Beagle

Beagle

ORIGIN

The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, deer, and other small game. Dogs of similar size and purpose to the modern Beagle can be traced in Ancient Greece back to around the 5th century BC. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror brought the Talbot hound to Britain. By the 18th century, two breeds had been developed for hunting hare and rabbit: the Southern Hound and the North Country Beagle (or Northern Hound). Beagles were in the United States by the 1840s at the latest, but the first dogs were imported strictly for hunting and were of variable quality.

TEMPERAMENT

The Beagle has an even temper and gentle disposition, they are amiable and typically neither aggressive nor timid, although this depends on the individual. Beagles are intelligent but, as a result of being bred for the long chase, are single-minded and determined, which can make them hard to train. They can be difficult to recall once they have picked up a scent. Beagles are excellent with children and this is one of the reasons they have become popular family pets, but they are pack animals, and can be prone to separation anxiety.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Considerable. Beagles were developed primarily for hunting, and later for detection of illegally imported food. Therefore, their sense of smell must be challenged regularly to keep them happy and not develop unwanted behaviors.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Between 33-41 cm / Between 9–11 kg.

COAT

Short haired, hard coat of medium length.

COLOR

Tricolor or white in combination with black & tan/brown or brown/tan.

GROOMING

Low.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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