The Beagle really is the perfect family pet. As a breed they are known for their happy, affectionate nature and their love of company, whether human, canine or even feline! They dislike being on their own making the Beagle an addition to any busy family dynamic. As well as being extremely lovable they are also very intelligent and always looking to please their owner. They particularly suit active families as they have high energy levels and love exercise.
As soon as you mention the Beagle most people will associate these creatures with hunting. The history and origin of the breed originates in England where they were mainly bred for hunting rabbits and quails. Traditionally they would hunt in packs or pairs but they are also extremely good at hunting alone. Beagles are especially renowned for their excellent sense of smell and it is this characteristic that makes them such good tracking and narcotics dogs. Nowadays, Beagles are mainly kept as companion animals but their strong hunting heritage means that they are extremely persistence and are able to work through problems themselves.
Beagles are a notoriously ‘happy go lucky’ creature which makes them exceptional companions for the average family. Although they are only small they are little bundles of energy. They have lots of stamina and extra energy that they are always looking to use up so you need to make sure you have the time to provide them with regular exercise. Invest in different dog toys and dog treats to keep exercise interesting and make sure that good behavior is rewarded.
Beagles are also incredibly low maintenance. After even the muddiest of walks, all the dog needs is a rub down with a towel and they are clean again! This is due to the animal’s dense, waterproof coats, clean legs and small compact feet; another reason why Beagles are such a family-friendly pet to have! They also never have to be clipped so you don’t need to worry about this expense.
Beagles truly are a great sporting breed with lots of character. They are easy to look after and as long as they get enough love and exercise they are happy! When it comes to food Beagles really enjoy eating and will literally eat anything! However, you do need to be careful not to over-feed them as they will eat whatever you put in front of them. An adult dog will only need one serving of dog food and maybe one dog treat or biscuit a day.
Beagles require very little socialization and are happy interacting with most other animals and humans. They do need companionship and may turn destructive if left alone for hours on end. A perfect home for a Beagle is one that can give them plenty of play time, exercise and regular walks. However, many Beagle owners will warn to keep the dog fenced in a yard at home or on a leash when on a walk as they do have a tendency to follow scents and run off to explore. If you don’t want to spend hours searching for your dog it is best to keep it on a lead!
As well as making great companions they are brilliant watchdogs. They will let you know if someone is at the door by barking, however they are extremely friendly so don’t make as good guard dogs!
If you want a little dog to enjoy walks with, to be affectionate and provide great companionship for you and your family, then the Beagle is the breed for you!