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Name of breed: Beagle 
Class: Hound 
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA.
Size: Height: USA two varieties: ender 33cm (13in), and 33-37.5cm (13-15in); UK at withers: 33-40cm (13-16in).
Coat: Short dense and weatherproof. 
Colors: Any recognized hound color other than liver, tips of stern white.

This small hound had existed in Britain at least since the reign of King Henry VIII (1509-47). His daughter Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603) kept numerous Beagles, some of which were so small they could be put into one's pocket and so became known as Pocket Beagle (now extinct).
The breed is often known as the "Singing Beagle" but is not noisy indoors, reserving its voice for the chase. In Britain it is adept as hunting hare and  wild rabbit, and it has been used against wild pig and deer in Scandinavia, and the cottontail rabbit n the United States. In the later country and in Canada it works as a Gundog both seeking out and retrieving. It is also a favorite companion and was the most popular dog in the United States in 1954.

Character and care

This affectionate, determined and healthy dog is usually long-lived and good with children. It makes a fine show dog, and is a good choice of family pet for those who do not demand exemplary behavior .It is not renowned for obedience and, in common with other hounds, will take advantage of an open gate, possibly ending up some distance away. Its short, weatherproof coat requires little or no attention, and the Beagle needs only average exercise when kept as a pet.


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