Every weekday I will feature a new animal and some quick interesting facts about them! I will sometimes also include photos, videos, or links to articles where you can learn more.
The beagle is a small dog. They are 13-16 inches tall and weigh 20-30 pounds. They are intelligent, funny, good with children and other pets, and can be stubborn and take longer to train. Beagles are very friendly so don’t make very good guard dogs as they like everyone!
Beagles do not like to be left home alone and may excessively bark and destroy things when they are bored. They require exercise every day and they love to roam around looking for interesting things to smell
The Beagle was originally bred as a scent hound in England to track small animals like rabbits. Their ancestors date back to medieval times. Back then, they were quite a bit different than the modern Beagle you see now. Queen Elizabeth I kept a Pocket Beagle that was only around 10 inches tall and would fit in your pocket!
The modern Beagle started to be developed around the 1830s and 1840s. Today, Beagles are one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
They are commonly used at airports to sniff luggage and detect food items being brought into the country.