There are several breeds of dog that are instantly recognizable, including the beagle. The beagle is a small hunting dog bred to work on farms and in the countryside. In the modern world, the breed has become popular with families because of the even temperament and high energy levels. The Beagle remains one of the most popular hunting dogs in the U.S., with the American Kennel Club categorizing the breed into two sizes.
An Attractive Breed
One of the reasons for the popularity of the beagle is its attractive face and markings. The beagle has long ears reaching the end of their nose when pulled forward if they are to meet the demands of the American Kennel Club. The ears of the beagle look cute and are important to their working life for several reasons. One of the most important reasons for the long ears of the beagle is their use as a way of diverting air to their nose. In the U.S., beagles can be placed into two size categories of less than 13 inches and up to 15 inches. A beagle born in England can reach 16 inches to remain within the confines of the breed.
A Vocal Breed
Any hunter who has spent time with a beagle will tell you about the three different sounds the breed makes. The three barks of the beagle are distinct, with the distinctive howl being the best known. The other two barks of the beagle are a standard bark and another sound known as a bay that sounds like a yodel. The name of the breed comes from a French word, bagueule, meaning gaped throat.
The Working Breed
Most people know the beagle as a working breed of dog that is a successful hunter. The breeding of the beagle has allowed a successful working dog to become established around the world. The tip of the beagle tail is white to allow a hunter to follow its movement through tall grass when their head is down to smell the ground. A beagle is a working breed that has found work in several roles, including a hunting dog. The ability to use their nose to smell efficiently has led to the beagle taking on roles with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As a working dog, the beagle has taken on several roles, including smelling for pregnancy in polar bears at U.S. zoos.
Some Well-Known Beagles
Beagles have been a popular family pet since the middle of the 20th-century when U.S. President Lyndon Johnson owned three. The first beagles owned by President Johnson were named him and her, with Edgar added when the Johnson family were living in The White House. Other well-known beagle owners include singer Barry Manilow, with the world’s most famous beagle being Snoopy.