Beagle: A Funny Hunting Breed

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Beagle: The Funny Breed

“Snoopy didn’t start off being a beagle. It is just that beagle is a funny word.” – Charles M. Schulz

Schulz was right, beagle is a funny word, which is very fitting since the breed is rather funny as well.

Beagles are known for their overall good health and single tracked mind. They like to follow their noses and see where it leads them. This can make them difficult to train but it is not impossible. Beagles are often used to hunt rabbits due to their keen sense of smell. Find out more details about the beagle breed.

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The origin of the beagle is unknown because there is no reliable documentation of the bread during the earliest days. There are instances of packs of hounds in England before the time of the Romans and they are thought to be the beginning of both sight and scent hounds. Beagles are scent hounds so it could be that these packs were the first beagles.

In the 1860’s the American Beagle became a well-bred strain in England. Due to the popularity of fox hunting, by the 18th century, the foxhound was developed by crossing a beagle and a buck hound.

Today, beagles are admired for their stamina, companionship and courage. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885.

Different Types

There is only one type of beagle that is recognized by the AKC, but there are two different varieties. Those under 13 inches and those between 13 to 15 inches. The beagle’s height limit in the U.S. is 15 inches and 16 inches in England. This is the only difference in the two. There are no differences in the breed’s traits or other characteristics.


Beagle in Crate

Beagles are sturdy little dogs that come in a variety of colors including red, lemon, white, brown, tan, black and orange. They have square-shaped bodies with medium-length coats. Their long, droopy ears almost reach their noses and are pretty adorable. Their eyes are often brown or hazel and typically rather large.

Maintaining A Beagle’s Good Looks

Beagles are shedders so it’s important for you to brush them regularly (at least twice a week is recommended). A good grooming can help their coats stay in good condition. You should trim their nails regularly to avoid cracking and overgrowth. Be sure to check their ears regularly, since they are long and hanging they can retain moisture which could lead to infection. Brush their teeth regularly as well.


The beagle breed can suffer from a few health conditions. Hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism are two of the more common issues. However, the majority of beagles are healthy. In fact, they are are not typically droolers and most don’t have a doggy odor.


Howling BeagleThe beagle is a breed that likes to follow their nose—so make sure to keep your beagle on a leash or she may run wild following a scent. You’ll laugh at the silly things your beagle does at times but don’t lose your patience because this breed can be difficult to train.

They tend to have a naughty streak and can be a challenge for experienced dog owners and trainers. They have an independent nature, which puts them at temporarily obedient.

Beagles are excellent hunting dogs and loyal. As mentioned above, they are funny as well as happy. Their expressions give them a cuteness factor too. This breed was born to hunt in packs so they enjoy being social with other dogs as well as people. These dogs are great with children and other pets but could be better with training and do okay with being left alone.

Exercise Requirements

Beagles are active and energetic, which requires plenty of exercise. Due to their curiosity and quickness, they love to play. Their silly antics will give you a giggle and their happy, easygoing companionship makes them extremely lovable. The beagle is the most popular hound breed in the U.S.

How Smart Are Beagles?

Unfortunately, beagles rank pretty low on the intelligence scale. However, this is a little misleading. They are very stubborn which makes them difficult to train. This leads many owners to perceive the dog as dumb but they are actually quite smart.. maybe too smart for their own good!

But where they lack in trainability they make up for in cuteness. Beagles march to the beat of their own drum. They like to follow their nose, which can distract them from being trained. This breed is driven and hardworking but their bullheadedness makes them difficult to train. It’s important that if you have a beagle that you practice great patience.

Video: Baby Meets Beagle

Beagles are known for being good family pets. We all remember how lovable Charlie Brown’s pet beagle Snoopy was don’t we?! See how great this beagle is with this baby during their first encounter.

Is A Beagle The Right Breed For You?

It’s important when choosing a dog that you choose a breed that fits your lifestyle. If you want a dog to run with or teach lots of tricks to, a beagle is not the right choice for you. However, if you’re looking for a dog for your family to play with and sometimes laugh at her silly antics, beagles are the perfect pet!

What do you love most about beagles?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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June 9, 2020 6:18 pm

I have a pure beagle. She is almost 3. Her name is Lilly. She is absolutely amazing. She barely ever barks and once in a blue moon, she will howl really only when she sees a cat or if it’s night time and she hears a noise. She saved me and she is amazing with my son. I couldn’t imagine life without her honestly. She isn’t just a dog, she is FAMILY.

