Beagle Temperament – Is This Dog Right For Your Family

Beagles are a very intelligent breed. They have been bred to do many things including search and rescue work, police work, military service, guard duty and even working at nuclear power plants. They are known for their loyalty and love of humans. Some people think that they are too smart for their own good but there is no evidence to support such a claim. Their intelligence makes them great companions. A beagle may not always understand everything that you say but it will listen to what you want it to do. Beagles are usually very patient dogs and enjoy spending time with their owners. They tend to prefer a quiet home environment where they can relax and play all day long. Beagles need lots of exercise so they should ideally live outside most of the time. If you choose to get a beagle, make sure that you take into consideration the following: Size – A medium sized beagle is ideal. These dogs weigh between 40 and 60 pounds. You should look for one that stands between 45 inches tall and 30 inches wide. Coloration – Beagles come in a variety of colors from chocolate brown to black or white. They are generally either solid black or solid white with some markings like blue eyes, curly tail, etc. Coat – Their coat should be short and stand away from the body. Their skin should be taut over the body with no excess hanging anywhere. Ears – Beagles have large and long ears which stand straight up all the time. They should hang over their eyes a bit but never cover them completely. Head – A beagle’s head should be long and narrow with an undershot jaw. The nose is wide but should not droop down. The eyes are round and dark and should be small. The neck is long and heavy but should not be outsized.

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Beagles are a very old breed of dog that originated in England. Despite their average appearance, they are some of the most popular dogs on the planet. Their friendly nature, intelligence and small size has made them a favorite among many families. Due to their popularity they have also become a favorite of dog breeders and churning out sub-par Beagles on a regular basis. If you are looking for a Beagle, you should educate yourself on what makes a good one because there is no shortage of bad ones. Here are some tips that can help you out:

How Do You Want To Use The Dog?

This should be the first thing that you think about before getting a dog of any kind. Think about what you want to do with your dog and then figure out which breed is best suited for those activities. If you are interested in a Beagle then you should probably know that they were bred to track and hunt small animals over a large area. They usually occupy themselves by running after small animals like rabbits, foxes and rodents. Keeping a Beagle indoors all the time will cause it to get bored and they will find other ways of entertaining themselves, which you may not like. So if you want a pet that entertains you will require very little upkeep and exercise, then a Beagle is not the dog for you.

How Well Do You Know The Breeder?

Breeders are people that have a special love for a specific breed of animal and usually work with them on a daily basis. They’re like farmers except that they raise animals with the goal of improving upon their bloodline through selective breeding. Good breeders will only breed good animals and will never sell puppies to just anyone. They want to make sure that the puppies go to homes where they will be treated well and loved. If you buy a Beagle puppy without researching the seller first, you are very likely to get an unhealthy animal or one that carries harmful genetics. You should always ask for accreditation from the American Kennel Club or the Dog Registry of America before buying a dog.

What Do Your Family And Friends Think?

No matter how hard you try, you are probably going to end up talking about getting a dog at some point. This is fine, but you still should not go ahead and get a dog until everyone is in agreement and supportive of the idea. You may think that your family will be happy about it but then they may also be a little worried about the amount of work that dogs need especially if they have never had one before. You also do not want to cause any marital strife between you and your significant other.

You need to make sure that everyone agrees that it is a good idea to have a dog in the house before getting one. If you do not, it can lead to problems later on. This is especially true if your family members are allergic to animal hair or dander. People with these allergies can experience anything from a runny nose and itchy eyes to wheezing and an asthma attack.

If this is the case then you need to make accommodations for them so that everyone can be comfortable in the house.

Do You Have A Budget?

It is natural to want to get a cute little puppy but you should not choose a dog based on how it looks. You need to choose one that will grow up to meet your needs and fit into your lifestyle. If you are not prepared for the costs of owning a dog then you need to think seriously about whether getting one is right for you. There are many expenses involved in owning a dog and these can add up very quickly.

When a dog grows old and passes on, you will need to pay for its funeral. When it gets sick or injured, you need to pay for medical treatment. This could be very costly indeed. Grooming is another cost that some owners overlook when getting a dog.

Some breeds need to be bathed and brushed every week in order to keep their coats healthy and free of matting. This can add up to a large sum of money over time.

Annual vaccinations are also important for keeping your dog healthy. These cost more than the annual check-ups that you get at the doctor and can run into the hundreds. Again, this depends on the breed of dog that you own. Other costs that need to be considered are the price of a license, food, and other miscellaneous items such as toys and bedding.

You should set a firm budget before getting a dog so that you do not get in over your head and have to get rid of your dog because of money problems.


If you already own a home, you will need to make sure that you have proper housing for your dog before bringing it home. Some breeds of dogs are known for destroying furniture and other items around the house if they are not given adequate things to play with. You may think that it is cute that your dog chews up your slippers but you will not think it is so cute when they chew up your expensive couch.

You should also take into consideration the size of your dog before getting one. For example, if you live in a small apartment and want to get a dog that grows to be over 100 pounds, you will have to find somewhere else to live or get rid of the dog when it gets too big. Some breeds grow very large and eat a lot which would be a serious drain on your finances. If you are not prepared for such things you could end up getting rid of the dog because you cannot afford to take care of it anymore.


There are a lot of breeds out there that need a lot of exercise in order to remain fit and not get fat. If you do not make a firm commitment to exercise your dog daily then you need to get a breed that does not require as much because if you do not, it will grow to be very large and unhealthy which could lead to serious health problems down the road. If you are not fit enough to take your dog on a long walk or jog every day then you need to choose a different breed that does not require as much exercise.

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There are also some breeds that were bred for specific tasks and were not just “general dogs.” For example, herding dogs were bred to herd sheep all day long. If you do not own any sheep then it is unlikely that you will be able to give your dog the exercise it needs to avoid getting fat. In this case, you need to either get some sheep or choose a different breed of dog.

You should make sure that you are fit enough to meet your dog’s needs before getting one.


If you have children, you need to make sure that the dog and children get along well. Some dogs are more tolerant of children than others and, even if they do get along well, the children might be too rowdy for the dog and provoke it in some way. This could lead to accidents if proper precautions are not taken. For example, if the dog is large and gets provoked into attacking a child it could do some serious damage.

If you have or plan to have children, you need to make sure everyone is getting along well before getting a dog.


There are a lot of things to consider when you are thinking about getting a dog. It is a long-term commitment that requires a lot of work. If you do not want to clean up dog waste or spend time jogging with your dog, then you need to be sure that you are perfectly clear on what obligations are involved because a dog will not just take care of itself. If you have considered everything and still want a dog, look at the next article in this series to learn about the different breeds of dogs.

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