The Beagle, is a relative of the hound and was primarily used to hunt hare and other small game. Originating in Great Britain during the 1830’s, these friendly little dogs have an excellent sense of smell and tracking instincts. They would make good watch dogs, as they are likely to bark at unfamiliar noises approaching their territory. Beagles are also great with children, but can suffer a great deal from separation anxiety.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Beagle type dogs have existed for over 2000 years.
2. Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strips is based on a Beagle.
3. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror brought a Talbot Hound to England, which is said to be the ancestor from which the Beagle originated.
4. Queen Elizabeth I kept pocket Beagles, or Beagles small enough to fit in the pocket of a saddlebag.
5. This breed is able to smell out a mouse in a one acre field in around a minute.
6. Beagles live around 12-15 years
7. They have been known to reverse sneeze, where they look like they are gasping for air. However the strange disorder is in no way harmful to the dog.
8. The U.S. Department of Agriculture uses this breed to sniff out forbidden food items being snuck into the U.S.
9. Beagles are also used in pet therapy, because of their kind and calm temperament.
10. Beagles have frequently been mentioned by famous writers William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope in their literary works.