LMAO!! Beagles bellow, and they don't stop! I had a basset/beagle named Pepsi, that dog NEVER stopped. I have also known alot of them in training......Never stopped. That just comes with the breed. You can train them to stop when you say.....to a point.
The most important thing to know about owning a beagle is that they are a scent hound, bred for many generations to follow a scent. For that reason, they MUST have a very securely fenced yard and they must be walked on leash.
Barking is NOT always a problem. Sometimes it's hereditary...some bloodlines simply tend to be more chatty than others. Most often, though, barking becomes a problem because the beagle is bored and lonely. Beagles were bred to work in packs and they're happiest when they have their family with them throughout the day. A beagle that is left alone in a yard for 8 or 9 hours a day is far more likely to develop a barking habit than a beagle that has it's family with it throughout the day. We work at home and we have 10 beagles. You could walk past our house and not even know that we have dogs!
Davis, I didn't mean anything bad. Our basset/beagle was around us, and my moms 6 other dogs her entire life and all the time, and ANYTIME she wanted ANYTHING she was bellowing like a maniac and that is how the dogs in training are too. I find it funny but it is something you have to want or at least be okay with if it does happen.
my co-worker stays in a condo, would that be a problem for the dog. at first he was going to get a cat now he has change his mind on getting a beagle dog. is this a good idea for him. i'm going to let him read the replies i get.
Barking is certainly something that we talk about with prospective puppy families and if the family mentions that barking would not be acceptable then we help them to find a more suitable breed. We often find, though, that the beagle's reputation for barking is greatly exaggerated. Families will come for a kennel visit and barking is one of the concerns most often raised..."we've read that they bark a lot" or "our neighbor had one and it never stopped barking". As I said in my previous post, the problem barker is most often one that was poorly raised or it was left in yard where it barked out of boredom and loneliness.....not always!......but this is often the case.
I have 10 beagles here at home this morning....including three bitches in season and two stud dogs!.....and I haven't had heard a peep out of any of them.
***Edited By: davis85 on 5/30/2006 12:37:30 PM*** Reason: Added comment.
A beagle can be ok in a condo or apartment if they can be given plenty of exercsie. I would recommend and adult beagle, though, and not a puppy. Young beagles (up to 2 years of age) are active dogs and they benefit from a yard to run and play in.
davis85...wanna trade? lol. We got ours at 6 months old. She hasnt stopped beying since she came here! lol. And it not due to boredom. She is a house dog, not outside all the time, except to play , potty, etc. She's quite when she is outside. Otherwise she is beying constantly....when she's happy, when she's bored, when she wants to play, when she is playing, when its feeding time, she had lied in the middle of the floor resting and will lay there and let out a bark, lol.
She is quite the destruction machine and was hard to house break, thought we'd never get it, lol. She finally housebroke and the chewing has gotten much better with age. And they are driven by scent, so cannot be loose...even an obedient beagle with choose the scent over your command.
And with the fences, not only 5-6 foot minimum, you will also need to have either concrete kennel, bury fenced around the perimeter, etc. Because what they cant go over, they will go under.
Got Beagle? You got bark.....I adopted a Beagle from the Shelter last year and he was a barker, when we left him behind. We have another dog but he wanted *us*.
I used a training collar (no bark) and he does VERY well with it. He will NOT bark inside and will just do a low yodely sound outside when he's ready to come in. We've got a little dog pen that they go out and do their business...but they are total house dogs.
They are wonderful little babies, I adore mine. I always thought I would like them, my mother grew up with them and adored them. Now I know why.
My Beagle, even as a rescue, possesses the most gentle temperment, very tolerant of my kids and does have the sniffer of a lifetime. He's great....
Barking is just part of the package...you train them when it's appropriate and when to let it go :)
One thing for certain..Beagles love to bark and trail. We co-own a pack of beagles that are strickly used for rabbit hunting and they really dont sound off unless its feeding time or hunting time. They're actully quiet untill they hit a hot trail and then they open up. Maybe because they keep each other company or they get hunted enough to release the barks? Ours are not barkers unless the situation calls for it. Believe me I HATE a nusance barking dog and I wouldnt have them around if they wouldnt shut up.
Ipn169, that is so funny about the beagle getting away, they seam to be very smart dogs indeed. I have a Cocker Spaniel/Hound mix, it belongs to my sister. I also have one of the sister's, but the one that looks like a hound, she is one smart little girl. I have never seen a dog so smart as she is, she will figure out a way to get out and that will be it, she also goes on scent like crazy. She has that sad look in her face, but she's a happy go luck smart dog. I have to keep her on the leash every time I put her on the back deck with the other's cause she will get out, no matter if she falls and hurts her self, she's not afraid of anything and anyone, not even bigger dogs her size, but they do intimidate her sometimes. And don't get her excited cause she pee's everytime she's excited, which is often, if she stays in the house I have to keep a garmet on her for that.
My co-worker sends his thank you... for the info on owning a beagle. He told me gosh! your members is something else... Now I see why your'e always talking about them they do give out helpful info...... now you know after he said that i had my chest stuck out .lmao YOU GO MEMBERS!!! TEHE..
I owned my (shelter rescue) beagle for 2 years before she ever barked at all .. I thought she did not know how! As she got older she became more of a barker, but was never exactly a bayer. I believe that as she got either deafer or crotchetier the barking became more common. So there are quiet beagles, but they are apparently few and far between!