Beagles were developed primarily for hunting hare, an activity known as beagling. They were seen as ideal hunting companions for the elderly who could follow on a horse without exercise in itself for young hunters who could with their horses, hunters and the poor who could not afford to have a good stability of the game to save horses. Before the advent of fashion for foxhunting in the 19th century, hunting was an all day event, which is derived from the enjoyment of the game in place of the dead. In this context, the tiny Beagle was well matched to the hare, as unlike Harriers are quick to chase, but because of its excellent flavor and ability to monitor the resistance were almost guaranteed to take some time hare. Beagle runs closely packages ("so narrow that may be covered with a sheet"), are useful in a long chase as dogs to prevent the dispersed view of the track. Thickness of the brush is also preferred for pheasant hunting spaniel.
With fashion faster fighter, the Beagle fell out of favor for chasing hare, but was still used to hunt rabbits. In Anecdotes of Dogs (1846), Edward Jesse says:
In the rabbit problem in gorse and thick cover, nothing more happy that the rabbit beagles and beagle are called this work, which are particularly good, especially some hairy dogs.
The Beagle is used to hunt rabbits in the early development of the breed.
In the United States appears to be used primarily for hunting rabbits from the first round. Hunting hare with Beagles became popular again in Britain mid 19th century and lasted until it was banned in Scotland for the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, and in England and Wales by the Hunting Act 2004. Under this legislation Beagles may still pursue rabbits with the permission of the owner.
The traditional foot pack consists of a maximum of 70 beagle dogs, gathered by a hunter who leads the team and is assisted by a variable number of scouts are responsible for all the dogs' pen. The teacher of the game in general is a daily upload of a package, and may or not the role of Huntsman on the day of hunting. Beagles can also be individually or in a support (approximately) are applied.
As hunting with Beagles was ideal for young people, many of the British public schools traditionally maintained Beagle packs. Protests were lodged against the use of beagles for hunting at Eton in 1902, but the package still exists today and a pack used by Imperial College, Wye, Kent was stolen by the Animal Liberation Front in 2001. and packages of the School, the University, still maintained by Eton, Marlborough, Wye, Radley, the Royal Agricultural College and Christ Church, Oxford.
Beagles are used for hunting large game variety, including hares, rabbits, cottontail hunting birds, deer, Bobcat, coyotes, foxes and wild boars, and also recorded to be used to hunt Stoat. In most cases, the Beagle as a hunting dog, flushing game for hunter's rifle.