A Beagle is often compared to the appearance of the foxhound, but smaller. The Beagle is a small to medium size dog breed. The Beagle is part of the hound family, and are excellent tracking dogs.
Beagles have a keen sense of smell, and are scent hounds. They sometimes are found at agricultural import inspections looking for quarantine food items to protect certain boarders.
Beagles have a nice temperament to them, and make excellent house pets and love being around people. They do prefer to be with another dog if possible thou.
I’m sure you have heard of the world’s most famous Beagle, the one and only Snoopy! Snoopy is a Beagle, and Charlie Brown is his owner.
The Beagle has been recognized by the AKC since September, 1957. The Beagle breed was developed in Great Britain around the 1830’s from several different hound breeds.
It is thought that Reverend Phillip Honeywood established a Beagle pack in Essex in the 1830’s that became the Beagle we all know today.
In 1887, the Beagle was close to extinction. It was believed that only 18 Beagle packs remained in England. The Beagle club was formed in 1890, and the breed was able to overcome.
The Beagles ears are large, long and soft, and their necks are very strong, since they were breed to be hunting dogs. Their nose is usually pointed towards the ground for what they are smelling.
The Beagle has one of the best senses of smell of any dog. A study was conducted with a 1 acre piece of land and 1 mouse. Different breeds were timed on how fast they could find the mouse. Beagles usually found the mouse in under 1 minute, and Scottish Terriers failed to find the mouse at all.
The Beagles tail usually always has a white tip on the end, and that was breed into them, just like a flag that the hunters can see when the Beagle is down on the ground using their scent. The tail will be upright when the dog is active, making it easier for the hunter to see the dog in the field.
Beagles are better at ground scenting then they are at air scenting, and it is believed that is why their large ears and lips are better at pushing scents to their nose while scenting.
Beagles can come in a variety of different colors, but the most common is a white body with large black areas and light brown shading.
Beagles make great family pets because they are even tempered, and have a jolly way about them. They are not generally aggressive, but should be socialized like all puppies at an early age, to make it easier for them to get along well with everyone and their surroundings.
The Beagle does not make a good guard dog, but makes an OK watch dog, as they will growl or bark at strangers, but it is very easy to win them over. They do make good guard dogs for that reason.
Beagles are a little bit harder to train than other dogs, because they sometimes have a one track mind, scenting. When they find something they like, they will start scenting, and will lose their train of thought, and only concentrate on the scent.
Beagles are a pack dog, and generally want to be with a pack. They may howl for this reason, as Beagles are known for their howling and barking, but not all Beagles howl.
The Beagle has a life expectancy of roughly 10 to 13 years. Beagles get along very well with children, as long as they have been socialized as puppies first.