Country of Origin : Great Britain
Dog Group : Hound
History has it that packs of hounds hunted with the Greeks at least as long ago as 400 BC Hounds reached England certainly by Roman times. It wasn’t until 1550 that hounds began to be classified according to their purpose, i.e. sight hounds, scent hounds, etc. It is around this time that a small hound, bred to kill rabbit and hare was assigned the name “Begles,” a French term meaning ‘gape throat.’ This referred to the animals tendency to ‘tongue,’ i.e. bay as a pack. The anglicized version, of course, is ‘Beagle’ and it is England, which is the country of origin of the modern Beagle. The Beagle owes its ancestry to the Foxhound, the Harrier and a small bloodhound, known as a ‘Kerry Beagle.’ At first, Beagles came in a variety of sizes and coat types – including the modern, smooth hound coat and also a harsh, wiry coat. There was even a ‘Pocket Beagle,’ standing about 10 inches/25cm, bred to be carried about in saddlebags.
They are sturdy and bold little dogs who are the very essence of quality. They have kindly expressions and are compact and athletic. They stride out freely, covering the ground well. They have short coats which are dense and weather-resistant.
Feeding & Ownership
The beagle is not a picky eater and can be fed dry or tinned food once or twice a day. They do have a tendency to become overweight, so do watch the amount of food they are given.
Beagles are good natured dogs and will get along with most other dogs. They are bred to be pack animals so will take their membership in your family pack seriously. Beagles love children but need to be exposed to cats at an early age in order to develop good relationships with felines. You will find the pet Beagle cruising around the house nose down. He is making an olfactory map of his territory. He will check the area periodically and if something is amiss, he will give voice. In this way, the Beagle is a good watchdog, although, once the burglar is indoors, the Beagle may prefer a game with him.
This breed is easy to keep, as the only grooming it takes is a quick, daily brush to remove dead and loose hairs. One slight problem is that Beagles do love to roll in foul smelling material. Luckily, they are quite easy to bathe. Their tendency to eat foul matter is not as easily dealt with. It is recommended that you use the doggie toothpaste regularly! The ears should be checked on a regular basis to ensure they are clean and free from infection.