Thanks to its cute demeanor and medium frame, the Beagle has been known as the Goldilocks of the Dogs. In other words, these adorable canines are “just right!” This is certainly the opinion of the many fans of the breed who celebrate National Beagle Day every year April 22!
In celebration of the pet vacation, we’ve got some fun facts about Beagles!
A beagle from Japan named Purines (which means “pudding” in Japanese) is a Guinness Book of Records for the most balls caught by a dog in a minute (14) and most jumps by a dog and a person in a minute – a single rope (51)!
Although Beagles rank first in their pet parent’s hearts, no member of the breed achieved top dog status at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show until Uno (also known as K-Runs Park Me In First) best-in-show -Title won in 2008.
Meet with UN at an event in Austin, Texas
In 1831 the naturalist Charles Darwin took a trip around the world on a ship called the HMS Beagle.
Humans only have around five million olfactory receptors, so the beagle beats us around the nose with around 220 million olfactory receptors!
Beagles are consistently among the most popular pooches in the United States. According to the American Kennel Club, the Beagle ranked seventh among the most popular breeds in 2020.
Famous pet parents of Beagles
Barry Manilow – If you’re a fan of 70s soft rock, read the back of your Tryin ‘To Get The Feeling album and you will see Barry’s beloved Beagle Bagel!
Meghan Markle – Once a homeless dog from the Montgomery County Kentucky Animal Shelter, Guy is now a Royal Rover! The Duchess of Sussex’s canine companion has been immortalized in the pages of two children’s books: His Royal Bitch, Guy the Beagle: The Remarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog, and The Duchess and Guy: A Love Story of Puppies Saved to the King.
Miley Cyrus – A beagle named Barbie was given a new life thanks to her famous pet parent and the Beagle Freedom Project, which works with laboratories to find forever homes for healthy, adoptable beagles used for research.
Lyndon Baines Johnson – Although Beagles Him and Her are the late President’s most famous pooches, LBJ was also a pet parent to another of the breed whom he named Edgar in honor of J. Edgar Hoover who presented the pups to him.
Luci Baines Johnson – During his tenure as President, LBJ presented his daughter with two of Her’s pups, Kim and Freckles.
Famous beagles on the big and small screens
cats and dogs – Although Lou the Beagle was originally nicknamed Lou as a nickname for “loser,” he won the hearts of dog fans as the main character in this 2001 spy parody.
used cars – A dog named Peanuts portrayed Toby, a clever, tail-wagging thespian who played himself to death to get a lemon off the lot in the 1980 Robert Zemeckis comedy about the used car deal.
Regarding Henry – A dog named Dennis starred in this 1991 drama alongside Harrison Ford. The beagle portrayed Buddy who helped his human heal after Ford’s character suffered head trauma from being shot.
Rusty: A dog story – A Beagle played the title role in this family-friendly 1998 film that starred Rue McClanahan and Hal Holbrook.
Shiloh – Based on the Newberry Medal Award-winning book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the 1996 film tells the story of the connection between a boy and an abused beagle puppy named Shiloh.
The grape monkey show – If you were a cartoon-loving kid in the ’70s, you may remember the gigantic gorilla and its canine companion, the Beagle Beagle, whom the purple primate called the Beegly Beagly.
Star Trek: Company – While literature lovers might think that a dog named Porthos was named after a character in The Three Musketeers, Trekkies recognize the nickname as the name of the Beagle aboard the Starship Enterprise.
The wonderful years – Like the lyrics that Joe Cocker sang at the beginning of every episode of The Wonder Years, in the late 60s, with a little help from his friends, young Kevin Arnold mastered the previous years … including his Beagle, Buster!
The banana splits – If you were a kid sticking to the tube every Saturday morning in the late 1960s, you may remember that Hanna Barbera production that featured a rocking rover named Fleegle.
Year of the dog – The untimely death of a beagle named Pencil sets Molly Shannon’s character on the path to become an animal activist in this 2007 dramedy.
Scary friends – Pip the Phantom Fido helps the Buddies stand their ground against the Halloween Hound in the 2011 installment of the Disney Buddies Direct-to-DVD film franchise.
Wallace & Gromit – Gromit the Beagle is his human pal Wallace’s best friend, with whom he has had many adventures in a number of short films and one well-received film. Gromit’s name is an interpretation of the word “spout”.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman – For fans of the smartest dog in history, watching Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Universal Kids is like taking a trip on the wayback machine. Mr. Peabody and the human boy he adopted made their first TV appearance in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends segment in the late 1950s.
peanuts – Did you know that Snoopy, everyone’s favorite puppy for peanuts, was inspired by Charles Schulz’s childhood dog, Spike? The cartoonist would use the name for Snoopy’s brother.
Underdog – “Never be afraid! Underdog is here!” The real name of the cartoon dog from the 1960s was Shoeshine.
Blue Peter – Henry, a rescue Beagle / Basset Hound found at a branch of Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog rescue charity, has followed the paw prints of the last nine pups that have made generations of British animals smile. loving little ones from the children’s television series Blue Peter.
Celebrities helping beagles in need
To help start a new day for dogs in laboratories, actress Nikki Reed from the Twilight saga, which teamed up with members of the Beagle Freedom Project at the State Capitol, California, in 2015 to set up a case for The Beagle Freedom Bill that would give laboratory pets the rest of their lives in eternal homes spend when the tests are finished.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith The difficult topic of laboratory experiments on pets was addressed by joining Show Your Soft Side. Only a punk would hurt a cat or a dog. – Show your soft side for a billboard promoting The Beagle Freedom Bill.
Over the years, several stars have volunteered for the Beagle Freedom Project, including Chelsea Handler, Ross McCall, Whitney Cummings, Maria Menounos, Corey Feldman, former Baywatch star Alexandra Paul and Castle cast Seamus duty.
Brian Howe – The late rocker recorded a single called “Christmas” which benefited the Beagle Freedom Project.
Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan – Scarlett, a beagle who experimented in a toxicology lab for two years, has made forever friends with the funny Ricky Gervais and the actor Peter Egan (Downton Abbey, Unforgotten). Scarlett, in her role as FLOE (For Life on Earth) Beagle Ambassador for Life on Earth, along with FLOE Ambassador Egan and the creator of The Office and After Life, is constantly striving to shed light on the need to throw, to end animal testing.
Kim Basinger – Oscar-winning protests once resulted in a lab canceling an experiment that broke beagles’ legs.
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