We want to know everything about dogs. Everything! But there are countless breeds of dog out there, and each one is a unique animal with its own history. That's why every week, we shine a spotlight on a different breed. This week, learn some fun facts about Beagles.
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THE DEVELOPMENT OF BEAGLES CAN BE TRACED BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
The Beagle is an old enough breed that its exact origins are lost to history, but it has ancestors that are known to have existed in England around the time of the Roman empire or even earlier. As fox hunting became popular in England over the centuries, the less refined hounds were selectively bred to develop the Beagles we know today. (Source)
EARLY BEAGLES WERE MINIATURE
The earliest breed called “Beagle” was a much smaller version of the Beagles we know today. These “Pocket Beagles” or “Miniature Beagles” were truly small, only 8 or 9 inches high — truly small enough to carry in a pocket or in one hand. Over time, Pocket Beagles were bred with larger hunting hounds, changing the breed into its modern form. (Source)
ALL PUREBRED BEAGLES HAVE WHITE-TIPPED TAILS
If a Beagle has no white in its tail, it’s not 100-percent pure bred. The amount of whiteness in the tail can vary from dog to dog. Some Beagles’ tails may be largely white, while others may be white-tipped or have just a few white hairs at the tip. (Source)
“BEAGLE” IS FRENCH FOR “LOUDMOUTH”
The Beagle breed is infamous for being very vocal with barking and baying. In fact, it is believed the name “Beagle” comes the Middle French “bee gueule,” literally “wide throat,” but more poetically translated as “loudmouth.” (Source)
THE BEAGLE IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DOG BREEDS IN AMERICA
Every year, the American Kennel Club releases a list of the most popular dogs in America. Currently, the Beagle is way up there. In 2013, it was the fourth most popular breed in the country, behind only Labs, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. (Source)
SNOOPY FROM “PEANUTS” IS A BEAGLE
Arguably the most famous fictional dog in pop culture, Snoopy from Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip is a Beagle who was born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, from where Charlie Brown adopted him. For his first several years in the strip, Snoopy was silent, but he eventually developed a rich inner monologue and an active imagination. (Source)
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE FIRST LOVED BEAGLES
The current Queen of England isn’t the country’s only ruler to have a fondness for dogs, but while Elizabeth II is known as a Corgi fan, the first Queen Elizabeth had Pocket Beagles, the breed of miniature Beagle that could fit in one's hand. (Source)
PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON HAD BEAGLES IN THE WHITE HOUSE
LBJ’s most famous dogs were two Beagles named Him and Her, born June 27, 1963. Johnson often was photographed walking and playing with his beloved Beagles during his time in the White House, although the eccentric POTUS infamously angered dog lovers in '64 when he was seen lifting Him up by the dog’s floppy ears. (Source)
SINGER BARRY MANILOW PUT HIS BEAGLE ON SEVERAL ALBUM COVERS
In the early ‘70s, singer Barry Manilow famously adopted a Beagle that he named Bagel. Manilow declared his love for the breed on the back cover of his 1975 album “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling,” where he posed with Bagel while wearing a T-shirt that read “I LOVE BEAGLES.” (Source)
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THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY EMPLOYS A “BEAGLE BRIGADE”
Given the power of a Beagle’s nose, it’s no wonder the U.S. government trains and uses these dogs to sniff out luggage at the airport. The “Beagle Brigade” helps catch contraband agricultural products, preventing them from being brought onto American soil. The Beagles seize tens of thousand of these items every year. (Source)