A Beagle is a medium-sized hound dog, it looks like a Foxhound but is smaller with shorter legs, with longer soft ears. Beagles as hounds use their scent abilitiy to find deer, bear, and other game. A loyal breed and well tempered they adore exercise and are very much people dogs.
In the 11th century, William the Conqueror brought the Talbot hound into the Britain. A white scent hound, the Talbot (no longer with us) is understood to be a recent ancestor of the todays beagle.
The black and tan Irish Kerry Beagles (pic) has been thought of as another link in the development of the beagle. Kerry Beagles have a very strong sense of smell that beagles may have inherited from them./
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The first mention of the beagle in English literature by name dates from 1475. The origin of the word "beagle" is uncertain, although it has been suggested that the word derives from the French begueule (meaning "open throat", or more colloquially, "loudmouth") or from an Old English, French, or Welsh term beag, meaning "small." Other possibilities include the French beugler (meaning "to bellow") and the German begele (meaning "to scold").
Beagles (or their ancestors) were originally used for hunting, and still are in some places. They appear to have been used for hare hunting in England as early as the reign of Edward III, who had a pack of up to 120 hare hounds with him on the battlefield during the Hundred Years' War.
Beagling has been referred to as "the poor person's foxhunting," as a Beagle pack (30–40 dogs) is followed on foot, not horseback. The usual quarry is the hare. Beagles will bay in a similar fashion to foxhounds when in pursuit of their quarry. This is generally referred to as "speaking" or "giving tongue".
Many traditional aspects of Beagling, like foxhunting, are banned in England, though beagles may still pursue rabbits, an artificial scent or a hare injured through shooting.
In countries such as Norway, Canada, United States of America and Sweden, Beagles are also used for hunting Snowshoe Hare, Roe Deer and in some cases Red Deer and Fox. In these situations Beagles are not always used as a Beagle pack. The Hunter(s), strategically placed in the terrain, wait while the Beagle is chasing.
The quarry tend to circle within a certain area while using one dog, increasing the odds for success with few hunters. Drag hunting is another Beagle sport. In the United States, particularly down in the deep south, Beagles are used in groups of two with one hunter. The hunter lets the dogs go and they pick up on the trail of the game that they are hunting for, mostly deer sometimes bear and boar.
Then when the Beagle chases them by the hunter the hunter takes aim and brings down the game. The Beagle loves this because it is the purpose in which these dogs were originally bred for and the beagle views it as a tremendously fun game.
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This is our Beagle Puppy Buddy. He is 16 weeks old.
He is very active and quite naughty. - Karenhave.
The first mention of the beagle in English literature by name dates from 1475. The origin of the word "beagle" is uncertain, although it has been suggested that the word derives from the French begueule (meaning "open throat", or more colloquially, "loudmouth") or from an Old English, French, or Welsh term beag, meaning "small."
Other possibilities include the French beugler (meaning "to bellow") and the German begele (meaning "to scold").
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This is Cooper our adorable 11 week old puppy.
He is a cheeky chap with bundles of energy - but he loves to have a cuddle.
He'd have a chew of anything and does!! He's our first beagle and we love him to bits.
The Beagle has a smooth, somewhat oval skull; a medium-length, square-cut muzzle; a black, gumdrop nose; large, hound-like hazel or brown eyes; long, velveteen, low-set ears (big), turning towards the cheeks slightly and rounded at the tips; a medium-length, strong neck without folds in the skin; a broad chest narrowing to a tapered abdomen and waist; a short, slightly curved tail; an overall muscular body; and a medium-length, smooth, hard coat.
One standard calls for ideally shaped beagles to be twice as long as tall, and twice as tall as wide.
They appear in a range of colours, not limited to the familiar tricolour (white with large black areas and light brown spots). Some tricolour dogs have a color pattern referred to as "broken."
These dogs have mostly white coats with slightly circular patches of black and brown hair. Two-color varieties are always white with colored areas, including such colors as "lemon", a very light tan; "red", a reddish, almost orangish brown; and "liver", a darker brown (liver is the only colour not allowed in the British Standard).
"Ticked" varieties may be either white or black with different colored spots ("ticking"), such as the bluetick beagle, which has spots that appear to be a midnight-blue color, similar to the Bluetick Coonhound. Some tricolor beagles also have ticking of various colours in their white areas.
Beagles are almost always born black and white, with the brownish areas developing later. The brown is usually the last color to appear, taking sometimes 1-2 years to fully develop. Some beagles gradually change color throughout their lives. Beagles typically have a white-tipped tail, or "flag", which is important in locating them in the field due to their short height.
