Perhaps the best-known individual of this breed, Snoopy may not give a true picture of beagles. While they aren’t human-like (and don’t confuse themselves with humans), the breed’s hunting acumen and cheery temperament have made the beagle one of the most popular breeds in the United States, according to the AKC.
There’s no reliable documentation of the origin of the beagle breed, though the dog we know and love today is the result of a well-bred strain from England that was imported to the U.S. in the 1860s. This scent hound, used primarily for hunting rabbits and hares, has a sassy side. According to the AKC, “Beagles will make you laugh, but they are a challenge to train. They do have a naughty streak and can be difficult even for the most experienced of dog people.” At their best, beagles are “temporarily obedient,” according to the AKC.