The Beagle Dog Breed
The Beagle dog breed (also known as English Beagle) belongs to the hound family of dog breeds. Written records date back to the late fifteenth century in England where it was bred for hunting small game. Dog information to date claims the name Beagle originated from several sources. These sources include the Welsh word beag meaning small, the French word beguele meaning open throat (referring to the Beagles musical bark) and the German word begele meaningto scold.
The Beagle was bred primarily for hunting small game such as rabbit by foot rather than by horseback. This form of hunting in England became known as beagling, and is still a popular term use today. Their strong sense of smell and excellent temper make them a popular choice of hounds thought the world.
Although popular in England for hundreds of years the Beagle did not receive its due in America until the late nineteenth century when the American Kennel Club registered its first Beagle in 1885. Then in 1888 both the National Beagle Club and the breed standard were established in the United States.
A typical Beagle height averages between 13 and 16 inches at the shoulder. They have a square shaped muzzle, rounded ears, slightly curved tail and rounded paws. They have a hard, sleek coat that is very weather resistant. The Beagles most common color is tricolor white, brown and black. Some combination’s of white, yellow, orange and red are also common.
The Beagle although bred as a hunting dog, is a very social canine. They are very active, cheerful and fun loving dogs that fit very well in a family environment. As with most pack animals the Beagle thrives on companionship with other pets (particularly other Beagles) and humans. They have a very even temperament and make a wonderful family dog.
Beagles do have a stubborn streak about them however. They do require some obedience dog training and socialization with others. The Beagle requires a lot of exercise, so regular walks on a leash is recommend. A fenced yard is also a good idea because these dogs love the outdoors, which makes apartment living a poor choice for the Beagle. With a little dog training they become well behaved, eager to please, family orientated dogs.
The most common health issues to be aware of with Beagles are epilepsy, eye and back problems, hip dysplasia, and aka dwarfism. Some lines may be prone to heart disease.
It is important as with all dog breeds to get as much dog information as possible before deciding on which dog breed to adopt. However it is our opinion that the Beagle makes not only an excellent hunting dog but an excellent family dog as well.
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