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Beagle |England|

Beagle |England|

The Beagle is a superb small hunting hound that has also become popular as a companion animal, particularly in the United States. Beagles have an engaging, lively, and often comical nature; they are highly entertaining, interactive, and affectionate. On the downside, and as is the case with most hound breeds, Beagles can be very noisy. They are suitable for urban living as long as their barking is managed and they are given plenty of exercise and diversions. Due to their pleasing temperament and compact size, Beagles are often used as therapy dogs, and also for bomb and drug detection.

History

Accounts of small hounds used for tracking hare date back to Xenophon (c. 430–354 BC) in Ancient Greece and his treatise On Hunting. The Romans probably took these small hounds on their conquest of Europe, including into England, where the Beagle developed. Many written accounts of small hounds of Beagle type indicate that various monarchs such as Edward II and Henry VII kept packs at the Royal kennels. The term “beagle” was introduced in the fifteenth century by Edward, Second Duke of York, in his treatise The Master of the Game. Early in their history, Beagles were bred in different sizes including the Glove or Pocket Beagle, so called because it could fit into a gauntlet cuff or a saddle bag. Elizabeth I kept a pack of Pocket Beagles and had her portrait painted with one of them. In the United States, Beagles are divided into two height divisions: 13 inches and 15 inches. The American Kennel Club registered the first Beagle in 1885, and the National Beagle Club of America was established in 1888.

Beagles are gregarious, pack-oriented dogs that are generally not happy to be alone.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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