The Beagle is one of the oldest hunting dog breeds and has been bred in England for 500 years as a pure breed especially for hunting packs of rabbits. He belongs to the hounds and scent hounds family.
The original task of the beagles was the par force hunting in a pack for a piece of game until it was hold on a point or was brought back. The pack was sent out to look for the tracks of a morning hare that had fallen to wood, and as soon as a dog had picked up a track it indicated this by making a sustained track noise.
Since the hare track is very fleeting and the cloud of scent only stays on the track for a short time, the dogs had to have a very sensitive nose to follow the track.
New methods in the management and hunting of hoofed game stocks have recently given the use of the beagle new possibilities. Dogs with the finest of noses, an enormous willingness to track and a loud track sound are required for scavenger hunts. This is not a coursing hunt, as they follow the game with a deep nose.
In today's conditions, the Beagle is used as a small, versatile hunting dog. Due to its external appearance, its small, compact shape and its social, calm and well-balanced nature, it is ideal for the hunter and family.
The Austrian Beagle Club organizes yearly hunting training weekends, different hunting trials. Even if we are not hunters and we don't rear our puppies directly for hunting we think, it's very important to keep the function of the beagle alive and breed dogs with existing instincts - so we pass with all our dogs a field trial on hare including shoot proving tests and obedience.