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Old 08-24-2015, 09:04 AM
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I grew up always having had labs as hunting dogs and family pets, I had to put down my chocolate at 13 years old this past February. I would love to get another lab, but it just isn't the right time in my life right now. I trained my last lab all on my own and he turned out great, but I'm very aware of the time and energy it takes to do it right. Between that and the fact that my gf will be responsible for the dog a lot due to my travel schedule, another lab just isn't in the cards right now.

I've been thinking about getting a beagle lately, most likely a female. I've been around beagles before but never ones that were pets, just strictly hunting dogs. Anyone have experience with a beagle as just a pet/house dog. I know they are intelligent but also sometimes hard headed due to their desire to run and hunt.

Most of the research I've done online says they are fairly low key from an energy, must be entertained all the time stand point. Just looking from some feedback from any of you that have beagles. Also if anyone can recommend a good AKC breeder in the Southeast I'm all ears.

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I love beagles, I'd never own any other dogs

But they do love to hunt

Old 08-24-2015, 09:20 AM
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I love beagles but most of my experience is hunting with them. My FIL has one as a pet, great dog but barked at any and everything and dug like no other dog that I have seen. Those two things are whats kept me from getting one.
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I grew up always having had labs as hunting dogs and family pets, I had to put down my chocolate at 13 years old this past February. I would love to get another lab, but it just isn't the right time in my life right now. I trained my last lab all on my own and he turned out great, but I'm very aware of the time and energy it takes to do it right. Between that and the fact that my gf will be responsible for the dog a lot due to my travel schedule, another lab just isn't in the cards right now.

I've been thinking about getting a beagle lately, most likely a female. I've been around beagles before but never ones that were pets, just strictly hunting dogs. Anyone have experience with a beagle as just a pet/house dog. I know they are intelligent but also sometimes hard headed due to their desire to run and hunt.

Most of the research I've done online says they are fairly low key from an energy, must be entertained all the time stand point. Just looking from some feedback from any of you that have beagles. Also if anyone can recommend a good AKC breeder in the Southeast I'm all ears.

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My sister and brother in law have one and she is awesome. Definitely not low energy but she is a very loyal and very loving. This particular dog doesnt howl at all which is great. They shed a bit once a year.
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Awesome dogs but they need a job. If they have too much idle time they will look for something to get into.
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I have one that is strictly a pet. She doesn't hunt. Although she came from hunting parents. This is my first Beagle and she'll be 4 in December. Always had labs previously.

She is extremely patient and would make one of the best dogs to have around kids that I've ever seen. My girlfriend is a nurse working night shifts. Often times she's up at all hours of the night and bugs the every living crap out of the dog...all night long. Dang she is patient about it. Way more than me.

She's low energy but also loves to get out and do some walking. And by walking it's more so slow paced nose to the ground wandering.

She stays inside a lot while I'm at work but can also stay outside in the yard. She started to dig out and I had to put up a piece of electric wire around the bottom to stop that. Worked perfectly. Her digging out is not from an exploring standpoint though. I think it's from a loneliness standpoint trying to find some attention. I had a neighbor who was retired and in his yard nearly all day long. When she was getting out she was just heading over to his yard to hang out with him. When she's inside all day every now and again she'll get into something bad...usually the trash. It doesn't take a whole lot of exercise to get her worn out enough to sleep all day though.

She can really be hardheaded sometimes though and making her know you're in charge with tone of voice is a necessity. My girlfriend struggles to sound in charge enough. But there's no way she can handle the responsibility of any dog, so I'm not sure it's a good comparison to make.

My only let down with her is that she hates water. Hates it so much that she doesn't even want to go out in the rain to pee.

Mine is low energy, hardly barks, solved digging with a electric wire, patient, occasionally tears something up


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For whatever reason, my daughter decided about a year ago that she wanted a beagle. About a month ago we finally decided to pull the trigger and got her one. So far so good!

I as well had only had experience with Beagles as hunting dogs and was worried how he would do as a house pet, but everything so far has been great. We are crate training him at the moment and he is not allowed anywhere in the house or out without supervision which prevents that possibility of him doing normal destructive puppy things.

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My wife had a one year old beagle when we started dating about 7 years ago. He's actually a "teacup" beagle and is smaller than other males. Weighs about 20 pounds. He's got a great disposition, loves laying around the house (mostly on the back of our sofa or my recliner!) but also loves getting out and going on long walks to stretch his legs. He's been an amazing pet and our one year old baby girl is obsessed with him. We just got the bad news last week that he's got a fist-sized tumor attached to his liver and it's inoperable. Took a few days for it to sink in but thankfully his attitude hasn't changed, although I know it will as the tumor grows and affects his breathing, eating, etc. I'm going to miss the hell out of my little buddy but plan on spending as much time with him as I can over the next few weeks.

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We love ours, as some of the others have said, they can be a bit stubborn sometimes.

