In existence for over 2,000 years, the name 'Beagle' was originally applied generically to all variations of smaller hound, which would have greatly differed from the modern Beagle we now know. Primarily bred for pack hunting hare, pheasant and various other small game, the Beagle was a favourite amongst royalty, reputedly owned by Edward II, Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth I. Achieving great renown throughout its development, the Beagle is amongst the most popular of canine breeds in the United States and Canada and whilst still utilised in hunting, is currently favoured as a family pet.
Due to its keen hunting and tracking instinct, sharp senses and versatility, the modern Beagle is progressively used in policing, utilising its strong sense of smell for the purposes of illegal drug and explosives detection. Alongside the Bloodhound, the Beagle has the most developed natural senses, which when combined with its inherent boldness, vigilance and stamina, makes it the ideal, all-round policing companion. The Beagle is recognisable for its muscular frame, proportioned limbs, large eyes and natural tricolouring, common in variations of white, tan, red-brown and black. Beagles are also known for their distinctive howl, most prominent when pack hunting.
Despite being a dogged scent hound, the Beagle is known for its affectionate, gentle and easy temperament, making it a popular breed choice for modern families. Additionally, the Beagle is sociable, fearless and curious, comfortable when confronted with new situations and people but, having retained its natural hunting instinct, is inclined to follow its nose and the chase, so extra vigilance when off the lead is essential. The average weight of a healthy adult Beagle is 9-11 kg, with a life expectancy of approximately 12-15 years when cared for accordingly.
Generally a healthy, long-lived breed, the Beagle is susceptible to certain common ailments, including epilepsy, which can be managed with medication, optical and cardiac disease and issues relating to allergy. Beagles are also subject to mast-cell tumours and weight-related illness
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Bud is our first Beagle and he is a complete monkey!
He is an exremely loving gentle dog and is most happy when he is having a big cuddle with his mummy.
We also have a bunny, lovebirds and fancy rats and he is good as gold around all of them (although I am always careful just to be safe).
The negatives of owning a Beagle are that they cant always be trusted off the lead, if they pick up a really good scent they have a tendancy to run off and not come back which is horrible. Bud has really good recall but he has still slipped up a few times and disappeared for 30mins or so worrying us sick.
Beagles also have a tendancy to put on weight really easily so you have to be so careful what you give them.
Bud also has a tendancy to steal things which I think is also a typical Beagle trait and is a complete pain as you have to make sure you dont leave anything where they can get it. Bud especially loves slippers, socks and teatowels!
There are a few negatives to owning a Beagle but the positives far outway them. You wont ever be bored with a Beagle around, they are really clever, funny and cheeky and full of love. They are great with other dogs and seem to particularly love children. I wouldnt swop Bud for the world.
My beagle, tilly, is a little bugger! She loves pinching the washing and dont leave anything edible on the worktop and turn your back, because it womt be there when you turn back!
She is the 1st beagle iv had and although she is a monkey, i wouldnt be without her now (she only 6mths old)
I have a rescue Beagle Lucy who was called biscuit she did have a few problems but she brings so much joy to the family that we can put up with her naughtiness. The funniest sight is her putting herself to bed by covering herself with a blanket. I would not be without her.
My boyfriend and I bought a 14 week beagle about 5 weeks ago. He is so cuddly and happy! He's very stubborn and can be a bit naughty, but so intelligent. Embarrassingly, his name is Steve which wasn't chosen but me! Yet he has started to suit it in a strange way!! He brings so much joy to our lives and I couldn't imagine being without him.
Buddy turned up in our garden one day, a hunting dog who got lost - here in Brittany it is a common occurrence unfortunately. After trying to locate the owner without success, I was allowed to keep him, and now at just over a year old he has successfully joined in with my other outside dogs, and lives in his kennel quite happily. He is full of mischief, a true thief, and loves to have fun and lots of attention. He is totally fearless, and a fantastic digger - he gets bored easily so we have to keep him occupied! A fantastic addition to our family.
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