Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Two varieties: under 13 in (33cm) and 13-15 in (33-37.5cm)
Coat: Short, dense, and weatherproof
Color: Any recognized hound color other than liver; tip of stern: white

This small hound has existed in Britain at least since the reign of King Henry VIII. His daughter Elizabeth I kept numerous Beagles, some of which were so small they could be put in one's pocket and so became known as Pocket Beagles (now extinct). The breed is often known as the "singing Beagle" but is not noisy indoors, reserving its voice for the chase. In Britain it is adept at hunting hare and wild rabbit, and it has been used against wild pig and deer in Scandinavia, and the cottontail rabbit in the US. This affectionate dog is usually long-lived and good with children. It makes a fine show dog, and is a good choice of family pet for those who do not demand exemplary behavior. In common with other hounds, it will take advantage of an open gate. Its weatherproof coat requires little or no attention, and the Beagle needs only average exercise when kept as a pet.
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