Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Tracking, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 50-60 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown, Brown & White, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Kerry Beagle is a medium size Scenthound that originated in Ireland. Considered to be one of the oldest Irish Hounds, the dog descended from old Celtic and Southern hounds. The breed almost decimated during great hunger in 1847 but was revived probably through addition of braque de l'Ariège, a French hound. The name Beagle interestingly is taken from the Irish word which means small although the Kerry Beagle is not a small dog. It is a medium size dog with height between 22-24 inches and weighs up to 60 lbs. This dashing and well balanced dog has excellent scenting abilities. It was used to hunt stag and other large game in early days of its existence. Back then the dog would hunt with other hunting dogs, trailed the game with its keen sense of smell and let other dogs do the hunting. Now, the dog is used to hunt small game, like hare and raccoon, on foot. Its exceptional scenting, tracking and hunting skills make this dog a great companion for small game hunters. This very speedy and independent dog comes with moderate head, broad skull and long, slightly arched muzzle which leads to fine nose. The eyes are large, bright and intelligent with different colours. Large pendulous ears are set low on the head, falling below the neck. The thickset and muscular body is moderate in length and strong. It comes with slightly arched, broad and muscular loin and deep chest. Long tail that is evenly covered with hair is thick at the root and carried curved upwards. This breed has close-fitting, smooth and hard to touch coat that comes mostly in black and tan colouring although tan and white, tri-coloured and blue mottled coats are also seen. Though this breed has been revived and is recognized in its country of origin as a hunting dog, the Kerry Beagle is still rare outside its country of origin. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
The dog comes in different colours which include black and tan, blue mottled and tan and tri colour( black, tan and white).
The coat of this dog is hard and smooth, lying closely to the body.
A noble scenthound noted for astonishing speed and agility as well as for exceptional hunting skills, the Kerry Beagle is also valued highly for its great temperament as family pet. Although, the dog appears aggressive and ready to take action when it is hunting, it displays a calm and friendly disposition when around its family. It is an active and fun loving dog that forms strong bond with its human family. This obedient, loving, loyal and affectionate breed is very gentle, kind and playful with children. Accustomed to working in a pack along with other dogs, this dog gets along well with other dogs and pets in the family. This intelligent and obedient dog is easy to train. It is not a dog for full time indoor activities as it likes to be outside, doing some work or playing. The Kerry Beagle makes an exceptional hunter as well as a great and fun loving family pet.
Short and close fitting coat does not require much grooming. Its coat will remain clean and healthy with a weekly brushing. When the dog returns from hunting, it will need thorough brushing to remove burrs and thorns that may have attached to its body.
The Kerry Beagle is an easy to train dog with its bright and eager to please nature. The dog's willingness to learn helps a great deal training. It can learn basic commands and tricks very easily and quickly. As with any dog, proper leadership skills will need to be displayed to win confidence and respect of this breed.
The Kerry Beagle is not a dog for full time indoor activities. It is a working dog that will require lots of physical activities. The dog loves outdoors and needs to do be doing some task or playing. It is not a suitable dog for apartment living and would be best suited to a house with large yard.