Beagles are great all-around breeds. They’re easy to care for and adorable, but they do require lots of exercise.
They also require a little extra maintenance in the grooming department. Because they have double coats, shedding can be an issue. The right brushing routine – and brush – can help keep your pup’s coat looking its best.
The Beagle’s Coat and Shedding
The Beagle has a smooth coat, which can be deceiving to newbie owners who have no experience with the breed.
Beagles do shed, and they shed a lot in the spring when they shed their winter coats. They blow coats again in the fall to prepare for their new winter coat.
In between the spring and fall, Beagles don’t require quite as much maintenance. Brushing once a week should more than suffice when your pup isn’t in seasonal shedding mode.
Before you start brushing your pup, you may want to give her a bath. But don’t worry – you don’t have to bathe her every time you brush her.
Beagles only really need to be bathed when they get dirty – or smell funny. If your Beagle is a little more adventurous – i.e. she likes to get into everything – then she might need to be bathed a little more often.
If she doesn’t get into trouble often, she should only need a bath every few months.
Nails and Ears
Just like another breed of dog, Beagles require regular nail trimmings and ear cleanings.
Beagles are especially prone to ear infections and funky smells because their ears hang down. Those hanging ears keep air from circulating inside, which allows for wax to build up over time.
Weekly ear cleanings with a cotton ball and an over-the-counter ear wash product (designed for dogs) can keep infections at bay.
A Beagle’s nails should also be trimmed about once every five to six weeks. Nail grinders are the preferred way to trim nails because they’re quick and less nerve-wracking. But if you’d rather not tackle this task, you can take your pup in to the groomer for a nail trim about once a month.
What’s the Best Brush for a Beagle?
If you’re ready to buy all of the right grooming tools for your pup, you may be asking one question: what’s the best dog brush for Beagles?
There are four main types of brushes that work well on a Beagle’s coat:
A hound glove is just like a slicker brush – those wiry brushes that are used to remove the undercoat fur – but the bristles are attached to a mitt.
The mitt design makes it a little easier to groom and a little more comfortable for the pup.
If you aren’t fond of the glove brush idea, a simple slicker brush will work just fine.
A bristle brush is a must-have for any Beagle owner. Boar bristle brushes tend to produce the best results.
Bristle brushes are tougher, so they help stimulate blood flow to the coat to keep hair follicles healthy. It also distributes oil to the skin to help keep it healthy, eliminates dirt and easily removes dead hair.
Rubber Curry Brush
The same brush that’s commonly used to brush horses is also great for your Beagle’s coat. A rubber curry brush is oval in shape and has cone-shaped fingers.
These fingers gently latch onto hair in the undercoat to help remove dead hair.
Rubber curry brushes are easy to use because the top flat side has a strap that wraps around your hand. Similar to the hound glove, this type of brush allows you to essentially pet your dog while brushing at the same time.
If your dog is scared of regular brushes, a rubber curry may help her get used to the routine.
Any type of de-shedding tool is a worthwhile investment when you have a Beagle. These tools allow you to grab the loose hair in the dog’s undercoat.
When used on a regular basis, a de-shedding tool will help keep shedding to minimum.
How to Brush a Beagle
If you were worried that grooming would be hassle, don’t be. Brushing a Beagle is a simple and straightforward process.
While simple, each session should still last about 5-10 minutes.
When brushing your Beagle, make sure that you move in the direction of the hair growth for best results. Use long strokes, and work your way from one end of the body to the other.
Ideally, you want to start and end in the same places every time, so your dog knows what to expect with each grooming session. If you prefer to start in the tail area, you can work your way down the back and under the belly before doing the chest and legs.
Find a routine that works for your pup and one that he feels most comfortable with. Some dogs need to be eased into the brushing session, so starting with the back may be a good idea.
If you plan to use a slicker brush or a de-shedding tool, the session may take a little longer. Again, you want to work in the direction of the growth, and you want to be gentle. These brushes have tougher bristles, which can irritate your pup’s skin if you push too hard.
Use long and gentle strokes when brushing your Beagle with slicker brushes or other de-shedding tools.
While it may be tempting, do not use a brush on your pup’s face.
When your Beagle is shedding, you may need to brush more often. Keeping up with your regular brushings will help keep shedding to a minimum.
While it’s best to brush your pup outdoors when she’s in shedding mode, you can also choose to groom her on top of a towel or sheet. This method will make clean-up a breeze.
Beagles are a great family-friendly breed, and all things considered, they’re easy to groom. Just make an extra effort to brush more often when he’s shedding, and you’ll prevent excess shedding. You’ll keep your sanity, too.