The Pocket Beagle was a popular dog in England in the 1600s. It was the ancestor of the modern Beagle and got its name because it was small enough to fit in a pocket.

Used to be smaller

The word "Beagle" was first used to describe any kind of hound dog. It comes from the French words "beer," which means "open," and "guile," which means "throat."

What does a name mean?

Frodo, a 5-year-old Beagle, got the PDSA Gold Medal for bravery after he woke his owner and escorted his family to escape during a house fire.

A hardy breed

The white tip on the Beagle's tail is no accident; they were bred to acquire this trait so that hunters could easily spot their dogs in tall grass.

An interesting tail

Beagles produce noises to communicate with their pack. Along with a typical bark, they can yodel to broadcast a scent trail and howl when bored or sorrowful.

A dog with a lot of voices

The world's most renowned Beagle is arguably Snoopy from Schulz's 'Peanuts' comic strip. His name was changed at the last minute because another comic dog with the same name was released.

A superstar dog

Some famous people who have owned Beagles include Queen Elizabeth I, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Herriot, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Barry Manilow, and Frankie Muniz.

Famous followers

Beagle antecedents date back to the 8th century with the St. Hubert Hound, from which the Talbot Hound was developed. In the 11th century, this was crossed with the Greyhound to make a speedier dog. The Southern Hound was a Beagle ancestor.

A long lineage

They smell wonderful

The Beagle is a scent hound, which means it has an amazing ability to smell. A beagle's nose has about 220 million smell receptors, which is 44 times as many as a human's nose.

The Beagle's long, soft ears aren't just cute they're also very useful. When they are looking for food, the ears make currents that stir up smells and send them to the nose.

Their ears smell

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