Did you know that National Beagle Day is April 22nd? These cute, lovable pooches make very cheerful and happy family pets. We’re more than happy to give them a turn in the spotlight! A veterinarian discusses this adorable pup in this article.

History

Beagles have been charming us for quite some time. The name Beagle could have originated from the word beag, which was Gaelic for ‘little.’ Or, it could stand for be’geule, which is a French ‘translation’ of the sound that hunting dogs make. In any case, it appears that Fido has been around for a very long time. Records of hounds being used for hunting in Britain predate the arrival of the Romans. That happened in 55 BC. Things get somewhat clearer after the Civil War. The AKC officially registered the very first Beagle, an adorable pooch named Blunder, in 1885.

Grooming

Beagles’ coat colors range from lemon yellow to red and white to tricolored. As you may know, these pups have floppy ears. You’ll need to keep Fido’s ears clean as, like all dogs with folded ears, they can be prone to ear infections. Regular brushing is also a must. Beagles shed continuously throughout the year, but they shed most in spring. Regular dental care and nail trims are also very important. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Hound Dog

The Beagle is a scenthound. That cute little nose makes him a great tracker. Fido is also a foothound, which means that he can be followed on foot. This trait was once highly valued. Back in the old days, it was very common for people to hunt for their food. Not everyone was able to afford a horse. Hunting on foot could be difficult, However, people with Beagles could keep up with their dogs while walking, which made things much easier. 

It’s worth mentioning that Beagles are rather notorious for following their noses, and are prone to running off after scents. Don’t let your pooch run around off-leash! If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure. 

Activity

Beagles may be small, but don’t let that fool you. These guys are very active, and need lots of exercise and playtime. They’re also extremely sociable, and sometimes get into trouble when left alone. Make sure your canine friend has a buddy to keep him company!

Snoopy

We can’t really talk about these lovable pups without mentioning the most famous Beagle ever: Snoopy! Charlie Brown’s four-legged buddy was first drawn back in 1950. If you want to see something really cute, look up the animated video of the iconic pair meeting for the first time.

Do you have questions about Beagle care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic!