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Beagle Dog Breed

Beagle with beautiful coat standing at attention in a grassy field.

Beagle with beautiful coat standing at attention in a grassy field.

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About the Beagle Dog Breed

The Beagle is a very old dog breed which was bred and to hunt rabbits in Britain over 150 years ago.

Beagle Physical Characteristics

The Beagle has a small, well-proportioned body with big brown eyes and long ears which fold over. Its tail, meanwhile, is long, skinny and pointed.


Very typical for a true hound, they are tri-colored.



Beagle Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Beagle has a gentle manner. Some may even say these dogs never meets anyone they doesn’t like. In fact, they get along well with kids and other animals.

Things to Consider

Being that it is a hound, Beagles will howl and bark quite frequently.

Beagle Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Beagle will fare well in the country or city, though it thrives when it has access to areas it can roam around.

Special Requirements

They require substantial exercise daily.

Beagle Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Beagles:

Beagle History and Background

The word “beagle” is thought to have come from certain old French words meaning an open throat, a possible connection to the dog’s musical bay. It is also speculated that the dog’s name might have derived from old French, Celtic or English words meaning small. Beagle-like dogs were probably used for the popular sport of hare-hunting in England during the 1300s, but the term “beagle” was not used until 1475.

Hunters would follow the dog on foot and sometimes even carry one in his pocket. There were several sizes of the breed in the 1800s, but the pocket-size dogs were most popular. These small dogs measured only about nine inches and required the hunter’s help while crossing rough fields. Because the smaller dogs were slower and easier to follow on foot, they appealed especially to women, the elderly, and those who otherwise did not have the stamina or inclination to keep up with an active dog.

The first mention of the breed in the United States occurred in the town records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1642. Before the American Civil War, people in the South used Beagles, but these dogs did not resemble English Beagles. However, when the war was over, English Beagles were imported for crossbreeding and to develop the modern breed we know today.

The last part of the 19th century saw the emergence of the breed as popular competitors on the field and in exhibitions. Soon thereafter, this little hound dog with the melodic howl came to be amongst the most preferred family pets in the U.S.

Beagle National Clubs and/or Organizations

National Beagle Club
PO Box 642
Middleburg, VA 20118-0642

Beagle Fun Fact(s)

The breed is often used by U.S. Customs to search for illegal food, plants and drugs.

Beagle dog breed infographic

By: Chewy Editorial