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5 Fun Facts about Beagles

Happy go lucky and always ready to have fun, the Beagle is a gentle, sweet dog breed that originated in England and was bred to be a hunting dog. Their unique talent for trailing has assisted hunters worldwide for centuries. Today, Beagles are still working as hunting dogs but they are also becoming one of the most popular family pets. There are a few fun facts about Beagles that make them a popular choice as a companion, family pet and working dog.

  1. Queen Elizabeth I was fond of Beagles: Records show that the Queen of England had Beagles as companion dogs. At the time the breed was smaller than it is today and was known to be so small that you could hold the dog with one hand.
  2. Snoopy is a Beagle: The beloved Peanuts character Snoopy is a Beagle. Or, created by the famous cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
  3. Beagles have White-Tipped Tails: One way to confirm if a Beagle is 100% pure bred is to look at the tip of the tail. Some Beagles may exhibit a mostly white tail or just the very tip of the tail can be white.
  4. Lifespan: The average lifespan for Beagles range from 12 to 15 years. Providing a healthy diet, affection and plenty of exercise on a daily basis encourages a long, healthy and happy life.
  5. Working Dogs: Beagles are known for their excellent trailing during hunting season. While they are best known as hunting dogs, they are also an excellent choice for police and military work. Their ability to detect narcotics makes them a valuable asset.

Beagles are fun-loving dogs that enjoy being part of a family or belonging to an owner. They are often described as peaceful, easy going and good natured. Their ability to get along well with children and match their energy levels makes them a great playmate for children of all ages. Adult Beagles weigh between 20 to 25 pounds at a healthy weight and they stand 14 to 16 inches in height.

Beagles make excellent therapy dogs due to their kind, warm personalities and gentle nature. You will find Beagles in a variety of situations that help nurture and guide people to a better lifestyle and improved emotional states. They are also an excellent option for visiting sick children since they are capable of exuding compassion and gentleness.

Since Beagles are excellent hunting dogs they shouldn’t be trusted around small family pets such as hamsters. Their natural instinct could arise at any moment. They may not be able control themselves and even think they are doing you a favor by catching the pesky rodent and bringing it to you.

There are many fun and interesting facts about the beloved Beagle that will make dog owners choose the Beagle as their favorite breed. Share your fun stories about your Beagle with your friends and family so that word gets around how great this breed is as a family pet, companion and working dog.

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).