The Beagle was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885. It consistently ranks in the top ten most popular breed in the United States. Beagles are loving and lovable, happy, easygoing, and companionable.
The Beagle is a breed of small-sized hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare. With a great sense of smell and their tracking instinct, the Beagle is employed as detection dog for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. The Beagle is intelligent but single-minded. It is a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and lack of inherited health problems.
Although beagle-type dogs have existed for 2,500 years, the modern breed was developed in Great Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier.
Beagles have been depicted in popular culture since Elizabethan times in literature and paintings, and more recently in film, television, and comic books. Snoopy of the comic strip Peanuts has been promoted as “the world’s most famous beagle”.
Friendly, Curious, MerryBeagle
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 6 of 193
Height: 13 inches & under, 13-15 inches
Weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
Group: Hound Group
The National Beagle Club of America, Inc. is the AKC parent club for the beagle breed, as well as the American registry and recognizing body for formal beagle, basset and harrier packs.
Through its supporting membership, the NBC administers AKC-sanctioned regional and national conformation and performance specialties, the beagle breed standard, and various breed education programs.
Through its regular membership, the NBC administers basset and beagle formal pack registrations, field trials and stud entries, a directly affiliated small pack option (SPO) club, crossover events such as the NBC Triple Challenge and the Southern Pack Classic, and the NBC headquarters and running grounds at historic Institute Farm in Aldie, Virginia.