Among the most endearing of canine souls, the Beagle has captured the hearts and fancies of dog lovers everywhere. A simple straight-forward companion dog that desires nothing more than to be with his master or mistress, this is a hound who can make a genuine "best friend" for any owner. From his origins as a hunting scenthound in England to his current-day role as a pet, show dog and part-time working dog, the Beagle proves to be talented, intelligent and determined. This book provides the necessary information about Beagles and their origins in England and rise to fame in the US, breed characteristics and standard, as well as puppy selection, feeding, training, preventative health care and behaviour of the breed. The new owner will welcome advice about puppy-proofing the home, preparing for the pup's arrival, house-breaking and preventing puppy problems. In addition to an authoritative, comprehensive text, this book presents over 135 photographs in full colour, which prove to be as informative as they are attractive.