Are Beagles birddogs? They hunt. Rabbits, according to research. And pheasants, based on a book which I own. But does that qualify Beagles as birddogs? Yes, I suppose it does!! What about Beagle crosses? Are they birddogs, as well? Rose seems to think so!! We have encountered this beautiful, exotic-looking bird. "He" is medium-sized. This bird has black stripes like a Zebra's painted on his sides. I love that about him!! Seriously!! He has an ebony marking which wraps flawlessly around his chest and eyes that makes him look like a bandit, or something. Yep!! Bright orange feet and beak complete this unique bird. He looks as though his "great escape" was from our local zoo!! Honestly!! His "call" is equally peculiar. And noisy!! Best as I can describe it, when this bird opens his beak, he lets out something that sounds like a dying car engine!! Not so pretty!! The moment Rose first caught sight of him, during an afternoon walk, her brown velvet-soft ears perked. My mongrel's forehead furrowed. And Rose's pink tongue licked her lips. She thought he was food!! This is a game bird, according to our research. If Beagles hunt fowl--and Rose shows some strong tendencies of acting like the hound dog--then it only makes sense!! Right? So, as I stood, stock-still, completely mesmerized by this unique bird, my perspective was: Oh, he's beautiful!! I've never seen anything like him before!! What is he? Quail? Wild chicken? Where did he come from? Rose had an entirely different perspective!! Her thoughts went more like this: Mmmm.... This looks like a tasty meal!! Yummy, yummy, yummy!! Look at that meat!! Can I catch it? Can I? Can I? Can I? Let me at it!! Really, Rose? Is food all you can think about? Sometimes I feel like we are Han Solo and Chewbacca from "Star Wars"!! You know, the Harrison Ford line: "Great, Chewy. Great.... Always thinkin' with your stomach."? It is perfect!! Not that I am complaining. Trust me. I am not!! I embrace and celebrate my "food-lovin'" little girl!! Every day!! This exotic-looking creature has hung around, despite being completely out of his environment. Whenever I am walking Rose, her ears perk and forehead furrows. As he hops around in a chicken-like gait, she seems intensely fascinated!! So.... Are Beagles birddogs? They hunt. Rabbits, according to research. And pheasants, based on a book which I own. But does that qualify Beagles as birddogs? Yes!! It does!! And, can instinct be so potent that canines are birddogs even sans training? Does it come naturally, like Rose's high-pitched baying? And, are Beagle crosses birddogs? Mine seems to be!! For Rose and I certainly have two different perspectives when it comes to that game bird!!