Beagle history stretches back a long way and I’ve known some of the hoi polloi across many generations. I date back at least as far as King Henry VIII of England, possibly further. I’m a pack hound and as such have mingled with the aristocracy. Due to my small frame and endurance I was typically used to hunt hares with followers on foot. Nowadays Beagles are popular in many countries, but particularly America, France and Britain.
What do I look like?
Probably the most well known of all Beagles was the eponymous Snoopy. If you see me out and about I’ll typically have my nose to the ground and my tail pointing high in the air. My ears are fairly long but not embarrassingly so like my blood connection the Basset Hound. I am fairly compact and muscular, however, and I can go at a fair old pace. Beagles come in all sorts of colours but typically mix white with various shades of brown.
What do I need from you?
I do enjoy being out and about so a bit of spare time to walk with me would be high on my list of priorities. Get me off the leash and I’ll be pretty oblivious to you though to be honest. All that chasing through fields and paths can leave its mark on my appearance so bathing facilities would be good. Don’t worry though, I’ll happily shake myself dry.
What I will give in return
Well obviously if you’ve got any hares to chase then I’m your dog! However, if you prefer to live life at a more sedentary pace or choose not to stalk wildlife at the weekend then I can fit in with that. Beagles are the life and soul of most parties and love being part of a family – particularly aristocratic ones!
How big will I get?
As the smallest of all pack hounds, your typical Beagle is unlikely to grow above 16in (40cm) and don’t plan on weighing in above 20lb (9kg) – we’ve got a lot of hedge-growths to squeeze through!
How long should I be around for?
Beagles have few inherited health problems so our lifespan is pretty good – typically 12-15 years.
How big is our litter?
We can have quite large litters – 7 puppies would be about average.
Hugh Jackman, Lyndon B Johnson, James Herriot – he knew a thing or two about dogs!
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