The beagle has long been one of America’s most popular dog breeds. It has consistently been in the top 10 most popular breeds, the list that has been put out by the American Kennel Club (AKC) for decades. It is currently number 5 on the list.
There are a number of beagle facts as to why they are one of the top breeds. Beagles are small to medium sized dogs and have a great demeanor, making them great family dogs. They get along great with children and other breeds of dogs.
Beagles typically weigh between 18 to 30 pounds and stand up to 15 inches high at the shoulders. Beagles belong the AKC hound group.
Beagle facts tell us that the breed originated in England several hundred years ago. It was derived from the crossing of several breeds of hounds, most of which are now extinct. Some of these hound breeds were the Talbot, Southern hound, and the Northern Beagle.
The beagle has been linked to King Author’s Camelot, and to William the Conqueror. The beagle was used by upper class British for hunting parities. Beagles were breed to chase hares. The British who own beagles often own lots of them and run them in packs.
The beagles were first brought to the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. When it first arrived here it did not appear like it did now. Due to several beagle enthusiasts, we have what we know as the beagle today.
When families are researching breeds of dogs to adopt and looking into beagle facts, they would see they are great family dogs, but what they might not see is that they are often times very hard to train and often prone to behavior problems.
Beagles are very single minded and this can make trying to train them difficult. If you do try to train a beagle do so in a quiet room or in an area where there are few distractions. Also try to keep the training sessions short.
Beagles love to stay in packs and so when they are left alone for long periods of time in small apartments they may have behavior problems. Some of these behavior problems include, excessive barking, separation anxiety, and destroying household objects.
If you do choose to get a beagle for your family there are several places to get one. The best place to get a beagle is from a purebred breeder. Other places you can get beagles from are pet stores, classified ads, and the pound.
Pounds are a good place to find a beagle that needs love. Beware though that many times beagles at pounds may have been given up for behavior problems, but with some good training they can often be turned around.
While beagle facts and information may be hard to come by sometimes, we do know they are one of America’s favorite dog breeds.
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Article Added on Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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