It's believed he came from pack hounds from England that existed before the time of the Romans
In the 1860's dog's from England were imported and were mixed with the Beagles of the time, to develop the Beagle we know today
He is a scent hound and was used for hunting rabbits and hares
Personality and Behavior
He's even-tempered, friendly and gentle
He has a merry and amiable personality; he's not aggressive
He has lots of stamina
He doesn't drool of have a doggy odor
He is usually a little reserved with strangers but warms up to them fast!
He makes a good watchdog and will sound the warning alarm
He gets easily excited
He may ignore your orders because he is naturally independent and single minded
He's easily distracted by smells and won't listen to your calls to come back if finds an interesting scent to follow
He's excellent with kids
He's friendly with other dogs
He's one of the most difficult breeds to train. You will need lots of patience as he is one of the slowest to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).