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post #1 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Any one have one? Or have experience with them?

My boyfriend and I are looking into getting a puppy. It wont be for at least a year as we refuse to have a puppy in an apartment and we are renewing our lease here for at least another year.

But either way, we want to be well prepared for what we are getting into.

I have had cattle dogs all my life, I have a German Sheppard/red heeler cross at the moment, but my dad fell in love and she is better off at the farm anyways. And my bf has had small house dogs all his life. So we decided to split and go for smaller to medium dog. Beagles fit that.

We are both out a lot. And I work out every day, it'd be nothing to take it on walks.
Our dog would come with us camping, fishing, riding with me, to the farm, to my brother's(play with his dog). It would get plenty of socialization and we have already decided no matter what we are participating in obedience classes and the such. I even have the place picked out. My old neighbor has a place just 15 minutes away now and all the dogs I've ever seen him work with leave pretty much perfectly behaved. And I have watched him work the dogs too.

I find Beagles absolutely adorable and one of the reasons we decided this smallish breed, we are hunters. And we think it'd be great to have a dog join us on bird hunts. And my bf's uncle has had some type of duck hounds and knows a trainer for that sort of stuff around here too.

So what do you guys thing? Beagles? Yes or no?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 04:40 PM
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Beagles are nice but require a lot of attention and exercise. They can be very hard to train as they are independent. They dig, and bay. I have a puggle. He is a cross between a pug (dad) and beagle (mom). He is a little more laid back, has the look of a beagle but a curly tail of the pug. Very good at listening but they still have that prey drive so you need to work very hard to keep them under control. My puggle has killed at least 10 gophers this summer and loves to do it! He will dig but is fine in the house. Doesn't require as much exercise. Both breeds can be pigs and get fat quick so you need to monitor food. He bays like a beagle and its so cute. He's quiet at home unless he sees something in the yard or someone he knows pull up, but is quick to shut up when I tell him. I would look up genetic issues on the beagle. The one thing the puggles can get is cherry eye but mine never did and my breeder never had a pup with one. That's all I have to say and search on all the information you can before getting any breed of dog. Good luck!
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-23-2010, 06:57 PM
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i have had beagles since i was little my family bred them when i was probably 5 and they are good dogs but can be extremly stubborn also their noses get them into TONS of trouble so you will need a very well fenced yard. Also they tend to get over weight super easily haha but if you keep up with the excersize and such you should be fine. I love beagles but the bark takes some time to get used to for some people so be aware of that.
All in all they are great dogs but need firm and consistent training and a healthy stable diet aka no table scraps (begging is a specialty with those eyes haha). All the beagles we ahve had have been great around children considering i was one :] but be careful very careful with socializing with smaller animals and cats start very early with that if you plan to have them. Right now we have a beagle border collie mix.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-28-2010, 11:59 PM
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beagles do better with a friend. they shouldn't be an only dog. they're bred to work in a pack, therefore do not do well alone. I do not like beagles. I don't do the bark all the time dogs. They are cute and all, but I would never own one personally.

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