Hunting Beagle National Championship

by Brittany Harris on April 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

Some hunters took to the woods this weekend, but not the kind you might be thinking of.

The United Kennel Club hosted the 20th Annual Hunting Beagle Nationals at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Over 400 dogs participated in the elimination competition. Master of Hounds Dale Prunty said beagles were originally bred for hunting.

"They have natural ability when they’re born and you just kind of refine that over the years and start them when they’re puppies and they just gradually get better at it hopefully," said Prunty.

On Sunday, the the top 12 dogs from three different categories were taken around the county to hunt for wild rabbits. They were ranked according to score.

Prunty said beagles can make great family pets, "they’re all real friendly and they’re people oriented and they make outstanding pets and really good around kids."

He said 26 states were represented in the competition.