Often recognized as the “Snoopy” dog, Beagles have soft, sad eyes. But these are not by any means sad or pouting dogs. In fact, for a long time these hounds lived in packs, so it is natural that they would want to be with people and other dogs.
Beagles are also among America’s top 10 favorite breeds of dogs according to the American Kennel Club (AKC.org). They are very intelligent, high spirited, and sometimes very vocal dogs. Famous beagle dogs include the cartoon character, Peanuts “Snoopy”, Garfield’s friend, “Odie”, “Gromit” of Gromit and Wallace,”Mr. Peabody” (from Rocky and Bullwinkle) “Lou” from the movie “Cats and Dogs” and, of course, “UnderDog”.
Besides being in cartoons and movies, Beagles do play an important role with Homeland Security and Department of Agriculture. As reported in Urban Paws Magazine (www.urbanpawsmagazine.com), the “Beagle Brigade” is a team of Beagles that has made an estimated 75,000 seizures a year of prohibited items while working at airports, borders, ports, post offices, and international shipping companies inspecting luggage and packages.
The Beagles sharp sense of smell helps it tell the difference between illegal and legal items and will alert the handler when they find the prohibited items. “Sophia”(pictured to the right) is a Beagle from Houston that made the Beagle Brigade and you can read more about her story in this months urbanpawsmagazine.
So, next time you go through the airport and spot a beagle sporting a navy blue vest, they may just belong to the “Beagle Brigade”
The most famous Beagle is the cartoon dog “Snoopy” belonging to Charlie Brown and the name fits because Beagles are snoopy and very curious. Beagle is the smallest of the hound family and was originally bred for hunting. They are very intelligent and and active and do need some room to run and play. Beagles are short haired and compared to other breeds, do not shed as much. The only annoying trait is the do have a tendency to bark and howl. With the proper training and attention, their barking can be held to a minimum.
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From the look on Lucy’s face, she’s not exactly enthused about receiving a kiss from Snoopy. In fact, her typical reaction is: “Eeewh! Dog germs!” That’s the amusing scene depicted in this fine china ornament by Lenox. The ornament makes a great gift for any Peanuts fan. Features: – Introduced in 2007 – Includes Gold Tassel Cord for Hanging – Material: Ivory China Accented with 24 Karat Gold
Beagles, the Snoopy breed that won the Westminster Dog Show”s Best in Show award in 2008, were fifth on the American Kennel Association”s 2007 list of most popular dogs in America–a tribute to the enduring appeal of these playful, very sociable pets.