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The Beagle Dog Breed
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.
I dare you to say no to this adorable little guy.
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.
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!