Is a Beagle Right for Me?

beagleWhen you’re considering a beagle as a pet, you have to understand a lot about them. If you’re looking for a hunting dog, this is a great breed – as long as you’re not looking to hunt anything larger than a rabbit. If you’re looking for a family dog, this, too, is a great breed.

The size of a beagle can vary. There are two size varieties – one up to 13 inches at the shoulder and one up to 15 inches at the shoulder.

The weight of a beagle is typically between 20 and 35 pounds depending on its diet and level of exercise. This is an ideal weight to be able to carry, place in the car, and take wherever you go.

The life span on a beagle is anywhere between 13 and 16 years.

It’s important to remember that beagles are hounds. They need to have time to explore and stay busy. Long walks are needed so they can have plenty of time to sniff around.

Other breed characteristics that you should be aware of are:

  • Highly adaptable
  • Highly affectionate
  • High barking tendencies
  • Child-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Highly intelligent
  • Very playful
  • Needs a lot of social interaction

It’s also important to note that health is not usually an issue and grooming needs are low. They aren’t the dog you want to teach tricks and they don’t usually make a good watchdog. Due to their barking tendencies, they are not typically apartment friendly, either.

Beagles are known for being such good “sniffers” that airports will use them to be able to sniff through luggage in order to find weapons, drugs and various other illegal items. They are small enough to avoid making passengers feel nervous and they are stranger friendly so it’s easy for them to approach without problem.

When you want a good dog that is easy to get along with and likes activity, a beagle may be the best one for you.

 

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