Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted February 7, 2014
I learned the hard way that Beagles were not meant to be inside dogs. I made the mistake of having a Beagle in an apartment, so I learned quickly how much space they actually need. They are highly intelligent and have an abundance of energy that needs lots of room to run off. They are great hunters and easily trainable, so if you want an outdoor adventure dog, this is the one for you.
Beagles are also great for adventure type competitions and field trials. They love to play and can become a bit destructive if they get bored. Beagles are mid-size dogs but are still really strong animals. They have a loud howling bark so don't expect them to be quiet. They are used professionally as scent dogs and have one of the most developed scent sense in the canine kingdom.
The most famous Beagle is the lovable Charlie Brown companion Snoopy. Just like the cartoon version, a Beagle is loyal, loving and great with families. They are rambunctious for small kids to play with and loving for their adult owners as well. Beagles are neither temperamental or timid, but have a more even personality that makes them poor candidates for watch dogs. Beagles need lots of space, attention from their owners, and toys to chew on to be happy in their home.