Beagles are one of my favorite breeds. We have had four foster beagles. They are social, curious, intelligent, and brave. Beagles have a joy for life that is contagious. Which is why-in my opinion-this very vocal breed has survived. Made famous by the Peanuts character-Snoopy,beagles were bred in England as trail hounds to hunt rabbits. When they have the scent they bark to alert hunters of the whereabouts of their prey. The purpose of the white tail tip is to make them easy to follow in the field-kind of a white flag location marker.
This weekend we had a former foster beagle stay with us. Toby is a beautiful three year old red tick beagle. Friends and fellow Pet Haven volunteers, Cindy and daughter Elanor came over to meet him. In 2007 they wanted to add Toby to their family but his current owner had already adopted him. They did however find the beagle of their dreams in another Pet Haven dog, Annie.
Beagles are scent hounds and have a tendency to ignore everything but an interesting scent. They are likely to get in trouble following their nose into the garbage or even worse onto your dining room table. Annie pictured above in a 'mocha comma' had just helped herself to a brownie mix and coffee grounds. Baaad girl!
If you are looking for an all around good family dog a beagle could be for you. They are not good apartment dwellers because of their loud voices. Here is a little video of Toby and Mister playing. Well mostly Toby doing what beagles do best-BARK!