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Beagles have been among the most popular dog breeds in the United States for more than 30 years. Beagles have also held a spot in popular culture: Snoopy, the cheeky dog from the Peanuts gang, is a beagle, and beagles were living in the White House with President Johnson. These scent hounds were bred to be pack dogs, so they're eager to fit in with their human packs. They have a friendly nature that makes them a great family pet, as long as that family has enough energy to keep up with them.

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1. Beagle appearance

The beagle's most striking features are their long, floppy ears and big, brown eyes. They're generally 13-15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 20-30 pounds. They have a white base coat with patches of other colors, usually tan and black. Beagles are bred to have a white-tipped tail, known as the flag, that makes them easy to spot when their nose is to the ground.

Easy to spot white tail alaskla / Getty Images
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