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Beagle

Personality:Merry, friendly, and curious

Coat & Grooming:Beagles are shedders; a good brushing required at least twice a week

Energy Level:Very Active; This quick, energetic and compact hound dog needs plenty of exercise

Originally: England

Nicknames: None

Size: Medium

Meet the Beagle

​Not only are Beagles excellent hunting dogs and loyal companions, they are also happy-go-lucky, funny, and—thanks to their pleading expression—cute. They were bred to hunt in packs, so they enjoy the company of other dogs and of people as well. Beagles love to follow their noses, which can sometimes get them into sticky situations. These dogs are solid, sturdy, and fairly easy to care for, but they do need to run around and let off steam.

What's Their Story?

​There are reports of hounds being used to hunt in England even before the Romans arrived in 55 b.c. By the 1500s, most English gentlemen had packs of large hounds that tracked deer, and smaller hounds that tracked rabbits. The smaller, more compact hounds were the first Beagles. Today, there are two types of Beagles: those under 13 inches high, and those between 13 and 15 inches high. They come in many colors, including lemon, red and white, and tricolor.

What are they Like?

​Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, easygoing, and companionable. These qualities make them excellent family dogs. Beagles are also curious, clever, and quick, and they love to play. They are comedians who will keep you laughing at their antics. It’s not surprising that the Beagle is the most popular hound breed in the United States.

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