April 1, 2020 8:16 am

Well I must say this after owning so many Beagles some seem to be smarter than others . O and by the way make no mistake these dog are very far from stupid . The more you interact with a beagle the smarter that dog will get . Yes their nose will get their full on attention but if they are not using it and are interacting with you believe me they are smart . I’ve even owned one beagle that I never had to do anything but point and he did it . This was a full on hunting dog . Not just a house pet but omg he was so smart . I personally don’t think they are as trainable as like let’s say a lab , but if you put a beagle and lab down on the ground and let them problem solve the beagle will hold it’s own . Another thing I’ve noticed about the beagle is that they for the most part love children . Seriously ! Every beagle pup over 6 mths old knows kids!! I mean I seriously seen every pup I have owned light up when they see a small child . It’s like hey look this high energy small person will play with me . They know ! I personally have one now 9 months old he is so smart . The other day a friend of mine child open the door went inside my beagle seen how she opened the door and went for the door handle, and he never even seen a door handle before . That there is brains folks . Note he is a pure hunting dog . My opinion is if you have never had a beagle your missing out on one of the best dog breeds ever . They make great pets and they will warn and protect the family like no other hound . That nose will detect strangers , smoke , other animals they are perfect alarms I personally seen this over and over .

Wilma Babbs
February 18, 2020 1:40 pm

My beagle, Fred, watches over me. I am 78 and not sturdy on my feet, so Fred doesn’t let me stand to long. Heninsists on playing ball as long as I will let him. If I don’t want to play he picks my face, rubs his face n my chest. If that doesn’t work he gives me what I like to call “the face”. That gets me to laughing. Fred is my first beagle, but I think he s the best dog I ever had. He is so loveable and funny.

Skip Haley
January 30, 2020 11:49 pm

I currently have 3 beagles. Growing up had a beagle. Joined the service had a beagle actually took him to Europe with me. Quartine 6 months and back to the states. Then another for my older son growing up and my older Damon gave hos younger brother one then my younger son bought me one for father’s day and my younger son rescued one from the southeast. All have been amazing with children and grandchildren. All have/had their own personalities. If your older and want a travel companion I really think the only canine is a beagle. I like most all dogs but it’s the love of a beagle.

January 23, 2020 2:02 pm

My Beagle Cookie, has a mind of her own and does what she pleases. But she is obedient on a major level, funny, cute and very adorable. She can sense what I think and loves the outdoors. She has brought in peace, calmness and Harmony and of course a lot of love in good measure.

Beagle mom
January 19, 2020 10:10 am

My beagle was a champion hunter. I got her at age 5 for a pet. I picked her up, and she cuddled right into me like a baby. We went to therapy dog classes. It took time but she passed for certification on the first try. She never barks seedy the hospital we go to and rarely at home. She loves everyone and all animals. She loves a room full of people and minds her manners. Training her in the obedience required was actually easier than I expected, as she isn’t my first beagle. She is calm and quiet. I only take her outside on a leash and we walk a lot daily. The hospital is her pack and I think that helps keep her happy. She won’t be my last beagle. Loves babies. Loves to track rabbits. My dog is thin and healthy.

Jean Borchelt
January 18, 2020 11:59 am

My Beagle Charlie is liked by everyone in the neighborhood people and dogs alike. He is intelligent, happy go lucky great with kids kids and adults. Wherever we walk people want to stop and talk and tell us how sweet he is and also tells us about how they had a Beagle growing up and it was there favorite dog they ever had.

Reginald Tucker
January 12, 2020 11:44 am

I’ve had beagles since I was 10 years old, I’m now 69. We used beagles in Maine for rabbit hunting. My wife and I have been traveling a lot the last couple of years and I’ve seen a lot of breeds at RV parks and I’ll take a beagle over any other breed, they do tend to be stubborn because they focus on smells but they are so lovable, loyal ,have a great personality, amazing travel companions and just so much fun to be around.

Debra Raudales
January 11, 2020 2:02 pm

I love my beagle he’s such a loving dog his name is ranger and he has so many personalities and he’s funny he loves to play he loves to run he’s just everything beautiful I love my beagle this is the second one I’ve had the first one I had to give away hurt my heart so bad but he went to a good home now I have this one and I love him with all my heart if anything was to happen to him I will be no more good

January 11, 2020 10:22 am

I have a Beagle who is 17.
He is the most amazing dog we’ve ever had.Our guy is very intelligent, precocious and funny. He was a rescue, sometimes I think he rescued us.
We got him as a companion,and don’t care about being a challenge to train.A Beagle owner or pet parent just needs to figure out their dogs personality traits and work with them.

Beagle Buddy
August 8, 2016 1:07 pm

Warning: Beagles bark and whine a lot! I have dog sat several times for my next door neighbor’s beagle and he’ll bark when left alone or whenever he sees other dogs. Just in case you are considering getting one!

February 22, 2020 10:46 pm
Reply to  Beagle Buddy

Cherry never barks, not for anything. However, if she finds herself accidentally locked out of the house, she howls, a terrible sound to hear, but that’s the only time she’s noisy.

May 25, 2019 2:19 pm
Reply to  Beagle Buddy

My girls is quiet, the only time she barks is when there is someone near my home. She is too smart for her own good tho.