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Beagle Dog Breed History

The Beagle is a gentle, sweet, lively and curious dog that just loves everyone! Sociable, brave and intelligent. Calm and loving. This breed doesn't like being left alone.

A Little Beagle Info

Beagles seem to love everyone and everything from people, animals, and children. Beagles may bark excessively. The Beagle loves its toys, so make sure they have plenty.

Beagles are very active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient. Energetic and possessing great stamina, the Beagle needs plenty of exercise. Always use a lead when walking this breed or you will be running the risk of it disappearing in search of wild game.

Beagle Art

  • Beagle information, history and origin
  • Beagle breed description
  • The Harrier and The Beagle

    Original Author: Robert Leighton

    The Harrier is a distinct breed of hound used for hunting the hare--or rather it should be said the Association of Masters of Harriers are doing their utmost to perpetuate this breed; the Harrier Stud Book bearing witness thereto: and it is to be deplored that so many Masters of Harriers ignore this fact, and are content to go solely to Foxhound kennels to start their packs of Harriers, choosing, maybe, 20 inch to 22 inch Foxhounds, and thenceforth calling them Harriers.

    Opinions differ as to what standard of height it is advisable to aim at. If you want to hunt your Harriers on foot, 16 inches is quite big enough--almost too big to run with; but if you are riding to them, 20 inches is a useful height, or even 19 inches.

    There is nothing to surpass the beauty of the Beagle either to see him on the flags of his kennel or in unravelling a difficulty on the line of a dodging hare. In neatness he is really the little model of a Foxhound. He is, of course, finer, but with the length of neck so perfect in the bigger hound, the little shoulders of the same pattern, and the typical quarters and second thighs. Then how quick he is in his casts! and when he is fairly on a line, of course he sticks to it, as the saying is, "like a beagle."

    Beagles have been carefully preserved for a great many years, and in some cases they have been in families for almost centuries. In the hereditary hunting establishments they have been frequently found, as the medium of amusement and instruction in hunting for the juvenile members of the house; and there can be nothing more likely to instil the right principles of venery into the youthful mind than to follow all the ways of these little hounds.

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    Beagle Description

    HEAD--Fair length, powerful without being coarse; skull domed, moderately wide, with an indication of peak, stop well defined, muzzle not snipy, and lips well flewed.

    NOSE--Black, broad, and nostrils well expanded.

    EYES--Brown, dark hazel or hazel, not deep set nor bulgy, and with a mild expression.

    EARS--Long, set on low, fine in texture, and hanging in a graceful fold close to the cheek.

    NECK--Moderately long, slightly arched, the throat showing some dewlap.

    SHOULDERS--Clean and slightly sloping.

    BODY--Short between the couplings, well let down in chest, ribs fairly well sprung and well ribbed up, with powerful and not tucked-up loins.

    HIND-QUARTERS--Very muscular about the thighs, stifles and hocks well bent, and hocks well let down.

    FORE-LEGS--Quite straight, well under the dog, of good substance and round in the bone.

    FEET--Round, well knuckled up, and strongly padded.

    STERN--Moderate length, set on high, thick and carried gaily, but not curled over the back.

    COLOUR--Any recognised hound colour.

    COAT--Smooth variety: Smooth, very dense and not too fine or short. Rough variety: Very dense and wiry.

    HEIGHT--Not exceeding 16 inches. Pocket Beagles must not exceed 10 inches.

    GENERAL APPEARANCE--A compactly-built hound, without coarseness, conveying the impression of great stamina and vivacity. The Beagle top