There are two AKC varieties of the Beagle, 13 inches tall and under, and 13 inches and over, but not over 15 inches. The Beagle is known both as a household pet and a hunter. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, hunting on foot using dogs known as “begles” or “begels” was a popular sport in England, Wales and France.
These early dogs came in all sizes, but the name “beagle” became associated with this small, rabbit-hunting breed. The turning point of the American strain began in the 1860′s with the importation of some dogs from England by the late General Rowett of Carlinsville, Illinois.In 1888 the National Beagle Club was formed and held its first field trial.
Size:Height 13 inches tall and under, 13 inches tall and over (but not over 15 inches)
Color:Mixture of black, tan and white.
Eyes:Brown or hazel eyes.
Body Structure: Appears square, solid and muscular. Drooping, high-set ears; sloping shoulders. The tail is carried gaily with a slight curve, but not over the back. The chest is deep and broad, with ribs well-sprung. The forelegs are straight with plenty of bone, and the feet are close, round and firm.
Hair Coat:Close, hard, hound coat of medium length.
Possible Health Problems:Congenital heart disease, disc problems, bleeding problems, glaucoma and epilepsy are all possible in the Beagle. Conscientious breeding is a must.
The Beagle is a very responsive, naturally curious and affectionate breed.They are extremely friendly and are a good outside or inside dog.
The Beagle, like most hounds, has a tendency to howl if not trained properly.They are prone to roam if left unattended.