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What colors do Beagles come in? - Annie, Silver Spring, MD

Well Annie, although many people assume that Beagles are all tri-color, we actually come in many different colors and shades. Lemon, Red and White, and Blue tick are among them. To see a full explanation and read more on breed coloration, check out the National Beagle Club website.

I am about to bring home a new Beagle and I don't have a fenced yard. I am thinking about getting an invisible fence. Do you think that's a good idea? - Brian, Kalamazoo, MI

Generally speaking, having an invisible fence alone with a scent hound can be a recipe for disaster. You would probably be better off with a physical barrier fence that is at least 5 feet high (we like to jump) and that goes several inches into the ground (we like to dig too). There are 3 key drawbacks to an invisible fence.

First, a dog with a keen sense of smell may think nothing of stoically taking the shock in order to follow whatever they smell. Next, the same shock that is supposed to be a deterrent to leaving the yard, may act as a deterrent to re-entering the yard. Lastly, though the invisible fence may keep your dog in, it won't prevent other animals from entering your yard to get near your dog.

What are some quick and easy ways to keep your Beagle groomed? - Cindy, Tampa, FL

My Mom likes to use a Zoom Groom, Shedding Blade, and a Slicker (Pin) Brush. Then she uses a spray containing aloe and tea tree oil to make me smell nice and to make my coat nice and shiny, and less itchy.

 

 

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