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The American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club recognize two separate varieties of Beagle: the 13-inch for hounds less than 13 inches, and the 15-inch for those between 13 and 15 inches. The Kennel Club (UK) and FCI affiliated clubs recognize a single type, with a height of between 13 and 16 inches. These standard dogs can reach 35 lb or more.
In Medieval times, there was a breed called a pocket beagle, which stood at 8 to 9 inches. Small enough to fit in a "pocket" or saddlebag, they rode along on the hunt. The larger foxhounds would run the prey to ground, then the hunters would release the small beagles to continue the chase through underbrush into their burrows. Queen Elizabeth I often entertained guests at her royal table by letting her pocket beagles cavort amid their plates and cups. This genetic line is now nearly extinct.
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The Beagle has a very good temper and gentle disposition. Beagles are intelligent, but are stubborn and may be hard to train due to their strong will, which is common in the breed because of its curiosity (especially for scents). However, if a newly-bought puppy has a dominant master in control, they can be easy to train and can obey basic commands.
They are an especially loyal breed and are very friendly. Unaltered males will often howl, bark, or chase after another dog or object, but rarely physically harm it. Females tend to be less aggressive before their first heat cycle, but afterwards are protective of their puppies and families.
Both genders are excellent with children (puppies especially) and can even play with toddlers. They also get along with other dogs, provided that they have been socialized correctly.
Beagles are playful and energetic dogs who enjoy long walks. Being scent hounds, if released, they may follow a scent endlessly or will incessantly try to tag along with other dogs regardless of cars, strangers, etc. They can be quite difficult to walk, especially when distracted by enticing smells. Because of their curiosity and spirited temperament, beagles are famed escape artists and humane societies and pounds all over the U.S. often pick up stray beagles.
Beagles are pack animals, and can be prone to separation anxiety. They are best kept with other dogs if they are going to be left alone for long periods of time. A common misconception is that all Beagles howl incessantly. In reality, some are more vocal than others and some do not bark often at all.
Puppies, however, will yelp and whine if left alone in a crate, kennel, or enclosed area such as a play pen. However, if a beagle incessantly barks, it is probably because it is not often corrected, and can take on the assumption that that type of behavior is acceptable. The breed has thousands of representatives and each has his or her own personality.
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Missy and her great life friend. lol my dog baby beagle
A well-bred beagle puppy is usually energetic, fun loving, and playful, but one always must have something for it to chew on, as in most of its puppyhood it is teething, which is a stage all breeds go through. The beagle puppy will gladly show affection to anybody, and will continue to do so as long as it has an attentive, dominant master, is frequently exercised (including playtime and walks), and is completely socialized through all stages of life. Puppies should usually be fed small amounts of food (never two bowls), and should not be coaxed to eat. Putting sauces on the food are discouraged and can lead to an overweight beagle. A puppy will grow to be more energetic as it matures, because newborns sleep on average about 2/3 of the day. Usually, a 12-week-old puppy will tire after a 15-20 minute run or walk, but that time will increase as it grows.
The median longevity of Beagles is 12–15 years, which is a typical lifespan for a dog of their size.
Beagles may be prone to epilepsy, but this can be controlled with medication. Hypothyroidism and a number of types of dwarfism occur in Beagles.
Two conditions in particular are unique to the breed:
Funny Puppy, in which the puppy is slow to develop and eventually develops weak legs, a crooked back and although normally healthy, is prone to range of illnesses.
Hip dysplasia, common in Harriers and in some larger breeds, is rarely considered a problem in Beagles. Beagles are considered a chondrodystrophic breed, meaning that they are prone to types of disk diseases.
In rare cases, Beagles may develop immune mediated polygenic arthritis (where the immune system attacks the joints) even at a young age. The symptoms can sometimes be relieved by steroid treatments.
Their long floppy ears can mean that the inner ear does not receive a substantial air flow or that moist air becomes trapped, and this can lead to ear infections. Beagles may also be affected by a range of eye problems; two common ophthalmic conditions in Beagles are glaucoma and corneal dystrophy.
"Cherry eye", a prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid, and distichiasis, a condition in which eyelashes grow into the eye causing irritation, sometimes exist; both these conditions can be corrected with surgery. They can suffer from several types of retinal atrophy. Failure of the nasolacrimal drainage system can cause dry eye or leakage of tears onto the face.
