Beagles by DElaney

Imagine this, you are with your mom and dad. They take you to the pet store and tell you to pick out a new puppy! This is your first dog, so you want to get the cutest one they have. Immediately after you walk in the store one of the puppies starts howling. Remember this is a small puppy, so its howl is not very loud, but it it sure is cute! You immediately decide that is the one you want. The dog you picked is a young female Beagle. Your parents tell you to name her, and you decide that 'MayBella' fits her just perfectly. You'll call her Bella for short. Now that you have this new Beagle, it's time to learn some important information about her breed.

There are two different sizes of Beagles. There is a smaller size Beagle that grows to be no taller than 10 inches, and there is a larger size Beagle that can grow to be up to 15 inches tall. A healthy weight for Beagles to be at is anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds. They are known for their small muscular figures, their brown hair and long ears, and the they are known for carrying their tail high. Beagles originate from England and descend from hunting dogs in Europe. Every year in the United States 60,000 Beagles are registered, and there are many more that are not registered.

Beagles still look very similar to how they looked over 100 years ago. Lesley Hiltz says “You could probably look at a Beagle from 200 years ago, and it still probably looks like a Beagle today. They have changed in style, but not in type. This means we’ve fancied them up a little for the show ring, but if you look at a hunting Beagle, it is still pretty much similar to what would have been hunting a century ago.” Beagles will follow a scent wherever it takes them, it may even take them miles from their home. While Beagles were first used as scent hounds, today they are more known as companions.

One benefit to owning a Beagle is their calm personality. They are happy, loving and outgoing, as well as naughty, stubborn and determined. Beagles have a strong love for food which is why trainers often use food as an incentive when training them. Beagles have a very easy coat to take care of which helps make them a very popular dog. Their small size and happy temperament make them great family dogs. They are great with children five years and older. Beagles are generally very healthy. They may suffer from Epilepsy or Hip Dysplasia. Usually this breed of dog lives between 13 and 16 years.

Beagles are the most popular hound breed because of their hunting background, attractive appearance, and pleasing inherited abilities. When hunting, hunters use special words that have different meanings. For example "Brace" means when only two dogs pursue the game. When the term "Jump" is used while hunting with Beagles, it means the first dog to strike. "Strike" means the first dog to locate and vocalize their game. Often times when hunting Beagles may lose the scent of their game for a moment. Once the scent is found again, one of the Beagles will open at a bay. Other Beagles in the pack then run the scene to help work out the line, which is the direction the hounds are traveling.

Beagles are very loving animals. They love attention from guests and children, and have no problem being the center of attention. They were first used as a scenthound for hunting rabbits and hares, but today they are used more as companion dogs. Beagles have a very easy going attitude, which is one reason why families with children have Beagles. Beagles are a smaller dog, therefore their owners have to pay attention to the weight of their furry friend. Because of the Beagles natural love for hunting keeping in shape is generally not a problem. Simply letting the hound outside is all it takes to keep them happy. They love the chance to run around and hunt something. It is important for the owner to check on their Beagle every now and then if they are left outside for a long period of time. If a Beagle catches the scent of something they could be miles away before they even notice they left their backyard.

Go to http://www.beaglesunlimited.com to find more fun information and cute pictures of Beagles! All the photos used in this presentation are my own.

Works Cited

"The Beagle." Dog World, 1 May 2007. Web. 12 Jan. 2017.

Stewart, Mike. "The All-American Beagle." MasterFILE Premier. Southern Sporting Journal, Apr. 2007. Web. 13 Jan. 2017.

Wilcox, Charlotte. "Quick Facts about the Beagles." Quick Facts About the Beagle. Book Collection Nonfiction: Elementary School Edition, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.

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