Beagle breeds are small, energetic dogs that very closely resemble foxhounds.
They're considered hounds, which means that they were primarily used in the past for hunting purposes, and even though these days they're mostly just loveable house pets, some people do still put Hunting Beagles to use for hunting.
They're widely considered one of the best hunting options available. Beagles track their prey by scent, just like bloodhounds. Unlike the latter though, they have very good eyesight on top of their sense of smell, which allows them to continue to track prey even through rain or water.
One very important way that beagle breeds are put to use these days is for detecting illegal imports in packages, mostly for the agricultural sector. They're extremely smart and well mannered, and have very few naturally occurring Dog Diseases that they're susceptible to, making Dog First Aid a snap.
Despite this incredibly long history, it wasn't until the Middle Ages that beagle breeds really became popular. Back then, the word beagle was simply used to describe a small hound, no matter what breed he really was, so it's generally believed that beagles themselves have a highly mixed bloodline.
It actually wasn't until the mid 1800's that the beagle that we know and love today was standardized into a particular Beagle Breed. Most of these early beagles were actually incredibly small, and most of them were no taller than 10 inches tall.
These days, beagles are beloved house pets and loyal hunting dogs alike. They're small to medium sized and most of them have a light brown or chocolate back with a white belly and white paws. Their faces are long and they have long droopy ears, characteristic of most types of hounds. They're extremely friendly and outgoing, and can make friends easily.
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Due to the beagle's innate tendency to bark, a lot, at just about any scent, beagle mixes have become very popular. People breed beagles with other, calmer dogs that don't bark quite so much, and because of this they have risen in popularity a lot over the recent years.
One of the types of beagle mixes is known as a Puggle, and is a cross between a beagle and a pug. Dogs like this borrow Beagle Traits from the beagle , and it's easy to get a full litter of puppies that all look completely different when crossbreeding. The Beagle Lab Mix are also really common these days.
If you're thinking about looking into beagle breeds for a pet, keep in mind the place that you live in. Beagles like wide open spaces where they can get rid of all of their energy, and apartments or cramped living quarters won't be very fun for them.
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