Beagles are the fifth most popular dog breed in America. Wondering why? They are a highly curious and friendly breed, with a love for companionship and a strong adventurous spirit. They are extremely intelligent and playful but are mild-natured at the same time. These dogs have long served mankind as hunting partners and were best known for trailing rabbits in England in the 14th century.
Read on to find out about our Top 5 Amazing Facts about Beagles:
- Earlier Breeds Were Miniature
Early Beagles, known as "Pocket Beagles", were about 8 or 9 inches tall and were small enough to be carried in one hand or in the pocket of its owner. Over the course of a few centuries, beagles were bred into the larger size we all know today.
- Sharp Sense of Smell
Beagles are scent hounds who love to follow a trail. With about 220 million scent receptors in their noses, as compared to about 5 million in humans, and are often used to find illegal or prohibited material such as drugs and explosives at airports and crime scenes. In fact, the Beagle's nose can distinguish between scents with such accuracy that it can be trained to identify as many as 50 different smells!
- White-Tipped Tail
Though the coat of these hounds has patches and shades of black, brown, or white, the tail typically has a white tip. The white tip makes it easier to spot the Beagle through the woods and tall weeds, as it stands out from the rest of the dog's body!
- Extremely Vocal
Beagles are one of the most vocal dog breeds. The name "Beagle" comes from "bee
gueule" in French, literally meaning "wide throat" but translated as "loudmouth." The trademark sound of this dog is telltale baying which they let out when on a scent trail or chase. They also howl, bark, yap, and whine to communicate their needs.
- Pack Mentality
Beagles mostly hunt together to fulfill a common goal. Thus, they are sociable and get along well with other dogs. However, this pack mentality also means that your Beagle may not feel comfortable being left alone for long periods of time. This is why some Beagles are known to exhibit anxious behavior when left alone, such as tearing down curtains or destroying furniture in an attempt to get out of the house.