The Beagle is a kind of Scenthound. This is an old dog breed, which was founded 2500 years ago. The modern Beagle comes from England. It was founded in the 19th century to facilitate the hunting of hares, rabbits, foxes, fish and wild birds. Beagle is still very popular and is often used as a hunting dog, but thanks to its friendly personality, medium size and beautiful appearance it is also one of the most popular pets in the world. The Beagle is the 5th most popular dog breed in America.
Interesting Beagle facts:
- The Beagle can be 13 to 16 inches tall and 20 to 25 pounds heavy.
- The Beagle has a smooth coat that is usually white, black and light brown. Some types of Beagle are colored black, white, brown, red, yellowish or bluish. All pure-bred Beagles have white fur in the tail (white tip or at least a few white hairs near the tip).
- The Beagle has a dome-shaped skull, a square muzzle, long, flabby ears, a small to a medium-sized muscular body and a long, slightly wavy tail.
- The first type of beagle, Pocket Beagle, was very small, only 8 to 9 inches high. Due to selective breeding, whose goal was to create a large hunting dog, Pocket Beagle no longer exists.
- The Beagle is an intelligent, curious and friendly dog who loves adventure. Due to his stubborn nature and independent mind, Beagle cannot be easily trained.
- The Beagle is suitable for families with children and other cats and dogs, but not with chinchillas, mice, and hamsters. Beagle is a pack dog who prefers the company of other dogs (he hates to be left alone). It can be kept in apartments and houses with backyards. Beagle needs at least one walk a day to stay healthy and fit.
- The Beagle is not very good as a guard dog because he easily builds friendly bonds with strangers.
- The Beagle has a sharp sense of smell thanks to 220 million olfactory receptors in his nose (44 times more than humans). Beagles are official dogs of the US government, which serve to prevent the smuggling of illegal agricultural products to America.
- The name “Beagle” is derived from the French words “bee gueule”, which mean “wide throat”. The name refers to the vocal nature of Beagle and its habit of barking and howling when it feels lonely or when it discovers an interesting smell.
- Queen Elisabeth I and King James I were great fans of the Beagle.
- The popular cartoon character “Snoopy” is Beagle.
- The Beagle is average dandruff (the care does not require too much effort). The ears should be cleaned regularly to avoid possible infections.
- The Beagle can give birth to 2 to 14 puppies (7 on average).
- The Beagle is generally a healthy breed but can suffer from epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and dwarfism.