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The Beagle was developed in England and is said
to descend from the Talbot Hound brought there
during the Norman Conquest (1066). The first written
reference to the Beagle dates back to the 15th
Century; the name is most likely derived from
the Celtic word "beag" which means "small."
The Beagle looks most like the Foxhound and is
the smallest of the hounds. Its main prey when
hunting is the hare in England and cottontail
rabbit in North America. Beagle field trials are
extremely popular for many sportspeople. Daily
exercise is required for the Beagle, as well is
a good fence to prevent him from wandering off
in search of an interesting scent.
heigh for a Beagle is between 11 - 16" (27.9
weight for a Beagle is between 18 - 30 lbs (8
- 13.4 kg)
Coat Type: The
Beagle's coat is short and hard. colors may be
a combination of any of the hound colors. In the
show ring, those with the "black blanket"
on the back are most popular.
Beagles have charming, boisterous
personalities, and make good family pets. However,
their hound instincts and noses often lead them
astray when they pick up an interesting scent.
Health Problems: Epilepsy has been demonstrated
to have a genetic component in this breed. Be
sure to keep your beagle's ears cleaned and dusted
with an antiseptic powder to prevent infection.
The Beagle is still used today, either
led in packs by hunters on horseback or by individual
hunters on foot, to track hares and rabbits. It
is also interesting, although unfortunate, to
note that beagles are the most popular dog used
in research and science due to their size, temperament
and stamina. And,... the most famous Beagle is
Snoopy, the lovable dog in the Peanuts comic strip.
AKC: Group 2 - Hounds
CKC: Group 2 - Hounds
KC: Sporting - Hound Group
FCI: Group 6
ANKC: Group 4 - Hounds