It is believed that the Beagle originated from ancient Greece and France, as there are many evidences that prove that Beagle-type dogs were used as hunting dogs during the Crusades. Modern day Beagle’s bloodline is thought to be from the Talbot Hounds. During the British monarchy Beagles were very popular. Edward II, Henry VII, and Elizabeth I were some of the proud owners of the Beagle. For developing this breed further, it was bred with the Harrier and other hounds in England that were fearless hunters.
Beagles are small; two types of Beagles are recognized — one that is under 13 inches, and the other type that is 13-15 inches in height. Generally a Beagle’s coat color comes in black, tan and white variety; the red and white; and the pale tan and white. And other than liver, all other recognized hound coat colors are accepted.
Tri-color, Black/Tan, Orange/White, Lemon/White, Red/White. Beagles appear in a range of colors including two-color and three-color variietes, very light tan, reddish, and orangish brown. They often have different colored spots on their coats known as 'ticking.'
Beagles are prefect as a family pet. They have a buoyant personality, and are very clever, inherently stubborn, and often mischievous and even destructive when it comes to acquiring food. Being a scent hound, beagles have strong hunting instinct. They always crave for companionship with their family or other dogs. The Beagle’s loud baying cry can be really annoying at times.
The common health problems the Beagles are prone to include heart disease, epilepsy, and eye and back problems. They are also susceptible to chondroplasia or dwarfism.
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