ANIMALS: Top Dog

The beagle hound is a friendly, flop-eared little dog with a tail that wags with the furious regularity of a revving propeller. As the "harrier," he was bred in England and Wales at least 600 years ago to hunt small game; today he is equally at home on heath or hearth, looks like a slightly bowlegged, apartment-size (13-15 in. high) foxhound. Last week, as a reward for his amiable ways, the beagle was acclaimed No.1 U.S. purebred dog by the American Kennel Club. With a population of 45,398 registered A.K.C., the beagle nosed the friendly, flop-eared cocker spaniel (pop....

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