Beagles are very popular dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, beagles rank #6 out of 197 breeds in popularity. And who can say no to that face? Here are eight facts about beagles.
- They were bred to be hunters
Beagles have a great sense of smell and excellent stamina. Their physical features, of a white-tipped tail, long ears, and small height also aid during the hunt. They were bred mainly to hunt rabbits, but when fox hunting became popular beagles were bred with buckhounds to create a new breed known as foxhounds.
- Most beagles have a white tipped tail
This white tail helps beagles be seen while their noses are on the ground. All beagles have some white hairs on their tails, but the more concentrated the white hair is on the tip, the more pure bred it is.
- Their ears help their noses
Beagles have really long ears, that if stretched out will reach their noses. This is to help beagles trap more smells and keep the smells close to their noses in order to track their prey. This is especially important since beagles are scent hounds rather than visual hunters.
- Beagles are one of the most vocal dogs
Beagles have three ways they communicate. They have a normal bark, they howl, and a bay. Beagle baying sounds like yodeling, and they are the only dog that can do it. The word “beagle” comes from the French word “begueule” meaning gaped throat.
- Many beagles have jobs
Even if it’s not hunting, a lot of beagles have other important jobs. A few other jobs for beagles include detecting bedbugs for hotels or assisted living facilities and detecting foreign food for homeland security
- Beaglesh ave two sizes
Beagles are either 13 inches in height or 15 inches in height in the United States, and up to 16 inches in England. If they don’t measure up, they aren’t considered a beagle but a different breed of dog.
- They have a pleasant temperament
Beagles are popular for a reason. They are friendly, curious, loyal and happy. They make great pets for families with kids and they love to get out and play.
- Beagles tend to escape
Because beagles are so curious and intelligent that they tend to go on their own adventures. And sometimes that means leaving their yard to do so, and they are able how to figure out how to get past fences.
Now that we know some fun facts about beagles, let’s take a look at a few famous beagles.
- Elvis the beagle, who can detect with a 97% accuracy rate if polar bears in zoos all over the United States and Canada are pregnant.
- Him, Her, and Edgar, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s three beagles. Edgar was named after John Edgar Hoover. No one knows why Johnson named his first two Him and Her.
- Bagel, Barry Manilow’s beagle, appeared on several album covers.
- Snoopy. The loveable beagle in the Peanuts comic strip. He even has a certificate from the American Kennel Club declaring that he is in fact a beagle.