Beagles belong in the hound category and were originally bred to chase rabbits for small game hunters. They have an exceedingly good nose for scenting out their prey. They were bred to have a white tip on the tail so that the hunter could easily spot them in the underbrush.
Some people call Beagles a small Foxhound, but actually they were bred from combining harriers with the old Southern Hound. The word Beagle may derive from one of the following: the Celtic word beag meaning small, or the French word beigh or the English word begle. No one knows for sure. Hunters bred Beagles to run in packs and they, therefor, enjoy other animals. They were originally owned mainly by the British aristocracy, but eventually made their way to America.
Many Beagles favor women over men, which is good because a lot of women prefer a small dog. This little dog is very active and makes a happy, lively family pet. Just be sure to offer them plenty of exercise and attention.