Friendly, happy and joyful, this breed's charming personality has landed the Beagle within the top five most-popular dog breeds in the country. Bred to hunt rabbits and other small animals, this hound's breeding history goes way back, though the origin of the name is unknown. It is believed the name comes from the French word "be'geule," meaning "open throat," a testament to the Beagle's widely recognized howl.
Beagles make excellent family pets. They love affection and attention, and their loving personalities make them great pets to have around kids. Their medium-sized builds allow Beagles to feel comfortable in most environments; however, they are a very vocal and energetic breed, so apartment life may not be ideal.
Romping with the kids at the park or roaming wide-open spaces with its human best friends would mark an excellent day for this high-energy, attention-loving breed. A day of fun in the sun with plenty to sniff, chase and howl about is just what Beagle dreams are made of. After a few hours of playtime, a cozy nap on a warm lap would top off a perfect day.
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