We have heard people say that a beagle is a dog followed by a nose and thats a very true statement. Bred to hunt, a beagle is made to sniff – and sniff – and sniff some more. That fabulous nose can lead a beagle to fun and often, right into trouble. When a Beagle catches a scent, his nose will hit the ground and he will go off to follow it. All other senses will be ignored, and no matter how loud you yell “COME”, a Beagle will not listen and will not come back if he starts running. It’s not that they don’t love you and want to escape, or that they are being purposefully disobedient… they are just following their nose. That’s the job of a Beagle.
Beagles are known to roam – they can’t help themselves, really. Running is second nature to this merry little scent hound. As a beagle owner, it’s your job to make sure that your dog is always in a secure environment where he will not have the chance to bolt because trust us, he will!
Beagles can be tough to train, too. This is often a recognized characteristic of the breed. We refer to their intelligence level as “beagle smart”. They can learn to understand what you’re telling them, they just don’t always decide to listen – especially when food is involved! However, ask any beagle owner if their dog is a “prankster” or smart – and I bet they’ll nod yes!
Oh yes, one more thing – that voice!!!! Beagles can be howlers. They have a very distinctive singing voice and use it when they are excited. If there is a knock at the door or a bird in the yard… you will hear the bark or the baying that makes this dog sometimes unpopular. Not all beagles are vocal – some are very quiet. Honestly, it all comes down to a particular dog.
Having said ALL that why would you want a beagle? Why would you NOT?
Beagles are very sociable and people-oriented. They like to be on your lap when you watch TV and in your room (preferably in your bed!) when you sleep. They aren’t happy in the background and thats fine – you didn’t want that in a dog anyway, we hope.
Beagles make wonderful family dogs. They are loving and affectionate, they are great with kids, and they are real cuddlers. There is nothing better than having a Beagle jump up on your lap, give you a kiss, and curl up for a nap under your arm.
Beagles don’t need lots of grooming, they don’t shed a lot and a monthly bath will do just fine, thank you.
Beagles are medium sized, under 30 lbs, great companions if you want to walk, jog or just sit by the fire and read a book. Beagles are sweet natured, happy, funny and all of these things make them one of Americas favorite dog breeds.
So, if you want to read more about grooming/health concerns specific to the breed and some of the interesting things that make this dog our personal favorite, you’ll find that info within the pages of this site.