Beagles have existed for over 2,500 years and although their origin is uncertain, it is known that the modern breed of Beagle developed from Great Britain around the 1830’s. Beagle’s are a breed of scent hound which means they have a fantastic sense of smell and tracking instinct which was why they were originally bred to hunt Hare or Rabbits.
The Beagle is a small to medium sized dog, with floppy ears, a dome shaped head and shorter square muzzle with large eyes seen in either brown or Hazel colour. Their tail is long and slightly curved upwards, while the coat of a beagle is short and smooth. They stand between 12-16 inches at the wither when fully grown. The most common colouring for a Beagle is Tri coloured (Black, tan & white) however it is acceptable for a Beagle to been seen in up to 11 different variations that include, Black, Blue, Tan & White, Red, lemon and fawn. Beagles markings can also vary, though the most iconic is the white tipped tail.
As the Beagle is known for its great sense of smell, a lot of them are employed as a detection dogs for prohibited goods in airports and quarantine around the world. Beagles are also commonly trained as gun dogs to assist hunters with finding and retrieving, Though Beagles also make great family pets as they are very gentle, sweet and known to be great with children. They also have high energy levels and respond best to reward based training.