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The How-to-Guide to Beagle Grooming

Jul 11, 2008
The beagle dog breed dates back historically to 19th century England. The breed was registered with the American Kennel Club in the 1880s. It is thought that beagles are derived from inter-breeding of several kinds of harrier and other hunting dogs. Beagles have gained popularity not only for the skill on the hunt but also for their sociable temperament.

Beagles have attractive physical characteristics; they have short, sleek fur (which makes grooming your beagle an easy chore), a sturdy body structure, and brown eyes with a characteristically sad expression. Beagles come in various colors but are usually portrayed as tri-colored in shades of black/white/tan.

Grooming your beagle can include everything from brushing his fur to trimming his toes and even eyelashes. Grooming is a way to care for your beagle's appearance and maintain his overall health. Whether you choose to groom your beagle at home or take him to a veterinarian's office or pet groomer, it is important to know the areas specific to your beagle that require special attention.

Grooming your beagle includes caring for his appearance and maintaining his overall health. You may choose to groom your beagle yourself or your may have your veterinarian's office perform trickier grooming techniques such as trimming your beagle's nails. There are also a number of pet grooming services that will maintain your pet's appearance for a small fee. For example, a package including a puppy wash, brush, nail trim, and style costs approximately $10-$60.

If you choose grooming your beagle at home, be aware of the several areas specific to the beagle that require special attention. The ears, feet, and eyes along with the coat need consistent grooming. The ears are prone to infection and it is necessary to keep them clean to maintain your beagle's health. The nails may require more or less trimming depending on your dog's activity level. If nails are not trimmed, they may become very infected and painful for your beagle to walk on. Beagles have longer eyelashes than other dogs and it is also important to make sure eyelashes do not become ingrown.

Grooming your beagle involves several guidelines. Because beagles have long, pendulous ears, these can be prone to infection due to water or bacteria becoming trapped inside. Check your beagle's ears at least once per week to make they are clean and free of infection. A good rule of thumb is to wipe his ears whenever he is being brushed.

Follow these guidelines to care for his problem areas. Because they are prone to infection due to water or bacteria becoming trapped inside, the long, pendulum-shaped beagle ears should be checked at least once per week to ensure they are clean and free of infection. Remembering to do this at each brushing is a good rule of thumb.

When grooming your beagle's nails, trim them with a quality nail clipper. There is no set frequency for when nails should be trimmed since length depends on your beagle's activity level. When you can hear your beagles' nails clicking on the floor it is probably a good time for trimming. Use high-quality nail clippers and take your time. If your beagle is hard to handle when using nail clippers you may want to have a professional groomer do the clipping.
About the Author
Michelle Adams is a passionate lover of the Beagle and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Beagle . Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Beagle Grooming .
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