The Beagle is one of the oldest dog breeds. It is believed they originated in England in the 11th century. William the Conqueror brought the Talbat Hound as a hunting dog into Great Britain. The Beagle dog we have today is a decedent of the Talbot Hound and maybe the Irish Kerry Beagle.
Beagles were bred as pack dogs. They have declined in being kept as pack dogs, but they have become very popular as pets. They are popular as working dogs in many countries. They are now used as detection dogs at airports and as arson dogs.
The Beagle has floppy ears and a great sense of smell. The Beagle is white with black and tan. Beagles are usually born black and white and by the time they are 1 to two years old the brown will appear. They have a dense, short and smooth coat. The Beagle will shed a lot in the spring.
During Medieval times, there was the Pocket Beagle, which was 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder and weighed 22 to 25 pounds.
Beagles are active with a good disposition. They are very intelligent and gentle. They need to be socialized and trained. They are a great companion and family dogs. Beagles can be vocal, but some will not bark or howl. If a Beagle is left alone and gets bored, he will howl.
Beagles are usually healthy and low maintenance dogs. They can develop cardiac problems and ear problems.
Beagles are food for active people. They like daily walks on a leash. They like other dogs.
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