Beagle is a small-sized dog breed that has a very cute and adorable appearance. They have a very much similar appearance to the Foxhound which is much larger than them in size. It was originally bred for hunting hare which also soon become a loving family companion.
Beagle can give birth to 4 to 6 puppies at a time which should be taken good care of. Since it is a small-sized dog breed, the physical, as well as mental development is faster than that od large-sized dog breeds.
Newborn Beagle Puppies
As soon as the puppies are born, they are completely blind, deaf, and toothless. They are very dependant on their mother as they cannot do things on their own like defecating, peeing, and keeping themself warm. Since they cannot generate heat on their own and keep themself warm, their mother provided them warmth and keeps them cozy.
The Beagle puppies rely only on their mother’s milk for food. They should not be given any sold as well as liquid food other than the mother’s milk. The milk contains colostrum which is rich in antibodies that keep the puppies safe from any kind of health problem.
Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)
The stage between the birth up to two weeks is the neonatal stage. The puppies are not able to walk as well so they crawl towards their mother for food and for the warmth. All the puppies pile up against the body of their mother which helps to keep them warm.
For two weeks, the puppies need to sleep and wake up for food only. They need around 90% of sleep for their proper development of body and mind. They become twice the size of their birth in two weeks.
Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)
The very important stage of any puppy life is the transitional stage. It is a stage where they start to open their eyes and sees the canine as well as the human world around them. Their eyelids open when they reach 10 to 12 days old. They start to hear when they are 14 to 16 days old and get to hear their mothers and other littermates voice for the first time.
This is also the stage when they sample sold food for the first time from their mother’s bowl. To communicate with their mother and littermates, they form their own vocabularies like yelping, whining, and barking.
Socialization Stage (4-16 Weeks)
It is a time for the Beagle puppies to socialize with other human beings and canines. As they reach 4 weeks old, take them out for socialization. Although you need to leash train them first before taking them out. When they complete learning to walk on the leash, take them out in a public place like park to socialize them with people and other canines.
This is also the age for their vaccination against certain diseases like distemper, DHPP, adenovirus, rabies, and medication for heartworm.
Juvenile Stage (3-6 Months)
The juvenile stage is the period when the puppy’s face begins to fade and they start to develop adult looks. Training should be started as they reach 3 months old. They are very eager to please their owner at this age, so training should be started as soon as possible. Start from basic obedience training like potty training, house training, and other primary training.
Puppies are more developed at this age and already starts to eat sold food from the socialization stage only. Their puppy food should be slowly changed to premium adult food as they reach the age of 6 months.
Adolescence Stage (6-12 Months)
The Beagle is fully grown now with mature and adult looks on their faces. Although they are matured both physically and sexually, they should not be engaged in breeding and mating. They are still not ready mentally for breeding and also their health might be affected. Involve them in breeding only when they reach the age of 16 to 18 months.
Provide them with a complete balanced diet and only feed them high-quality dog food. Enroll them in advance training as they are ready for agility.
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