This is another popular hound that is somewhat similar to the Basset, both in terms of appearance and temperament. It, too, is usually either lemon and white or a tri-coloured combination of black, white and tan, but its ears are much shorter than those of a Basset Hound. The origins of the Beagle dog breeds are relatively obscure, although it is an old breed that has been kept for 500 years or so. These dogs were developed in Britain, and here, early in their history, wire-coated individuals were sometimes know, although today all Beagles are smooth-coated. There is still some variation in size, although the original small ‘Pocker’ Beagle, which faded out during the early years of the present century, is smaller than those seen today. It stood up to 10 Inch (25 cm) at the shoulder, whereas the smallest Beagles today are rarely less than 13 Inch (33 cm).
Origins: Great Britain
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Black, White and Tan
Height: 13 – 16 Inch (33 – 40.5 cm)
Weight: 18 – 30 lb (8.2 – 13.6 kg)
Classification: Hound/Small Hound
Nature: Highly adaptable; persistent training required
Beagles Dogs have proved highly adaptable by nature, and packs have been used to hunt a wide variety of game, ranging from rabbits in England to wild pigs in Sri Lanka. They may be accompanied on foot or horseback, and must have regular exercise if they are kept as pets. Persistent training is to be recommended from an early age, so as to ensure they will return when called, if they are running off the leash. Their short coats are easy to keep in top condition with very little grooming.