Did you know?
The naturalist Charles Darwin sailed around the world in the HMS Beagle, a Royal Navy brig named after a dog!
Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement. – Snoopy
Beagles are descendants of dogs who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. These types of dogs have been around for 2,500 years but the Beagle we know today was developed in Great Britain in the 1830s. The breeds counts the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and the Harrier among its ancestors.
Beagles have appeared in literature and paintings since Elizabethan times.
This is a hunting dog – his quarry: the rabbit and hare. Classified as a scent hound, Beagles have exceptional noses which they use very efficiently to track prey. Humourist Dave Barry once described Beagles as “noses with four feet attached”. Once his quarry’s trail is located, the Beagle gives a distinctive howl to alert the rest of the pack.
Photos displayed courtesy of Estelle Laponder and Amanda Wise,
Laponderosa Kennels, British Columbia
“Beag” is the Celtic word for small. Beagles today stand no more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They have short, dense, weather-resistant coats that can be white, black, red, tan, lemon, or any mixture of these colours. A Beagle’s diet must be carefully monitored (they will eat anything) to fight a tendency to obesity.
Arguably the most famous dog in the world, Snoopy, is the poster dog for Beagles. His intelligence, humour, and that unmistakable “ARROOOOO” define the Beagle’s personality.
Compact, clean, and cuddly, Beagles are fun-loving and amusing pets. They are active, inquisitive and friendly. They get along well with other dogs and are extremely fond of children. This is the dog to keep up with active kids!
Bred to work in packs, Beagles love company and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Boredom can turn your Beagle into a nuisance barker. The Beagle also makes a good watchdog as he will alert his owners to any unfamiliar faces.
Intelligent and eager, the Beagle takes well to obedience training. Gentle in expression and nature, Beagles also shine as therapy dogs. That fantastic nose coupled with a single-minded tracking instinct, makes the Beagle shine in a more modern job: a detection dog for illegal agricultural imports and foods in quarantine around the world.
Although he is an inside dog, he needs lots of outside activity. A tendency to ‘follow his nose’ can be curbed by ensuring he has a fenced yard in which to romp and play. He should always be leashed when out on a walk. Be aware that Beagles are natural diggers, especially when they are young.