BEAGLE. A sturdy hunting dog. His hunting ability, combined with a merry personality, has made the Beagle one of the most popular dogs in the United States. The most famous Beagle of all is Snoopy from the comic strip "Peanuts."
In the 1500s, most English gentleman had packs of hounds. Larger hounds tracked deer, while smaller ones went after rabbits. These were the first Beagles. The origin of the name "Beagle" may have been derived from the French term "be’geule," referring to the baying voice of the hounds when in pursuit of game, or possibly the diminutive size of the hound.