The Beagle is a popular companion breed. They are affectionate, fun, and energetic. As a family member, it is vital to monitor their growth, especially during puppyhood. This includes their weight and the milestones that come with growing up.
Every dog is unique. Some may be bigger than the breed standard, while others may be smaller. Measuring them allows you to see if your dog is on track. Some grow bigger faster, whereas others take longer. Keeping note of milestones gives us points of comparison to see how well our dogs develop.
Our comprehensive guide looks into your Beagle’s growth throughout his early years. We’ve also provided a growth chart as a handy resource to refer to during your dog’s life. Finally, we answer the most frequently asked questions about your dog.
What To Expect
Let’s take a look at what to expect during their growth period. All this information will help you prepare for changes as your puppy grows. This is also an excellent time to learn the different developmental changes in your dog’s life during his most vital developmental stage — puppyhood. It is important to note that although growth charts are helpful, all dogs are different, and their growth stages may differ.
This article explores the growth patterns of a typical Beagle. However, puppy results may vary. They may have growth spurts or plateaus that slow down or speed up overall growth. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern. Beagles typically reach their full height at around 18 months. However, their weight can continue to increase beyond 18 months.
This growth also depends on nutrition and overall health, so be sure not to overfeed or underfeed your dog. It would be best to keep them from injuring themselves as this may slow down growth. Ultimately, your puppy might be slightly smaller or larger than our averages. If you are alarmed by this, it’s always a good idea to contact your veterinarian.
Puppy Growth Timeline
There are two types of Beagles. One is: 13 inches and under, and the other is 13 to 15 inches tall. You won’t know which one you have until you measure your pup or ask your breeder. Here is a timeline of your Beagle’s growth and your puppy’s different developmental milestones and needs.
Here’s what to expect from your Beagle for the first year.
Birth To 2 Weeks
Around the two-week mark, your puppy’s eyes start to open, and they begin hearing sounds. Your puppy is not very interactive at this time because he is both blind (due to sealed eyelids) and deaf. They rely on their mother to give them the care and milk they need. Allow your puppy to drink as much milk as needed. If you are also caring for their mother, ensure she is eating and resting enough to provide the puppies with good care.
At the one-month mark, your dog has developed much of his senses. It’s adorable to see them be more social around their littermates. This is especially important for their early development, as this is their first chance to socialize. One month old is also when they begin to wean off their mother’s milk. You can start feeding them soft, wet dog food. It’s important not to shock them with too much food at once.
- Males weigh an average of 3-4 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 2-3 pounds.
When your puppy reaches two months old, they may be separated from their mother, as they should now be fully weaned off milk. You can begin teaching them basic commands and start with obedience training. Beagles are stubborn and highly intelligent, so the earlier you start training, the better.
Beagles are barkers. Therefore, training will help control this behavior. It’s essential to train them now because they are the most receptive when they are very young. Their sessions should be short and focused. This sets a foundation for a well-behaved dog later down the line. It may not curb the barking altogether, but it will make it much more manageable. You can also start giving them three meals daily, changing portions according to their size and weight. Here is the weight you can expect from your Beagle at two months old.
- Males weigh an average of 5-7 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 4.5-6.5 pounds.
You should continue your puppy’s training and socialization. You could start leash training to get them used to the feel of the harness and leash. Beagles should be kept on a leash since they have a very keen sense of smell and will chase or search for the cause of the scent. It is also the right time to get them used to grooming. Consistency and patience are key here. They are very playful and particularly mouthy. Do your best to curb bad behavior and encourage acceptable behavior.
- Males weigh an average of 7-11 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 6.5-10 pounds.
Your puppy starts being a lot more playful by the time they reach four months old. At this point, they will have happily settled in with you at home. You should continue their obedience training and socialization using positive reinforcement as much as possible. Beagles respond well to positive reinforcement training.
They also love to eat, so treats work well, but be careful of feeding them too many treats because they can gain weight. If you’re less experienced in training a dog like a Beagle, you may want to enroll in training classes. You can also let your dog join puppy kindergarten classes to teach them to behave appropriately around other dogs.
