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Beagle Day

"She’s a beagle true-bred, and one that adores me."

~ Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare, 1601

One of the most favored of family-friendly pets, beagles of various sizes have been popular companions since the time of Queen Elizabeth I, who kept a pocket beagle (only 8 to 9 inches high) with her at all times, including on the hunt, and at table to entertain her guests. Known for their enthusiastic barking and loud howling, and originally bred as fox and hare hunting dogs, the beagle may be so named from the old French word” begueule” which means ” wide throat” or ” loudmouth”. Beagles have at least three distinct vocalizations - barking, howling, and baying (which some people characterize as "yodeling"). One of the worlds most recognized beagle is the fictional Snoopy, from the comic strip, Peanuts, who first made his appearance in 1950, and became a cultural icon throughout the 1960s and 1970s. This tartan was designed for another fictional beagle, Suzie, who has adventures with her humans (one of which who is a computer programmer) from the book "Coding with Beagles"! 🐕

Beagle Day is celebrated to recognize this most loved of hounds, the amiable beagle.


Though its origins are not known, the beagle may have emerged during the 11th century when William the Conqueror brought the St. Hubert Hound and the Talbot hound to Britain, which were then crossed with Greyhounds for speed and stamina for hunting.  With many smaller breeds recognized as "beagles" (small hounds) during medieval through Elizabethan times, the modern beagle began to emerge in the 1840s, though there was still a large variation in size and character.  By 1856, beagles were divided into four varieties: the medium beagle; the dwarf or lapdog beagle; the fox beagle (a smaller, slower version of the Foxhound); and the rough-coated or terrier beagle.


By the early 1900s, the standard breed was recognized and became very popular in the United States and Canada and reached the No. 1 position on the list of the American Kennel's registered breeds from 1953 to 1959.   Alongside the Bloodhound and Basset Hound, the beagle has one of the best developed senses of smell of any dog!


This tartan, designed by Caryl J Bohn, is named for the fictional beagle in the children's book, "Coding with Beagles."


Register notes:


A tartan based on a fictional character from the children’s story ‘Coding with Beagles’. Suzie, a beagle, is the main character. She has adventures with her humans, one who codes computer programmes and loves numbers, and one who weaves and tolerates numbers to achieve her art. The three colours are intended to represent the standard tri-colour Beagle.


For more famous and interesting beagle facts, click the beagles!