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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:23:43 PM
The good, the bad and the ugly please. We currently have a hold on a 10 week old male whose parents both are quite small (under 15 pounds).
Anything you can tell me is appreciated
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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:27:58 PM
We had a beagle when I was a kid. He was a wonderfully loyal guy! The main issues we had with him were keeping him contained in the yard! He would go over, under and through the fence. Seriously! He was always on the hunt! And trash. He loved trash. Our trash, the neighbor's trash or a stranger's trash. He not only rolled in it, he brought it home!

My sister has a beagle and he is great!



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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:28:57 PM
Watching this. We are very keen on getting a beagle, but a vet friend tells us they are "nose driven", and to expect them to spend a lot of time digging.

I'm not ruling it out though. I've seen some that are just adorable.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:37:02 PM
We have 2 girls. They are loving and gentle. They have the softest ears in the universe. They are very family oriented and want to be by your side every second. Mine are very playful and even at 4 years old they love a good romp.

On the con side, they shed quite a bit, howl at anything that moves and will eat themselves sick if you let them. I have had to poor peroxide into their tummies more than once as they will eat anything and everything. They also follow their nose and are escape artists so make sure you have an enclosed area for your pup.

The words "Damn Dogs!" come out of my mouth frequently but they will look at me with those big brown eyes and I melt. All in all they are a wonderful breed but as with all pets they are a lot of work. But in my opinion, worth every bit of gray hair they have given me.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:38:54 PM
We fostered beagles once upon a time. Hardest danged dogs i have ever worked with, but they were also some of the most lovable mutts I ever dealt with as well.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:47:32 PM
Ours is 3. Sweetest thing ever -- he's never so much as snapped at any of us. But he is destructive. He gets tons of attention and has tons of toys, but he will key on the ONE THING he shouldn't have and the second one of us turns his back on him, he heads right for it. He chewed on the electrical conduit that connects our outside A/C unit to the inside. We've had to put up a mini-fence to keep him out.

They're also highly susceptible to cancer and epilepsy. Ours is healthy, but my hairdresser's has had two cancerous rumors removed.

In our experience, they're sweet dogs but a lot of trouble.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:49:08 PM
We got a beagle last December. He is now just a little over a year old. I would recommend a trainer and a very good one. We used a company called sit means sit. They have trainers all over the country. Beagles will follow their noses no matter what. With that training we are able to overcome that. We can now let our dog off leash in the front yard and he won't leave the boundary of our yard. No invisible fences needed. We have the dog trained so that when the doorbell rings he sits on a mat by the door. On Halloween he never left his mat even though there were kids ringing the doorbell all night. i had kids trying to get in my house to pet the dog. i had to worry about the kids more than the dog. It is hard to train a beagle though. It took over a month to get our dog where the trainer wanted him. Poodles and labs only take about two weeks. The trainer said it is just the nature of the breed.

The dog still will sneak food if the kids leave it within his reach. We are still working on that. He chews a lot but the training helped with that too. Be sure to have lots of chew toys for him. Our dog chewed a hole in a couch before we had him trained. Luckily we were throwing the couch out so I wasn't too upset.

Overall the dog is good with the kids. My three year old uses him as a pillow and he doesn't mind at all.

Be prepared for the beagle howl. They are loud dogs. Ours rarely howls but when he does I'm sure all the neighbors can hear him even though he is in the house.

He isn't very big. I would say around 25 lbs. the breeder we got him from said that with her experience beagles get very lazy around age three. She had one female that would walk outside and just sleep. It is our beagle's mom so I'm waiting to see if he gets lazy like his mom.

Good luck with your beagle.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:54:12 PM
Best dogs ever!! My mom grew up with them and so did I. She even did some showing of beagles before she had kids.

Currently we have a 14 year old (mom) and a 9 year old (daughter) and my mom has a 9 year old (the son of my 14 year old). We aren't sure what we are going to do when the older one passes. She is blind and hard of hearing and not always good about making it out to go to the bathroom these days.

Yes they can literally eat until they kill themselves. We keep anything that has a scent out of their reach. They LOVE food. They have killer noses. We live in the middle of a redwood forest, surrounded pretty much on all sides with open space preserves. The 9 year old has gotten out a couple times, but always comes home. We set up one of the electronic fences with the zap collar, taught her the boundaries and as long as we have it on she stays put.

