Beagle Dog Facts
About the Beagle Breed
The Beagle is moderately sized and has a hard, short coat, which protects it from brambles and other snagging vegetation. As a result, it can scurry around through the undergrowth and ferret out the scents of rabbits and hares with ease.
The breed is sometimes seen as a miniature foxhound, and was bred centuries ago for use in hare hunting. It is easier to follow when chasing down a scent than a foxhound, and it is thought that it was used so that ladies and the infirm could join in on hunts.
Being bred to work as a pack dog, it is generally very friendly and amiable, will get on well with other dogs, and need companionship, whether from another dog or from a human, in order to remain mentally healthy. It has a melodious bay, and can sometimes be quite vocal.
Furthermore, the Beagle needs regular exercise to keep it well behaved and out of mischief. It likes to explore so long walks in interesting places will make it very happy. It is very tolerant of children, and will usually be happy to join in any game or adventure at any time. However, it can be difficult to train.
The Beagle is a very popular family pet and can be an all round loving animal, if it is trained well enough and is not left alone for too long.