As field dogs they are prone to minor injuries such as cuts and sprains, and, if inactive, obesity is a common problem as they will eat whenever food is available and rely on their owners to regulate their weight. When working or running free they are also likely to pick up parasites such as fleas, ticks, harvest mites and tapeworms, and irritants such as grass seeds can become trapped in their eyes, soft ears or paws.
Beagles may exhibit a behaviour known as reverse sneezing, in which they sound as if they are choking or gasping for breath, but are actually drawing air in through the mouth and nose. The exact cause of this behaviour is not known, but it is not harmful to the dog.
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Bella is my beautiful Beagle. She is a rescued Beagle.
I got her when she was a year old and she will be six this November (2009).
She is a typical Beagle, energetic, curious, chow hound. Love her to death.
Beagles have superb noses and, despite their self-willed temperament, are sometimes used as sniffer dogs for drug detection. More often, though, they are the breed of choice of the United States Department of Agriculture to detect food items in luggage being transported into the U.S.
The force is called the Beagle Brigade and these dogs wear a green jacket. Beagles were chosen because they are small and easy to care for, and because they are not as intimidating for people who are uncomfortable around dogs. They are also used for this purpose by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in New Zealand and by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (for whom they wear maroon jackets).
They are the dog breed most often used in animal testing, due to their passive nature.
We have a beagle called Oscar, he is 8 years old and so loving and cute, but very very stubborn. But we love him to bits . we also have a Jack Russel puppy called Harvey, Oscar has been a lot more playful since the pup came along they both sleep together and the pup kisses and cuddles Oscar its lovely to watch them.
fast eddy-my beagle is really fast and people began to call him "fast eddy" when he goes to the beach. his name is just "eddy"
hey I'm getting a beagle are they well behaved or naughty ?
my favorite dog is beagle !!!
lol, love all the comments, my beagle is 6 months old, her name is Bella and I love her but she's retarded. Great with my kids, great with guests, great with my cats.
I have a 1.5 year old beagle. She has been perfect until now. Today she tried to bite a child. I couldn't believe it. I am devastated.
We have had our puppy beagle 'Peanut' for one week and it feels like a month already. He is funny, naughty and so cute! We love him so much! It is hard work but great fun!
Just got our Beagle called Ally (Ally Mc Beagle) My other half wanted one for ages...and brought her home last week for a surprise...She's so clever house trained at 8 weeks old. and so full of life....i think i love her more than my other half!!
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i have an 10 month old broken tri beagle called Oscar he is fantastic by far the easiest of all the breeds i have had in the past to train and a pleasure to walk and release from the leash he is brilliant with my 2 children and spends most of his time cuddling them. he is an all round pleasure to be around and a very special part of our family.
JUST GOT OUR FIRST BEAGLE. HE IS 12 WEEKS OLD AND WAS THE BIGGEST OF THE LITTER. HE IS A COMPLETE NUTCASE BUT HAS A LOVING NATURE. CHEWED THE FURNITURE ON HIS FIRST NIGHT, BUT BOUGHT HIM LOADS OF CHEWS NOW.
HIS NAME IS boyce AND WE LOVE HIM TO BITS. TONY AND DEB..
we just got a beagle!! had him 3 weeks, he is called Jeremy and we love him so much, your website is fantastic and gave us lots of information, Thanks!!!
I have just read my last comment on my 2 beagles Hogan and Suzie. I posted that comment last year and Two days ago I swapped Hogan The tri - coloured beagle for 2 of Suzies my lemon and white dog half sisters. The Half sisters are lemon and white as well. They are only 5 weeks old!! If any body has any ideas on names please post a comment!!!!!!!!!! Thanks.
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This is Sadie, she is 12 weeks old. She is very cute but very naughty!
She loves chewing everything she can't chew, including humans!!
She is very friendly & loves eating and attention!
beagles are smart and cute. i just love them.
I LOVE beagles!!!! I have a 2 year old beagle and she's the best dog ever!
Having read through this, it seems that we have a busy life ahead of us. My GSD (German Sheppard Dog) is at this moment playing with Monty our beagle cross. Methinks I have much more reading to do to help me raise Monty in the best possible way. Many thanks Ken
I just recently got a 2 month old beagle/chihuahua three days ago and he is absolutely so adorable and so incredibly smart! I absolutely loves how he follows me around and loves to cuddle!
My favourite dogs are beagles. I have two at home Hogan which is a tri coloured beagle. My other dog is Suzie and she is lemon and white.
Next year I'm going to get a beagle. My friend is going to give me her beagle's puppy. I love Beagles and i know i will take really good care of mine.
