5 Things To Know About The Beagle

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Beagles were bred for hunting

Beagles can be traced back to 16th century England, where Englishmen often owned packs of hounds. The smaller hounds were the beagles, which were used in hunting rabbits and other small prey. They were also used as gun dogs, flushing game for hunters. Although some beagles are still used individually or in packs for hunting, most beagles today are lovable house pets.

Beagles are social pack hounds

The Beagle was bred to work in packs, so they are happiest when they have company. When left alone for too long or not properly exercised and trained, beagles tend to become destructive and loud. A second dog for companionship is strongly recommended.

They are scent hounds

The beagle has one of the best developed senses of smell of any dog. Therefore they can be difficult to recall once they have picked up a scent, and are easily distracted by smells around them. They do best when they’re taken on long walks and given a chance to run and explore their environment through smell. Possessing a great sense of smell and superior tracking instincts, the beagle is the primary breed used as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports around the world.

Beagles have minds of their own

Beagles are intelligent but, as a result of being bred for the long chase, are single-minded and determined, which can make them hard to train. Beagles also top the list for excessive barking and can be difficult to housebreak. Beagle needs early socialization — exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young.

They are extremely friendly and wonderful family pets

Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, and companionable—all qualities that make them excellent family dogs. They are excellent with children and they generally get along well with cats and other dogs. Beagle has been the most popular hound dog among American pet owners for many years.

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