Although beagle-type dogs have existed for 2,500 years, the modern breed was developed in Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the North Country Beagle, the Talbot Hound, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier.
Dogs similar to the modern beagle were tracked in ancient greece, at around 5th century BC. In the very earlier times, small hounds were called as beagles. Miniature breeds of dogs similar to beagle were known as Glove Beagles, so named since they were small enough to fit on a glove. These Glove Beagles were popular in England during the reigns of Edward II (1307 - 1327) and Henry VII (1485 - 1509). Initially they were used for hunting purposes but their demand as hunting dogs declined due to their slow speed. But the farmers in England, Ireland, and Wales continued to keep these dogs to hunt rabbits & hare.
With selective breeding done by different breeders, these dogs were improved in size & also became more attractive & better hunters. In the mid 19th century the breed started gaining popularity in other parts of the world. In the year 1884, the first Beagle was registered by American Kennel Club. Today, these dogs have become popular family companion dogs.
The Beagles are intelligent dogs but have a stubborn & independent thinking process.
They make poor guard dogs, due to their friendly behavior.
Beagles are excellent with children and this is one of the reasons they have become popular family pets.
On proper socialization they generally get along well with other dogs.
They are high on energy & require to be busy with something.
Beagles are single-minded and determined which can make them hard to train. They can be difficult to recall once they have picked up a scent, and are easily distracted by smells around them.
Regular exercise is required as in its absence they can gain weight quickly.
They are naturally agile dogs, but must be trained properly for off leash activities.
They are more comfortable in hot climatic conditions.
Due to their short coat they face difficulty in colder conditions & should be provided sufficient protection from cold.
Like other dogs of this size, the normal age span of Beagles is about 12–15 years.
Beagles are average shedders and have short hair.
The beagles are mostly found in tri-colour comprising of a black saddle (the area across the back), white legs, chest, belly, and a white tip on the tail, and tan on the head. They are also found in another combination of red and white in an Irish spotting pattern on the face, neck, legs and tip of the tail.
The Beagle stands at an average height of 13 to 16 inches (33-41 cm) at the withers.
The Beagle has a medium-length, smooth & dense coat.
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