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Everybody loves this adorable floppy-eared canine officially known as Beagle. This small-to-medium sized Hound is an immensely affectionate and friendly companion to us, the humans. These dogs are known for their playful and spirited personality and are extremely popular all around the world. In fact, they are so popular that they have managed to stay in the top 10 since 1884 in the list of most popular dog breeds that is created by AKC every year.

There are a lot of fascinating facts about Beagles that are not known to many people and in this article, we are going to discuss some of those facts in detail.

General Facts about Beagles

  • Name:

    The exact meaning and origin of the term “Beagle” is not very clear, but it is believed that the name of this breed comes from a French word “begueule” that translates to “open or wide throat”, or in the case of Beagles, it can also be interpreted as “loudmouth”. There is another theory that is believed by many; it states that the term Beagle is derived from a Celtic word “beag” that means “small”.
  • Popularity:

    Beagles are exceptionally popular all over the world. They currently hold the #06 spot in AKC’s breed popularity list. But, they have been famous for quite some time now. American President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles with him in the White house named Him and Her. Queen Elizabeth I was an ardent admirer of this breed herself and she owned several pocket Beagles at her time as the Queen of England.
  • Usefulness:

    Beagles are known to make excellent companions to the hunters. They have a strong nose that helps them to detect the presence of various animals and then they alert their owners about the position of their prey. Beagles are awesome dogs for hunting hares and rabbits.

Facts about Beagles’ Body

  • Size:

    The very first Beagles that came into existence were very short and tiny when compared to the Beagles that are present today. These early Beagles were only 8-9 inches high and they were known as Pocket Beagles. To improve their size, these small Beagles were bred with larger hound breeds and that resulted in the formation of the current generation of Beagles.
  • Ears:

    Beagles have large ears which actually serves a great purpose for them. Their long ears catch the scent particles and keep them close to the Beagle’s nose enabling it to efficiently trace the source of that scent.
  • Nose:

    Beagles have an amazing nose that helps these dogs differentiate between a large number of different scents. They have around 220 million scent receptors in their nose, which is astonishing when compared to humans who only have 5 million receptors.
  • White Tail:

    All true Beagles have a White-tipped tail. There may be a whole lot of white color at the end of a Beagle’s tail or it might just have few white hairs on the tail region, but, this is a fact that a purebred Beagle will certainly have a white tail tip. If a Beagle is not having a white tipped tail, then it might be a mix.

Historical Facts about Beagles

  • Origin:

    Their true origin is still shrouded in mystery, but it is believed that Beagles are thousands of years old. It is speculated by many people that the ancestors of this breed probably lived around the Roman Empire Era (or before) in England.
  • England to the U.S:

    In the early 1870s, General Richard Rowett imported the first Beagles from England to the United States.
  • AKC Recognition:

    This Breed was recognized by the AKC in the year 1885. And, it is believed that General Richard’s Beagles formed the basis for the first American Standards for Beagles.

Temperamental Facts about Beagles

  • Noisy:

    Beagles are known to be excessive barkers. Whenever they catch a distinct smell or they are excited or they want to express something, it is very likely that they are going to bark or howl. But their excessive barking can be reduced through regular training sessions.
  • Needy:

    Beagles are not meant to be left alone in the house for long periods of time. Beagles have a pack mentality and they always appreciate the company of others. But, when they are left alone for long periods, they can become destructive and then the furniture and other items of the house are not very safe from an anxious Beagle.
  • Affectionate and Caring:

    Beagles are extremely friendly and devoted to their owners and family members. They are kind and careful with small kids and they are also very good at sensing their loved ones’ moods. If something is not right with their close ones, a Beagle will try to show his love and affection for them by means of cuddling, licking, snuggling et cetera.

Beagles and the Pop Culture

  • Snoopy:

    In the very popular Comic strip named Peanuts, Charlie Brown’s (the main character) pet dog is a Beagle. His name is Snoopy and he’s one of the most iconic and popular characters in a comic strip of all time. Snoopy also starred in several Peanuts Movies and television specials.
  • Odie:

    Another famous Beagle, this time from the Garfield comics was named Odie. Apart from the comics, He’s also appeared in various animated television series, two animated movies and three CGI films.
  • Shiloh:

    This was a very famous 1996 movie in which a boy finds a runaway Beagle and gradually the pair would go on to become the best of friends.