National Beagle Day: Appreciate This Popular Dog Breed

Sriparnika Sarkar
Mar 21, 2023 By Sriparnika Sarkar
Originally Published on Mar 21, 2023
Fact-checked by Deepali Singhal
Adopt an extremely sociable beagle pup on this national beagle day

Where is National Beagle Day celebrated?

 National Beagle Day is celebrated in the USA.

Who is National Beagle Day celebrated by?

 This day is celebrated by people who love dogs and need a canine companion.

When did National Beagle Day first start?

 National Beagle Day was first started in 2017.

Who started National Beagle Day?

No single person started this National Beagle Day. It was started by people who adore beagles as their animal friends.

Take a walk with your beagle pup on this National Beagle day.

History And Timeline

The origin of the beagle breed can be traced back to the UK. They were used as pure hunting dogs by the British people. They were also trained as carriage dogs to travel with merchants and traders. Beagles can also be used as fire dogs due to their strong-smelling skills.

Beagles are pack animals and hunt in groups. They hate to be alone and often suffer from separation anxiety. If they are left alone without the company of either other pets or humans, they tend to turn aggressive.

Beagles were used in the USA as therapeutic pets for people with anxiety issues. They cannot be used as guard dogs because they become comfortable with strangers quickly.

They are active animals and need at least one hour of outdoor exercise daily. They must be on a leash as they tend to follow the scent. Beagle care is given to female dogs as they seek more attention but are also more fun than male dogs.

First Registered Beagle

The first beagle registered as a breed in the USA was a pup named Blunder. American Kennel Club registered it in 1885. American Kernel Club checks the breed quality of dogs.


Used as Detection Dogs

Beagles were used for the first time by the US department of agriculture to catch contraband food at Los Angeles International Airport in 1984. Beagles were used for this mission as they have the tremendous scent-tracking ability. 


The Beagle Freedom Project

The Beagle Freedom Project, a non-profit animal rescue organization, was started in 2010. It was started to rescue senior dogs from cruel pet owners and laboratories using beagles for experimentation.


Starting of this day

People in the USA started celebrating National Beagle Day in 2017. 


American Kernel Club Rating

Beagles took seventh place in the survey conducted among pet owners by the American Kernel Club for the most beloved breeds in the USA.


Traditions And Customs

 The tradition on this day is that people take their beagles for a walk to the dog parks in the neighborhood. Since beagles have the best sense of smell, they get distracted easily by the scents in the surrounding. Their folded ears help them in enhancing their smelling capabilities.

Traditionally beagles are bred for hunting. The beagles were imported into the USA in the 1840s only for hunting and not to be kept as pets. The old breeds of beagle were brought to the USA from the UK to maintain the pure breed quality of Beagles.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate National Beagle Day

We can celebrate National Beagle Day by adopting a beagle pup. We can take the beagle to the animal clinic to check for ear infections which are common in this breed. We can visit the local veterinary clinic to keep updated on our dog's health.

We can join the campaign to save these animal companions from the harmful experiments done on them by large biomedical companies. We can take our dogs to the animal spa to provide them with dental care and better grooming.

We can watch movies based on Beagle dogs like Shiloh and Cats & Dogs with our kids. We can explain to our kids the necessity to protect pets by providing good health care and love. If there is an issue with our pet's stomach, we can take it to the local veterinarian.

Facts And Stats

  • During the 18th century, two beagle breeds, namely Southern Hound and North Country Beagle, were developed in the UK, especially for hunting.
  • More than 70,000 beagles are used annually in the USA for medical, chemical, and beauty product tests. Beagles are taken for the test due to their easygoing nature. They do not react violently like other breeds.
  • National Beagle Club was established in 1888 in the USA. The first field trials started in 1890, but the first National Beagle Club specialty show was conducted in 1891.
  • In 2008 a beagle named "Uno" won the top dog status at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It was the first time a beagle won the title since the show's start in 1877.
  • According to Stanley Coren's report "Intelligence of Dogs", beagles are placed in 72nd rank due to the lack of obedience.
  • Beagles have an average life span of 12 to 15 years and weigh around 18 to 30 lb. They are about 13 to 15 in height at shoulder level.
  • Beagles have soft fur and shed less hair compared to other breeds. Beagles are independent in nature. Some of the behavior resembles that of a cat.

What day is National Beagle Day?

April 22 is National Beagle Day.


What is the significance of National Beagle Day?

On National Beagle Day, we can adopt a beagle dog and take it to the dog park.


How is National Beagle Day different from National Black Dog Day?

On National Beagle Day, we cherish the beagle dogs, while on National Black Dog Day, we celebrate black dogs irrespective of the breed.


How does National Beagle Day affect people psychologically/emotionally?

People are affected emotionally on this day because beagles are extremely friendly with us.


Why do kids love National Beagle Day?

Kids love this day because they get to adopt a beagle and play with it.


When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • Friday, April 22, 2022
  • Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Monday, April 22, 2024

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Written by Sriparnika Sarkar

Bachelor of Science, Master of Science specializing in Chemistry

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An accomplished content writer with a strong academic background in science. Sriparnika holds a Bachelor's degree in Science with Chemistry Honors from Amity University, Calcutta, and a Master's degree in Physical Chemistry from the renowned Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta. Sriparnika's diverse academic and professional experiences have equipped her with a unique set of skills that make her a successful content writer. She has interned with Team Everest NGO to develop an English curriculum for economically disadvantaged students and worked as a subject matter expert with Chegg.Inc. Additionally, Sriparnika has invested in her professional development by obtaining certifications in content writing from Internshala, Photography from Sudhir Shivram, and the basics of web development from Internshala.

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