They are very lovable dogs and are a great size. Their fur can vary greatly. Our 9 year old has the best fur, but does shed some (just not when you pet her...). The 14 year old sheds gobs when she is pet, but not that much otherwise. Her fur is coarser than her daughters. The brother/son has decent fur, medium shedding.

They have lots of energy, can howl, and are a kick! The older one 99% of her howling is around food - specifically when she is being fed. She is so excited she can't help it. The 9 year old howls at strangers and it takes her a little bit to warm up to people. But once she knows someone is okay she usually calms down pretty quick. But since we don't have anyone that lives close enough to us for it to bother we don't really mind too much - except of course when she wakes up a sleeping baby....

I would get another one in a heartbeat...they will probably be the only type of dog I will ever them to pieces!!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:58:32 PM

On the con side, they shed quite a bit, howl at anything that moves and will eat themselves sick if you let them. I have had to poor peroxide into their tummies more than once as they will eat anything and everything. They also follow their nose and are escape artists so make sure you have an enclosed area for your pup.

We have had our beagle for 13 years. She doesn't shed and she only barks when she is ready to eat breakfast or dinner or when wants back inside after being out to go to the bathroom (we have a lead just outside our back door. She goes out into the yard to go potty and comes back and gives a single bark to let us know she's ready).

We fostered beagles once upon a time. Hardest danged dogs i have ever worked with, but they were also some of the most lovable mutts I ever dealt with as well.
Our beagle listens to every word we say with one word commands. We have never had a bit of trouble with her being obedient. And she loves us so, so, so much.

The only problem we have with her is she will knock over the shorter garbage cans if we don't notice she's gone into one of the rooms. She doesn't bother the kitchen garbage (but it is taller) but the waste baskets in the bedrooms or the bathroom garbage are something she's always trying to sneak off and get into! I just yell, "Sammy, NO!" and she gets out.

She is truly the worlds best dog and we love her to bits! She has had some medical problems that developed pretty young.

She developed glaucoma (we opted not to have surgery) and over time she has gone completely blind. But she gets along very, very well.

She also has bladder issues that developed when she was probably 8 or so (?) and takes medicine daily for that. Still, when she gets up and goes to the door we have to be paying attention because she can't hold it long.

One last thing, she has sensitive skin and has some sort of allergies. We have had her on and off Prednisone for years and it helps. On the other hand, it's not good for her to be on that long term so we have to do bloodwork every 6 months to make sure there aren't any effects from that.

With all that, we are still so glad to have our Sammy. She may cost us a lot of money in vet bills but she is such a good, loving and loyal dog that she is worth every penny.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:07:37 PM
We got max at three from the pound. He had run away and was found wandering. He is 6 now and used to escape all the time by jumping over the fence. He hurt his foot doing this. And finally stopped.

He sheds, but not as much as some dogs.

He doesn't eat too much but if you leave something on the table then yeah, he'll go for it.

He barks at squirrels but doesn't bark at the doorbell, people, and he doesn't howl. He's a mix though.

He's sweet, loyal and smart. Loves to play ball. Is medium on the energy scale. He's just been wonderful.
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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:20:45 PM
I have a beagle mix, and she is awesome. She only barks when she wants something to eat. She does shed, but nothing like my Springer Spaniel did. She is a total love and such a nice addition to our family.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:27:12 PM
My beagle is almost two years old and she's still active but is also lazy! She's very much a Daddy's girl. She loves people, particularly DH and my youngest. We've spent many weekend mornings with her curled up between us.

Beagles are very food motivated and nose driven. We cannot leave a door open because she will get out and go wandering and will NOT listen when we call her. Most dogs come when they're called. Beagles do not. Training is a pain because if you use a treat, they will expect it every time. The one time you don't, they walk away. At least that's how mine is She has her favorites. Because they love food (more than most dogs), you have to watch their diet and keep them active. Daisy (my beagle) has gained a couple pounds because we haven't taken her out as much as we normally do in warmer weather. She loves to play fetch but only with DH so by the time he comes home, it's dark out.

