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National Beagle Day

April 15, 2021

National Beagle Day is coming up quick: it’s April 22nd! These cute, lovable pooches make very cheerful and happy family pets, and they definitely deserve a day in the spot light! A veterinarian discusses this adorable dog in this article.


History

There’s a bit of mystery behind the origins of the Beagle. The name Beagle might have come from the word beag , which was Gaelic for ‘little.’ It might also stand for be’geule , which is a French ‘translation’ of the sound hunting dogs make. Either way, it appears that Fido has been around for quite a while. Records of small hounds being used for hunting in Britain predate the arrival of the Romans, which happened way back in 55 BC. Things get a bit clearer after the Civil War. The first Beagle, a pup named Blunder, was registered by the AKC in 1885.


Grooming

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


Hound Dog

The Beagle is a scenthound, which means he is a great tracker. He’s also a foothound, which means he can be followed on foot. This trait was once highly prized. Back in the old days, people hunted for their food. Not everybody could afford a horse, which made hunting difficult. People with Beagles could keep up with their game on foot. 


I t’s worth mentioning that Beagles are known for following their noses, and are prone to running off after scents. Don’t let Fido run around off-leash, and make sure your fencing is secure. 


Activity

Beagles are small, but they are very active. Fido needs lots of exercise and playtime. They’re also extremely sociable, and tend to get into trouble when they are left alone. Make sure your canine companion has a buddy!


Snoopy

We really couldn’t talk about Beagles without mentioning the most famous one ever: Snoopy! Charlie Brown’s furry buddy was first drawn by Charles Schultz 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!

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