Puppies are cute. There’s no denying it. Even people with mild to severe dog allergies can barely resist petting a young, adorable puppy! While some people do prefer certain breeds over others, many people consider a beagle puppy to be high in the rankings for cuteness. Turns out they are the 5th most popular breed in America! What makes one beagle puppy in particular a bit more unique than any of her relatives is a special pattern found on her fur. (1, 2)
Beagle Puppy With Beagle-Shaped Spots!
This beagle puppy has become well-loved all across the nation. Pictures of this beagle have gone viral after her owner first pointed out the unique pattern on her back. At age 31, Shannon Austin was simply enjoying the sunshine pouring into her garden in Yorkshire when she glanced at her nine-week-old beagle puppy, Hazel’s, back. Delighted, Austin noticed that the pattern looked much like Hazel herself! (1, 2)
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The pattern on Hazel’s back was shaped just like a beagle. It matched Hazel except that it had a different colored snout. After taking a few snapshots and sharing the images online, people everywhere shared Austin’s excited enjoyment. According to Austin, she noticed Hazel’s unusual markings on the same day she brought the pup home but they started out as spots at three weeks old. It wasn’t until Hazel was around nine weeks old that her spots joined together to form another dog shape. (1, 2)
Beagle Puppies Are Unique!
Hazel is a very unique beagle puppy, but the truly amazing thing is that beagle puppies in general are unique from other breeds! While all of their patterns are different and their personalities are unique, here are three things you might not have known about beagles.
1. The Beagle Breed Has Mysterious Origins
While the breed has changed somewhat, beagles have been around for a long time! They are so old that their exact origins remain unknown. Modern-day beagles, however, might have had ancestors that lived in England before 55 B.C. when the Roman legions arrived. (3)
2. A Beagle’s Nose Knows
Beagles are scent hounds. The 5 million or so scent receptors in humans pale in comparison to the 220 million scent receptors in Beagles. For this reason, they have been used as working dogs in the form of hunters or airport security sniffing out contraband food items being smuggled into the United States. (4)
3. Their Patterns Change, But Their Tail Doesn’t!
While beagles all have varying patterns in their fur, you know if a beagle is a pure-breed if it has a white-tipped tail. It may only have a few white hairs on its tail-tip, or its tail could be entirely white. A beagle without this tell-tale marking is a mixed breed.
For The Love Of Beagles
Beagles have come in varying shapes and sizes throughout their history of existence. They have served a wide array of purposes and continue to do exactly that. They are attentive, playful, friendly, and loyal…not to mention absolutely adorable! If you have a beagle puppy or if you’re looking into getting one, pay close attention to the patterns on their fur and see what new shapes you could find!