About Beagle Skin Disorders


Beagles make great pets, but they are prone to certain kinds of health disorders. "The Veterinarian's Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms" notes that they are prone to several skin conditions. Not all of these skin conditions are life-threatening, but all beagles with them should be seen by a vet.

Alopecia Universalis

  • That roughly translates to "bald all over." The beagle will lose all or almost all of his hair. There is no known cure.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

  • Also known as cutaneous asthenia, this is a genetic condition of the connective tissues, causing sagging skin that tears easily. There is no known cure.

Sensitive Skin

  • This is similar to what people have, so any harsh shampoos or even laundry detergent in the bedding can cause redness and itching. It's usually a manageable condition.


  • According to the National Beagle Club of America, beagles are prone to hernias. These are seen as loose pouches in the skin around the belly or scrotum.

Excessive Shedding

  • This is normal for any short haired dogs like a beagle, but according to the Oklahoma Beagle rescue, some people so dislike it that they abandon the dog.

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