So, you want to know about this fascinating ‘hound’ breed, the Beagle? Whether considering a hunting trip with the dogs or simply looking for a great family pet, the Beagle is an enormously popular choice!
- Beagles are currently the fifth most popular breed in America!
- The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare.
They’re Pretty Old!
The Beagle dog breed is so old, historians are unsure of their their exact origin. However, many do believe these dogs date back to the 1300’s, and were originally used for trailing rabbits in England. It’s believed that the common ancestors of these guys rose to popularity around the Roman era, and continued to grow with fox hunting.
In fact, ancestors of the breed were believed to be very small, some call ‘Pocket Beagles’ (not quite small enough to fit into your pocket). The breed increased in size over time through natural selection/ human selective breeding, although selective breeding wasn’t nearly what it is today during ancestral times.
- The Beagle’s ancestors are believed to have originated it 5th century Ancient Greece!
Snoopy Was a Beagle!
Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet in the cartoon ‘Peanuts’ by Charles M. Schulz, is a Beagle!
Many people think that Snoopy, the infamous Beagle from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, doesn’t resemble a Beagle at all. Regardless of his physical similarity to a real life Beagle, Snoopy displays some very ‘Beagl-ish’ characteristics: smart, playful, affectionate, lethargic at times and energetic at times!
Their Ears Help Them Smell.
You’re probably thinking ‘that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!’ How can ears assist a sense of smell? Believe it or not, like the Bulldog’s loose wrinkles and retriever’s ‘semi- webbed’ paws, a Beagle’s dangling ears have a very real purpose.
Like most other hounds, a Beagle’s ears actually drag along the ground while following a scent, having a sort of ‘brush’ effect. This helps stir up any of the microscopic particles that build a scent trail, and then sweep them up toward the dog’s powerful nose.
This is also one of the many functions a dog’s tail serves!
- ‘Docking’ (removing) a dog’s tail not only places limitations on its’ communication/ body language ability, but hinders the dog’s sense of smell as well.
‘Beagle’ is French for ‘Loudmouth’.
No one can argue; the Beagle is a very vocal breed! Historians believe the name ‘Beagle’ comes the Middle French ‘bee gueule’, literally meaning ‘wide throat’, and accurately translated as ‘loudmouth’.
But why do Beagles bark so often? There are outside reasons all dogs bark, but this particular breed was especially chosen for the trait; their throaty yowl is used on the hunt to alert fellow dogs that they’ve picked up an interesting scent.
They Came to England During the 11th Century.
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