Beagles are a popular and medium sized breed of dog, comprising a spot on the hound branch of the domesticated canine family tree. Similar in appearance to the fox hound, the beagle is likewise a scent hound and was originally bred in Great Britain in the 1830s for the primary purpose of training small field game such as wild hare or rabbits. Their excellent scent of smell allowed these treasured working animals to lead their master/hunter to the hiding places of these small hunted creatures.
Thanks to their even keeled temperament and their patience around children and others, beagles have long been favored and cherished pets as well as working animals. While somewhat shy around strangers, these pets can be easily won over and are playful, “merry” animals when in a position of trust. As pack animals who crave and demand attentions, beagles often suffer separation anxiety and as such, they only make ideal pets for those individuals or families that are willing to put in the time and effort that raising such a social breed as a beagle demands.
In addition, this versatile canine has also been a longstanding and popular participant in the annual Westminster’s Kennel Club. With a beautiful and varied coat (although most often, beagles are tri-colored being white with large brown and black spots) these popular dogs have been the regular recipient of the Best of Show distinction and, as a further testament to the beagle’s popularity, the breed has remained in the top 10 most popular in the United States for the past 30 years.