) need more protein than older dogs while senior beagles (>14 years old), on the other hand, may struggle to process proteins so it’s important not to overfeed them with this kind of food.

Beagles can’t eat large quantities of any one type of meat since too much fat will be stored in their liver, leading to health problems.

Beagles should be fed high-quality dog food that’s specially formulated for beagle breeds and contains all the nutrients they need at each stage of their life.

Also, make sure you’re feeding your beagle enough water!

Beagles can easily get dehydrated so it’s important to provide them with fresh drinking water at least twice a day.

If you have indoor beagles always keep fresh bowls of water nearby since this will help prevent dehydration as well as any stomach issues.

Outdoors beagles also require constant access to fresh drinking water which is why it may be best not to leave them alone during hot summer months or even long walks without giving them a chance to drink plenty of fluids!

Check out our post The Ultimate Beagle Diet Guide – How much and what to feed your beagle

Raw dog food
A raw dog food diet is great for beagles

What to look out for to help the beagle lifespan

Beagles can be a very long-lived breed of dog with many reaching an age over 15 years old!

There are some things to look out for, though.

If your beagle has trouble jumping up on the couch or bed, it may be suffering from arthritis which is common in older dogs and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Also, if you notice any swelling around the neck area (especially when it’s difficult for your beagle to drink water) then there could be something wrong that will require medical attention right away like cancer or heart disease.

Regular vet visits should help detect these health problems at their earliest stages so take them regularly and try not to be too anxious during the visit.

Regular trips to the vet will help keep on top of any issues your beagle might have
Regular trips to the vet will help keep on top of any issues

How to keep your beagle healthy and happy for life!

As a beagle owner, it’s important that you treat them with love at all times because they will reward your kindness in many ways.

For example, adult beagles are very social so taking them out on walks or playing games inside is always going to put a smile on their face (and yours!).

Beagles also enjoy being able to roam free and explore outside but be sure not to leave them alone!

They’re prone to getting themselves into trouble when left unsupervised which can lead not only to get hurt but find and attract fleas/parasites as well.

If you have an outdoor beagle make sure there’s always fresh drinking water nearby and beagles are never left unattended.

If you have an indoor beagle, it’s important to provide them with plenty of room for playtime – if they’re not getting enough exercise then their joints will become stiffer and can lead to arthritis which is common in older dogs!

It’s best to make sure your beagle and most other dog breeds get at least 30-60 minutes of exercise each day so they stay healthy and happy.

Remember: Beagles love attention so try giving them a pat on the head or belly every now and then–they’ll appreciate that very much!

What is the oldest beagle to ever live?

The oldest known Beagle was named Butch, who lived in Virginia and died at the ripe old age of 27 in 2009.


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