Getting them used to being around different animals will help tremendously with this behavior. This makes for a confident, friendly, and well-rounded puppy.
- Males weigh an average of 8-12 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 7-11 pounds.
You may be astonished at how large your Beagle has gotten at around five months. This is the stage where they learn, grow, and play more. We encourage you to continue with positive reinforcement. This can significantly affect how your dog grows and behaves as an adult. Beagles grow to be very affectionate and loving, but puppies will be puppies. They will play and bite and play some more. Continue getting them used to being around people, locations, and everyday noises.
- Males weigh an average of 10-14 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 8.5-12 pounds.
At around the six-month mark, your Beagle is getting taller and heavier. By this time, he would have reached about 50% of his adult weight and height. He may want to walk a little more, but it is important not to overexert them so as not to injure them. They may try to push boundaries but continue with your established routine. They need to learn discipline and structure, especially since Beagles are stubborn and wired to be independent. They can be easily distracted due to their keen sense of smell, so sticking to training will help with their obedience.
- Males weigh an average of 12-16 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 10-14 pounds.
You probably have established a routine and strong rapport with your dog at seven months old. Continue training and socializing them. By this time, you should have a better idea of what motivates your pup. Since they are intelligent doggies, they may not be encouraged to obey simple commands. You can reward exemplary behavior once you figure out your doggie’s motivational factors.
You can start taking your dog on longer walks at this time but not too long. Eventually, they will need a minimum of an hour of exercise. You can give your dog two meals daily and ensure they get enough food for their age, size, and activity level.
- Males weigh an average of 14-18 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 12-16 pounds.
When your dog gets to be around eight months old, you should have a great friendship and bond established with them. Your pup is on his way to adulthood at this point. The problem here is that they may start to get anxious when you aren’t around. This is called separation anxiety and takes a toll on your mental health. It can also take a toll on your belongings because destructive behavior usually surfaces when dogs feel this way. Beagles love being with their family. It’s best to have somebody home with them as much as possible so they don’t get lonely. They can become depressed if the anxiety is not controlled.
- Males weigh an average of 15-19 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 13-17 pounds.
You can expect your dog to start behaving slightly more maturely at around nine months old. This may not be true for all puppies. Toys are an effective way to provide mental and physical stimulation. Beagles love toys. They will need different kinds to keep them engaged. Chew and rope toys are a great way to keep them stimulated.
- Males weigh an average of 17-21 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 15-19 pounds.
You will see less apparent physical growth at around ten months since your pup is getting closer to fully grown. He will still fill out and put on weight much slower than when he was a baby. Now that their body is getting stronger, you can take them for longer walks. Try not to over-exert them as their bones are still developing.
- Males weigh an average of 19-23 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 17-21 pounds.
Homelife should be very comfortable for your doggy now that they are almost one year old. Beagles are more than happy to be part of a family. You can now try to give them twenty to 60 minutes of walk time each day, split into two sessions to make it easier to manage. Try not to run with them on a leash but walk to not disrupt bone formation.
- Males weigh an average of 20-24 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 18-22 pounds.
It’s time to wish your doggy a happy birthday. He has most likely filled out by this time. You can check with your veterinarian to see if your dog has grown healthily. Before they reach two years old, they may continue gaining weight. However, they should be right on track as long as they have eaten properly, gotten enough rest, and were not severely ill or injured.
- Males weigh an average of 21-25 pounds.
- Females weigh an average of 19-23 pounds.
What Happens Next?
You can use the standard weights and heights listed as markers, but you can always compare notes with your veterinarian to see how well your dog has grown. There should be no issue with their growth as long as they weren’t overfed or underfed and kept healthy throughout puppyhood.
Full Grown Beagle
Your dog has done a lot of growing during his puppyhood. Male and female dogs have similar weights throughout puppyhood but differ slightly in adulthood. A full-grown male weighs around 20-30 pounds depending on whether he is 13inches or taller, while females weigh about 20-24 pounds.
