Kerry Beagle

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Kerry Beagle History

The Kerry Beagle is a breed of small Irish hound. It is a medium-sized, solidly built, short-coated hound, with a fox-like appearance. The head is medium-sized, wedge-shaped, and is carried high, with erect ears, prominent eyes and a long tail. The body is lightly boned and compact, with good substance, and the legs are strong and sturdy. The coat is of medium length, straight, hard, and wiry, with a distinctive ruff and fringe. The colour is white with tan markings on the face, ears, legs and tail. The Kerry Beagle can be trained for hunting and as a guard dog. It tends to bark. The Kerry Beagle is a descendant of the Talbot Hound, a scenthound from Ireland. The Kerry Beagle is descended from the Talbot Hound, which originated in the 13th century and was named after the Earl of Shrewsbury, John Talbot. The Talbot Hound was one of several scenthounds that were brought to Ireland by English settlers during the Plantation of Ulster. The modern Irish hound descends from a group of three dogs imported into Ireland in 1900 by Captain Adam Faull. The two dogs were a bitch named Shoter, and a stud named Tommy. The third dog was an American stud named Tom. The bitch Shoter was mated with Tommy, and the litter produced four puppies. One of these, a female called Dolly, was mated with Tom, and the litter produced six puppies. One of these puppies, a male called Ballybunion

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Kerry Beagle Physical Characteristics

The Kerry Beagle is a small, medium sized breed that typically stands between 14 and 18 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 20 and 40 pounds. They have long, muscular legs, and a straight, sturdy back. They have a smooth, short, glossy coat of liver, brindle, or red and a white blaze on their faces and chests. They have large, erect ears, almond shaped eyes, and a thick, powerful tail. They are fearless and curious.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 50 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 50 – 60 lbs

Kerry Beagle Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Kerry Beagle Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Usually A Very Healthy Breed

Kerry Beagle Temperament and Behaviour

A happy-go-lucky, confident, and outgoing dog, the Kerry Beagle is a great companion. They are intelligent, eager to learn, and devoted to their owners. They are eager for action and like to be busy. They can be very active and energetic, but are also quiet and calm.

Kerry Beagle Activity Requirements

Kerry Beagles have a long history of being hunting dogs and still enjoy being outdoors. They are always up for a long walk or a good game of fetch. As hunting dogs, Kerry Beagles do need more physical exercise than most of the retriever breeds. A daily outing, whether it’s a long hike in the woods or just a walk around the neighborhood, will be sufficient for most Kerry Beagles. While they are fairly low energy, they do need to have some mental stimulation. Be sure to provide your Kerry Beagle with puzzle toys or regular play sessions to keep them happy.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Kerry Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Kerry Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Kerry Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Kerry Beagle is part of the Unclassified group.

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