All About Beagles

About This Breed

The Beagle is a very old dog breed which was bred and to hunt rabbits in Britain over 150 years ago.

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Physical Characteristics

The Beagle has a small, well-proportioned body with big brown eyes and long ears which fold over. Its tail, meanwhile, is long, skinny and pointed.

COLOR(S)

Very typical for a true hound, they are tri colored.

COAT

Short

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Medium

POSITIVES

The Beagle has a gentle manner. Some may even say these dogs never meets anyone they doesn't like. In fact, they get along well with kids and other animals

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Being that it is a hound, Beagles will howl and bark quite frequently.

Care

IDEAL LIVING SITUATION

The Beagle will fare well in the country or city, though it thrives when it has access to areas it can roam around.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BEAGLES

They require substantial exercise daily.

Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Beagles:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal Atrophy
  • Epilepsy

History and Background

The word “beagle” is thought to have come from certain old French words meaning an open throat, a possible connection to the dog’s musical bay. It is also speculated that the dog’s name might have derived from old French, Celtic or English words meaning small. Beagle-like dogs were probably used for the popular sport of hare-hunting in England during the 1300s, but the term "beagle" was not used until 1475. Hunters would follow the dog on foot and sometimes even carry one in his pocket. There were several sizes of the breed in the 1800s, but the pocket-size dogs were most popular. These small dogs measured only about nine inches and required the hunter's help while crossing rough fields. Because the smaller dogs were slower and easier to follow on foot, they appealed especially to women, the elderly, and those who otherwise did not have the stamina or inclination to keep up with an active dog.

The first mention of the breed in the United States occurred in the town records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1642. Before the American Civil War, people in the South used Beagles, but these dogs did not resemble English Beagles. However, when the war was over, English Beagles were imported for crossbreeding and to develop the modern breed we know today. The last part of the 19th century saw the emergence of the breed as popular competitors on the field and in exhibitions. Soon thereafter, this little hound dog with the melodic howl came to be amongst the most preferred family pets in the U.S.

National Clubs and/or Organizations

National Beagle Club

PO Box 642

Middleburg, VA 20118-0642

Fun Fact(s)

The breed is often used by U.S. Customs to search for illegal food, plants, and drugs.

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