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Beagle are pack dogs, often living in groups of several dozen if they’re part of a hunting pack. This, along with their affectionate nature and love towards their humans, means they don’t respond well to being left alone. If you're required to leave the house regularly for work or other reasons, you should consider a different breed or find a way to ensure they’re not alone in the day. One way you could do this is to extend your family further with another dog or cat to keep them company.
Their small size and temperament mean they can live in an apartment so long as they still get the exercise requirements they need. Those who live in apartments will want to seriously consider their neighbours before committing to a Beagle. Their loud howling could be enough to upset even the friendliest of neighbours, so you will need to do your best to train it out of them.
If you’re not looking for an active pet, then a Beagle isn’t for you. They require an owner who can commit to at least 1 to 2 hours walking a day, usually split into at least 2 walks. This exercise requirement doesn’t lessen during winter, so you must be willing to continue these walks even on cold, wet days. If they don’t get this exercise then they can quickly become overweight and bored which will lead to negative, destructive behaviour.
If the weather really is to bad to go for your regular walk, you can still stimulate them both mentally and physically in your house. For tips on how to do this, please read our 8 ways to exercise your pet indoors blog.
Any potential Beagle owner needs to be patient, understanding and consistent if they want to have a well-trained dog. Whilst Beagles are intelligent, they are also notoriously stubborn and independent so training can be difficult, buy you'll prevail if you use the right techniques and are patient and consistent.
Those who have gardens will need to thoroughly escape proof the perimeter. If your Beagle catches an interesting scent, then you can guarantee they'll find any weakness in the garden fence and will be gone before you know it. Unfortunately, when they’re after a scent, they can be incredibly difficult to recall, so it’s best to ensure they never have the capability to escape.
They’re a rather mouthy breed which means they'll often put their whole mouth around people’s arms, hands, feet etc. It’s not an action that 's intended to cause harm which you'll realise as they apply hardly any pressure from their jaw, but it can be distressing for young children if they’re not warned or aren’t particularly fond of dogs.
There are multiple ways you can help reduce mouthy behaviour including distracting them or teaching them a different, less intrusive way of welcoming guests. If you have young children, you should teach them to be wary of your dog’s mouthy tendencies to reduce the risk of an accident.