The beagle has been a mainstay on the American pet scene for years. Any visit to your local pet store is sure to reveal a fine looking beagle puppy. Just what is it about these dogs that makes them so endearing?Though originating as a breed in the United Kingdom, the beagle has long been one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. The breed as it is known today began to take shape in the early to mid 1800s and was well established on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean by the turn of the century. Though popular for quite some time in the United States, the beagle didn’t reach its peak of popularity until the 1950s.The beagle has also proven itself valuable as a work dog with many people describing its highly developed sense of smell being second only to that of the bloodhound. The breed was originally developed as a hunting dog, with its specialty being the tracking and hunting of rabbits. With the decline in the popularity of rabbit hunting, so came the decline in the use of the beagle as a hunting dog. Beagles remain one of the more intelligent dog breeds and can be trained fairly easily.Like many breeds with longer floppier ears, beagles can be susceptible to ear infections because of moisture being trapped in the ear canal. Beagles can also be affected by a number of different eye conditions, though none are extremely serious and most can be corrected with surgery. Beagles are meant to be active dogs and if not given time for activity may grow obese as they tend to eat whenever given the opportunity. With proper care beagle puppies can live to their full life expectancy of 11-13 years.
The beagle remains one of the more popular dog breeds and because of its intelligence, ease of training, and overall appeal will remain so for the foreseeable future.