Facts about Beagle – Knowing the Unknown!

A beagle with its soft brown eyes, well-known and unique beagle ‘baying’ and thumping tail is sure to warm the cockles of even the most cynical heart. Few animals make for as cute a pet as a beagle with its floppy ears, fun loving character, and eager-to-please nature. The best thing about a beagle is that its antics will make you laugh even when it is not playing naughty. Originally these dogs were bred for hunting hares in packs. Today they make for adorable and sociable members of an active family.

The word ‘Beagle’ is likely to have originated from different sources. It could have been derived from the French word ‘Beguele’ meaning open throat, the Welsh ‘Beag’ meaning small or the German word ‘Begele’ meaning to scold.

The main purpose of breeding the beagle was rabbit hunting. It is reported that King Edward III had used this dog breed for this particular purpose. Hunting with beagles is more common on foot than on horseback and is known as ‘beagling’.  It was quite some time before the beagle became as popular in America as it was in England. It was not until 1885 that the first beagle was registered by the American Kennel Club. Both the National Beagle club and the breed standard were established in U.S.A. in 1888.

Want to adopt a beagle? Why not try a beagle rescue? It is quite easy to locate a beagle rescue near your home. A simple search on the computer will provide you with an extensive list of the several rescues in your state. Enter the words ‘beagle rescue’ in the search engine box and then type in the name of the state you live in. You can choose the rescues in your vicinity from the list available. Many beagle rescue shelters have online websites that allow you to learn more about them as well the pets they have placed. This will provide you a clue about how functional the rescue shelter is and the average age of the beagles they have accommodated.

The next step is to call the rescue and enquire if you can pay them a visit. Pay them a visit and explain to the worker or volunteer the things you are looking for in a puppy you wish to rescue. If you had worked with or owned beagles before, you should share the information with the beagle rescue shelter so that they can choose the right match for you.  

Let them know the unknowns you are willing to accept as well as any health and behavior issues that you feel that you are capable of handling. The clearer the idea they have about you, your lifestyle, your family and your needs the better equipped they will be to choose a beagle for you.

Before signing an application for adoption, ensure that the rescue is clean and takes proper care of the dogs. Ask for permission to see the dogs in the shelter. In most cases you will be accompanied by a worker who will tell you about the dogs you show interest in. More often than not, the beagle you take home is a mix of one you choose and one that the rescue feels is right for your family.

Most beagle shelters have both new arrivals and ones that have been there for quite some time. Observe whether most of the occupants in their care seem shy or afraid. While a new arrival that has experienced mistreatment in the past may appear shy, beagles that have been in the rescue for quite a while should be more friendly and open provided they are getting the affection and care needed.

A neat and clean beagle rescue, loving caretakers and reasonably socialized animals should be the reasons prompting you to fill the application.

The happy, playful and lovable nature of beagles offers a lot of scope when searching for ideas for beagle names.  The most popular Beagle is of course Snoopy, the canine character in the comic strip Peanuts.  This is a perfect beagle name but if you are looking for something different, read on.

A dog’s name should suit his or her personality, should be easily pronounceable and should reflect the taste of the owner. Following are some tips for choosing the right name for your beagle.

Short and sweet – too long and difficult to utter names become tiresome after a while. The trick is to keep the beagle name short and sweet.   

Ease of Repetition – you are going to utter your dog’s name more than hundred times a day. This calls for a name that is easy on the ear and rolls off the tongue easily.

Play Around   – Formal names, over time, get reduced to nicknames and shorter versions. It all depends on the mood and who is calling him.

When it comes to dog names, the choices are abundant. There are boy names, girl names and unisex names.

Cuteness quotient – Mocha, Coco, Harriet, Dixie and Candy are perfect names for dogs with a different feel to them. And no, they don’t sound ridiculous!

All grown up – Portia, George, Carla and Miranda are names that reflect personality and character. Though they are more formal than most dog names, there is a nice feel to them.

Silly names – Want to try some silly names for your dogs? If you find the idea appealing, try names like Snuggles, Muffin, Cuddles, Pinky or Toodles.  

Traditional names – Rex, Jack, Snuggles, Patches and Streak are tried and tested dog monikers.

Heard about pocket beagles? They are a miniature version of the standard beagle. The pocket beagle originated in England. Bred as a hunting dog, it could slink in shrubs and bushes and were used to hunt small games like rabbits. The name ‘pocket beagle’ owes its origin to the fact that the hunters would transport these dogs in their saddle bags. It is said that these small version beagles have become extinct. But nowadays they are being bred once again.

A lemon beagle, on the other hand is a beagle that is lemon colored. The lemon beagle mostly comes in a bright gold color, the color of a lemon or a lemon meringue pie. Lemon beagles shed very little and have no smell. Thus they are one of the best dogs for people with allergies. They also do not drool, which is counted by many people as an important feature.

A blue tick beagle has black or blue flecks on the white part of its body. The term ‘blue tick’ refers to the color of the dog. The behavior of blue tick beagles does not differ from other kinds of beagles.

What is the ideal Beagle like? The perfect beagle, according to the American Kennel Club, may look cute but should not look delicate. In appearance it resembles a miniature foxhound that is solid and big for his height, and has the wear and tear look of a hound that can follow his quarry until it gives up.

The AKC breed also notes that beagles are available in two sizes: 13 inches and 15 inches. The 13 inch beagle should not exceed 13 inches in height at the front shoulder. The 15 inch beagle is supposed to be no taller than 15 inches at the front shoulder.

A beagle’s skull should be fairly long with the back part of the head featuring a slight dome. The skull should not be elongated but should be relatively broad and full. The long silky ears should have rounded tips and reach almost to the end of the nose if pulled out straight. The large eyes should be brown or hazel in color and should be set apart. Most importantly, they should feature a gentle, pleading expression.  They should have a square muzzle and the profile should reflect a clear difference between the top and the bottom of the face.

Beagles should not exhibit wrinkles. The neck and the throat should not have any skin folds. The shoulders should be downward sloping and not upright. The deep and broad chest of the dog should be in proportion to the rest of the body.

The beagle should have straight front legs, resembling the front legs of the Dachshund. It should have strong and muscular thighs and hips. The coat should be of medium length, should lie close to the body, and should be hard to touch.

The aforementioned breed standard is a blueprint that mentions what the reputable beagle breeders need to develop in their beagle puppies and what judges should look for in the beagles exhibited in the show ring.

Those who want to buy a beagle need to look for a reputable beagle breeder. The best way to find reputable beagle breeders is to get recommendations from knowledgeable people. You can also investigate for yourself. Zero in upon a good breeder and ask for his permission to pay him a visit. If the breeder seems unwilling, he or she probably has something to hide. So just go on to the next option on your list. A good breeder will be delighted to find you interested in evaluating things for yourself. Once you reach his premises, take into account its overall cleanliness and facilities. Also check the quality and type of equipments and supplies on the property. You should also play close attention to the area where the puppies live and play. A good breeder is someone who truly cares for dogs, the breed and what happens to the puppies before and after they are adopted by a new family.

So are you game to adopt a beagle as your new family member?

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