No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

AKC Meet the Breeds: Beagle

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

A sturdy hunting dog, the Beagle should look like a foxhound in miniature. His hunting ability, combined with a merry personality, has made the Beagle one of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC Registration Statistics. The most famous Beagle of all is Snoopy from the comic strip "Peanuts." Today's Beagle comes in two height varieties (13 in. and 15 in.) and any true hound color, including tri-color, red and white and lemon.

A Look Back
In the 1500s, most English gentleman had packs of hounds. Larger hounds tracked deer, while smaller ones went after rabbits. These were the first Beagles. The origin of the name "Beagle" may have been derived from the French term "be'geule," referring to the baying voice of the hounds when in pursuit of game, or possibly the diminutive size of the hound.

Right Breed for You?
Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them a wonderful family pet. They are also favored for their compact size and short, easy-to-care-for coat. Since they lived in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. Curious and comedic, they often follow their noses -- which can lead to some mischief if they are not provided with daily activity.

  • Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
  • Must be 15 inches tall or under.
  • Rabbit/hare hunter, family pet.

 

 

AKC Meet the Breeds is a registered trademark of the American Kennel Club, Inc.

Comments (5)

  • jacksonn 2 Apr, 2013

    I think the best thing you can do for your dog is to give them healthy homemade food please don't give them commercial food.

  • jacksonn 2 Apr, 2013

    Dogs can live 27 years! I think the best thing you can do for your dog is to give them healthy food. you can find healthy homemade food recipes here please don't give them commercial food.

  • JARCAR 5 Sep, 2012

    We've rescued two beagles in the past two years. Libby, who died of cancer about a year after we got her and Sophie who is two years old. Both dogs have been absolute sweethearts! Sophie loves to be wherever we are and is hysterical to watch. She is bright and lets us know what she wants; be it dinner, a walk, play or to just go to bed. She can barely contain herself (or her tail-she sits on it) when she sees our son get off the school bus and is always so happy to see us when we get home.

  • Republichic 11 Jul, 2012

    My husband I acquired our beagle 3 yrs ago. With his nose to the ground constantly, we named him Maxwell Smart. What a delightful dog. He has such a funny personality and is the best dog around kids. Max sleeps in the bed with us every night just like a child. Beagles are excellent guard dogs. Their howling is hilarious unless you live in an apartment. Max is our baby. He loves to have a blanket over him. Max requires a good amount of walking. They are active dogs, but worth it.

  • Republichic 11 Jul, 2012

    My husband I acquired our beagle 3 yrs ago. With his nose to the ground constantly, we named him Maxwell Smart. What a delightful dog. He has such a funny personality and is the best dog around kids. Max sleeps in the bed with us every night just like a child. Beagles are excellent guard dogs. Their howling is hilarious unless you live in an apartment. Max is our baby. He loves to have a blanket over him. Max requires a good amount of walking. They are active dogs, but worth it.