Beagles are a compactly built dog, sturdy in appearance and are considered a small-sized hound. Beagles are very intelligent and show signs of great alertness. The head of a Beagle should be free of wrinkles and the coat should be short and dense in appearance. Beagles should be bold with signs of a lot of activity, determination and stamina. They were bred with the purpose of hunting so they have a fantastic sense of smell. The eyes are dark brown or hazel in color. You can tell a Beagle from their ears, which should be long and rounded at the tip, while reaching all the way to the nose. The nose should be broad and black in colour, while having wide nostrils. Beagles jaws should be strong with a perfect “scissor bite”, meaning the upper teeth should closely overlap the lower teeth. The tail is moderately long and sturdy and well covered in hair.
The litter size of Beagles can range anywhere from 2-14 pups per birth but the average litter size is 7.