14 Amazing Facts About Beagles

Gentle natured, highly intelligent, and playful – It’s no wonder the Beagle has been firmly positioned as one of the top ten most popular breeds in North America for the last 30 years.

If you love Beagles you’ll love these Beagle facts and info! Here are 14 of Beagle facts that will amuse and amaze you.

#1 Beagles are thousands of years old

Beagles are an very old dog. Their exact origins are unknown. Modern day Beagles' ancestors lived in England around the Roman Empire era or before, and became popular with the rise of fox hunting.

#2 Beagles were pocket-sized

Early "Beagles" were only 8- 9 inches high – small enough to carry in a pocket. They  was most popular in 16th century England. Queen Elizabeth I was a big fan. Known as pocket Beagles or miniature Beagles, it wasn't until later that these tiny dogs were bred into the larger hunting hounds we known today.

#3 Beagles are one of the most vocal dog breeds

Your Beagle won't hesitate to speak when asked, and may even be so vocal that it can be a bother at times.  Queen Elizabeth I called these dogs her “Singing Beagles” because of their high-pitched voices. Elizabeth also entertained guests at banquets, by letting her Pocket Beagles romp around the tables.

#4 Beagle means “Loudmouth” in french

"In fact, it is believed the name 'Beagle' comes the Middle French 'bee gueule,' literally 'wide throat,' but more poetically translated as 'loudmouth.'"

#5 Beagles have a white-tipped tail

If a Beagle is purebred, it will have some white in its tail. It may only be a few hairs at the tip, or it may be mostly white, but a "Beagle" without any white in its tail is probably a mix. Actually, this is no accident. As hunting dogs, it was handy for the huntsman to be able to spot his dog in long grass. That is why they deliberately bred together Beagle hounds with white tail tips.

#6 The Beagle is a pop culture icon

Schulz’s famous comic strip “Peanuts” features a lovable dog called Snoopy. This character made his first appearances on 4th October, 1950.

Schulz took his inspiration from a beagle he grew up with, called Spike. But on his mother’s advice, Schulz changed the dog’s name to Snoopy.