Beagle

Beagle

Beagles are incredibly social hounds that love to play and track down smells. They are extremely charismatic, and are sure to charm anyone that came across. Their interest in making new friends is exceeded only by their interest in tracking down exciting new scents. Beagles are friendly and lovable, but are also part hound. Which gives them a strong stubborn streak and makes them incredible escape artists. This breed can be difficult to train because of it’s stubbornness, and often takes a long time to house train. However, this funny and exciting little pup more than makes up for his stubborn streak with his sweetness and immediate attachment to whomever he meets.

Sizes

Beagles come in two recognized sizes, both of which are small. Because they are hounds, they can come in a wide variety of different colors, although the most common is black, brown, and white. Because Beagles were originally trained as hunting dogs, they make three distinct vocalizations. This helped tell hunters where their prey was. And is now a strong characteristic that has stayed with this breed, and can make them rather noisy pets. Beagles are historically pack animals, and almost always enjoy the company of other dogs and humans.

History

The exact history of the Beagle, and how he got his name are both a little murky. The name could have come from a french word meaning to blow a horn or howl, or an old English word that meant small. However the Beagle got his name, we do know that this breed has been around for a very long time. As early as 400 B.C. the Greeks describe dogs that sound very much like Beagles. It is thought that the Romans took these Beagle-like dogs to England, and bred them with local hound dogs.

However they got to England, Beagles have been present in that country since its was created. We do know, in England a smaller version of the Beagle was originally used to hunt foxes. But soon fell out of favor because its short legs did not allow it to run very fast. Queen Elizabeth I was also very partial to these tiny Beagles, and many paintings of them from that time still exist.

After they were no longer used as fox hunting dogs, Beagles were used by farmers to hunt rabbits and mice. Which helped and kept them from destroying their fields. In the middle of the 19th century, Americans began importing Beagles, and bred them to be several inches taller, the size normally found today. In the 1920s, Beagles became very popular pets. Their popularity continues to grow today, and they are one of the most sought after dog breeds for pets.

Is a Beagle Right for You?

Beagles are curious, friendly and charismatic pets. Their easy going nature and playful spirit make them great family dogs. While Beagles make wonderful additions to your family, you have to be prepared to work with them a lot during the training process. Like most hound dogs, beagles have a distinctive vocalization that can be hard to discourage, and a stubborn streak that makes them difficult to train. It is not uncommon for a beagle to take a year to become fully house broken. Beagle owners should also have a very secure place to keep their pups, as well as have them microchipped. As they are known for wandering off.

Did You Know?

Snoopy is the most famous Beagle in the United States, but he does not have the typical beagle tricolor markings.

The most common reason Beagles are given to animal shelters is because of their frequent howling and barking.

Beagles have about 220 million scent receptors, which is about 40 times more than humans have!

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