There are records of dogs that hunted in packs with their keepers
in both England and Wales in the 13th Century.
Early on, these hounds were divided by size;
the large ones hunted deer and other large game and
the small ones hunted hares, rabbits, and pheasants.
The small hounds were called “beighs” or “beagles,” perhaps
after “beigle,” the French word for “useless or of little value,” or
“beag” the Celtic word for “small.”
The Beagle is a well-muscled, small-to-almost-medium-sized dog
with a keen sense of smell and a wanderlust that can lead him into trouble.
He comes in two sizes.
Unfortunately, when a Beagle is left alone, he may
lament his situation long and loud.