How Big Do Beagles Get? What’s the Average Size of a Beagle and More

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Beagles are one of the most popular breeds in America, but how big do beagles get? This post will answer that question and more. We’ll discuss what the average size of an adult beagle is including weight, height, and more as well as how big a newborn beagle puppy is!

If the beagle dog breed is a dog you are thinking of adding to your family or you have already adopted a beagle from your local shelter chances are you’ve been wondering how to keep them at their best weight. We’ll also cover this topic as well as the difference between male and female, tri-color vs lemon-colored vs tan-colored dogs, and much more!

About the beagle dog breed

The beagle breed is a small to medium-sized dog breed that most say originates from England and was primarily used for rabbit hunting and were affectionately known as pocket beagles, as they would sit in the pocket of the hunt master!

The modern beagle dog breed is better known as a great house pet. One of the most famous beagles is Snoopy, who is in Charles Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts!

The beagle’s most distinguishing features are its short legs, smooth dense coat, floppy ears, and large nose which is used for sniffing out nearby prey such as rabbits or other small mammals.

Beagles are fun, loving, and intelligent hounds that love food. Beagles are active and have lots of energy. Ss with many other dog breeds beagles love being around adults, children, and even other dogs and are often seen as loving, loyal companions to humans.

Beagles are known as pack animals and would often hunt in large packs. As a result, beagles tend to not like being left alone for long periods of time and can easily become depressed and or destructive.

Learn more about beagles.

Bracken and Baylee enjoying each others company
Bracken and Baylee enjoy each others company

Do beagles have many known health issues?

The modern beagle is generally a healthy hound without many common health issues though there are a few things to look out for in the breed.

Beagles are especially prone to ear infections due to their large ears that hang down, picking up all kinds of dirt and bacteria.

Beagle allergies can also occur and may need medical attention if they become too severe. Beagles are also prone to a condition known as cherry eye, which is when the tear gland in their eyes prolapses and becomes visible.

Beagles can also be affected by diabetes, epilepsy, and PRA (progressive retinal atrophy).

What The American Kennel Club says about beagles

The American Kennel Club (AKC) classifies the beagle as a Hound, similar to the Harrier dog breed.

According to the AKC, there are three types of Beagles, Tri-Colour (which is tricolor with black and white), Lemon & White, and Black & Tan

The average weight for a male beagle is 16 to 20 pounds, while females weigh 15 to 18 pounds on average

Beagles typically stand at about 12 inches tall from paw to shoulder when they’re full-grown but the height varies depending upon how much food they’ve been given or how often they exercise.

Do beagles make good house pets?

Beagles make great family dogs and can be trained to obey basic commands, though training usually involves lots of treat training, so watch their weight!

They are naturally very friendly with humans and other dogs, making them a great choice for families with children.

Beagles are not a dog for everyone though because they have some drawbacks which should be considered before deciding on this breed.

As scent hounds, beagles can become easily distracted by smells and will often go on a hunt, even if they aren’t supposed to.

Beagle personality

Beagles are also pretty stubborn creatures so training them is going to take patience.

Beagles are also highly food motivated, so training them with treats is recommended.

Some people find that their howls can get annoying because it’s pretty common for these dogs to bay or bark at other dogs, animals, or other noises.

Beagles have a tendency to display high energy levels so they need plenty of opportunities for both physical and mental exercise on a daily basis in order to avoid the boredom that sometimes leads to destructive behaviors such as chewing.

Leaving a beagle in the house alone while you travel across the country for work is likely to make your dog anxious and depressed, adversely affecting the dog’s health.

Ideally, a beagle would live in a home where someone is home the majority of the time rather than being left alone too often.

Bracken and Baylee playing in the yard with a stick
Bracken and Baylee playing in the yard with a stick

Are beagles considered small or medium dogs?

Even though beagles were once known as pocket beagles, used for hunting the modern beagle are not really small dogs, and they are in fact considered to be a small/medium dog breed.

A beagle is quite a compact breed, an adult beagle hound usually grows to a maximum of 16 inches, though some beagles will go above 16 inches tall.