Beagles shed and smell like corn chips. They do like to dig. We have little dug out tunnels from her chasing moles. For some reason, our beagle gets car sick. She does have this high pitched whining/bark/howl she does when she sees certain people. It sounds like someone is hitting her but the funny thing, she largely ignores the dogs next door. When our neighbors leave their three dogs out for hours on end, they bark almost non-stop. Daisy trots around her yard, completely ignoring them but when the owner comes out to let them in, she will bark. And then the neighbor tells me she barks too much. I keep biting my tongue because I want to tell him HIS dogs are doing all the barking, not mine. She only barks at YOU when you come out. But largely, she's pretty quiet until she sees another dog or someone but can't get to. She can't stand it when someone doesn't at least acknowledge her in some way. I keep telling ex if you pet her for a moment, she'll calm down and go away. Instead, he keeps pushing her away and ignores her which only makes her jump on him more. I always give his dog a little love when I go pick up my kids so I don't know why he can't do the same.

Mine is great with my boys, 12 and 11. At a recent family gathering, she was so good with the toddler and did have to be reminded not to jump on the 6 year old. But she was destructive. Doors have to be kept shut because the boys won't pick their toys and I've found chewed up nerf darts in her poop many times She's better but will still destroy a stuffed toy in a day. The only toy that has lasted is a mini rubber tire. She sleeps in a cage at night and that is SO wonderful. I recommend it and start them right away.

I love my beagle and wouldn't mind another. DH wants a basset.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:37:25 PM
We named ours Smoky. Then Satan. No more beagles for us. Ever.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:40:36 PM
We love our beagle.

She sheds some, but in the summer, we actually have her shaved somewhat.

She's 6, and sleeps about 15 out of every 24 hours. She's been doing that since she was 2.

She wandered off a couple of times, but we caught up to her as soon as she found something interesting to smell, and roll in, and track back to the house.

She give a howl if one of "her" favorites comes onto our porch. And if she's mad at one of them, she won't howl. It's funny to see how the kids fall over themselves to get back into her good graces.

She doesn't nose through garbage, she will eat anything she can get to.

She follows commands wonderfully, although when we tell her to crate, she'll give us this slow long look that says "you better have a treat if I'm getting out of my comfy spot"... And if you don't, she'll stand at the door to her crate and give that look again. Then, she'll wait in that one spot until you give her her treat.

As for barking, I have personally heard her do it five times. All five times, she felt that someone in her "pack" (me, dh, ds, or one of his friends) was being threatened and gave a loud sharp bark followed by a low rumbling growl. Four of the times, she realized we were playing when we corrected her, and would bring us one of her toys as apology. The fifth time, she was outside with the kids. I heard the bark and growling, I looked outside to see the neighborhood bully holding one of the girls with her arms tight behind her back. Our beagle pulled the heavy swing set three feet to get closer to the girl, which spooked the bully into letting go.

Long story short (or not), I love our beagle. I'd love to get another girl, but I want a particular look (female, tri-colored Old English Pocket Beagle) and they are expensive.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:41:26 PM
Oh, and no-chew sprays were our friend until she learned to not taste everything. As was the spray bottle...


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:12:25 PM
Our Beagle is 11 and he is wonderful! I agree that training is key!!! He is such a good dog and doesn't howl at much only when we are watching and he wants to show off. He is loving and loyal. We must be lucky because he doesn't really dig under the fence. He does have a favorite spot in the yard that he likes to dig in. He does allow his stomach to lead and we have had to take h im to vet a few times when he ate undesirable things.....Or he hurls it up . I would love to get another Beagle when Skooter passes. I do strongly suggest training! We took him to a place north of Vancouver, WA called Man's Best Friend. We will definitely take our next dog there too.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:28:55 PM
I wish our Sarge would get lazy! He's still so hyper. He's been neutered and everything, but he's still crazy town. He doesn't dig, but if he sees an opportunity to get out, he will. He always comes back though. DH is bothered by his howling, but it doesn't bother me.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:35:05 PM
Our beagle is 9, we got her when she was 3. She's dumber than a box of rocks, but is sweet as can be. We have to leash her in the back yard or she will get out of the fence to go after a rabbit if she smells one. She only digs if she smells a mole. She is lazy and sleeps all of the time. She only barks if our other dog barks first or if you leave her outside for more than a potty break. She has a nervous tummy and gets car sick.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:37:46 PM
We have raised and trained beagles for years. Ours are hunting stock and our experience is they are a bit more high strung that those bred for pets. We love them very much. If I were looking for a pet beagle I would find a breeder that does not breed beagles for hunting.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 9:13:30 PM
I have a beagle mix (about 10 months old), and I agree with a lot of what has been said! Mine loves trash. I had to buy a new trash can that she can't see the bag and can't knock over quite as easily to keep her out of it. She also loves to eat the recycling (had to get a new bin for that, too). She will chew on anything - including windowsills, chairs, the outside of the house . . .

