Beagles are medium-sized dogs that resemble miniature foxhounds. Like foxhounds, they were bred for hunting. In the 1800s, beagles came in different sizes. Hunters often favored the smaller dogs they could follow on foot and, if needed, carry in the pocket of their hunting jackets. These pocket-sized beagles also had the advantage that they were easier to keep up with on the hunt. Today, there are two sizes of beagles; the 13-inch and 15-inch varieties.
Beagles Come in Two Sizes
According to the American Kennel Club breed standard, at maturity, the 13-inch variety of beagles shouldn't be more than 13 inches in height at the top of their withers -- the dogs' shoulders. The 15-inch variety can be 13 to 15 inches tall. In the United Kingdom, beagles can be up to 16 inches. Height isn't dependent on the size of their parents. Some pups in a litter may grow into 13-inch dogs while others could be the 15-inch variety. The normal weight range for both varieties of beagles is 18 to 30 pounds, with 15-inch beagles ideally weighing around 28 pounds.