Beagle

Beagle

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The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the Hound Group, it is similar in appearance to the Foxhound but smaller, with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are scent h...
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the
Hound Group, it is similar in appearance to the Foxhound but
smaller, with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are
scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, and
other game. They have a keen sense of smell and tracking instinct
that sees them employed as detection dogs for prohibited
agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world.
They are popular as pets because of their size, even temper, and
lack of inherited health problems. These characteristics also make
them the dog of choice for animal testing.Although beagle-type dogs
have existed for over 2,000 years, the modern breed was developed in
Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot
Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly
the Harrier.Beagles have been depicted in popular culture since
Elizabethan times in literature and paintings, and latterly in film,
television and comic books. Snoopy of the comic strip Peanuts has
been promoted as the worlds most famous beagle.
The Beagle has an
even temper and gentle disposition. Described in several breed
standards as merry, they are amiable and generally neither
aggressive nor timid. They enjoy company, and although they may
initially be standoffish with strangers, they are easily won over.
They make poor guard dogs for this reason, although their tendency
to bark or howl when confronted with the unfamiliar makes them good
watch dogs.Beagles are intelligent, but as a result of being bred
for the long chase are single-minded and determined, which can make
them hard to train. They are generally obedient but can be difficult
to recall once they have picked up a scent and are easily distracted
by smells around them. They do not generally feature in obedience
trials; while they are alert, respond well to food-reward training,
and are eager to please, they are easily bored or distracted.They
are ranked 72nd in Stanley Corens The Intelligence of Dogs, as Coren
places them among the group with the lowest degree of
working/obedience intelligence.
Beagles are excellent with children
and this is one of the reasons they have become popular family pets,
but they are pack animals, and can be prone to separation
anxiety.Not all Beagles will howl, but most will bark when
confronted with strange situations, and some will bay (also referred
to as speaking, giving tongue, or opening) when they catch the scent
of potential quarry. They also generally get along well with other
dogs. They are not demanding with regard to exercise; their inbred
stamina means they do not easily tire when exercised, but they also
do not need to be worked to exhaustion before they will rest, though
regular exercise helps ward off the weight gain to which the breed
is prone.
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