A small hound dating from Norman times, the Beagle evolved from the Talbot and Southern Hounds. A further mix with small hounds produced the breed that was first recorded in the "Privy Accounts" of Henry VIII. As larger hunted animals became more scarce, the Beagle was bred to hunt hares.


The intelligent Beagle can adjust well to town or country life. It readily accepts children and it likes to feel part of the human pack. Beagles are happy, easy-going and very people-orientated, adapting well to most environments. However, they are not the easiest dogs to train and require a lot of kindness and patience.


Small to medium in size, two varieties of Beagles exist in America, one not exceeding 33cm (13in) in height, while the other is taller but does not exceed 38cm (15in). In Great Britain. 33-40cm (13-16in) is acceptable. Tri-colours are most popular with a black back, tan sides

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Beagles are hardy, long-lived companion dogs although, rarely, they may suffer hip problems. An eye problem is also under investigation.


As a pack dog, the Beagle has few equals. It is not quarrelsome and it is relatively easy to train for hunting. Having short legs, it works slower than the Harrier or English Hound but hunts cheerfully with its flag (tail) held high. Beagle packs are usually hunted with huntsmen 011 foot.

Strangers 4/5

Will warn but no aggression

Temperament 5/5

Easy-going, friendly

Exercise 5/5


Grooming 1/5

Weekly brush and polish

Other dogs 3/5

No problems


A happy, laid-back companion

General care

Beagles need plenty of exercise, which must be augmented with play in the garden. They eat well and care should be taken to keep them in athletic form as they have a tendency to be overweight. A weekly brush and a polish with a chamois leather keeps them looking good.

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