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Beagle History

The Beagle is a medium-sized scenthound that was originally bred for hunting hare. The name “Beagle” comes from the French word “begueule”, which means “nose”, and refers to the animal’s distinctively flat nose. The Beagle is descended from an ancient lineage of scenthounds that first emerged in Europe during the Roman era. The first written reference to the modern Beagle can be traced back to the 1500s, when it was called the “Baskerville Hound”. The modern Beagle was specifically developed in England during the 1500s and 1600s. The breed was primarily used to hunt hare, but it was also used for various other purposes, including tracking, retrieving and guarding.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin



Talbot, North Country Beagle

Beagle Physical Characteristics

The Beagle is a small, short-faced, medium sized, slim, and long coated breed. They are very friendly and outgoing, which makes them a good family pet. They are known to be more outdoorsy and they are often used as hunting dogs. The beagle has a long, soft, and fine wool-like coat which comes in a variety of colors.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 14 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 13 – 15 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 20 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 18 – 25 lbs

Beagle Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Beagle Health Concerns

Intervertebral Disc Disease, Congenital Heart Defect, Patellar Luxation, Glaucoma, Epilepsy

Beagle Temperament and Behaviour

The Beagle is a friendly and sociable breed of dog that is playful and good-natured. They are highly intelligent, adaptable, and do well with families, although they tend to be stubborn at times. They tend to have strong hunting instincts and tend to chase small animals.

Beagle Activity Requirements

Beagles are small, short-legged, friendly dogs that are easy to fall in love with. They are incredibly intelligent and respond well to training. A daily walk or jog may be enough to keep your beagle happy. While they don’t need a ton of physical exercise, they do require regular human interaction. A bored dog can become destructive. Be sure to provide your beagle with plenty of toys to keep him or her occupied. This breed of dog is not recommended for very young children. The small size of the Beagle makes it easy for small children to unintentionally hurt them.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

1.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Beagle is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Beagle is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Beagle is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Beagle is part of the Hound group.

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