Beagles are amazing family dogs. I've had males and females and there's no real difference. However one of our beagles now doesn't shed at all, the other sheds constantly! One is better behaved than the other, and one only ever barks at dinner time, the other barks at other dogs, or when he wants to come inside.
They are both super tolerant of anything the kids do to them, no aggression what so ever. You can take the food off them as they are eating it, and our well trained boy automatically just sits and then waits for the command that he can eat again once I put the food down (I do this so I know he won't get cranky if the kids ever do it).They are the worst guard dogs that have ever existed because they love everyone, but they can not be trusted with cats or pocket pets. We don't have any pocket pets so we're okay, but if you do, or you're a cat owner I would personally go for a different breed (or maybe a puppy if it's a cat...but I'd never trust a beagle with a pocket pet).
Ours don't dig, in the past we've had diggers...but it stopped once they were 2-3 years old.....but they are opportunistic escape artists. So we have to make sure our doors and gates are always properly closed. We also have concrete lining all of our fences (just so they can't dig their way out...we did this before we got them) On the odd occasion they have gotten out it has been really hard to get them back. One is very food orientated so we can get him back with food, the other we have to wait for him to be distracted with something so we can grab him. This is really the only thing that would stop me from having another beagle. Our last dog used to hang out the front with us and not leave the yard, and we could trust completely at off leash areas. I miss that part. But otherwise they're perfect
Last edited by Full House; 30-08-2015 at 10:22.
I have a beagle and he's a great family dog. He's brilliant with the kids. I've only ever had male dogs so I don't really have anything to compare.
We made sure he was well trained as a puppy (although we got a little slack as he got older) so we can take him off lead in open areas and he'll come back when called.
He doesn't have a lot of the typical Beagle traits that some people are wary of - he doesn't dig, howl (unless separated from our other dog, they're inseparable), jump fences, bark or eat/chew everything in sight. He's actually a bit of a fussy eater sometimes and has a sensitive tummy so needs an expensive type of food.
I'd definitely get another Beagle if we were to ever have another dog after these two are gone.
Last edited by Full House; 30-08-2015 at 12:32.
My beagle can be trusted off the leash he defiantly likes to push our buttons when calling him back though ie coming back to us via the scenic route that being said he always listens and comes back. He's never really tried to escape although our backyard is pretty secure. One very annoying thing about him is his barking if he is behind our fence and sees another dog walking pass he will follow it and bark it all the way until he can't see it anymore but if we are walking and he sees the same dog he loves it wants to play etc. Its so frustrating
My Beagles can be let off leash when at the beach or camping etc. I find you have to do it from a young age and it helps if you have and older dog who is already trained as they learn a lot from them. I always have food on me just in case but more as a training tool. I find the dogs generally like to keep us in sight - they will scamper off and play/sniff etc but always come when called and never go where they can't check to see we are still around. Only one of my dogs I can trust 100% all the time though, we take him to dog friend camp sites and he just hangs around the campsite and follows me wherever I got. The others would run off and annoy other people (not actually run away).
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