Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are known for making great family pets – they let you know exactly what they need and when they need it! Beagles are vocal but
that have a long history dating back to the 13th century. Despite beagles being one of the most well-known dog breeds that has been around for centuries, there might be a lot that you do not know about beagles – to find out keep reading!
- The Name Debate
Some argue that the name beagle comes from a Celtic word meaning ‘small’ – but others say that beagle originates from the French word ‘béguele’ which translates to ‘loudmouth’ or ‘open mouth’. We think it comes from the French word, because beagles love using their voices!
- Beagles Can Vocalize Three Different Ways
Originally a hunting dog, beagles have a yodel-like sound called a bay which was used in hunting. They also have a standard bark and a howl.
- Beagles’ Tails are Like White Flags
Many beagles still have the white-tipped tail which was bred into the dog breed so that they would be easily visible when they had their noses to the ground during a hunt.
- A Beagle Named Elvis Can Smell Pregnancy
Beagles are often employed as working dogs because of their incredible sense of smell. One beagle, Elvis, is actually trained to smell polar bear poop to determine whether she is pregnant. Elvis has 97 per cent accuracy.
- President Lyndon Johnson Had Three Beagles
The beagles were named ‘Him’, ‘Her’ and ‘Edgar’. The third beagle was named after J. Edgar Hoover, the Director of the FBI, who gave the dog to Johnson after Him and Her died. Him also sired a litter of puppies while he lived in the White House, and the president’s daughter, Luci, took two of them and named them Kim and Freckles. Freckles remained at the White House after Luci left.