Beagles are an active and affectionate breed that love companionship and cuddles.Their noses guide them through life: as part of the hound group, they love nothing more than to follow a scent! A beagle will need a lot of exercise, this helps to keep them fit and stop them from becoming bored and shredding your sofa. Beagles love food and can be very vocal in telling you what they want.
The Beagle breed was originally used as a hunting dog to track rabbits, hare, and other animals because of their amazing ability to track scents.
Their nose is equipped with 220 million smell receptors. To put that in perspective the human nose has 5 million smell receptors.That's a powerful sniffer!
Beagles are a curious breed and have minds of their own. They are often stubborn and need patient, firm training. They're worth the effort though as they make excellent family pets and are great with children, their white tipped wagging tail is always on the go.
Other than being amazing hunting dogs and good pets, Beagles are familiar in popular culture as well. Who can forget characters like Snoopy - 'the world's most famous Beagle' - from Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts and Odie from Jim Davis' comic strip Garfield. In fact, it is perhaps the only dog breed which has made it to the silver screen, television, novels, cartoons, comic strips, and even Shakespeare plays.