Choosing the right dog breed for your lifestyle is as an important decision as bringing a dog into your life. Although every dog is individual and has a personality, each breed has particular traits. These traits can help you determine which breed will suit you and your lifestyle – ensuring a more harmonious home for you and your new pet.
The Siberian Husky and the Beagle are both wonderful dog breeds. The Siberian Husky is a medium size breed, and the Beagle is a small to medium breed. They both have a weather-resistant double coat and are extremely smart and energetic. The Husky needs around 2 hours of daily exercise plus mental stimulation to keep them content. The Beagle needs about an hour to an hour and a half of daily exercise and mental stimulation to satisfy them.
Let’s look at some breed traits to help you decide. These are general breed traits, and you should remember that breeding and life experiences will affect each dog differently.
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The Siberian Husky is one of 14 ancient dog breeds. The Chukchi tribe bred the Siberian Husky to pull sleds over long distances in harsh weather conditions. The Siberian Husky would work in teams to pull the sleds and sleep beside the children on cold nights to keep them warm.
Only the most social and playful Huskies would be used to breed, as cooperation and good natures were most important to the tribe. These traits are still found in today’s Siberian Husky.
The Beagle is the smallest of the old hunting breed from Britain, predating the Romans. They were bred to be a foot-hound-hunting dog, allowing people to keep up without needing a horse. The Beagle is a scent hound, working in packs to track rabbits and hares. The Beagle is renowned for its keen sense of smell and is often used to sniff drugs and other contraband.
The Beagle is a loyal and amiable hunting dog. Renowned for their scent-tracking abilities and fun-loving natures. The Beagle is versatile and can be a great family pet or a hard-working scent hound.
The Siberian Husky has a thick fluffy double coat, with colors ranging from white, sable and white, grey and white, agouti, black and white, and black. Upright pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes can be blue, brown, mixed brown, and blue. In addition, they have a fox brush tail which is often held high in a sickle curve but can also be held low and trailing.
The Siberian Husky is a medium size breed. The adult male Siberian Husky stands at 21-23.5 inches, with an ideal weight range of 45-60lbs (20-27kgs).
The adult female Siberian Husky stands at 20-22 inches, with an ideal weight range of 35-50lbs (16-23kgs).
The life expectancy for a healthy, well-cared-for Siberian Husky is 12-14 years.
The Beagle has a short, weatherproof double coat. The colors range from tricolor black, white, and tan; blue, white, and tan; badger pied; hare pied; lemon pied; lemon and white; red and white; tan and white; black and white; all white. The Beagle’s skull is slightly domed, moderately broad, with a slight peak, and its long, rounded ears are set low near its cheeks. It has large brown or hazel eyes.
The Beagle is a small to medium-sized breed. The adult Beagle can be 13 inches or smaller, weighing under 20 lbs (9 kgs).
The adult Beagle can be 13-15 inches and weigh 20-30lbs (9-13.5 kgs).
The life expectancy for a healthy, well-cared-for Beagle is 10 – 15 years.
Common Breed Health Checks
The Siberian Husky breed is generally pretty healthy; however, breeders should regularly have the dams and sires screened:
- Hip dysplasia (BVA/KC)
- Eye testing – PLA (gonioscopy) (BVA/KC/ISDS)
- Eye screening scheme (BVA/KC/ISDS)
The Beagle is generally pretty healthy. Good breeders should regularly have the dams and sires screened:
- Hip Evaluation
- MLS DNA Test
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Cardiac Examination
The Siberian Husky is a bundle of energy with outstanding endurance! This dog is at its happiest when it’s running, exploring, and playing. It can run for hours and still have the energy to play. However, to keep a Siberian Husky content, it will need at least 2 hours of daily exercise and some mental stimulation.
The Beagle is a high-energy hunting dog. The Beagle is happiest spending time with its family doing activities and will still have the energy to play afterward. The Beagle will need an hour to an hour and a half of daily exercise and plenty of mental stimulation.
The Siberian Husky is a highly intelligent dog. It was bred to decide whether to follow instructions or not for the musher and team’s safety. This intelligence is still present in the Siberian Husky. Once you know what motivates your Siberian Husky, training and cooperation are easier. Most Siberian Huskies are not food motivated, and you must get creative.
