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Beagle

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The jovial Beagle is a great addition to any active home. Sweet natured and full of life, the Beagle sure doesn't make the best guard dog, but its affable nature is the perfect fit for family life. If you are seeking a child-friendly canine, a Beagle might be the perfect choice.

Where I'm From

Whilst the Beagle, or different forms of small hounds have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years, the breed as we know it today was developed in Britain in the 18th century. Believed to be a descendant of the Talbot hound brought to England by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and other hunting breeds.

Beagles are savvy scent hounds that can track smells over long distances, which make them great hunting dogs of small game, their traditional use. In recent times, Beagles are successfully used for border contraband control due to their sensitive noses that can pick up a variety of suspicious smells and their non-threatening demeanours.

What I Look Like

Beagles are a small-medium sized dog with a muscular body and very long floppy ears that sit close to the face. Their short coat usually comes in the tricolour combination of black, tan and white or in tan and white though other shades are possible. With a short muzzle and endearing large eyes, Beagles retain a cute puppy-like look well into adulthood.

How I Act

Beagles are nice natured and active dogs that can be a good fit for families with young children due to their patient and tolerant demeanours. They also get on well with other dogs and pets. However, Beagles can be stubborn and naughty pets if not provided sufficient exercise or stimulation.

Beagles can be tough to train and require patient schooling with food treats as welcome rewards. Like all dogs, Beagles should be socialised and trained from a young age to ensure a well-behaved pet. Behaviours that could prove challenging include their propensity to howl and dig up the backyard when bored. Housetraining will also take time and tolerance of the occasional mistake.

Though Beagles are small-medium sized dogs they still require at least 30 minutes of daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Take your Beagles for a walk or play in the backyard, and then you can snuggle with them on the couch.

Looking After Me

Beagles are generally a hardy breed but can suffer from a few health ailments including obesity. It is important to feed a Beagle correctly and ensure they get plenty of exercise.

They may also suffer from Beagle dwarfism or Chinese Beagle Syndrome. Other general medical issues include back problems, hip dysplasia, epilepsy and a range of eye complaints including progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog though not every ailment can be predicted. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Beagles live for 12-15 years on average.

They need a good quality meal twice a day as per packaging instructions.

However, potential Beagles owners should be aware that these dogs LOVE their food and may try to steal tasty treats, including your own. This means they have a propensity to gain weight and care should be taken to measure out food and remove any uneaten portions until the next feeding.

The Beagle's smooth coat does shed but doesn't cause too much mess due to its short length. They should be brushed at least once a week to keep their coat clean and in good shape.

Beagles' keen sense of smell can prove dangerous if they manage to escape the home in chase of prey. It is important that any yards are well fenced and set deep into the ground so that they can't dig themselves out.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!