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Top 10 Hunting-dog Breeds

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English Beagle

Beagles and their masters prepare for a traditional fox hunt.
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These small- to medium-sized, sturdy hounds are natural trackers known for letting out a distinct, shrieking howl when on the hunt. It's believed that English beagles originated as across between the harrier and other types of English hounds, bred for tracking (alone, in pairs or in packs) small animals like rabbit, quail and pheasant [source: Iams].

Beagles' natural hunting instincts and boundless energy make them great on the trail, but also a potential terror to other household pets. Given the breed's predilection for tracking -- following its nose -- and often stubborn nature, beagles require firm training [source: Dog Breed Info Center].

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