What kind of dog is Snoopy

Breed portrait Beagle - A Snoopy for the home

In your childhood you loved the Peanuts and above all the smart Snoopy, who liked nothing more than dozing on the roof of his hut? Are you looking for a dog that suits you perfectly? Then it is definitely the Beagle. Come with us on a journey through the exciting breed history of the Beagle. Find out what defines the British hound both visually and in character. And learn what you absolutely have to take into account in the posture.


Country of originGreat Britain
FCI groupGroup 6 "Hounds, Bloodhounds and Related Breeds"
useFamily, running and hunting dogs
Weight 9 to 12 kg (female), 11 to 18 kg (male)
Height at withers33 to 38 cm (bitch), 36 to 41 cm (male)
Life expectancy12 to 15 years
EssenceIntelligent, active, family-friendly, playful
Fur lengthshort
Coat colorred-white, brown-white, orange-white, lemon-yellow-white, two-tone brown-white, three-tone, chocolate-tricolor
Susceptible to diseaserather seldom
Suitable forFamilies, active people

Origins and History - Origins in Medieval England

The Beagle is a very special dog who, despite his cute appearance, has a sly dog. After all, the Beagle has been valued as a hunting dog in Europe for many centuries, making the breed one of the oldest dog breeds in Europe. There is a consensus in science today that the roots of the modern Beagle go back to medieval northern France.

In 1066 it was the Normans (strictly speaking Vikings) who brought the Beagle's ancestor to the island after the successful Battle of Hastings and the subsequent invasion of Great Britain. The forefather of the Beagle is the Hubertushund or Northern Hound with excellent hunting skills. In medieval England, the Hubertushund quickly developed into an omnipresent hunting companion.

Around the year 1400 he was finally paired with the Southern Hound imported from the south of France. The Beagle was first mentioned in a document in 1515 in one of King Henry VIII's household books. It is therefore all the more surprising that the small hunting dog was not recognized by the British Kennel Club until 1890.

Already knew? - The beagle for the saddlebag

In a chronicle from 1615, a breed called "Little Beagle" appears. These are said to have been bred so small on purpose that hunters could easily carry them with them in their saddlebags when hunting.

Appearance and Appearance - What Makes the Beagle Stand Out?

The Beagle is a medium-sized dog with an extremely fine nose, a robust stature and a short coat. With a height of 33 cm to 38 cm, a beagle bitch can weigh nine to twelve kilograms. The typical beagle male is only slightly larger at 36 cm to 41 cm - but significantly heavier at up to 18 kilograms. Relatively short but strong legs are typical of the Beagle. These give the Beagle exceptional speed when running over hill and dale.

Coupled with the excellent endurance and the compact body, the Beagle is the ideal dog for hunting in packs of dogs. The real distinguishing feature, however, is the elongated head with the characteristic floppy ears for which the Beagle is famous. Another effect of breeding is a shiny and very short coat. This is extremely easy to care for and makes your work much easier after a long walk.

With regard to coat colors, many other colors are common in addition to the mix of black, brown and white that can often be admired in films and television. Including red-white, brown-white, orange-white, lemon-yellow-white, two-tone brown-white, three-colored and chocolate-tricolor. Important: The breed standard prescribes that the tip of the beagle's tail must always be white.

Character of the small bundle of energy

The fact that the beagle is now one of the most popular family dogs is thanks to the film dog Snoopy. Even if it seems unbelievable, this trait goes back to the breeding of the beagle as a pack dog. In fact, the playful Beagle, who is extremely fond of children, feels most at home in company.

Whether this is the company of its human pack or whether the beagle is allowed to let off steam with other pets - the fur nose doesn't care. He loves both. However, you should never forget that it is still a hunting dog. On the one hand, this means that the Beagle is very active, has a pronounced stubborn head and has an above-average hunting instinct.

Apart from that, the Beagle is friendly, trusting and extremely greedy. Beagles love to eat. If you are not careful and give in to the dog's gaze with the big eyes too often, he can quickly get problems with being overweight.

On the other hand, you can also take advantage of the tendency to feed. Because treats are the most effective training tool. Unfortunately, the Beagle will also welcome every thief wagging its tail if they have something tasty with them. The Beagle is therefore not suitable as a guard dog or even a protection dog.

Posture and nutrition - what do I have to pay attention to?

As mentioned earlier, Beagles love to eat for their livelihood. Accordingly, you should definitely pay attention to a balanced nutrition plan and weigh the daily feed best. If you don't pay attention, your dog can easily become overweight and prone to osteoarthritis, joint damage and diabetes. While physical grooming is quite easy with the short coat, it looks a little different when it comes to upbringing.

Here you have to show a lot of patience and consistency in order to get the natural urges of the floppy-eared stubborn head under control. The training of reliable recall with and without a leash is particularly important. Otherwise, it can easily happen to you that your beagle will go hunting with the first rustling in the undergrowth while taking a walk.

Are there specific diseases typical of Beagles?

Under optimal circumstances, the Beagle can go through life with you for 15 years. At least if he stays healthy. The greatest risk to dog health is the ubiquitous risk of obesity. Apart from symptoms of overload due to malnutrition, the Beagle is quite robust.

A typical illness in Beagles is the "Beagle Pain Syndrome" or meningitis arteritis. This is an inflammatory disease of the spinal cord with an unknown cause. However, this also occurs in other dog breeds and can be easily managed through the continuous administration of antibiotics.

Hound ataxia, which is often referred to as degenerative myelopathy, is even more rare, but typical for Beagles. This neurological disorder can lead to movement disorders. Some scientists suspect that the trigger was the feeding of rumen. Apart from these diseases, the Beagle is very robust and does not bring any special, breed-typical diseases with it.

Is a Beagle the Right Dog for Me?

Even if the beagle looks so cute and is one of the most popular family dogs, the breed is not for inexperienced dog owners. So as a first dog, a beagle is not the best choice. It is also important that the character of the Beagle matches you. It needs a lot of exercise.

Whether you prefer to take long walks, join a rescue dog squadron with a super nose or do another dog sport - it is only important that you use the animal properly. On the other hand, if you're a couch potato and just looking for a cozy house dog, you'd better look around for another breed. The Beagle, on the other hand, is ideal for active singles or families and of course hunters.