Gifts For Beagle Owners

Although beagle type dogs have existed for over 2,000 years, the modern breed was developed in Great Britain around the early 19th century. They are scent hounds originally used for tracking rabbit, hares and other small game. They have a muscular body with a medium length, smooth, hard coat with mostly a tricolour appearance of white with black and brown shading.

Since it's a scent hound it has a great sense of smell, just behind the Bloodhound and Basset. In the 1950s, John Paul Scott and John Fuller began a 13-year study of canine behaviour. As part of this research, they tested the scenting abilities of various breeds by putting a mouse in a one-acre field and timing how long it took the dogs to find it. The Beagles found it in less than a minute, while Fox Terriers took 15 minutes and Scottish Terriers failed to find it at all. This characteristic has allowed them to become utilised by several countries as quarantine dogs for detecting items in luggage being taking into countries.

Beagles are intelligent, amiable, even-tempered, gentle and enjoy company. Excellent with children they have become popular as family pets, however they may become hard to recall once a scent has been picked up due to their instinctive tracking nature.

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