Here are a few commonly asked questions about Beagles.
While many Beagle owners don't notice it, hound dogs are said to possess a distinctive odor. This scent is attributed to both their skin and fur, as well as their anal glands. This scent may help a Beagle identify members of its own pack. The breed also loves to roll in things—anything that smells interesting to them—when they're out for a run, which can add to the doggy odor. Regular bathing and grooming can help minimize an undesirable odor. Expressing anal glands may also help lessen unwelcome odors.
Many dogs snort, cough, and suck air through their nasal passages, this behavior is called the 'reverse sneeze.' Usually, this is of no concern and is similar to cleaning the throat. Beagles often display this behavior. It is likely caused by irritation or allergies and does not often require special care.
Beagles appear in pop culture regularly, in comic strips, movies, and cartoons, and as famous pets. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson kept Beagles in the White House, and Barry Manilow featured his own Beagle named Bagel on album covers. Comics, cartoons, and television shows have featured the lovable Beagle through the decades. The most famous comic strip Beagles are Snoopy in Peanuts and Odie in Garfield. Sci-fi fans may recall Porthos, Captain Archer's lazy and well-behaved Beagle from Star Trek: Enterprise. Shiloh was the beloved star of a children's book and film by the same name, and Inspector Gadget had a Beagle companion named Brains in the movies.