hardy, sturdy squarely-built, small hound, the Beagle has a
sleek, easy-care, short coat in tri-color, red and white, orange
and white, or lemon and white. The coat is close, hard and of
medium length. The beagle looks like a small English Foxhound.
The skull is broad and slightly rounded, and the muzzle is straight
and square. The feet are round and strong. The black nose has
full nostrils for scenting. The long, wide ears are pendant.
The brown or hazel eyes have a characteristic pleading expression.
The tail is carried gaily, but never curled over the back.
Dogs 14-16 inches (36-41cm) Bitches 13-15 inches (33-38cm) There
are two height classes, 13-15 inches (33-38cm) and under 13
inches (33cm). Weight: Dogs 22-25 pounds (10-11kg) Bitches 20-23
Beagle is one of the most popular scent hounds because of his
energy, willingness, and merry, sweet disposition. The breed
probably originated as a cross between the Harrier and other
hounds in England. The Beagle has been used in packs, alone,
and in pairs, for hunting hare, pheasant and quail. He has also
served as an excellent narcotics detection dog and makes a fine
family companion. Life expectancy is about 12-15 years.
have been bred worldwide.