Beagles are the most popular breed of dog in America, with over 1 million American households owning a beagle. A beagle is a hound that was bred for hunting rabbits and rodents by following their scent. The term "beagling" comes from the Latin word for "brushwood". Today's beagles have been modified to also follow other scents such as game, deer, and bears. Beagles are often confused with basset hounds because they both share similar physical features like large deep set eyes, erect ears, and short legs.
Beagles are known for their intelligence and loyalty to humans, and are often referred to as "man's best friend." Beagles don't bark much, but instead yodel. Although they're not an aggressive breed, beagles can be hostile to other dogs if they feel threatened. Beagles are known for their long life in captivity. The breed has lived an average of 13 to 14 years before becoming too old and feeble to continue hunting.
Here are a couple of interesting facts about beagles that you probably didn't know
Beagle was the first breed to be developed as a companion dog in 1835 by Englishman Charles Darwin's family after they acquired three puppies from Spain that were given the name "Perro del monte" ("dog of the mountain"). It is believed that the beagle is also one of the oldest breeds still being kept up until today, with some dogs now been handed down through generations. [The oldest beagle in America is nicknamed "Grandsire"; he was almost 100 when he passed away]
Dogs in the Beagle breed are prone to love-bite. This is because they are very persistent in their hunt, which makes them unable to resist when they bite someone during a play session or affectionate interactions.
The original term for "beagle" was "bichon beauceron". The word means "little gay dog of Beauceron". Beauceron is the name of a breed of dog from France that is also known as the French water spaniel.
Beagles are also often called as water spaniel because they are very social and friendly with humans and other animals. They are also very excited to meet new people and other animals. This makes them more suited as a companion dog than a watch dog.
Beagles are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world, according to AKC registration statistics. It is believed that there are over 1 million registered beagle puppies in the U.S alone, making it the most popular breed of dog in America following by German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers.
At the end of the day, beagles are a gorgeous breed that will give you lots of love and loyalty. Don't ever forget to make your pet feel loved, since they love you unconditionally!