6 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Beagle
6 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Beagle
Alright, well if you have not already guessed, I absolutely love Beagles. At the risk turning this article into an image gallery for my own Beagle (because showing off my dog is my favorite hobby), I am going to list six reasons why you should really consider a Beagle as your next pet.
1. Beagles Are Always Happy
Have you ever been around somebody's dog who snaps at other dogs, or maybe gets food aggressive? It's pretty common. Beagles, on the other hand, do not do that. Think happy, upbeat, playful, and cuddly—that's your average Beagle. In my entire experience raising my Beagle and being around countless others, I have never seen a Beagle snap at another dog, display food aggression, or get protective of their toys. My friends often ask me to have dog dates with them because, "My dog just loves playing with your dog . . . I've never seen my dog so happy!" Why do you think this is? Because it's a Beagle.
2. Beagles Like to Cuddle
Yes, that's right. Beagles love to cuddle. Beagles just love to be around people, in general. If it's nuzzled up with you in bed, that's even better. I've heard a common misconception that "beagles aren't apartment dogs." That has not been my experience. I had my Beagle for her first year in a small two bedroom apartment. They do need more exercise than let's say, a Great Dane (another common misconception that Danes aren't good apartment dogs). However, taking my dog on a few walks a day, the park maybe once or twice a week, sufficed just fine for her.
In fact, Beagles are actually known to have separation anxiety because they love being with their owner so much. There have been countless nights where my Beagle has cuddled up as a little spoon in bed, and when we wake up, she's in the same spot as when we fell asleep. Several mornings, in fact, I have had to pull her out of bed to go outside, and she's only 15 months old. She loves being under the covers right next to me.
3. Beagles Love Kids
My mother had the sweetest dog, but she was not good with kids. If kids got too close, which they often did, she would snap at them. Imagine our horror as we were left apologizing to their parents over and over again. Beagles, however, are frequently rated as the number 1 family dog because of their affection towards children. The first child my dog met was almost 3 years old and my dog was 5 months old. The toddler picked her up and took her all over the house like a little stuffed animal. My Beagle just went limp and let her carry her everywhere, even up and down the stairs.
The other week, we went inside Walmart (some Walmarts are dog-friendly now) and a small toddler ran up to my dog. The toddler laughed out of excitement when my dog showered her with kisses and then followed us through the aisles petting her.
Though I love my mother's dog, it's just a pain taking her to the park and getting nervous when we see children, or not being able to bring her to people's homes who have children. With a Beagle, you never have to worry about any of this, especially at home with your own children.
I have small children in my family and their parents often ask me to bring my dog over because she loves to play so much that it gets the kids tired and ready for bed. They chase her all around the house and the backyard, and she loves it and the kids love it. What more could you want? A happy, playful dog with happy, playful kids. Sounds like a happy home to me!
4. Beagles Are Extremely Intelligent
Have you seen the Beagle airline commercial? Because you probably should. Warning: Have tissues near, commercial may cause uncontrollable sobbing at the sheer cuteness of this Beagle. Though Beagles are incredibly stubborn to train, they are learning what you are teaching them, and they are learning it very quickly. At 4 months old, I taught my Beagle to sit in one day (with the aid of treats, of course).
While my roommate potty trained her dog, we hung a bell on our front door. I did not even bother with it for my Beagle because I had read online that they were stubborn. One day we heard the bell ring and it was my Beagle at the door waiting to go potty. After several weeks of trying, her dog never learned to ring the bell, but my Beagle did every time and we never even trained her. Beagles will surprise you, they are extremely intelligent animals.
5. Beagles Have Low-Maintenance Coats
If you are considering a Beagle, you have probably already read this online and what you have read is true. When I first got my Beagle, I bathed her once or twice a week like a helicopter mom (not to slight anybody who bathes their dog this much, I wish I still did that). I was very rigid with her. Now, there are times whenever I forget to bathe her and I realize it's been months since her last bath.
She plays outside every day, and hardly ever brings dirt with her inside. Her coat never gets coated in that smelly, gunky gross-ness that will happen with dogs who haven't been bathed in a while. Admittedly, a few months is too long for me to go without bathing her, but we all have lives and I have done it several times. Currently, I average bathing her probably once a month, and she smells just fine. She never has to be groomed and does not shed excessively.
6. Beagles Are Exceptional Hunters
This is what Beagles are known for: hunting. This notion is undoubtedly true. I'm not much of a hunter so I cannot write about my experience here. My beagle is always nose to the ground, tail in the air, no matter what. She sniffs out things buried in the yard, the couch, the bed, anywhere. She instinctively retrieves well too. I probably could take her hunting and after a few times, she would be an all-star. An uncle of mine had many Beagles growing up, and he explained it to me this way: when you make a stew, you smell the stew and maybe the chicken or the celery. Your hound, on the other hand, can smell every ingredient in the stew. They can smell the potatoes, chicken stock, celery, carrots, oregano, garlic, salt, chicken, and basil leaves. They can smell each ingredient so distinctly that their noses are to the ground around the kitchen.
Beagles do not have the top nose out of all the breeds, I think that spot might be reserved for the Bloodhound and Bassett Hound, though Beagles usually rank third. In fact, ever wonder why their tails look like they have been dipped in white paint? Centuries ago, they were bred this way for hunting. When Beagles are outside sniffing, their tails are straight up. This is how hunters were able to see them amongst the tall grass and dense forest.
Alright, do I have you convinced now? What more could you want in a dog, I mean honestly? Beagles are cuddly, low-maintenance, they love kids, they have an exceptional sense of smell and are exceedingly intelligent. They are stubborn, and they do howl (though, not excessively like you might read online), but in my experience, the positives have far outweighed the negatives.
Questions & Answers
do beagles always come back to you when they are let off the leash?
I think it depends on their training. From what I've read, and observed, it is risky to let them off leash or have them in a non-gated area. The reason is, their sense of smell is so strong that sometimes they will get on a scent trail and keep following it. My dog is fine sometimes off leash, but if she gets caught on a scent, it is hard to get her back.