While the beagle is most commonly recognised as a sniffer dog, this adorable member of the hound group has many more attributes than just its supreme sense of smell, making it one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world.
With a long lineage that includes the St. Hubert hound, the Talbot hound and greyhounds, the unique characteristics of the beagle have been nurtured since the 5th century BC. Though the origin of the name beagle is unknown, the earliest dogs that were actually referred to as beagles were small hound dogs that were referred to as pocket beagles in the 18th century.
As fox hunting spread throughout the 18th century, two hound breeds were developed: the Southern Hound and the North Country Beagle. It wasn’t until the 1840s that the standard beagle was developed in four different varieties: the rough coated terrier beagle, the medium beagle, the dwarf/lapdog beagle and the fox beagle.
Character and Temperament
The best way to describe a beagle is neither timid nor aggressive. While these adorable dogs impress with their incredible sense of smell, they can be hard to train. Given their tenacious nature, owning a beagle can involve a lot of discipline and training at the beginning. Because they were initially bred for hunting, beagles can be stubborn and determined – not too much of a problem when on the hunt at the airport, but can become tiresome when training them.
Beagles are tough little cookies! Usually living for 12-13 years, beagles are fortunate to not suffer any major health problems; however, it’s important to keep their weight in check as some beagles suffer from obesity.
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