Beagle's are small to medium sized dogs. Which are my favorite kind of canine. Big dogs can be harder to handle and can cost a lot more to maintain and feed.
Beagles have been around for what is said to be over 2,000 years but the more modern breed, came from Britain around the 1830's including the Talbot Hound,the North Country Beagle,the Southern Hound and possibly the Harrier.
Beagles are intelligent, but as a result of being bred for the long chase are single-minded and determined, which can make them hard to train. They are generally obedient but can be difficult to recall once they have picked up a scent and are easily distracted by smells around them. They do not generally feature in obedience trials; while they are alert, respond well to food-reward training, and are eager to please, they are easily bored or distracted.
Although Beagles are bred for hunting, Beagles are versatile and are nowadays employed for various other roles in detection, therapy, and as family pets as well.
Because of their gentle nature and unimposing build, they are also frequently used in pet therapy visiting the sick and elderly in hospitals. In June 2006, a trained Beagle assistance dog was credited with saving the life of its owner after using his owner's mobile phone to dial an emergency number! In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake a Beagle search and rescue dog with a Colombian rescue squad was credited with locating the owner of the Hotel Montana who was subsequently rescued after spending 100 hours buried in the rubble.
Beagles have an expectancy of 12-15 years which is typical for a dog it's size.
Beagles may be prone to epilepsy(which can be controlled with the right meds), Hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, immune mediated polygenic arthritis(which can be fixed with steroids).
Beagles may exhibit a behavior known as reverse sneezing, in which they sound as if they are choking or gasping for breath, but are actually drawing air in through the mouth and nose. The exact cause of this behavior is not known, but it is not harmful to the dog.
The Beagle has an even temper and gentle disposition. Described in several breed standards as being "merry", they are amiable and generally neither aggressive nor timid. They enjoy company, and although they may initially be standoffish with strangers, they are easily won over.
Beagles are excellent with children and this is one of the reasons they have become popular family pets, but they are pack animals, and can be prone to separation anxiety.