This compact hound dog is a happy, fun-loving pup. Beagles are very active companions packed with energy. This is the type of dog that needs to be taken out for daily exercise otherwise, your living room will not be in the best shape.
While this pup's history is quite uncertain, it is known that they were originally bred as scent hounds that would be able to track and hunt small game such as rabbits. Their compact size, weighing between 18-30 pounds, combined with their 220 million scent receptors make them perfect candidates for hunting small prey. While this scent receptor fact is meaningless to most of us, a better understanding comes when comparing it to the mere 5 million for humans!
Interestingly, the Beagle is widely used today in airports across the world. They have the ability to sniff out contraband while people are passing through, but at the same time do not intimidate anyone. This is a plus for keeping people calm and also often catches people off guard. A German Shepherd is a clear danger sign which will have smugglers turning around immediately, but the Beagle, often unnoticed, catches them with their pants down.
If you own one of these pups you know how difficult it is to say no to them. They have a soft pleading expression that almost forces you to give them more treats. They also have big appetites, so try your best not to go bankrupt with these little guys around!
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