Beagles are a small sized hound dog originally developed for hunting rabbits or hare. History tells us Rev. Phillip Honeywood is responsible for the pack that created the today’s Beagle. Sometime in the 1830s, he bred a pack of small Beagles that stood around 10 inches at the shoulder and were pure white in color. They were originally two different types of Beagles, the smooth and rough coated varieties. It is thought that by the beginning of the 20th century, the rough-coated Beagle had become extinct. The Beagle first came to the United States sometime in the 1840s, imported strictly to be hunting dogs. Although the Beagle may have originated in the United Kingdom, is has always been much more popular throughout the United States and Canada. Beagles have consistently been one of the top 10 most popular breeds in the United States for over 30 years and continue to be a widely adored breed throughout the nation. In recent years designer cross breeds have become somewhat popular. The most notable designer mixed breed associated with the Beagle is the Puggle, which is a cross between the Beagle and a Pug. Read on below to learn more about the ever popular Beagle or view our Beagle puppies for sale.