Pros and Cons of Owning a Beagle
Yes there is good and bad to owning a Beagle that many people do not realize. We find people do not know or understand the Beagle breed, so many Beagles are placed in rescue because of it. We want to prevent that if at all possible. It is always better to know what you are jumping into before you actually do.
Beagles are very unique little characters. Do not even consider adding a Beagle to your family based on looks alone. Behind that sweet face is a very stubborn and single-minded scent-hound!
Do your research - talk to vets, talk to Beagle owners, read books, talk to us.
Why a Beagle isn't for everyone:
Beagles have been bred for hundreds and hundreds of years to follow their noses, so now... they do! And it gets them into lots of trouble.
Beagles simply cannot be trusted to be off-leash, or to consistently obey their owners when they are outside. A house with a securely fenced yard is very important, unless provisions are made for consistent daily walks with the opportunity to exercise in a securely fenced area. 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 turned off, and no matter how loud you yell "COME", a Beagle will not listen and will not come back. It's not that they don't love you and want to run away, or that they are being purposefully disobedient... they are just following their nose. That's the job of a Beagle. We humans, as their guardians, need to make sure that they are safely contained so that their noses don't get them into a dangerous situation.
Beagles can't go on walks or hikes off-leash. For the same reasons as above, they always need to be attached to their human when they are outside. They are not the type of dog that can go hiking or camping with you and just 'hang out' by the campsite. You need to have them on a leash at all times.
Beagles are difficult to train. This is often said, but not entirely true. They can learn to understand what you're telling them, they just don't always decide to listen - especially when there is food involved! "Leave it" is not a well-loved command with Beagles :-) They can be quite stubborn.
Beagles will scavenge for food. If you leave food on a table, or a garbage can within reach... expect to have it inspected (and torn up/eaten) by your Beagle. It's that nose again!
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 ARROOOOOOO!
Beagles are not good outside-only dogs. They are very social and people-oriented. They are not happy in the yard by themselves. Beagles need to be part of the family and allowed to live with you in the house. 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.
Top reasons for surrendering a Beagle:
So after reading all of that...why would anyone want a Beagle?
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