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The Beagle breed is so ancient that the story of its ancestry has been lost. He is definitely among the oldest of the hound breeds since small hounds that were used to hunt foxes and rabbits existed as early as the 1300s.
The Beagle we see today was developed in the United States, where he was bred for a larger, more balanced appearance. Beagles were, and still are, commonly used to accompany hunters on foxhunts and were often seen hunting in packs with their bell-like voices piercing the air.
The name Beagle may be from the French word “Beagle,” which means “gape throat”oat and describes the sound of a pack hot on the scent of its prey.
Beagles are found in two sizes, the 13-inch variety, where dogs may not be larger than 13 inches tall, and the 15-inch variety, where dogs range from 13 to 15 inches (16 inches in England). The weight range covering both sizes is between 18 and 30 pounds. His coat is short and maybe a variety of colors, such as brown, black, white, or any other “hound” color. His ears are long and droopy, and his eyes are soulful-as any true hound’s eyes are. is still often used as a hunting dog (both as a gundog and in field trials), but he also serves as a gentle and calm family pet.
Personality and the Perfect Owner
The Beagle is a little bundle of energy and requires a lot of space to run and play. In spite of his love for social activity, his need for space makes him unsuitable for life in the city. While you’ll want to give him lots of room to run, you should also keep a close eye on him. Beagles are independent and may wander away if they become distracted—squirrels and rabbits may pose a particular problem since the Beagle loves to hunt.
In spite of his love of hunting, he’s not an aggressive dog and makes an affectionate and faithful family pet. His small size makes him ideal for families wanting a sporting dog who can still sit comfortably in a lap.
Common health problems
Before adding a Beagle to your home, ask your breeder about the dog’s health history. Common Beagle ailments are:
· Hypothyroidism· Demodectic mange· Umbilical hernia· Epilepsy· Eye and eyelid problems· Cryptorchidism· Dwarfism· Hip dysplasia· Intervertebral disk disease· Luxating patella