I've had a Beagle companion for almost 20 years (Joe, my first one passed on after 14 years of delightful behavior). One thing about Beagles is certain: they are full of surprises. Knowing they were bred for hunting, two things are clear: The breeders wanted a dog with a very loud bark so they could locate them during the hunt. A secondary requirement was a white tipped tail so they could be spotted visually. Both my Beagles had an ear shattering bark that produced an echo when inside the house and was not necessarily favored by neighbors when outside. And of course the constant wagging of the white tipped tail is a joy. The Beagle is a wonderful animal and I am so thankful for the blessing of having one at my side.