Like many other dog breeds of similar size, a beagle can go on to live a relatively long life of around 8-16 years.

How big do beagles get?

Newborn beagles are as light as 5- 10 ounces, about the size of an average smartphone!

A healthy pup will gain weight each day and up until the age of 6 months will be the most rapid phase of growth.

To ensure that a beagle is gaining enough weight, owners should record the pup’s growth each day by weighing them at the same time in the morning.

There is generally two class of beagle sizes, those that are below 13 inches and those that are between 13 and 15 inches.

These are fittingly referred to as the “13-inch variety” and the “15-inches variety” respectively.

Males are generally the larger of the two genders. A male beagle has normally stopped growing by the age of 18 months.

A full-grown male beagle usually reaches weights of between 18 and 24 pounds.

A fully grown male beagle will stand around 13 – 16 inches tall

Female beagles are slightly smaller than their counterparts at around the weight range of 19 to 22 pounds.

A fully grown female beagle will stand around 13 inches up to a maximum of 15 inches in height.

How big do beagles get? bonnie the beagle
Bonnie enjoying a snooze after a long walk

How to keep a beagle within a good weight range

To avoid unwelcome health conditions maintaining a beagle’s weight is essential to their health. If your beagle becomes overweight, there are some steps you can take to help them get back in shape.

Firstly, it must have enough exercise and physical activity each day. This will make sure that the weight loss goals are met by burning off extra calories rather than just removing too many calories from their diet.

Secondly, ensure your beagle is eating a high-quality diet. Vet recommended foods will provide the right balance of nutrients to maintain active body weight and keep it healthy for life.

Lastly, pay attention to how much they are drinking and make sure that the feed is fresh and dry. Wet food or moistened kibble or even better a fully raw diet will help to ensure that they are getting enough water.

Since switching from a dry kibble food to a fully raw food diet our beagles have kept a good weight, look healthier, grooming is easier due to a thick shiny coat and a good energy level. We even notice less fur shedding in the house and less of a need to groom their coat to keep them looking healthy.

A fully raw diet is great for a beagles health
A fully raw diet is great for a beagles health

How much exercise does my dog need?

Even though beagles make great family pets, beagles are from the hound family that was bred mainly for hunting.

Hunting hounds like beagles would spend hours rabbit hunting, a beagle hound would often need to find its own food while out hunting. This kind of activity has been bred into the breed over hundreds of years, and as a breed, they still need a level of daily exercise.

A beagle’s energy will vary from dog to dog, but it is recommended that a beagle gets at least one hour of exercise per day. Along with the physical well-being benefits of daily walks or runs, there are also mental health benefits. Daily exercise can help prevent destructive behaviors like chewing and digging in your yard as well as anxiety.

Regular exercise will help your beagle maintain a healthy weight, and that will make them less prone to diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, or obesity.

It is important not to walk a beagle puppy too much as their bones and structure are still not fully formed. Beagle puppies will often get the exercise they need by simply playing with their siblings, favorite toys, or other family pet.

Playtime with their favorite toy is a good way to keep a stable weight
Playtime with their favorite toy is a good way to keep a stable weight


Beagles are compact, small to medium-sized dogs that grow to around 25 pounds in weight and 16 inches in height. As with all dog breeds, provide your beagle with a healthy and measured diet right from being a puppy and your beagle will maintain good size and health and become a treasured family pet for years to come!

Related questions

Why do Beagles eat so much? Beagles struggle to regulate their appetite like other breeds. Used in large packs to hunt, Beagles are the ultimate scavengers. Hunting all day is hungry work, always on the lookout for food and taking every opportunity to eat. A strict meal schedule is essential to avoid your Beagle becoming overweight. Read the full post here.

How much exercise do Beagles need? Adult Beagles should have two walks a day for a minimum of 20-30 minutes for each walk and set at a brisk pace. A puppy should be limited to a maximum of one mile per day and spread over several short walks. A puppy’s skeletal system does not fully develop until 18 months old, so exercise must not be overdone so as not to disrupt the healthy growth of bones. Read the full post here.


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