Beagles

The first thing you need to know before buying a beagle is that they are difficult to train.

Beagles are one of the most popular dogs in the US and the UK. It was particularly popular in England in the middle ages and Elizabethan times as a hunting dog and  was introduced into America in 1640.

First Mention of  the Beagles

The first wolves were domesticated about 140,000 years ago, and since then dogs have been bred for various purposes, among them the most important was hunting. Hunting dogs are divided into two types the scent hound such as the Beagle and the sight hound such as Greyhound. You can recognise the scent hound by his posture, he usually has his nose to some scent on the ground which is following with intense concentration.

Scent hounds are usually more heavily built then sight hounds which must be able to run really fast, the scent hound requires stamina to follow the scent until they arrive at the source. While they are muscular and strong with good heart and lung capacity,the distinguishing feature of the pendulous ears and a large nose with broad open nostrils. The scent hounds used for hunting deer were usually known as Buckhounds, while the dogs is to the hunting small animals such as hare when Ernest Beagles.

Beagles are mentioned as early as the middle ages and by the Elizabethan times when hunting was so popular wirehaired Beagles are known to be in existence. By the 19th century we know that there were at least four types of Beagles in existence in Great Britain, the Northern Beagle, the southern become, the Cotswold Beagle and the Irish Kerry Beagle.

The Beagle remained popular with ordinary people, such as farmers, who used them for hunting small game. Not only did they not require any special equipment as is necessary with fox hunting, they also ended up providing dinner for the family!

The First Beagle was Exhibited in 1884

The first Beagle exhibited in the United Kingdom was in 1884 at the Tunbridge Wells dog Society show. The first club, the Beagle Club of England was founded in 1890. The founding of the Beagle club meant that the breed type was ready to be set. The Beagle club drew up a set of points that was accepted by the kennel club which is still largely the Beagle Standard used in judging Beagles today. By the beginning of the 20th century there was a consensus about the appearance of the Beagle. However, along with a number of other breeds, the First World War meant the loss of breeding stock to maintain the pure bred Beagle. At the end of World War II in 1945, one Beagle was registered by the kennel club. However, lovers of  beagles dedicated themselves to the breed and the Beagle not only recovered but began to thrive.

The Beagle in America

The Beagle first arrived in America in 1640. It did not resemble the Beagle as we know it today, then Beagles looked more like Daschounds except that their legs tended to be a little straighter. They were particularly popular in the southern states up until the Civil War which put an end to hunting. After the war breeders imported the dog from England and the breed revived. In 1885 a dog named Blunder was the first beagle to be registered in the American Kennel Club Studbook. in 1888 the National Beagle Clubwas founded and the first breed standard was created and the Beagle became popular at shows. In fact, it became so popular that in 1917 at the Westminster dog show 75 beagles competed.

Today, the main role of the Beagle is to be a well  loved family pet. In the United States the Beagle is the third most popular pet, the first two being the Labrador and the Golden Retriever. Although the Beagle is not as popular as a  pet in the United Kingdom, the Beagle is still in the top five of popular dogs.