Beagles And Why They Are Perfect

Updated on August 3, 2009

As I sit here typing this, I am accompanied by my dog, a chubby, 3-year-old beagle with anxiety problems.  She is curled up by my side, staring at me with those patented wide-as-saucer beagle eyes.  Her loveliness and cuddle-bility (is that a word?  ability to be cuddled?  well it should be...) has driven me to outline what is it about beagles that makes them the very best breed in my oh so humble opinion.  Disagreeable comments are welcomed- if you believe there's a better breed, your opinions are welcome!  Although I doubt you'll convince me...

Anyway, what's so great about the beagle?  Now I can't speak on behalf of all beagles...I personally am of the belief that all of God's precious creatures have souls and thus are all different from one another...but I can speak about my beagle, Bailey.  

Point Number One:  She needs me.  I don't know if it's the breed or the anxiety problems, but that's a pooch right there that needs their owner.  I know for a fact that beagles are one of the most vocal of breeds- in fact, they're famous for their howling bark- and believe me...if you leave them alone for awhile, they'll go nuts!  Don't worry, it's cute, but also very loud.  This can be either a good thing or a bad thing for you.  For me it's good- the dog's desperation at my departure makes me feel loved. 

Point Number Two: They're the perfect size.  To me, the beagle is the perfect medium between the yipping chihuahua and the monster-sized pit-bull  Having a beagle is perfect- you don't look like a sissy owning one and they don't have the ability to knock you to the ground and maul your face off!  Perfect, right?

Point Number Three: CUUUUUUUTE.  So cute.  Beagles are one of the lucky breeds that remains cute for their entire lives.  In my opinion they make, hands down, the cutest puppies, and they carry this cuteness with them to adulthood.  

Point Number Four: Perfect for families.  Now, not knocking the chihuahua, but before my family got Bailey, we had a chihuahua named Tequila.  My father purchased her when I was one, and I grew up with her until she died.  I have to say, a chihuahua is an example of a dog that does not do well with children.  Chihuahua's are infamous for only attaching themselves to one family member, usually the patriarch.  All of my years spent with Tequila were unfulfilling and I never really knew the deep companionship you could have with a dog until we got Bailey.  Beagles are extremely loving and bond with every family member.  And did I mention they're really cute?

All in all, if you're looking to get a new dog, my advice is to look no further than this ancient, lovable breed.  I'm no dog expert, but I do have a beagle, and she pwns every other dog I see when I take her on walks.  And look at the picture up there of her sister, Beasley!  I know it would've made sense to put Bailey up, but Beasley's just a hair cuter (and not chubby).   Isn't she precious?


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      tim 3 months ago

      Bernie & I, love him to death, had two others, 1st one, out of a pet store (bad idea), but he was pretty good, always came back when you whisled for him. 2nd one was a deer chasing beagle, really hard to get back. Present one, Bernie, purbreed with papers, is totally Cadillac, knows every move I make, love him very much, now 13.5 years old, peeing a bit, although still love him, Bernie & Tim.

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      Denise 6 months ago

      I have a 5 yr old boy beagle. He also has anxiety and loves to cuddle. He is my first boy beagle I had 2 females in the past. He loves sucking on plush blanets. He will actually sit and nurse and need the blanket. Everyone thinks it is the cutest thing. He loves to greet guest and family with a blanket in his mouth. He is by far the sweetest dog I have ever had.

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      Sue Currier 8 months ago

      My companion is a precious 9 month old Beagle, Arlo. He is happy,healthy, sweet, full of love, and best of all doesn't need a haircut that costs more than my own!!! ♡

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      BONNIE 9 months ago

      I agree this the second beagle in our home we the first one 12 and half years he got and had to be put down I looked on line and it took me 2 months to our new beagle puppy he was 12 week s old when we got him he is very smart. I did the crate training myself and broke both beagle s I will I was 12 years younger on first beagle puppy this is now 1 year old and very good in the house he's sleep s in his crate at night and dose very well. My granddaughter name him Shadow and it fits he's goes every where we do the too cats haven't warmed up to him yet because he's to active we got him last August I will have more beagle if I was to have more he cares a toy outside and I tell him to bring it back in and he I LOVE BEAGLES

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      Yvonne 10 months ago

      Our beagle was the sweatest dog ever. We miss him so much.

