Not only are Beagles excellent hunting dogs and loyal companions, they are also happy-go-lucky, funny, and—thanks to their pleading expression—cute. They were bred to hunt in packs, so they enjoy the company of other dogs and of people as well. Beagles love to follow their noses, which can sometimes get them into sticky situations. These dogs are solid, sturdy, and fairly easy to care for, but they do need to run around and let off steam.
Outside in open, unconfined spaces, keep your Beagle on a lead as they are liable to run anywhere, because their instinct tells them to follow their nose, no matter where you’d rather have them go. Beagles will make you laugh but they are a challenge to train. They do have a naughty streak and can be difficult even for the most experienced of dog people. Beagles are at best temporarily obedient due to their independent nature, which is common among most hounds.
Did You Know?
In 1888 the National Beagle Club was formed and held the first field trial.
Lyndon B. Johnson owned three Beagles named "Him," "Her," and "Edgar."
The height limit of a Beagle in the United States is 15 inches and in England 16 inches; in addition, there are two varieties of Beagle within the prescribed height: those under 13 inches and those over 13 but at or under 15 inches.
The Beagle we know today is the result of select English importation; previous to about 1870 in the US, the little hunting hounds of the South, called Beagles, were more of the type of straight-legged Bassets or Dachshunds with weaker heads than the Bassets.
The American Beagle standard contains a section with "Recommendations for Show Livery," with the appropriate items to be worn on a hunt.
Beagles do not drool or have a doggy odor, and shedding is minimal.
Beagles are scent hounds used primarily for hunting rabbits to larger hares.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Black Red & White||027|
|Black Tan & Bluetick||029|
|Black Tan & White||030|
|Black White & Tan||034|
|Blue Tan & White||291|
|Brown & White||063|
|Brown White & Tan||066|
|Lemon & White||115|
|Red & White||146|
|Tan & White||197|
|Black & White||019|
|Black Fawn & White||023|
|Black Tan & Redtick||292|
|Blue & White||045|
|Red & Black||141|
|Red Black & White||147|
|White Black & Tan||219|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|