The Siberian Husky learns quickly and easily; motivating them to follow instructions consistently can be tricky. Furthermore, the Siberian Husky is not a biddable animal; they are not interested in pleasing their human. High prey drive also means that recall isn’t 100% for most Siberian Huskies.
Like the Siberian Husky, the Beagle is a highly intelligent and mischievous. It can be willful and will require consistent positive reinforcement training. The Beagle will benefit from many brain and sniffing games to satisfy its desire to track.
The Beagle is a loyal, hard-working companion and thrives on being around its family or other dogs. The Beagle will enjoy going on plenty of walks to explore all the different scents. Unfortunately, this is a scent hound, and it will struggle to listen if it finds an interesting scent to follow, so recall training may be very tricky.
The Siberian Husky is friendly and cooperative with people and other dogs. They have never met strangers or dogs they didn’t want to play with. These were the main traits that the Chukchi looked for in their sled dogs.
The Siberian Husky loves children and being around children – they are pretty gentle. However, the Husky can get boisterous and accidentally knock down little children.
The Beagle is a naturally friendly dog. Bred to work in packs, it will enjoy being with its family and other dogs. An energetic, fun-loving breed, the Beagle will want to be involved in all the activities with its family.
A loyal and loving companion, the Beagle has a lot of energy and enjoys being with its family so that it can fit well with children. However, they are a hunting breed and may not do well with other smaller pets. Therefore, careful introductions and supervision will be required.
The Beagle is naturally friendly but still requires lots of socialization with other dogs, people, and places. This should be ongoing to ensure your dog develops into a well-adjusted pet.
Grooming and Shedding
The Siberian Husky has a fluffy, luxurious double coat to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The fur has a protective layer that repels dirt and protects the skin, reducing the doggy odor that most other breeds have. In addition, the Siberian Husky is cat-like in its grooming, keeping its coat clean. As a result, they only need to be bathed a few times a year.
The Siberian Husky needs brushing regularly to keep the coat healthy. In addition, twice a year, the undercoat blows and requires daily brushing – there will be fur everywhere!
The Beagle has a waterproof double coat. However, it will only require brushing weekly to keep the shedding hair under control and the coat clean. In addition, the Beagle will only need a few baths throughout the year to keep them clean.
The Beagle sheds lightly throughout the year and will blow the undercoat once a year. During this blowout, the Beagle will require extra weekly brushing. The Beagle is a low-maintenance grooming dog.
The Siberian Husky doesn’t bark, as such. It does, however, huff, chuff, chatter, and howl – also known as singing. In addition, the Siberian Husky is known to chat and sing to their humans. Sometimes for no apparent reason, and other times to communicate their point in the conversation.
The Beagle is a hunting dog. It is known to bark and howl to alert you to pray. It has been suggested that the name Beagle relates to the French’ bee gueule’, which translates to ‘wide throat’, also known as ‘loudmouth’! The Beagle is not known to be a quiet breed. The Beagle may also bark a lot if left alone, too long, bored, or stressed.
The Siberian Husky suits active outdoor people with lots of time for training and exercise. They enjoy running, hiking, and biking – independent dogs who like to think and work things out for themselves. However, the Siberian Husky isn’t for everyone, as the extensive training and lifestyle can be intense.
However, once you have earned the Husky’s trust and loyalty, they are a fantastic companion and will give you hours of fun and laughter. So, if you are up for a challenge, and looking for a dog with a big personality, then the Siberian Husky might be for you.
The Beagle suits active people and families. It enjoys being around people and other dogs. However, the Beagle does not do well on its own for extended periods and suits households where it has company.
The Beagle is a friendly, energetic, mischievous dog with a high-tracking instinct. It will need lots of training, exercise, and brain games to keep it happy. However, the Beagle is a great family pet because of its friendly personality and adorable face.
If you are looking for an adorable, friendly companion and have the time to spend, the Beagle might be for you.
For further breed-specific information, the Kennel Club UK and the American Kennel Club are excellent sources of information.
I hope you have found this article helpful.