The Beagle



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This breed makes great family pets.

Charles Shultz had it right; Snoopy was delightful and typical. In fact, this breed loves three things in life; children, food and rabbits.

When meeting a group of kids and adults, they will always turn to the kids first.



The have a tendency to overweight as they will eat whatever is put in front of them; they have no concept of “enough” when it comes to food. That’s why older ones can resemble footballs or even soccer balls.



They are definitely a hound and love nothing better than to hunt rabbits. If they get loose and catch a scent, they will happily follow it over hill and dale into the next county. They can also be noisy – and not everyone loves their melodious baying!



History

This is an ancient breed dating back to the 1500’s. English gentlemen developed these smaller cousins of the foxhound to hunt rabbits. Perhaps the name derived from the French term "be’geule," referring to the baying voice of the hounds when in pursuit of game.



By The Numbers

Size: There are 2 varieties, 15” at the shoulder and 13”.
Coat Care: 10 The coat care is very low; they require little brushing but need an occasional bath.



Trainability: 5; willing to be trained but very easily distracted.
Energy level: 5 They are medium energy level, unless a rabbit is involved. Then they are a 10.
Good With Children:10



Noise level: high -- 8 
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 1 They shed copiously and are not hypoallergenic.



Before you start your search for a breeder, read What is a Responsible Breeder. You can start your puppy search at the National Beagle Club of America.



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