Are You a Beagle Person?

Is the Beagle Breed for you?

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Patience will also be one of your virtues when your Beagle decides to chew or destroy something of value, purely because you have not given him enough stimulation. Boredom and the Beagle are a very bad combination, so keep your little hound interested, busy and happy.

You neednt be a marathon runner, but you will need to be reasonably fit so that you can take your Beagle out on plenty of long walks. But don't be over-enthusiastic while your Beagle is still young, for you should not begin a strenuous running program until your dog is at least a year old. As an apartment dweller, you will simply have to set yourself an exercise schedule with your dog, and you must stick to that as this is a breed that needs not only companionship but physical exercise too. And that goes for all weather conditions, so be prepared to get on your hiking boots in the winter months and your slicker when it rains. Most Beagles don't mind the rain, snow or humidity.

If you are a handy-man around the house, this will be of great help in cutting down on the sort of bills you would otherwise pay for an odd-job man. Your yard will need to be fully fenced and also Beagle-proofed. You've gotten yourself an intelligent little dog and if he realizes he can't climb that fence, he may decide to go under it, or even find a way through it. Yes, your toolbox will come in handy.
So, to put it in a nutshell, you have chosen a dog with a fun-loving personality coupled with a bit of stubbornness, lots of voice and a rather independent nature. You will be great as an owner if you are fun-loving too, provided you are prepared to train your dog firmly but kindly.

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Reprinted from Breeder's Best: Beagle © 2005 Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Linda   Millinocket, ME

5/28/2012 11:03:33 AM

Yes I am a first time beagle owner....I started with one and then got another within a year. I will not forget meeting a man outside one of the big name pet stores, "Oh beagles, beautiful dogs...it will take them 4 years to understand what you're trying to train them" So true, I've had my babies for 4 years now...and now they understand (with lots of help with treats). Patience with these lovable goofballs goes a long way. Don't give up on your little hound described as "a nose with 4 feet", they are worth it!

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

6/26/2010 5:06:49 AM

good information, than you

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

9/7/2009 7:47:11 AM

GOOD ARTICLE THANK YOU

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Molly   Tomball, TX

8/6/2009 5:14:04 PM

I've been a beagle owner for most of my life and I have had some of the best and worse experiences with my dogs. My first beagle was Penny I got her from a shelter. She was an older beagle, very loveable but still got into mischief. I didn't have her for long though because she died of cancer just when I was really starting to know her. However, Penny secured my love for the bred. I got PJ when she was six weeks old. PJ is truly a beagle. I've dealt with puppy hood trauma, PJ dug up a whole crepe myrtle and is a natural hunter. To this day she still manages to catch the occasional critter in the back yard. To anyone thinking about getting a beagle, I would say you have to have a lot of time on your hands. Beagles get into trouble regardless of what setting and what age (PJ is fully trained and is now ten years old, but she still managed to somehow get into a stash of Valentine chocolate this year(luckily we got her to the vet in time)). Also, you need to learn to love a lot of noise because beagles really do love to bark. One final word, if you do get your beagle from a beagle ask about various health problems epilepsy runs through the breed as well as various other diseases. PJ, for instance, inherited her father's sensitive skin and last year had to have a cancerous tumor removed because of too much exposure to the sun. Other than that though, beagles really are a great breed to grow up or old with.

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