BEAGLES! beagles are the most best dog ever great with the children a great family pet! loving and i also love my beagle called elsie (aka elsiekins) :)
the beagle is totally the best breed ever:) i love my ozzy to death:) he is the only one who really cares if i come home:) whining and howling the moment he sees me:) - beagles and cats. ozzy is quite a chicken and doesn't dare go within six feet of one:) if the cat is willing to accept the beagle the beagle loves the cat, this is my experience, remember beagles are as different as humans only slightly more stubborn
ASH : Sorry to disappoint you Ash but a dog as social as a Beagle would not really be happy being left for 5-6 hours, they will start to whine and start to chew up your furniture.
We have two baby Beagles, Missy and Billy Elliott. Beagles rock, they are both beautiful dogs and we can't walk down the street without people wanting to pet them!
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This is my beagle, doing what she does best,
chewing! when the photo was taken she was just a baby,
but now she's 1. all together now, ahhhhhh! :) from Chloe
i want a beagle so much but my dad won't let me. i need to know some info. are they all right on there own for about 5 to 6 hours. if any 1 has any info for me put ASH: at the start of the text
I have a 2year old Beagle named Ruby, she is lovely, very playful and loving, she is the 2nd beagle I have had. My first was a male named Dexter, he passed away at the grand age of 13. So yes I now have Ruby and I have to say BEAGLES are the best !!
?? can beagle dogs get along with cats ??
I have wanted a dog for quite a while, but ever since crufts i have wanted a beagle. I hope my mum and dad let me have one soon. This page has been very helpful
My beagle's name is Johnny and he's 2 months old. Extremely naughty, adorable and playful. He loves me and I love him!!
I have a 2 year old beagle called Hector. He is adorable but can be quite mischievous !
I have a Beagle named Kramer and he is the best dog ever. Never have I known such an affectionate dog.
I have watched the film called 'Shiloh' and ever since then i have fell in love with beagles!! They are soo cute and when i move into my new house my mum said she will get me one and if she does ill call it Monty!!!! x
Love the beagle video! I am desperate for one myself although the parents haven't decided if I can have one yet...
Hey Im Gettin A Beagle 2morrow i Hope Itz A Good Choice. Itz A Male && Im Gonna Call It Dizzee, Shadow Or Scratch. Hopefully Itz A Good Choice. Nice Site Btw. X
I have a lil Beagle called Porthos after the dog in Star Trek, he is soooooo gd and loves giving kisses an hugs. he really likes chewing my huskys tail and playin wit my bulldog x
Pumpkin is an adorable beagle with a huge personality. She loves to chew on everything and plays,plays,plays. She loves people and to cuddle up when she is tired.
I have a beagle for almost five years. She a wonderful dog...After our walk she goes straight to the window and looks at me asking for more walks!!! She never gets tired. If I take her to a park with a fence and let her free she runs like crazy...But always where there is a fence all around because if she catches a smell she will never return unless she finds the one she is searching!!!
I really want a beagle. They are so cute! Are they good dogs?
We have a 9 month old Beagle called "Lou" after the famous Cats & Dogs movie ..... He's adorable and he's great fun to be around. You can walk him for hours and hours and he still wants more. This page has some great information, especially for 1st timers.
Pics of Monty and Heidi sent in by Ken - Many Thanks
Monty the Beagle and Heidi the German Shepard Dog.
Hello folks, this is a picture of my puppy Monty.
I am told he has a lot of beagle in him. I don't doubt this by his face.
He is an absolute nutter and gives Heidi our 17 month old GSD a rough time.
Many thanks Ken.
My Bailee Bean, is the the best dog I have ever had! (Beagle) She's the first Beagle I've ever had, and she's the sweetest, gentlest, most loyal and loving dog I have ever met! If she is the true measure of a Beagle, they are GREAT dogs!
I love Sally, my beagle puppy! She is very loving and adores us all!!
oh I saw the movie 'Shilo' also. It is so sad when the hunter hits Shilo with the gun. Its a good thing he ran away. Anyway, I have a beagle puppy that I got a month ago. She bites everything and everyone. But she is so adorable. thats all. - ~Jaleena
i love beagle i want one but may get 1 soon!! they are soooooo cute! - lol
missy mouse she is the best friend we could ever have and that's the truth from her mom
Beagles are cute! nice pic.
brill info!!! cute pics too. well done :)
I just got a puppy part beagle and part terrier. This page helped alot thanks.
Beagles are adorable! this page is really interesting!! Thanks!
i have a beagle her name is Shiloh after the film!!
I just love beagle and I think this page has lots of useful information!
I love Beagles! But i don't have a Dog! But i want one!
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