Beagle Field Guide

PetMD Editorial
Updated: November 25, 2020
Published: December 11, 2018
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The Beagle is a medium-sized member of the AKC hound group. Resembling a miniaturize American Foxhound, the Beagle is a modern dog breed that emerged in England in the early 1800s. The Beagle was favored by hunters that were on foot because they were slower and easier to keep up with than the traditional, larger hound dogs.

Today, the Beagle is a popular family dog due to its smaller stature and friendly temperament. Since they were traditionally bred to be pack dogs, they are very sociable and tolerant. However, the Beagle’s hunting hound history also means they have a very keen sense of smell that makes them incredibly curious and prone to wandering after a scent.

Beagles are also quite infamous for their vocal accomplishments. As every Beagle owner and lover knows, their distinctive howls, barks and howling barks are a staple of the Beagle dog breed.

To learn more about the Beagle, check out our Beagle field guide.