These dogs have nosed their way into the cultural zeitgeist, appearing as a fighter pilot named Snoopy in the “Peanuts” comic strips, as well as in countless books and films.
Are you thinking about bringing one of these darling scenthound pups into your home? Here are a few things to expect when adopting a Beagle puppy.
They’re the type of pup who likes to roam
The Beagle is an ancient breed. They’ve been around for over 1,000 years as fox-hunting companions to humans. Some even say the beginning of the Beagle breed goes back to 5th century Greece!
Because of this long tradition of scent-tracking and hunting, your Beagle puppy will be incredibly curious about their surroundings. Nothing is off limits to a Beagle’s curiosity, including something on the other side of your fence.
Beagles are known for literally digging around to find whatever it is that is driving their noses wild. Play some scent-based games to keep them occupied and not digging around in your dirty laundry.
Grown Beagles used to be smaller than your Beagle puppy
Your Beagle puppy will be nothing short of adorable. With their floppy ears, beautiful coloring, and excitable white-tipped tail, your pup will eventually grow to a healthy 20 to 25 pounds.
When the breed was first around, grown Beagles were so small they could literally fit in your pocket, measuring in at a height of 8 to 9 inches. Over time, these pocket Beagles were bred with larger hunting dogs, making the adorable — and much more durable — Beagle we know today.
‘Beagle’ roughly translates to ‘loudmouth’
The word “Beagle” may come from the Middle French word “beegueule,” which means “gaping throat, noisy person, whiner.” That’s an accurate name to give these mouthy pups.
Your Beagle puppy may whine, howl, and yip any chance they get. While this is adorable when they are 8 to 10 weeks old, it’s a habit that will stick unless you proactively train them.
Your puppy could join the ranks of many famous Beagles
There are plenty of world-famous Beagles out there, and your puppy could be the next star to join them! Well, at least if you follow Barry Manilow’s lead. The singer famously adopted a Beagle that he named Bagel back in the ’70s. He loved that Beagle so much that he put him on the back cover of his 1975 album “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling.”
You may not be a famous ’70s soft rock star with a Vegas show, but you can start an Instagram for your Beagle and make them a star.
Your pooch would join the ranks of other famous Beagles, such as Snoopy, President Johnson’s Beagles, Garfield’s sidekick Odie, and Gromit of “Wallace and Gromit.”
Your Beagle puppy will keep you in shape
Beagles are highly active, curious pups. Even at an early age, they’re ready to take on the world all on their own.
Because of their need for a lot of exercise, many Beagle pups can get a little pudgy if they are left to sit at home all day. Not only that, but Beagles can become destructive if left alone for too long — they get bored!
If you’re debating whether or not to bring a Beagle puppy into your life, consider how active your lifestyle is.