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A beagle is a small-sized dog breed that is a famous energetic companion for both adults and kids. Originally bred as hounds, beagles have a strong sense of smell and tracking instinct. They are widely used as scent-detection dogs in many countries, especially the United States.
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Key Facts & Information
- One breed historian reported that beagles were written about as early as the 1400s.
- They are descended from a pack of hounds used for hunting by foot in England, France, and Wales.
- English hunters would take packs of beagles to hunt for foxes, rabbits, hare, pheasant, quail, wild pigs, and other small animals.
- Pocket beagles that stood only 10 inches tall were used to hunt on horseback.
- Its size allowed it to fit in a coat pocket making is suitable to be carried throughout the hunt.
- Beagles can also hunt individually or in packs.
- The name ‘beagle’ may have come from the French term “be’guele” meaning gape throat or loudmouth referring to beagles’ deep prolonged jowls and its great sense of smell.
- The name may also have come from the Old English word “begele” meaning small, referring to its size.
- During medieval times, beagle was used to describe a smaller breed of hound.
- America started to import Beagles from England and made the breed bigger.
- In 1888, the National Beagle Club was established to host dog shows and contests.
- Beagles fall in two basic sizes: 13 inches tall and weighs 18 pounds, or 13 to 15 inches tall and weighs about 20 pounds.
- They are muscular, solid dogs like a small foxhound.
- Their skulls are slightly domed and rounded.
- They have a squarish muzzle and wide nose.
- Beagles have dark brown eyes.
- Beagles are remarkable for their naturally floppy hanging ears that are wide and long.
- Like a hound, beagles have a solid tricolor coat that is usually black, brown/tan, and white.
- Their chest is deep.
- They have short legs.
- Their tails are moderately long and is high up and not curled.
Behaviors and Personality
- Beagles have horrendous, deep, and prolonged barks.
- They have the loudest barks and howls of any dog.
- Beagles can vocalize in three different ways: when they want something, when they follow a trail, and when they just want to.
- During hunting, a beagle’s baying or high-pitched howl alerts the rest of the pack that a scent has been tracked.
- Because of excessive barking, they are not suitable for neighbors who want peace and quiet.
- Training them is not easy because they are easily distracted by what they smell around them.
- Beagles require daily exercise and mental stimulation in the form of sniffing.
- They need to be kept behind a fence or on a leash because they follow a trail scent almost anywhere it takes them.
- They are not aggressive and are gentle and playful with people.
- They are inquisitive and always curious.
- Beagles prefer company and when left alone for a long time, they can turn aggressive.
Sense of Smell
- Beagles are described as “a nose with four legs”.
- Their noses guide them through life.
- Beagles were originally bred as scent hounds used to track rabbits and hares.
- Beagles are best at ground-scenting or tracking a trail on the ground.
- The long ears and large lips assist in trapping the scents close to the nose.
- Beagle’s perfectly short legs keep their noses near the ground when following a trail scent – they do not need to stop to catch a scent.
- They have over 220,000,000 scent receptors.
- Their wet noses make it easier to attract and trap scent molecules.
- They can differentiate various smells and remember it for a long time.
- A beagle cannot be trained not to follow their nose.
More Interesting Facts
- Life expectancy of a beagle is 12 years.
- The first breed of grown beagles were the pocket or “miniature” beagles that used to be smaller than a beagle puppy nowadays.
- Snoopy from Peanuts is a beagle and considered the beagle ambassador.
- 36th US President Lyndon Johnson lived with 3 beagles in the White House named: Him, Her, and Edgar.
- Barry Manilow’s beagle was one of the most popular beagles. It was featured on several of Barry’s album covers.
- Queen Elizabeth, I had pocket beagles.
- A beagle with white in its tail, whether a few hairs or mostly white, is a purebred Beagle. Without any white, it is a mix.
- The US Government uses beagles to sniff luggage at airports so that passengers would not be scared of the regular police dogs.
- The “Beagle Brigade” catches contraband agricultural products and prevents it being brought onto American soil.
- Beagles seize tens of thousands of contraband a year.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Beagle Facts
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- Describing Parts
- Multiple Choice
- Fun Facts
- Beagle Word Search
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- Hound List
- Beagle Love
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