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Kerry Beagle Puppies
Description: The origin of the Kerry Beagle description as "beagle" is unknown, as the Kerry Bealge was never a small dog like the familiar Beagle. In fact, in earlier times, the Kerry Beagle was even larger, but has carried the label of Beagle for centuries. The present-day word for the breed in the Irish language is pocadan, which describes him as a hunting dog. In the beginning, he was mainly used for stag hunting, a sport requiring speed and stamina. He is now generally utilized for hare hunts as well as drag trials. The exhilarating sport of foot hunting for hare is pursued in Ireland mainly for the enjoyment of following a fine pack of hounds. Watching these dogs from a high vantage point as they work the rocky mountainsides is a never-ending thrill, and listening to their beautiful voices echo across the valleys culminates the hunt. The Native Dogs of Ireland says that, "it is extremely rare if a hare is caught. The Hunt Master invariably calls off the hounds should the hare be in any danger or distress." Drag trials are held in Ireland for the Kerry Beagle. The Kerry hounds fan out in a large circle when casting, and automatically turn to the first dog that finds the scent and indicates it by "opening" with a loud bay. They have astonishing speed and independence.
Other Names: Pocadan
Height: 22-24 inches
Colors: Black and tan, blue mottled and
tan, black/tan/white, or tan and white
Country of Origin: Ireland
Irish Kennel Club (IKC)
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