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      Barb 19 months ago

      My beagle owns me

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      Anita 21 months ago

      We are on beagle no 2. Jessie was a beutiful girl coming home from work after getting news of my mum passing away I went outside crying and Jessie put a pose on each shoulder and was licking my tears away. Jessie got vertigo she lived to 15. We now have scooby 3 years. He bring us so much joy. Beagles are the best

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      BeagleGirl 21 months ago

      I have a beagle, and he NEVER bites. H eonly scartches you when he is playing, and its am accident. He is the nicest dog EVER. His name is Bagel (bagel the beagle :P

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      Margaret Kinne 23 months ago

      We are on beagle number four! Absolutely love the breed!! Our first Thor lived to be 16. A sweetheart but definitely headstrong. Number two was Boone. Not the brightest one in the litter. Unfortunately he developed cancer at ten and had to be put down as it was very aggressive. Our third was Bocephus. He was an absolute loving,funny, playful smart.....everything you would want in your beagle. He lived until he was 15. Such a loss for our whole family. My husband said no more dogs! Well eight years pass......we have two grandchildren who live eight houses away from us. Their Mom (our daughter-in-law) was never brought up with any pets, totally against pets. My husband and I discussed this and decided we really didn't want our grandchildren brought up so biased so.....we got beagle number four! That was three years ago. Hannah and Alec (ages 10 & 8) can't wait to get to our house after school to play with Chase and he eats up the attention! He is quite a "talker" when someone comes to the door which I don't discourage as I have lost my hearing so he is my build-in alarm system! Can't help it! Love, love, love our beagles!!

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      Marty 2 years ago

      Mine is the sweetest, cutest thing I've ever seen and I would not take a million dollars for her. She has more personality than any dog I've ever had.

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      Judi 2 years ago

      We have a beagle named Hava Bean - she is the love of my life. We rescued her from a pound 7 years ago --- she is now 10 yrs old. Oddly she never barks (not sure if something happened before we got her ?) but I think she needs me as well -- truth be told I probably need her more. She gets along well with our Aussie -- and is a major cuddler with me and my husband.

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      Bill 2 years ago

      I love beagles, and Shiner has been a joy for almost 9 years. He's one of the few beagles I've met who doesn't bay, but he does bark at pretty much everything. My only gripe-- a mile walk takes 3 hours .. minimum. Every weed and stick must be sniffed and most must be peed on. Sniff on, Shiner!

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      Isabelle 2 years ago

      I agree, beagles are the best!!

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      Miguel 2 years ago

      I have a Beagle named Roxy I've had her since she was weeks old she is seven years old now. And love her with all my heart she is loving playful and shows me how much she misses me every night when I get home. We have great times together she loves to go for walks play in the yard and fetch the ball. My arm gets tired before she does. She loves to cuddle and acts just like a child she understands a lot. Really an amazing loving animal with her very own personality. Can't Wait to get her a playmate .

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      Bones Kelley-McCoy 2 years ago

      Only critique --maybe cuddle -ability? ? Sounds smoother.

      I had a pedigree Show Dog but wiyh the strict codes for their breed, Muffin, you know Beagles 'gtow into ' their ears. She'd run and play and hit my large polished kitchen floor and slide circling into the low cupboards. For showings, Beagles were to have their whiskers trimmed off starting in puppyhood. We did, same thing happened except THIS TIME she went face first. I got to her and she was shaking her head, also when attempting to walk, was stumbling. Then I see her eye----swollen almost completely shut, black and blue and she was crying. Her AKC name is 5 names from her 2 finished champion parents. I picked her her up, turned to my husband and said, "Muffin is a pet." Now we have Rózsa (name Hungarian for Rose, but she acts Hungarian! !!?? lolol). , a milled dog, who was very small. She and her sister were put in the same kennel hutch as the boy litter. Okay----IF YOU MISSED IT---SEPARATE litters, girls bred in one state, boys in another. NOT TO BE PUT TOGETHER. Rózsa never got enough food, drink, or space....her sister and boys ran roughshod all over her. She lived for her short life pressed in a corner. We saved her from a horrible life. That video of the puppy mill farm being busted was part of this man's operations. He'd give the puppies to his daughter outside Akron /Medina to sell. She's a miniature as described. She has her bad moments---it goes back to the hutch. Next time, I am going on the website with adoption of a miniature in mind. Thanks for putting the updates up. Muffin slept with me when my marriage broke up, she never wanted to see the ex and I was her "owner" term used loosely. ....she was my daughter. She passed in 1996, same year as her Grandpa----metasticized cancer. Rózsa is destructive. ....but she IS LOVED AND WHEN SHE DOES PASS, SHE'LL GO IN OUR YARD AND BE MISSED. She listens and knows commands. What I do not like is you have a puppy especially as timid as Rózsa was and WITHOUT ASKING, COME UP AND SCARE HER MORE THAN EVER BY LAYING HANDS ON HER. I piched her up and we eventually set her on her new bed in the cart. Mom didn't want me to say anything. Finally I did. No. You should ALWAYS ask permission. You know nothing about the puppy or its parents. Give this advice to all. It could be breaking training or just harming the animal. Beagles are the very best and you CAN teach them NOT TO BARK AT ALL......Ihad to reteach Muffin to bark at the door or other danger. Rózsa can tell the difference between mail trucks and carriers, sounds, smells. She is so smart. Barks at the right mail truck, not the wrong. She's a wonder----like ALL BEAGLES---THAT'S WHY THEY'RE THE BEST AND ALWAYS PUPPIES!!!!!!

