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March 14, 2021 2 min read

Worth thinking about:

  • The beagle is first and foremost a hunting dog.
  • It is a happy, hardworking, but can also be stubborn.
  • It thrives with children, other dogs and other pets.
  • It loves food.

Traits / Mentality:

Happy hunting dog, whose main task is to hunt, preferably hare, using smell. Awake, intelligent and stable. Friendly and alert, not aggressive or shy.

Size and appearance:

Robust, compactly built, powerful without appearing rough. Desired height 33 - 40 cm

Fur set:

Short, dense and weather resistant, and requires little fur care.

History:

The Beagle is an old breed and probably the oldest of the drifting dogs we have today. The first traces of the beagle are found in Greece in pre-Christian times. It is further believed that when the Roman Empire was at its greatest, these dogs were brought to Rome and further out to the lands occupied by the Romans. Here, hunting was conducted by the soldiers as a diversion in everyday life. The Romans took the dogs to England during the occupation. The word beagle does not appear in historical sources until the 15th century, but it is estimated that these dogs have been used regularly for hunting until this time. It was said that Queen Elisabeth I, who ruled in the 16th century, loved these dogs.

The beagle was eventually divided into two lines of development. One where the beagle was still used as a hunting dog for hares in packs (where up to 40 dogs hunted together) and the other a show or lap dog called showbeagle. The first beagles to come to the country were pack dogs or from pack lines. Dogs with a great desire to hunt, cooperation and good formability that were appreciated. The target use of the individual dog did not mean much as it still sounded good when a pack with many dogs chased. Today, the breed is bred to a beagle that has a good search and much better target use. The desire to hunt is still there in abundance, and the beagle is largely cooperative and malleable.

Jan Helge Mathisen
Jan Helge Mathisen


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