Known for their incredible smelling and tracking sense, beagles are one of the most loved breed of dogs in the U.S., and also in the U.K. Although these are famous pets currently, earlier these were primarily used as hunting dogs for searching rabbits, hare and such other animals.
Beagles mostly appear in white coats having big spots of black and brown in between. They are medium to small in size. A fully grown beagle can be 13 to 16 inches tall, and can weigh up to 18 to 35 lbs. The legs are shorter in comparison to the body. Their neck is medium in length. These two features together make them natural hunters because they can easily bend their necks in the ground for tracking and collecting the smell. Another amazing fact about Beagles is their ears and big lips which help them in capturing the smells near to their nose. Due to these features they appear second in the list best smelling breed of dogs first being taken by bloodhound breed.
Beagles are gentle by nature but due to their strong smelling capability they usually tend to go out of the premises of the house tracking smell of other animals. Second thing is they should be taken for exercise on a regular basis or else they turn out to be lazy bones. While training beagles you must ensure that you stick to their tendency of socializing otherwise they might become aggressive.
The United States’ Agriculture Department has a brigade of beagles which are utilized in the airports to identify agricultural products by examining the luggage. The U.S FDA also uses beagles as substitutes for testing the toxicity and contaminants of foodstuff.
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