The Beagle is a lovable, adorable family pet and field companion. If you would like to learn more about the Beagle visit . 

  • Fourth most popular breed in the U.S., according to 2004 AKC registration data
  • Member of Hound Group
  • The most famous Beagle is Snoopy, a character in the comic strip "Peanuts"

The official AKC standard for the Beagle reads, "A Miniature Foxhound, solid and big for his inches, with the wear-and-tear look of a hound that can last in the chase and follow his quarry to the death." While your pet Beagle might prefer a couch to the field, appreciating the breed's history and unique characteristics is key to understanding why it ranks among America 's most popular pets. 

A Look Back 

In the 1500's, most English gentleman had packs of hounds. Larger hounds tracked deer, while smaller ones went after rabbits. These were the first Beagles. The origin of the name "Beagle" may have been derived from the French term "be'geule," referring to the baying voice of the hounds when in pursuit of game. It may also refer to the diminutive size of the hound. Today, "Beagling" or Beagles hunting rabbits in packs, is popular among true breed enthusiasts. 

Today's Beagle comes in two varieties, Thirteen Inch and Fifteen Inch, and several hound colors including Red and White and Tri-Color. 

A Happy Hound 

Beagles are happy-go-lucky, friendly and welcoming to strangers, making them a wonderful family pet. 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. Many Beagles have what seems like insatiable appetites, causing them to gain weight easily. Proper diet and exercise is a must to keep a Beagle healthy.

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The Cedar Rapids Kennel Assocation (CRKA) is a not for profit member club of The American Kennel Club (AKC)
that has been in the Cedar Rapids area for over 75 years. CRKA's mission as set out in its constitution is:
• To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.
• To conduct events for which the club is eligible to hold under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.