Breed Group: Hound Group
Shoulder Height: 13-16 in.
Weight: 20-25 lb.
Life Span: 12-15 years
Colors: Mottled coloration of white, black, tan, and brown
- The Beagle is currently the fifth most popular dog breed in the United States
- Beagles have one of the best senses of smell of any dog breed and are usually employed alongside German Shepherds to detect contraband
- The Beagle's small size indicates that they were originally bred as a foxhound. However, Beagles have also seen great success as a rabbit and deer tracker as well as a pheasant retriever.
- The popularity of the Beagle has been high worldwide since the Elizabethan era
Beagles are widely known for being small dogs with a tremendous amount of energy, making them your traditional hound experience without much of the mess associated with this breed group. Beagles are therefore excellent family dogs, especially if you have young children.
As is normal with hounds, they require a lot of exercise, plenty of space, and careful training.
Their naturally sweet temperaments mean they make wonderful companions. Though they are a little standoffish with strangers and other dogs, and their distinctive howl can get aggravating if not properly trained, they are rarely aggressive, despite their excitability.
Beagles possess short hair that does not shed badly and so requires very little grooming.
The Beagle, as a smaller breed, has a much longer lifespan and is not prone to as many problems as its bigger cousins in the Hound group. There are a number of conditions linked to the breed:
- “Dwarfism” from leg growth deformities
- Hip dysplasia
- Luxating patella
- Ear infections
- Seborrhea (a skin condition) is common
- Snoopy and Odie, two famous hounds from the comic strip world (Peanuts and Garfield, respectively), are both Beagles
- They are a constant fixture in Hollywood movies, appearing in such works as Shiloh, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Monster Squad
- President Lyndon B. Johnson kept several Beagles during his time in the White House
- The ship Charles Darwin sailed on when he was writing On the Origin of Species was named the H.M.S. Beagle
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