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      Julia 2 years ago

      I have a beagle and he is 15 1/2 years old and is still as cute as a button! I would love another one!

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      Bailee 2 years ago

      I love Beagles. They are the best things in dog history!

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      Lisa 2 years ago

      We have 8 beagles!!! :-) The first two are now 16 1/2 & 16 years old. The oldest one we got when she was 3 1/2 months old. Her previous parents were both active duty. They were gone a lot & wanted her to be with a family. The second oldest, we got at 11 months. Her previous family couldn't take her to Korea. Then the now 9 year old, was going to get put to sleep by her previous family because they let her dig out & get pregnant by a Collie never the less! Anyway long story short, she was acting strange one day, so we had to take her to emergency vet. They had to take her to surgery...sadly, her puppies didn't make it. Our next two beagles, now 6 years old, were thrown in a trash can by their owner at 5 weeks old. Can you believe that? My husband's co-worker, knew we had beagles, so she asked if we wanted them. Of course, we took them! They both have had health issues. One has epilepsy, since she turned 2. Her sister had emergency spinal surgery...a bulging disk at age 3. That was scary!!!

      Then a few years later, we adopted a beagle puppy from Triangle Beagle Rescue whose momma & 6 puppies were

      rescued because they were going to be used as"dog bate" in dog fights in VA. As it turns out, her daddy must have been busy, she's a beagle & American Fox Hound. Her momma was a Beagle...we saw her. Never the less, we LOVE her just as much!! She such a sweetheart! Then my neighbor's daughter sent me a picture of a little beagle who had been found wandering. She was taken to our local animal shelter, which, puts animals to sleep. Now I couldn't have that, so I went and adopted her. She's 3-4 years old. She had teeth marks around her neck from being who knows where. She's SUCH a happy beagle considering whatever she's been through!! Our last Beagle which is 2 1/2 years old, was adopted through Triangle Beagle Rescue. They had had her for over a year. She was EXTREMELY skittish & scared of everything. Apparently, her mom, herself, & her siblings, were dumped in a fenced yard. She's the tiniest one. We think she's a Midget Beagle. It's taken a while and a lot of patience, but she's doing SO well now.

      As you can see, we are passionate about saving animals & giving then a BLESSED home!

      I would LOVE to have more, but with our oldest Beagles needing a lot of care due to age & our one Beagle with seizures, who takes medication, we can't.

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      Chickenlover 3 years ago

      I have two beagle chihuahua mutts. Twins. One looks like a 12 lb, teeny, tiny beagle and her giant eyes melts my heart. The other one has the personality and she's never short of ridiculous stories and unbelievable escapes. They're smart as heck and cute as can be.

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      Cody 4 years ago

      I have a beagle named Jasper; he does not bae very often; but he does love to cuddle. He's very insistant about it; he's gone so far as to try and push my laptop off my lap to take its place; but I loves him anyway.

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      Ben 5 years ago

      I have a Beagle and he is cute. He is very sweet and only bites when he is in a playful mood or when he needs to go to the restroom. That's when he is very playful actually. When he needs to go. lol

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      i have four beagles Winston, Yoshi, Kyra and Kato. all different in personality and sizes. My husband and i love them so very much.

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      Jewels 6 years ago

      You don't own a beagle --- it owns you. Have been owned by beagles since 1978.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing.


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      Laqueefa 6 years ago

      I have a beagle.... He's perfect!!!!

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      matrixmary 6 years ago from Colorado Springs

      As the owner of two beagles, I couldn't agree more. I think they are ideal. But, as my vet said, you have to be a beagle person to live with a beagle, because they are very vocal! I find it charming, others find it annoying! It's funny because my two are polar opposites. My girl is sweet tempered and independent, my boy is ill mannered and has separation anxiety. My boy would just as soon bite you as look at you, and my girl would let you take dinner out of her mouth with no protest. Yet oddly, she's the boss in this house! I think he's a bully because he's a chicken! But I do love beagles, and after having these two I am convinced that I will always have beagles.

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      ashley 8 years ago

      beagles are actully the sweetest dog/puppy u can get even though they are a little naughty sometimes