I have particular fondness for the Beagle as our family raised them, and I learned a lot about these amazing dogs as we grew up together. We had a non-show-quality female who was extremely headstrong. She was also extremely bright, knowing how to get what she wanted, be it food or attention. She could definitely have auditioned for the part of Snoopy!
We also had the privilege of sharing our lives with a very dignified National Bench Champion with impeccable manners. It was fun to witness the broad spectrum of the beagle personality. If your life has been touched by a beagle, it is likely that they imbedded themselves into your memories!
Beagle puppy photo courtesy of Andy Karmy.
Short, fine hair often comprised of black, brown, and white. Usually has a white "flag" on the tail. Other colors are possible though and include red and white, lemon and white, lemon, blue tick and red tick. The eyes are typically brown or hazel.
Beagles date back to the 1500s when English Hunters would take packs of these dogs out to hunt rabbits and other small animals. Although this breed was originally intended for hunting, their friendly, happy-go-lucky attitude is hard to resist. In fact, this forgiving attitude has made this breed a regular choice for animal experimentation.
Beagles love to play as well as work and are happiest when with their humans. With a life expectancy of 10-14 years, you and your children will have a wonderful family member for years to come with this dog. Beagles work well with pet owners that are new to the training game, or with ones that are experienced veterans. Beagles have amazing noses (hence why they were used as hunting dogs) so this means keep them on a short leash. Training this dog to walk properly at an early age will help prevent you from having a pulling problem as the dog becomes older and more powerful. Regular activities and consistent walking will also keep these dogs from having behavior problems.
Breed Club Links: American Kennel Club - Beagle
Featured Beagle photo by Don Burkett.
Information compiled by Daniel, article written by Mary
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