She doesn't bark a ton, but when she does, it is usually a whiney kind of bark. Of course, a lot of the barking is when she's crated and would rather be out.

She's sweet and really cute, though. We love her, but some days she makes me crazy.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 10:51:10 AM
Our Beagle is the orneriest dog I've ever owned. The most destructive I've ever owned (Not as destructive as my parent's dog that chewed through the exterior of the house because he was afraid of storms...).

Loves to chew. LOVES it. We have him mostly trained to chew on his toys, but not before he got to furniture, and many other household items.

He regularly checks to see if the dishwasher door is securely closed. If not, he gets into the dirty dishes, drags them out the dog door into the yard, destroys anything a dog's teeth can damage... The other day, we thought we had retrieved all of the dishes from him, and he came trotting down the hallway with a whisk.

He patrols the trash to check for qtips (his favorite) and other sundry tissues, paper or plastic that can be shredded and strewn about.

He targeted the new throw pillows that came with the new couch. He searches through my closet floor for shoes, socks and other small items.

The thing is, he grabs the item, looks at you for a reaction, and then makes it into a chase game. You can tell he's having a blast while we trudge into the yard in our slippers, trying to retrieve a sock or belt. He really watches to see what you have that he can grab and start a chase with. Scissors, tape if you're wrapping presents. Socks if you're getting dressed.

He annihilated my pincushion. God knows what he actually ingested. I found the little deflated tomato in the yard the next day.

He watches the kitchen table to see if we leave a chair pulled out far enough so that he can get up onto the table.

He came in the other day with my toothbrush holder. He had to have climbed onto the toilet, then to the bathroom counter to have reached it.

And it's all done with the Beagle Strut-- the expressionless face, the tail pointed gaily skyward, and the springy "look at me" trot that they have.

The list keeps growing.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:07:52 AM
Milo is 10 and can be a pain in the butt but overall he is an awesome dog. Has never dug but has escaped when a door was left ajar - even did an Indiana Jones and got out as the garage door was closing leaving us on the wrong side!! He does love trash but we got a large stainless steel bin as he figured out how to open the cupboard door to get into the smaller bin. Can always be found when food is around and loves QTips! We love him to bits.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:45:27 AM
this morning we couldn't find our beagle anywhere. i knew he was in the house. finally, DS8 found him in one of the collapsable baskets for toys - this one was filled with stuffed animals - and he was curled up sleeping amongst the other animals!

i have NEVER had the destruction that the other peas are talking about. he's gotten into the trash a time or two but i put it up higher. he doesn't chew things.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:51:33 AM
I only had time to read a few of the responses, but I was the owner of a small beagle (never weighed more than 13 lbs) and she lived to a ripe old age of 18.5 years! Anyhow, she was never a barker, and hardly shed at all. She never once that I remember dug in our yards, and she was outside a lot in the daytime. However, she was always into our trash... we had to buy trash cans with lids for all the rooms. And she would steal food if she could reach it yes, I know..... a training issue, which we never dealt with. Just kept food out of reach. They are nose driven and cannot be walked off leash or play in the park off leash. They are sweet as can be, but ours was not cuddly. Preferred to be in her bed at our feet. Our current dog a corgi-jack is the cuddliest dog I've ever owned. I'm not sure I'd get another....I'm kinda hooked on Corgi's right now

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Posted: 1/14/2013 11:56:17 AM
Daisy is the sweetest, smartest, hungriest dog ever. She is also an escape artist.

We've only had her since May, she's about a year old, and I've taught her tons of tricks, (taught her to army crawl--so funny).

Other than digging holes in the back yard and running off when she gets the chance, I have no complaints.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 1:22:07 PM
Are they 13 inch Beagles? I love them, they look like puppies forever! We have friends who have only ever had the 13 in, and they just LOVE them and they are sweet and adorable and I don't know about all of them...but the dogs of our friends do not bay.

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