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 reasearch - talk to vets, talk to beagle owners, read
books, talk to us.
Why a Beagle Isn't for Everyone:
Beagles have been bred for hunderds and hundreds of years
to follow their noses, so now... they do! And it gets them
into lots of trouble.
Beagles absolutely need to live in a house with a securely
fenced yard. When a beagle catches a scent, their nose will
hit the ground and they 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 of their fenced yard. 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.