The beagle's hunting ability, combined with a merry personality, has made the beagle one of the most popular dogs in the United States, according to AKC registration statistics.
Right Breed for You?
Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly, making them a wonderful family pet. They are also favored for their compact size and short, easy-to-care-for coat. Since they lived in packs for hundreds of years, they naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. Curious and comedic, they often follow their noses -- which can lead to some mischief if they are not provided with daily activity.