I've got an 11 y/o Female who is super laid back, but likes to play in the evenings which is fun. Hates water like another poster said, no swimming for her.

Ours doesn't howl or bark at anything, which is polar opposite of what I was afraid of when we got her. I grew up next to a "bark all day" beagle, so I was worried, but ours is super quiet.

The only thing that's frustrating lately is that she's got terrible storm anxiety, which is impossible to calm, and she shivers and shakes and pees in the house when it rains, which around here happens every single day.
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We have our 5th beagle as a pet and I would get another in a minute. All 5 have had somewhat different personalities as expected, but they all have been great dogs. Only had one male and he was a bit "energetic" and his biggest flaw was trying to get out to explore. All of our dogs required a leash to walk. None of ours enjoyed the water.

Beagles are best described as a nose with legs. It is what gets them in the most trouble. Keep trash out of reach and know they will eat as much as they can find. No leaving a bowl fo food out all day for a beagle.

Beagles are pack dogs and enjoy human company. At one point we got a second beagle to keep our male happy. They tended to bond with each other and were not as attached to us.

Our current dog is 8 years old and is as sweet as they come. Has the whole family wrapped around her paw. Wish I could clone her for the future.
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As a kid my grandfather raised them as field trial dogs (judged on the ability to track/sound off rabbits). Usually every spring he'd have 10-15 puppies and turn them loose in the yard for us to play with......even the grown dogs would bark to come play with us. Great dogs to have around.
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My 12 yo Beagle female loves our pool. Smart dog, she gets on the top step and lays down to cool off. Only swims to retrieve her squeaky ball...

Very good dogs (this is our 4th), but just be prepared... stubborn! And lives by the nose and tummy.
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very loving dogs, although extremely hard headed / stubborn. the first 2 years were rough..Our beagle wouldn't settle down at all, then we got another dog and they play well together.
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They are good dogs but the ones I've know bark to much and like to run as in cover a lot of area. Don't know where you live that might not be an issue. I've always had labs myself they are hard to beat. But right now we have a boxer. Absolutely an amazing dog. Smart, loyal and quiet. Probably up there as the best dog I've ever had.
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They are good dogs but the ones I've know bark to much and like to run as in cover a lot of area. Don't know where you live that might not be an issue. I've always had labs myself they are hard to beat. But right now we have a boxer. Absolutely an amazing dog. Smart, loyal and quiet. Probably up there as the best dog I've ever had.
We also have a Yellow Lab that is almost 15 years old and the one positive the Beagle has is the lack of shedding hair!
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I know from my experience hunting with them they like to run, unfortunately where I live now I won't be able to just turn her loose, but I run 20-30 miles a week and going on walks etc. won't be an issue.

Do they walk well on a leash? i.e. can be taught to heel. And also anyone ever tried to run with one, my lab really enjoyed our jogs, but I don't see too many people out running with smaller dogs.

I've got a lot more thinking to do, but I've really been missing my lab lately and my gf has been begging for a puppy or a cat for a few months now. She's never had a pet and doesn't have any idea what it entails so this could be a good training experience for her as well. Her and my lab got along great, but she only knew him in his older, mellow, calm years - no way she could have handled him as a 2 year old , energetic, into everything, pup.
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on walks, my beagle doesn't stay in a straight line. she constantly has her nose to the ground and going back and forth. My one terrier mixed dog will walk fine, but my beagle needs to stop and sniff every blade of grass
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Had a beagle as my first dog and he was awesome. As mentioned they're driven by their noses so ours would run through the electric fence into the woods from time to time. He would also bark a decent amount, could be an issue depending on your living situation. Other than that he was a great dog, would absolutely get another beagle.
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We had a beagle, Charlie, as a pet/house dog. He was a great dog but had the quirks many have posted above. I guess the half acre, mostly wild, back yard wasn't big enough to keep him entertained. He dug out until I put up an electric wire near the bottom of the fence. He always came back, usually late, and always stinking from who knows what. He loved to roll in smelly stuff.

Charlie was hard to house train but once he got it, there was never another accident in the 12 years he was with us.

He would bay at movement outside (that's both good and bad). When I say bay, I mean high volume - big lungs for a little dog. Another point on this subject, I've been told that 13" beagles are sort of muffled when they bark and bay. I don't know if that is fact or not but it might be worth investigating. 15" dogs, which ours was, are loud. That, I know, is a fact.

I took him to an obedience school early on because I wanted him to walk on the leash without trouble. I got him to heel during the first class. The instructor called him super beagle because, as he said, beagles don't normally come to heel that quickly (as others have said - hard headed).

Best thing that we ever did was take in my sister-in-law's pit bull when she got divorced. The dogs got along together perfectly. Really helped the beagle to have a companion. I'd highly recommend getting two if you are getting one. They will entertain each other when you can't.
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i got my daughter a beagle when she was three
great dog for her
terrible roommate for me

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