The Beagle is a British breed; however, its history is unclear. We know that they bred it down from Foxhounds to create a dog that could hunt with men on foot. This breed was also popular with monarchs because Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Canterbury Tales mentioned it.
The Beagle is a sturdy and compact dog that gives off the impression of quality, a merry hound which follows the scent to hunt primarily hare. This breed is active and bold, with both stamina and determination. It has large, dark brown or hazel eyes. This dog is also intelligent with an amiable, even temperament. It has a short coat, which can be any of the recognized hound colors. Also, it is dense and waterproof.
Beagle Breed Facts
Temperament: This is a cheerful and adaptable breed; they’re friendly with other dogs and pets, and they love people. They’re intelligent; however, hunting is their main claim to fame. Their sense of smell comes in at a close second to that of the Bloodhound. Keeping these dogs focused on formal training could prove to be a little tough. However, most love sports, such as flyball, which allows them to use their innate prey drive.
Grooming: They need brushing once or twice weekly to stave off shedding. Giving a bath during shedding will help to ease dead hair. In addition, regular nail trimming and ear cleaning are important.
Coat: They have a short, hard, double coat
Size: The Beagle comes in 2 sizes: 13-inch Beagle–up to and including 13 inches, usually under 20 pounds; 15–inch beagle—over 13 up to and including 15 inches, about 20–30 pounds.
Life expectancy: 10–15 years
Group: They recognize The Beagle as a member of the AKC and UK Hound Group
Color: The Breed standard specifies (any hound color). Typical colors include (black, tan, and white), blue or liver tricolor, red and white, tan and white, and lemon and white.
Activity level: Modest. This breed requires daily outdoor activities and collaborative play. You need to walk them on a lead and exercise them within a fenced yard. However, they’re susceptible to roaming and chasing small animals.
Make sure you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder.