While adoption should always be your first option, it might not be possible. If you are specifically looking at getting a Beagle, you might want to do a bit of research first. Of course, there are a lot of Beagle rescues out there where you will be able to adopt, but what if you want to buy a pup from a breeder?
In this case, you would have to meet the mom and dad, check the circumstances at the breeder’s lodgings, and be sure that the bloodline is stable.
#1: Escape Artists of Note
This is one trait Beagles are known for, escaping. No yard or fence is guaranteed to keep your pup out of harm’s way. As highly intelligent hounds, Beagles can climb fences and open latches. Be sure your setup is secure enough to keep your pooch in.
#2: Intelligence Calls for Stimulation
Beagles need a lot of stimulation and exercise. You’ll soon notice that they can wreak havoc if not supervised and bored. To curb this in, you’ll need to train him, take him for long runs and teach him tricks to keep him stimulated and happy.
#3: The Stubborn Beagle
Beagles are very difficult to housebreak. They are stubborn and slow at learning where to go potty, what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Instead of wanting to please you, they’d much rather play. Food can be used to solve this problem.
#4: Shedding and Odor
Now, you may be under the impression that due to its short-haired coat, the Beagle is a neat and low-maintenance pooch. This is however not true. Beagles shed more than most other shorthaired canines and have a very distinct doggy odor.
#5: Biggest Hearts
Beagles get along with everyone. They love other pets and get along with children and adults too. You won’t have to worry about anyone being attacked or other dogs being nipped while visiting. If you give them your love and affection, they’ll give you their love and loyalty in return.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that a dog’s temperament depends greatly on its lineage, its mom and dad. If you are not adopting, it’s worth checking out the breeder and going for a visit beforehand. Even though this breed can be a handful, they make great friends and companions to those who invest in their wellbeing.
If you do decide on getting a Beagle, consider buying a training guide to help you. Training Your Beagle, by Kristine Kraeute is a must-have for any soon-to-be Beagle owner.