History And Origin Of The Beagle
Beagles have been around for many generations. It is believed that they were first bred as hunting dogs in England during the time of King Henry VII. Hunters used to carry the little dogs in baskets attached to the saddle of their horses. What a great image! Beagles are one of the oldest breeds in existence and are considered to be Hounds. The bigger dogs are 15 inches tops, and the smaller are 13 inches or less. In fact their bloodlines go back so far that no one is certain exactly when and where they first appeared. Some doing research on the breed will tell you that they were hunting across Great Britain before the Romans invaded.
Early Beagles didn’t look like what we see today. Their ancestors were of various breeds and had some greyhound bloodlines bred in to increase speed. There is disagreement on what the term “Beagle” actually means, but many attribute it to an old Celtic word “beag”, which translates to mean small. It may also come from the French “beigh”, also meaning small. In those days any pack of small hound dogs were called Beagles.
In the mid-eighteenth century, fox hunting became the passion of outdoor enthusiasts and the little Beagle lost favor. The diminutive dog just wasn’t fast enough for the speedy foxes. Within a hundred years it was nearly extinct as only men and women who lived quiet lives or were elderly kept them as pets.
Luckily there were enough Beaglers left that they made it their mission to rebuild the line. They also modified breading standards so that a better Hunting Beagle was born; one that would appeal to hunting enthusiasts. However, no breeding records were kept until the year 1891. That was when the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles (AMHB) was created. Thanks to their Kennel Stud Book, a pedigreed Beagle with British bloodlines can be traced back to the Victorian era.
Beagles first appeared in the US in about 1870. They came from England and were good hunters and possessed the finest attributes of the newly bred animal. General Richard Rowett from Carlinvillie, Illinois was one of the first Beagle importers. The strain he continued became known as the Rowett strain of Beagle and was highly praised for its show quality and hunting agility with a pleasant typical Beagle Temperament.
Beagle Puppies Require Love And Attention
The spirited disposition of Beagle puppies makes them a friendly and fun dog breed to have as a pet and while they are a natural pack animal, they can naturally accept living as part of a family with people or other animals. Because of the breed’s generally even temperament, they make ideal pets for families with small children and even other pets.
For hundreds of years, Beagles have been bred for hunting and have a tendency to roam in search of game, and have been known to wander away when left unattended. Several Beagle puppies have become known as escape artists after freeing themselves from fenced yards or pens. Despite their natural instinct to live as part of a pack, they have little aversion to head out on their own to hunt.
You can expect your Beagle puppy to grow to an average of between 10 inches and 16 inches at the shoulder, typically weighing less than 20 pounds upon reaching adulthood. There are two accepted breed standards in the United States, those under 13 inches and those between 13 and 15 inches. While an experienced breeder may be able to estimate the adult size of a Beagle pup, none can guarantee the size the Beagle pup may grow as an adult.
Bathing your Beagle pup is not often required unless it has found something unappealing to roll around in, and a good brushing once or twice a week is normally enough to keep the coat of your Beagle pup clean and lustrous… A house Beagle generally does not have any unusual odor, but it may develop an offensive smell if its diet is too low in fat content.
Beagle’s Loyalty Only Goes So Far
While Beagle puppies love social interaction with people, especially children, they are still packed animals and therefore can easily adapt to new surroundings. The breed tends to feel lonely without companionship and if raised in a family environment, will quickly adapt to a new family. Some animals may enter a new home and take a few days to become accustomed to new surroundings while others may act as though they own the place the first day.
Housebreaking Beagle puppies is no more difficult than any other breed of dog. It takes timing and consistency. The best method is to overlook mistakes and offer praise and rewards for success. Remember, Beagle puppies will relieve themselves frequently, and being consistent in their training is one of the more important aspects of housebreaking.
Your new Beagle pup will require a lot of attention which it is important to provide the right Beagle puppy care.