How fast can a Beagle run?

Beagle running
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With their long beautiful ears, adorable barreled bodies, and big glowing eyes, Beagle dogs don’t exactly look like they were made for running fast. But you would be wrong to think that because despite the shape they come in, Beagles have remarkable endurance and, on top of that, are able to run at amazingly fast speeds. 

In this article, we’ll talk about all of the amazing feats that Beagles are capable of when running is concerned, and shed some light on why Beagles are able to run so fast.

Let’s cut to the chase: How fast can Beagles run?

Beagles possess bodies that are highly adapted to running at high speeds, contrary to the common belief, and this is what allows Beagles to run up to speeds of anywhere between 20-30 miles per hour.

Beagles possess bodies that are highly adapted to running at high speeds, and this is what allows Beagles to run up to speeds of anywhere between 20-30 miles per hour
Infographic of How fast a Beagle can run by Miniature Friends

Just to put things into perspective, a healthy human jogs at speeds of 9 miles per hour, and therefore if you are looking for a jogging partner, then you should get yourself a Beagle. Along with their speed, Beagles are also known to have exceptional endurance, which will also come in handy during your morning jogs with your canine friend. 

Here is a video of a Beagle running fast on the beach by YouTuber Smudge the Beagle. As you can see, Beagles are very athletic and love to run around in open spaces where they can run at high speeds!

How can Beagles run so fast?

Now a natural question will be asked around how Beagles are able to run so quickly, given their small size. Well, as with any other phenomena, there are a number of factors and physical adaptations that play their part in making Beagles capable of running so fast. These physical adaptations are described below.

Picture of a Beagle running fast
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Aerodynamic Build

All dog breeds that are known to be fast runners tend to have one thing in common. All of them possess a highly aerodynamic body which serves to minimize air resistance and drag during their sprints. This minimization of air drag goes a long way in making dogs faster and quicker. 

The same goes for Beagles as they possess a slenderer and barreled body which is optimized for lowering air drag. Beagles also have very muscular legs, which also helps them in achieving speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. This makes Beagle the perfect running partner.


Beagle paws are specially adapted to allow Beagles to accelerate far faster than other dog breeds. These adaptations include the presence of robust buffers as well as sturdier toenails. These adaptations allow Beagles to hold the ground skillfully, no matter how rough it is or what terrain they are running on.

Whether your Beagle is running on concrete, grass or snow, you can expect high speeds from your Beagle, as they are able to run in all conditions. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t able to fall over, or lose grip at all, so caution should be taken when they are running fast and you shouldn’t ever encourage high speeds near dangerous places.

Muscular legs

Beagles also possess very muscular legs that are more than capable of producing enough power and giving themselves enough momentum to reach their top speeds. These muscular legs are the key to how Beagles can run so fast. They play the most crucial role, and therefore Beagle owners should make efforts to maintain the muscle density of their legs.

The best way to do that is to feed your Beagle-specialized, high-protein dog food, as well exercising them regularly to maintain healthy bones and a strong posture. 

Vitamin K, Magnesium and Calcium also contribute to the maintenance of normal bones, so this could include feeding your Beagle chicken, green beans, bananas, peas, cheese, fish or Brussel sprouts. All of these food sources provide the vitamins and minerals your Beagle needs to maintain healthy bones and muscular legs.

If you have any concerns regarding your Beagles legs, you should always consult a veterinarian on the matter. 

Cardiovascular system

Last but certainly not least, Beagles are also blessed with a strong cardiovascular system that pumps the required oxygenated blood throughout their body to make them able to run so fast and for so long. This helps keep blood flowing in the right direction towards the heart.

Should I take my Beagle running?

Beagles love to run so it’s a great idea to take them with you on your journey, however, you shouldn’t overwork your Beagle and you should keep running to a sensible distance of a few miles. You should give your Beagle plenty of rest breaks in between, and you shouldn’t ever force them to run with you, it should be a fun, rewarding and voluntary exercise.

Beagle running
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We suggest keeping running to a minimum at the start, taking your Beagle with you on short runs, or walks, and then gradually increasing the distance between each run.

Make sure your Beagle is well hydrated before and after your run – providing them with plenty of water to regenerate and freshen up. You shouldn’t ever attempt to push your Beagle to run more than 5 miles at a time.

Running with your Beagle will not only improve your mental health and physical wellbeing, but your dogs too, so it’s a great idea.

Can I take my Beagle on long-distance runs?

No, we wouldn’t recommend taking your Beagle on long-distance runs, and we suggest that you only run up to 5 miles with them.

There’s a misconception that Beagles can run long distances, however, this is far from the truth. Beagles require regular breaks in between runs and if they ever display any sign of fatigue or shortness of breath, you should stop running and take a break.

However, if your Beagle is smiling and showing no sign of discomfort, you can increase the running distance.

How can I train my Beagle to run with me?

If you love running then you can take your Beagle with you, assuming they like to run too.

At first, you should take your Beagle on plenty of walks to help develop their bones, fitness and awareness of the local area – they also need to realise that being outside the house is positive and rewarding, so give them plenty of treats when they are outside. In time, they will love to be out in the open with you. However, the Beagles safety should be at the top of your priority list, so ensure they are properly trained and well-disciplined before allowing them to be off the lead running with you.

Beagle running through field
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Once your Beagle responds well to training commands and is generally well behaved outside, you can then start running with them. We suggest running small distances at first, to help them get used to running, while also being on a short lead. This lead could be attached to your waist or belt – so there’s no risk of your Beagle running into the road or wandering off without you knowing.

Over time, increase the distance between each run and you could try taking them off the lead when you feel confident enough, this will help give them the freedom they need to run alongside you. 

You should always be wary of your surroundings for the safety of you and your dog, and you shouldn’t ever take your Beagle running in areas where there is danger nearby, i.e. alongside a road. You need to make sure your Beagle is safe at all times.

How do I know if my Beagle is struggling to run?

You should keep a close eye on your Beagle when exercising to make sure you aren’t overworking them.

Below are some signs of exhaustion and if your dog shows any of these, you should stop exercising and give them a nice break, along with some water to help hydrate themselves.

  • Shortness of breath and signs of struggling to breath
  • Excess sweating
  • Dehydration and fatigue
  • Stopping frequently or showing signs of sluggishness
  • Panting heavily
  • Laying down on the floor refusing to move

In serious cases, your Beagle may show signs of heat exhaustion, fatigue and heat stroke, so if you suspect any of the above symptoms, you should immediately stop and give your dog a break.

Keep your Beagle close to you

Beagles and in fact, all dog breeds have an incredible sense of smell and are able to smell anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times better than us humans. Due to this, dogs have a tendency to easily get distracted and wander off, in the hope that they find the source of the smell. In particular, Beagles have an increased sense of smell and are at the higher end of the scale when compared to humans.

Keep your Beagle close to you
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Beagles love to chase scents, so we suggest keeping your Beagle close while running or walking, as they may decide to suddenly wander off and find the source.

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