The Beagle is one of the most popular breeds of dogs. They have a lot to offer a dog owner, from their compact size, their temperament, their behavioral characteristics, and their adorable, long floppy ears. Beagles have a distinct look and color to them that most people can recognize them just about anywhere. Beagles were bred for hunting. They are led by the powerful noses to chase and scurry game, which is one of the things about owning a Beagle a bit of a challenge for many. Many people often think that they are conveniently sized, that they can be well-kept and cared for in an apartment or condo, which is really not the case. Although they are not a large breed of dog, this particular breed is a very active one and requires a lot of exercise in order to keep them happy, and healthy. Unless you plan to spend a lot of time walking, running, or taking plenty of trips to the dog park, this breed can easily become overweight and bored. Here are more facts about the Beagle.
The beagle is a very curious, energetic do that is intelligent and sociable. They love being around people, interacting with people and can be good with other dogs if they are properly socialized at a young age. They will always greet you with a wagging tail and are typically friendly when meeting new people. This is a breed that is known to suffer with separation anxiety, and there are ways to help combat some of the problems related to this issue.
Although Beagles are generally, happy-go-lucky dogs, they can develop poor behavioral traits which are often a result of poor leadership by the owner. As a Beagle owner, it is important to establish yourself as the pack leader from the start. If the dog is allowed to take the pack leader position, you may experience behaviors like, snapping, excessive barking, aggressive guarding, chewing and destroying property, among other things.
Things to consider before adopting a Beagle
- Beagles have selective deafness. They can get on a chase or scent and take off, leaving you behind to try to get them to return to you. You might as well forget it, because these dogs only hear what they want to hear, which is why it is very important to always have them on a leash when out and about.
- They are known to get along with other dogs, however, cats and other animals are not always as easily accepted by a Beagle unless they are socialized to them early on. Neighbors’ cats and other animals are often targeted for a chase or encounter if allowed to be around them unsupervised.
- They need a fenced in area to roam free without a leash to really get good exercise. A solid fence is required to keep your pet secure inside since these dogs are cunning and so high energetic. They are known to dig holes under fences, and jump over. They will also find the slightest break in a fence and find a way to use it as an escape route.
A Beagle may be the perfect dog for you
If you love an active dog who wants to have just as much fun outdoors as you do, a Beagle can be a great pet. Beagles want to be a part of any kind of fun you are having. They’re great walking, running, biking, hiking and playing catch buddies. If this is your lifestyle, this could be a great match for you. If you have a lot of room for your pet to roam inside your home and out, secured, of course, then this could be a great dog-match for you. If you are great at working with dogs, training and disciplining them, socializing and spending quality time with them, you could be a great Beagle owner.
Why a Beagle may not be a good fit for you
For dog lovers who live in small quarters or do not have a fenced in yard, a Beagle may not be a dog you will want to adopt. Despite their convenient size, Beagles have too much energy to be condo or apartment dwelling dogs, especially if they aren’t taken on lengthy walks or runs often to satisfy their need for exercise. Beagles are one breed that are often seen as overweight due to the lack of activity they get. If you aren’t good with training dogs, being firm and leading them to, and teaching good behaviors, a Beagle may also not be a good fit for you. If you own other pets that your Beagle may see as prey or you do not have the time to spend time socializing him, a Beagle might not be the dog of choice for you.
Beagles have a lot of personality and spunk, and a real zest for life. For the right owners, a Beagle can be one the most desirable types of dogs to own. Of course, if you are looking to adopt a full-breed Beagle, it is always critical to find a solid, high quality breeder to make sure you get a healthy pup with good genetics. You should always do your homework on breeders before you purchase any type of dog, otherwise, you could wind up with a dog with poor genetics and a lot of unpredictable issues. There are also Beagle rescues that are always looking for forever homes for their Beagles.
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