Charles M. Schulz was most famous for saying “Happiness is a warm Beagle.” Okay, already. I know he said “puppy” not “beagle and it was the name of one of his books.” But Snoopy , probably based on one of his childhood dogs, was a Beagle so I am sure he would not mind my creative plagiarism.
Beagles are smaller dogs (usually under 30 pounds) but closely resemble the much a larger hound, the American Foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound , bred primarily for hunting rabbits.
Possessing a great sense of smell and superior tracking instincts, the beagle is the primary breed used as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. The beagle is intelligent. It is a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and a lack of inherited health problems. Wikipedia
The modern Beagle comes from Great Britain and was developed during the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier.
Happiness is a Warm Beagle
The beagle is the most popular of the hound breeds and overall a very popular family pet in the United States.
American Kennel Club Statistics
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 6 of 196
Height: 13 inches or under, less than 20 pounds
Height: 13-15 inches, 20-30 pounds
Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
The closet hound rival is the Basset Hound which was number 37 on the AKC’s 2019 popularity list.
Because of its great sense of smell, the Beagle is an excellent hunting dog. It has also found work in detection, therapy and its most important role as a family pet. They are active, playful, and sweet tempered. Because they are hounds, they may also bark or howl a bit more than you would like to hear.
When your child asks “Can I Get A Puppy”, you should consider the Beagle very high on your list as a good choice for a family pet.