their ancestors date back to ancient times - including a reference
to their use in rabbit hunting in ancient Greece - the beagle
later rose to true prominence during the Tudor and Elizabethan
eras in Britain when they became an important part of royal hunting
the beagle has been depicted in numerous prints and paintings
as loyal helpmate on the hunt, and more recently has won modern
pop culture status as Snoopy
... "the world's most famous beagle."
Part of the
hound family of dogs, their acute sense of smell continues to
make them popular with rabbit hunters,
agencies, as well, regularly employ them as canine detectives helping
to sniff-out illegal imported goods at trading ports worldwide.
happy-go-lucky beagle's main claim to fame is as a favorite family
pet, making annual appearance on Top Ten lists of most popular
dogs for its robust good health and even-tempered personality.
Their worldwide popularity was affirmed when beagles were named top dog at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City in both 2008 ("Uno") and 2015 ("Miss P").
most famous Beagle.
by nature due to its highly developed sense of smell, the beagle
requires special attention when spending time outside. Proper
leashing or secure gates are a necessity for the inquisitive hunter,
who may run off in all directions if allowed the opportunity.
calm and good natured, the beagle is basically a pack animal who
delights in being surrounded by familiar adults, children or other
pets. Although somewhat shy of strangers, they generally warm
to them quickly and for this reason they are not considered the
best of guard dogs.
reputation for being difficult to train, it has been shown that
with proper handling - based on positive reinforcement - an easily
distracted beagle will eventually come to heel.
Beagle care & health
12 years is
the average life span of beagles, which are prone to several beagle health
problems that may require treatment during their lifetimes
usually centering around the eyes, ears, or nasal system.
As they grow
older, beagles may also suffer from joint diseases or heart problems
mainly due to inactivity or excess weight.
monitoring of food and exercise are important throughout its life
and most especially as the beagle reaches old age.
about Beagles around the Web:
Kennel Club - Get expert Information on the official standard, with
scale of points, breed varieties, Beagle history, photo gallery,
on the Web - Directory of Beagle rescue services, pure
breed and Beagle-mix adoption bulletin boards, daily photo, FAQ,
Unlimited - Check out the online edition of the popular magazine with
extensive information & feature articles on their use as rabbit
hounds including photos, beagle health & training tips, related
chat rooms, bulletin board, directories and databases, and beagles
for sale classified ads.