Weight Growth Chart
|Age||Male Weight (lbs.)||Female Weight (lbs.)|
Factors To Consider
Understanding each one can help you better understand the development process.
Although size is often determined through genetics, it is still not guaranteed. Some dogs can be larger or smaller than their genetic lines. Looking at the parents can usually give you a sense of how large your dog can grow though this is only an estimation. The parents are just a small part of a giant genetic puzzle. They may have genes that result in smaller, average or larger offspring. There is no real way to tell until your dog has reached full maturity.
Nutrition will play a significant role in helping your pup thrive. Beagles are easily prone to gaining weight, so their food intake should be controlled. The amount of food your Beagle consumes will depend on his size, age, and energy levels. This does not mean that overfeeding your dog will make him grow more prominent. It’s important not to overfeed your dog as this paves the way toward obesity and may even create other orthopedic ailments.
The most important consideration for his nutrition is to feed him a high-quality kibble that provides him with a well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet should include high-quality meats, fiber, carbohydrates, healthy omega fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Growth Spurts And Plateaus
Growth spurts and plateaus can happen at any given time during your dog’s growth. These spurts occur randomly and can speed up or slow down the growing process. If you are worried about changes in your puppy’s growth, it’s always best to ask a veterinarian to see if your pup is developing healthily.
Neutering And Spaying
Most dogs should be spayed or neutered around 4 to 6 months.
Vets recommend spaying your female Beagle before her first heat cycle, which can occur between five to six months of age. The best age to neuter a male Beagle is between the 6 to the 12-month mark.
Since each Beagle is different, ask your veterinarian when the best time will be to spay or neuter your doggie.
Puppies who were ill for an extended time may have stunted growth. Poor health does not allow the body to reach its highest potential, so you should always check with your veterinarian to ensure your puppy is as healthy as possible. Injury can also be a factor in the growth of a Beagle. Please do not allow them to overexert themselves as they are growing. Always give your dog plenty of space to play so they don’t accidentally bump into anything and hurt themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will my Beagle stop growing?
Their physical growth stops around eighteen months. This breed often reaches its adult height around eighteen months but continues to gain weight until two years or older.
How fast can I expect my Beagle to grow?
Your Beagle grows at a pretty steady pace. They may have occasional growth sprints, but each doggie is different.
Will my puppy experience growing pains?
Studies show that puppies do not experience growing pains, but certain orthopedic conditions may give them pain. If you notice limping, swelling, strange movement, and a hesitance to join normally engaging activities, there may be something wrong. It’s worth going to a veterinarian to check what is ailing your puppy. It’s also worth noting that your dog can get injured if allowed to play too rough or exercise too much. Beagles are energetic, so they could play rough and hurt themselves.
What are some conditions common to growing Beagles?
One common condition your dog may be predisposed to is cervical intervertebral disk disease. This is a disease where the acute or chronic pressure of material from an intervertebral disc puts pressure on or around the spinal cord in the neck. Dogs may show only mild neck pain at first, but this can lead to complete paralysis of all four legs.
You can spot cervical intervertebral disk disease when a sudden onset of neck pain, clumsiness, or inability to walk. If you notice these symptoms, please consult your vet immediately.
What do I do if my Beagle isn’t the correct weight?
If you find your Beagle is not growing healthy, check with your veterinarian. Numbers don’t always indicate if your dog is a healthy weight. To test if your dog is overweight or underweight, check his ribs. The ribs should not be visible as this is a clear indicator that your dog is dangerously underweight. Malnourished dogs need immediate veterinary assistance since they may need to be dewormed in case of internal parasites. He may be overweight if you cannot feel your pup’s ribs. Ultimately, you should consult your veterinarian for treatment plans for your overweight or underweight doggie.
Beagles are intelligent, fun-loving dogs that enjoy being with their families. It is vital to have information on your Beagle’s development and growth to ensure he will grow up healthy and happy. As the newest family member, knowing about your pup’s different growth factors is beneficial. Bringing your puppy for routine checkups will help keep him healthy and assure your dog is growing to his full potential.