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The Beagle Dog Breed

Updated on September 6, 2012

The Beagle Breed

When it comes to hounds, one simply cannot forget the beloved Beagle dog breed. They are wonderful, loyal and loving dogs.

If you don't believe me just take a look at Snoopy! It's really hard to resist an urge to pet, cuddle and hug these adorable little creatures.

Beagle Breed History

Hounds are actually some of the oldest dogs and their ancestry goes as far back as the roman times. Back then the small and adorable dogs were famous amongst the wealthy because they could take their dogs everywhere with them. So no matter where they went, they always had a loyal companion by their side.

This remained true even through the medieval ages. Of course during those times, these dogs served more purpose than just loyal companions. Beagles were popular amongst hunters and were a must have in any hunting expedition. Their incredible sense of smell and distinct bark made them perfect for hunting.

Don't think that just because they are one of the shorter hound dogs, they weren't as useful as the larger and more powerful hounds. It was actually their small size that made them so popular amongst hunters. When the prey would run under bushes and other obstacles where larger dogs couldn't get into, our beloved Beagle would shiny. This made them a very popular hunting dog when it came to smaller and quicker prey, like rabbits and foxes.

Adorable Puppy

I dare you to say no to this adorable little guy.

Beagles Today

In modern day hunting is a lot less popular, but that sure didn't stop the Beagle breed from wining over our hearts. They still remain a very popular dog breed due to their adorable looks and charming personality.

One thing that you should know about Beagles is that they are really good at reading human emotions. In fact, they are often used as therapy dogs because they can feel what people are feeling and how to respond to those emotions. It's really incredible how good these dogs are at making us feel better when we are feeling down.

But don't think for a second that they lost their hunting abilities. Beagles still have their hunting instincts wired deep in them. So when given the chance, they will track and follow any new or interesting scent that they find. This urge to track and hunt can be so distracting that they often completely forget about everything else as they pick up a hot trail.

So having such a strong sense of smell and urge can be a huge distraction when you're trying to train them. However if you are persistent with your training and can get their attention, these little guys can learn a variety of cool and interesting dog tricks.

Guilty Beagle

Looks like this little fella has been up to something he shouldn't have!

Do Beagles Make Good Pets?

I think a better question to ask would be: "Do you make a good Beagle owner?"

These dogs are friendly, loyal and playful. They love to spend time outdoors exploring new places and running around. Even though they are smaller hounds, they still are packed full with energy and will follow you anywhere you go, as long as their little nose doesn't lead them in another direction.

Beagles are a relatively healthy breed. As long as you give them enough exercise in addition to a well-balanced diet, they will live long and happy lives.

Since they are good with human emotion, they are also good with children. These dogs bond very well with nearly anyone and can fill the role of a friend when you need one.

So would I recommend a Beagle as a pet? Absolutely! They are wonderful dogs and can will make an amazing pet in the right household.

Beagle The Deep Thinker

I wonder what exactly it is he is thinking about.. probably food.

Have you ever owned a Beagle? Do you have a own a Beagle now? What do you think of this particular dog breed? Let us know what you think in comments below!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I squid-liked this lens on a previous occasion. I returned to BLESS it today!

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      SalamanderGrace 5 years ago

      I have a beagle named Lucy and she is the sweetest little thing. I never owned a beagle before her but she follows me around like a shadow and I love her to pieces. She is very allergic to grains and chicken though, not sure if this is common to the breed? As long as she stays on her favorite Natural Balance potato & duck food and treats, sheâs fine, thank goodness. Love this breed!

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I love Beagles, I own two!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Had a beagle for almost eighteen years..Rana Bee..Some of your pix look like the thing I know about Beagles is that they like to have their tummies scratched. Mine used to scrunch down to jump on the couch and when I gave her a sideways glance she would just start stretching as if to say "I wasn't goin to jump on the couch, really I wasn't", so I guess they can lie too.

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      thegrowlinggour 5 years ago

      I have 1 beagle and 1 beagle mix. I love my girls! I spoil them with homemade treats.

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      GL2005 5 years ago

      Cute Puppy Pics!

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      They're very cute dogs. I love the pictures you've chosen.

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      irminia 5 years ago

      I don't really know Beagles, but I have experience with tibetan spaniel - also totally adorable.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I have never owned a Beagle but my husband wants to adopt one for our children when they get a little older. I love them they are so cute. I have heard that they can be very mischievous

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I have never owned a beagle. That Beagle puppy sure is cute, though!

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      indigomoth 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Beagles always look guilty! But who could be mad with them? :)

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      chinchilla-cages 5 years ago

      Cute breed of dog!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cute lens and dog. Well done.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I am thinking to get my 5 years son a dog. But what do you say? Beagle or Basset?

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      jolou 5 years ago

      No I have not owned one, but they sure are adorable dogs.

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      Progetto Asilo Nido 5 years ago from Italy

      When I was a child, there was an old Beagle in the neighborhood, at about 500 meters from our home. Every time I had a sandwich with ham in the garden, after 10 minutes that dog was looking at me with that imploring expression... How could I resist? The strange thing is it had to be ham, not anything other. Today, I still don't know if Beagles have an excellent sense of smell and a great passion for ham, or if they've a smart intuition about who are the children more susceptible to their languishing eyes.

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      sybil watson 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens - beagles really are incredible, aren't they?

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Nicely written! I want a beagle now.

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      Tom Fattes 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      We had a beagle, and I can tell you what they are always thinking. Please, please drop that piece of food.

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      TamarWrites 5 years ago

      I only owned retrievers, but I remember that Barry Manilowmhad a beagle named Bagel in the 1970's!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beagle are my favorite dogs. I owned one until she past...

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      jaclocla3 5 years ago

      I love Beagles. We had one named Nipper when I was a kid. He was the sweetest dog.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      No, I do not have a Beagle, but I have friends who adore Beagles! LOVE your cute puppy photos!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      You have great picture I like "the Guilty Beagle". Good lens, welcome and keep going!


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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Beagles are great pets. They do take some effort however to keep them from roaming. I wrote a lens about some Beagles that have been rescued from animal research. They certainly might be happier now!

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      Neeznoodle 5 years ago

      There have been many beagles in our family. One was the smartest dog I've ever met, but all were very sweet and friendly.

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      Cavedweller 5 years ago

      too cute!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Very cute dog, and very engaging!

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      nice lens on beagles. My daughter had one called Candy and she was full of pep and vinegar...

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      ikrave 5 years ago

      This is Great!! I use to have a Beagle when I was younger and he was wonderful!! I have a Chihuahua now...well he was my daughters and I sort of now adopted him. Isn't it amazing at the wonderful personalities they have? I think that Beagles definitely have their own interesting personality. Thank you for the great lens!!