When you think of a Beagle dog you possibly picture a pack of these little dogs baying at the top of their lungs as they chase after a fox or rabbit.
While it is true that these dogs are popular hunting dogs and have been used to hunt for several centuries, they also make wonderful household pets.
This dog has a keen sense of smell and a strong hunting instinct. This member of the American Kennel Club's hound group actually comes in two sizes, under thirteen inches and thirteen to fifteen inches.
Except for the difference in size, both dogs are identical. The beagle has dark eyes, droopy ears, and a long tail. Its coat is short and most commonly comes in a mixture of tan, black and white colors. You can also find orange, black, or tan dogs with white markings.
This breed can adapt to apartment life, but may prove to be annoying to neighbors if he constantly warns you of unusual noises. These dogs are energetic hunters and need a way to burn off some of that vitality, so you will want to take your dog for long walks or go for a romp in the park. Think twice before letting him off the leash, however, since a dog who is hot on the scent of a rabbit will forget all of his obedience training while he tracks down his quarry.
This dog loves children and other dogs, but will possibly take every available chance to torment the family cat. These dogs are very spirited and affectionate, but they do tend to brood if they don't get their own way.
In fact, these dogs are so sensitive that something as simple as someone laughing at one of them when he has gotten into some mishap can cause the dog to brood for days. You may need to advise your children to avoid upsetting your dog's fragile sensibilities.
Although he sometimes gets too caught up in the chase to obey commands, it still should understand at least basic obedience. It will need patience and hard work to teach your dog, and you may wish to consider getting some professional help by enrolling your dog in puppy obedience classes.
Your dog should be groomed once a week to alleviate shedding. Beagles normally get enough exercise to wear down their toenails on their own, but you may want to check your dog's nails to see if they need to be trimmed at least once a month.
If you want a dog who is a happy, well mannered little companion, then a Beagle puppy may be the right dog for you.
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