The Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Beagle Dog

A Beagle dog can be a delight for the right family. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Beagle.

The Beagle dog has become a very popular breed due to his small size and versatility. Would a Beagle dog be a good pet for you and your family? This active and enthusiastic dog breed may not be for everyone that’s why it’s important to learn everything you can about the Beagle before bringing one home to your family.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Beagle dog breed:

Advantages of Owning a Beagle Dog

Most Beagle dogs have a good natured disposition and a pleasing personality which makes them an excellent family dog.

The Beagle dog breed tends to be athletic and versatile making them a natural for a family who enjoys outdoor life. If you enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, or just exploring the great outdoors, a Beagle will be your eager companion.

Beagles tend to have a coat that’s easy to care for. This means less time and money spent on grooming.

Disadvantages of Owning a Beagle Dog

The Beagle dog breed can be stubborn and difficult to train. Unlike some dog breeds, the Beagle is not always focused on pleasing their owner. They tend to have a rather independent attitude which can make training very frustrating. This can also make them difficult to housebreak.

Beagles can be roamers due to their tendency to follow an interesting scent. This means they are good escape artists, requiring a very secure fence secured at the base to prevent digging under the fence to follow an interesting odor.

Beagles have a variety of health problems including the potential for thyroid disease, orthopedic problems, seizures, and allergies. They also have a tendency to develop recurrent ear infections and wax buildup. To avoid these health problems, it’s best to select a Beagle from a reputable breeder. (if you don’t plan on adopting one from a local shelter).

Beagles can be a noisy breed. They tend to have a rather loud annoying howl which isn’t always popular with the neighbors.

Beagles have a tendency to shed. Despite the fact that their coats are fairly easy to care for, they can shed on your clothing, furniture, and carpeting. This may seem less offensive due to their short coat which makes the shedding a bit more tolerable. Count on doing more vacuuming and keep a lint brush handy.

While there are many exceptions to these general rules about Beagle dogs, you may want to consider these typical personality traits when making your decision to purchase or adopt one. It’s important to learn as much as you can about Beagle dogs and get the best Beagle dog information available before bringing your new dog home.

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  1. Kelly

    On February 9, 2008 at 11:16 am

    We just adopted a Beagle mix and she is a great dog! We have seven-year-old boy/girl twins and she is really gentle with them. Bonnie is a mix-breed with some German Shepherd. She seems quite easy to train and we got her from a shelter! I guess we are very lucky.

  2. kendra

    On April 18, 2008 at 10:51 am

    my beagle bit me for the first time last night ! Why

  3. kennypo65

    On October 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I have a beagle mix and he is really my best friend. He can be a bit willful at times but he likes to be with me all the time. I can’t do anything without him tagging along and I wouldn’t want it any other way. As I write this he is laying at my feet hoping that I pick up the car keys so we can go for a ride.

  4. Eiddwen

    On September 3, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I had a beagle when I was small and she was my best friend and all else.For the first time ever I do not have a dog or any other pet for that matter.If i am ever in the position to have another dog I will most definitely be looking for a Beagle.This article was great by the way.

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