The Beagle, also known as the English Beagle, the Regal Beagle and the Jelly Dog, is instantly recognizable by its miniature foxhound look and is one of the most popular breeds in America. It is the smallest of the British pack-hounds and, with the Otterhound and Bloodhound, is among the closest to the original ancestors of all hound breeds. The origin of the Beagle’s name is not known, but it may derive from the Gaelic word “beag,” which means “little.” It also may come from the French term "be’geule," referring to the baying voice of the hounds when in pursuit of game. The most well-known of all Beagles perhaps is Snoopy - Charlie Brown’s friend and companion from the “Peanuts” cartoon strip created by Charles Schultz.
Beagles are compact, friendly and happy little hounds with beautiful, haunting voices (which neighbors sometimes do not appreciate). Beagles were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as members of the Hound Group. The National Beagle Club was formed in 1888 in the United States. The Beagle has only grown in popularity since, both as a working dog in the field and as a gentle, trusted family friend.