Adult beagles can weigh 18 to 30 pounds and reach 13 to 15 inches in length. The dog's medium size makes it easy for it to maneuver through brush and other plants while hunting rabbits and other small game.
The beagle has a hard coat that protects it from stickers and thorny bushes. The dog's moderate size helps it track small animals through rugged areas and makes it easy for hunters to follow its path. Beagles require plenty of exercise and have a strong sense of smell, which makes them ideal hunting companions. They are intelligent, gentle with small children, and make good family pets and loyal companions.