BeagleThe Beagle belongs to the hound dog breed. It is a medium sized dog that have a similar appearance to a foxhound but relatively smaller. Beagles are known as scent hounds bred initially to track down rabbits, hare and other game with their keen sense of smell. And for this trait, beagles are also trained as detection dogs by law enforcers.

Breed Origin

Beagles have a limited recorded history although it is known that they have existed for thousands of years. Historical records exists that date back around the 4th Century referring to certain dog breeds that are similar in size and purpose to the modern Beagle. The Beagle today has its ancestry traced to several other dog breeds which include the now extinct Talbot hound, the Greyhound and the Southern Hound. 

Appearance and Size

The most common description for beagles is that they are miniature foxhounds. Beagles are medium-sized dogs with short legs and long,soft ears. They generally stand between 13 to 16 inches in height at the shoulders and weigh from 18 to 35 pounds. On average, female beagles are slightly smaller than the males.

Beagles usually have a smooth dome-like skull with a square-cut muzzle black gumdrop nose. They usually have large eyes with that pleading look that is typical of most hounds. Their ears are usually long and drooping and rounded at the tips. The Beagle also has a muscular build with a medium length and smooth hard coat.

Personality

Beagles have a friendly and lovable personality. They have a gentle disposition about them and usually have an even temper. Beagles are not the aggressive type and may not do well as guard dogs. But they are also capable of alerting their owners of intruders with their low, baying bark. They also tend to howl when confronted with strangers.

Home and Relations

Since beagles are good natured and docile creatures, they make quite ideal pets even for small children. They are tolerant of people and their even temper makes them quite harmless as pets for small children. They like to be in the company of other people and may not like to be left alone for long periods. Beagles are prone to suffer from separation anxiety and may develop behavior problems when they feel bored or frustrated.

Special Care

Beagles usually love to hunt and explore their surroundings. Although they do well with obedience training, they also tend to be stubborn. They tend to dig holes in gardens which can be a problem with owners who are also avid gardeners. Beagles usually like living in wide spaces and may not do well with confinement to a certain area. Special fencing might be required in areas that owners would not want their pets to go to.